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and stunning interiors are inspired by the surrounding

gardens - to create an exceptional, must-try Italian-style

dining experience. The menu changes constantly with a

considered nod to the seasons and fresh fruit, vegetable

and herbs on offer in their gardens – which as a guest to

The Garden House you are welcome to explore. Plus,

invite family and friends to share a traditional English

roast on Sundays too.

JAPANESE GRILL

Located in The House, the award-winning Japanese Grill

offers a varied menu of delicately flavoured selections of

the most exquisite sushi, sashimi and nigiri. You can also

enjoy the finest cuts of meat and fish from the Josper

Grill. Or for a fabulously different dining experience, let

talented head chef, Wojciech Popow, guide you through

the finest selection of locally-sourced, modern Japanese

gourmet specialties in their famous six-course “Seasonal

Tasting Menu.” A must try is their famous black cod

or chargrilled turbot lined with crispy Kentish ants.

Definitely one to cross off your fine dining to-do list if

you haven’t already.

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SIR FRANK’S BAR

Beaverbrook’s creative director Sir Frank Lowe,

was responsible for curating the unique interiors of

Beaverbrook with a wide range of antiques, collectables

and rare artwork collections. There are over 350

unique 350 paintings by the Victorian artist, Marianne

North, a Gatsbyesque art-deco bar with velvet stools

and a bar snack menu of Japanese-inspired tacos and

light bites. There is also a generous selection of the

finest champagnes, wines and cocktails to choose from

– all selected, shaken and stirred by their world-class

sommeliers and mixologists. If you fancy something

different you can ask your Beaverbrook bartender to

come up with something new for you.

THE COACH HOUSE SPA

At the Coach House Spa your experience of health,

vitality and nature is inspired by the natural surroundings.

Set in 400 acres of stunning English parkland and

designed with nature at its core by the highly-acclaimed

artist, Brian Clark, you will encounter dappled iridescent

light from canopies of stained-glass ceilings creating a

radiant, colourful oasis of calm. Take a dip or recline by

the indoor or outdoor pool taking in the stunning views

of the Surrey Hills, workout in their state-of-the-art, fully

equipped gym or unload those mid-week stresses with

one of the many specialist spa treatments on offer.

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NEWS

11 What’s On

13 Calendar

14 Celebrities

18 For Him

20 For Her

24 Chill In

28 Rock Out

FEATURES

36 Shakira

42 Earthshot 2021

50 Xmas Gift Guide

84 Cool Laser

FASHION

62 Wonderlust

72 LUC Clothing

HOMES & INTERIORS

105 Property of the Month

GASTRONOMY

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110 Gastronomy Guide

116 Trend 1 Restaurant

Review

COLUMNISTS

118 Ria Elaina – Let the

Festivities Commence

96 Sadie Pizzey – How to

Decorate Your Home

OUT & ABOUT

124 Xmas Shopping at

The Packhouse

126 The Watermill

Wows Locals

128 Xmas Spectacular

Comes to Oxshott

130 Surrey Hills

Sustainability Project

LISTINGS

134 Best of the Web

136 Tarot Reading

138 Astrology

144 60 Second Interview

John Altman

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Hello Surrey,

W

elcome to the December Issue of Surrey Rocks.

As much as I don’t want to say it, the pandemic is top of

everyone’s minds this month. Hopefully we get this new

‘Omicron’ strain in check – the thought of another bleak

winter in lockdown is too much to fathom! On the plus side though,

it’s a great excuse to plan those nights out now! Our What’s On and

Calendar pages will help you make the most out of the festive season

showcasing the best events Surrey has to offer.

Other highlights of this issue include a rare celeb moment – especially

in WAGville – someone using their platform for greater good. Shakira,

our cover star, has certainly done this. She has been elected as a judge

on the panel of Prince William’s Earthshot 2021 as well as launching

the ‘Barefoot Foundation’ campaigning for the right for every child to

have access to education in her native Columbia. Read about Shakira’s

rise to fame, her goodwill and the five worthy winners of the £1m

Earthshot prize fund, whose remarkable environmental solutions are

aiming to save our planet.

Elsewhere we bring you The Xmas Gift Guide in case you are

struggling for gift ideas For Him, For Her or For Them. Plus, we have

two stunning fashion shoots – Wonderlust who currently have a pop up

in Bentalls Centre in Kingston and LUC Clothing’s brand new collection

of cool loungewear.

Last but not least, hats off to all the attendees of the Surrey Hills

Tree Sustainability Project on 21st November who braved the cold to

plant trees along a 50 metre stretch of the nature reserve in Clandon.

Organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises, they are now calling for residents

to become a Surrey Hills Champions - supporting community nature

recovery projects and increasing local sustainability. Sign up by visiting

their website at www.surreyhills.org.

Til next time,

Sam

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WHAT’S ON

NEWS

CHRISTMAS & NYE NIGHTS OUT SORTED

There is a host of big events happening this December in Surrey so get

planning now. From December 1 to Xmas Eve you can sample the best of The

Grumpy Mole’s Festive Menu starting at £28.95 per person for 2 courses. On

December 11, Pounding Heart in Esher is hosting a Great Gatsby themed party,

CuVee VIII has Legends of Swing with Ray Lowe on December 19 while Pounding

Heart, Niku, Red and Humming’s have DJ’s every Friday and Saturday night till

late. Celebrate NYE in style with a 7-course menu at The Victoria in Oxshott for

only £125 per person. Or boogie your way into 2022 with Groove Warriors &

Guest DJ’s at Esher Theatre. Alternatively, enjoy a 6-piece big band night at Ditto

Thames Ditton or Rind are offering 4 courses and bubbles for £49.

LUXURIOUS LIVING IN EPSOM

The Woodcote is a stunning collection of 98

homes in the heart of leafy Epsom that have

just come to market. Choose from penthouses,

Grade II listed conversion apartments, deluxe

homes with one, two or three bedrooms as

well as freehold houses with beautiful gardens.

These spaces are beautiful on the outside

and beautiful on the inside too, with integrated

appliances, state-of-the-art kitchens and

elegant bathrooms, all hand picked and

finished with style and expertise. See www.

thewoodcote-epsom.co.uk for more details.

RED LAUNCH KIDS FILM CLUB

Red Bar & Café in Weybridge

are launching a Festive Kids

Cinema Club this December 22nd

showing the cult favourite children’s

Christmas film ‘Elf’ starring Will

Ferrell. The film starts at 11.30am

followed by a Christmas Disco

with delicious food and all the fun

trimmings; including popcorn, candy

canes and gingerbread men. The

event costs £5 entry per child with

accompanying adults free of charge.

Red insiders have said this may well

become a regular monthly fixture

at the popular bar and café. See

www.red-restaurant.co.uk to book.

BEAVERBROOK LAUNCH WINTER

ICE-SKATING

Add a touch of magic to your Winter break

this year with ice-skating at Beaverbrook. Twirl

your way around their enchanting rink whilst

enjoying well-loved Xmas melodies. Guests

can indulge in a glass of bubbles or snack

on hot chocolate and sugary treats including

donuts and candy floss from their stunning rinkside

cabins. Ice-skating will be available from

December 1st to January 31st to both hotel

residents as well as guests visiting the estate

for dining or spa days. See www.beaverbrook.

co.uk for more details.

COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU

Rocks Mag, the parent company of Surrey Rocks, are pleased

to announce there will be an additional 8 magazines launching

in the UK next year. The Surrey Rocks effect has taken hold

and London, Manchester, Brighton, Birmingham, Liverpool,

Chester, Newcastle and Edinburgh Rocks Magazines will be

launching in these happening cities. The format is the same

as Surrey but with local news, reviews, features and events

happening in each area. If you or anyone who know is keen

on franchising and starting your own Rocks Mag get in touch

today at info@rocksmag.com.

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OUT WHAT’S ON EVERY

MONTH WITH THE LATEST

EVENTS IN AND AROUND

2021FIND

THE SURREY

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

Dear Santa @ Esher

Theatre

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

2-4-1 Happy 6Hour @

7

Rind

Chess & Bridge Night

@ Ditto Thames Ditton

Model Boot Camp @

LVMM

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

2-4-1 Happy Hour @

Rind

Chess & Bridge Night

@ Ditto Thames Ditton

Model Boot Camp @

LVMM

13

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

2-4-1 Happy Hour

@ Rind

Chess & Bridge Night

@ Ditto Thames

Ditton

Model Boot Camp @

Happy Hour @ Niku

Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Set Menu @

15

The Grumpy Mole

Tootsy Tuesdays @

Polished

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

Wine Tuesdays @ Rind

14

Happy Hour @ Niku

Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

Reginald D Hunter @

Esher Theatre

Tootsy Tuesdays @

20 21

LVMM

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

2-4-1 Happy Hour

@ Rind

Chess & Bridge Night

@ Ditto Thames

Ditton

Model Boot Camp @

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

Dear Santa @ Esher

Theatre

Tootsy Tuesdays @

Polished

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

Wine Tuesdays @ Rind

22

Polished

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

Wine Tuesdays @ Rind

Happy Hour @ Niku

Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

Tootsy Tuesdays @

Polished

£5 Lunch Deal @

27 28

LVMM

L’Ultimo

Wine Tuesdays @ Rind

Wow Wednesdays @

Polished

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Singer @ The Victoria

Oxshott

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

Festive Set Menu @ The

Grumpy Mole

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

2-4-1 Happy Hour @

Rind

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

Dear Santa @ Esher

Theatre

Wow Wednesdays @

Polished

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

2-4-1 Happy Hour @

Rind

Singer @ The Victoria

Oxshott

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Set Menu @ The

Grumpy Mole

Live Music @ Trend 1

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo

Unlimited Raclette @

Rind

40% Off @ Red Bar

Elton John Tribute @

CuVée VIII

Festive Menu @

Grumpy Mole

Live Music @ Trend 1

DJ @ Pounding Heart

DJ & Happy Hour @

Niku Bar

2-4-1 Happy Hour @

Rind

Live Music @ Ditto

DJ’s @ Hummings &

Red

Opulence DJ & Dine @

CuVée VIII

DJ @ Red Bar & Café

DJ @ Hummings Bar

1 2 3 4 5

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

Festive Menu @ Grumpy

Mole

Dear Santa @ Esher

Theatre

Live Music @ Trend 1

Purdue Live Singers @

Pounding Heart

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo

Unlimited Raclette @

Rind

40% Off @ Red Bar &

Café

Barry White Tribute @

CuVée VIII

8 9 10

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Menu @

Grumpy Mole

Nutcracker @ Esher

Theatre

Wow Wednesdays @

Polished

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo

Aretha Franklin Tribute

@ CuVée VIII

Fondue Night @ Rind

Singer @ The Victoria

Oxshott

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Menu @ Grumpy

Mole

Nutcracker @ Esher

Theatre

Live Music @ Trend 1

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo

Unlimited Raclette @

Rind

Donna Band Live @

CuVée VIII

Bottomless Brunch/DJ @

Niku Bar

Bottomless Brunch @

Pounding Heart

Brunch & Bubbly @

CuVée VIII

Dapper & Suave Xmas

Market @ Dorking Halls

Festive Menu @ Grumpy

Mole

Dear Santa @ Esher

Theatre

Live Music @ Trend 1

DJ’s @ Hummings & Red

Opulence @ CuVée VIII

Festive Menu @

Bottomless Brunch/DJ £35 Bottomless

Grumpy Mole

@ Niku Bar

Brunch @ Niku Bar

Dear Santa @ Esher Festive Menu @ Brunch & Bubbly @

Theatre

Grumpy Mole

CuVée VIII

Live Music @ Trend 1 Dear Santa @ Esher Sunday Roast @ The

DJ @ Pounding Heart Theatre

Watermill

DJ @ Niku Bar

Live

11

Music @ Trend 1 Sunday

12

Roast @ The

2-4-1 Happy Hour @ Brunch & Bubbly @ Victoria Oxshott

Rind

CuVée VIII

Sunday Roast @ The

Live Music @ Ditto Great Gatsby Party @ Grumpy Mole

DJ’s @ Hummings & Pounding Heart Sunday Roast @ The

Red Bar

DJ’s @ Hummings Garden House

Opulence DJ & Dine @ & Red

Sunday Cinema Club

CuVée VIII

Opulence @ CuVée @ Beaverbrook

DJ @ Red Bar & Café VIII

DJ @ Hummings Bar

Festive Menu @ Brunch Life Surrey @ £35 Bottomless Brunch

Grumpy Mole

CuVée VIII

@ Niku Bar

Nutcracker @ Esher Bottomless Brunch/DJ Festive Set Menu @ The

Theatre

@ Niku Bar

Grumpy Mole

Live Music @ Trend 1 Festive Menu @

The Legends of Swing

DJ @ Pounding Heart Grumpy Mole

with Ray Lowe @ CuVée

VIII

DJ @ Niku Bar

Nutcracker @ Esher

Sunday Roast @ The

DJ’s @ Hummings & Theatre

Watermill

Red

Live Music @ Trend 1 Sunday Roast @ The

2-4-1 Happy Hour @ DJ @ Pounding Heart Victoria Oxshott

Rind

2-4-1 Happy Hour @ Sunday Roast @ The

Live Music @ Ditto Rind

Grumpy Mole

Opulence DJ & Dine @ DJ’s @ Hummings Sunday Roast @ The

CuVée VIII

& Red

Garden House

DJ @ Red Bar & Café

Sunday Cinema Club @

DJ @ Hummings Bar

Beaverbrook

16 17 18 19

Opulence @ CuVée VIII

(call to book)

Xmas Lunch @ The

Grumpy Mole Epsom

Xmas Lunch @ The

Grumpy Mole Tadworth

23 24

Xmas

25

Lunch @ The

26

Grumpy Mole Cheam

Xmas Lunch @ The

Grumpy Mole Oxted

Xmas Lunch @

The Grumpy Mole

Brockham

Festive Pan-Asian

Set Menu @ Fetcham

Tandoori

Happy Hour @ Niku

Kids ‘Elf’ Xmas Party @

Red Bar

Happy Hour @ Niku Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Menu @ Grumpy

Mole

Elf Movie @ Esher

Theatre

Wow Wednesdays @

Polished

Singer @ The Victoria

Oxshott

2-4-1 Happy Hour @ Rind

Luther Vandross Tribute

@ CuVée VIII

Happy Hour @ Niku

Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Set Menu @

The Grumpy Mole

Wow Wednesdays @

Polished

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

2-4-1 Cocktails @ Rind

Singer @ The Victoria

Oxshott

Happy Hour @ Niku

Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Menu @

Grumpy Mole

Sing That Swing @

Esher Theatre

Live Music @ Trend 1

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

Unlimited Raclette @

Rind

40% Off Dinner @ Red

Bar

2 for £12 Cocktails

& 25% off Food @

Pounding Heart

Festive Menu @

Grumpy Mole

Live Music @ Trend 1

£5 Lunch Deal @

L’Ultimo

Unlimited Raclette @

Rind

40% Off Dinner @ Red

2-4-1 Happy Hour @

Rind

5 Course Dinner @ The

Victoria Oxshott

Live Music @ Trend 1

DJ @ Pounding Heart

DJ @ Niku Bar

£5 Lunch @ L’Ultimo

2-4-1 Happy Hour @

Rind

DJ’s @ Hummings & Red

Live Music @ Ditto

Xmas Eve Party @

CuVée VIII

NYE Party 8pm - 4am @

Niku Bar

NYE Dinner & Dance @

Pounding Heart

NYE Party @ L’Ultimo &

Trend 1

NYE Party @ Esher

Theatre

Big Band Night £30

Entry @ Ditto Thames

Ditton

4 Courses & Bubbly £49

@ Rind

7 Course Dinner £125 @

The Victoria Oxshott

Xmas Lunch @ L’Ultimo

Dear Santa @ Esher

Theatre

£35 Bottomless Brunch

@ Niku Bar

Brunch & Bubbly @

CuVée VIII

Sunday Roast @ The

Watermill

Sunday Roast @ The

Victoria Oxshott

Sunday Roast @ The

Grumpy Mole

Sunday Roast @ The

Garden House

Sunday Cinema Club @

Beaverbrook

4 Course Menu @ The

Victoria Oxshott

£35 Bottomless Brunch

@ Niku Bar

Brunch & Bubbly @

CuVée VIII

Sunday Roast @ The

Watermill

Sunday Roast @ The

Grumpy Mole

Sunday Roast @ The

Garden House

Sunday Cinema Club @

Beaverbrook

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celebrities

everyone’s talking about...

BRITNEY IS FINALLY FREE!!!!

The words “Free Britney” have been

hanging off the lips of Britney Spears

fans for over a decade now. And finally

on November 12th – those words were

made true as the conservatorship that

has been hanging over the troubled

singer was finally lifted by the LA

Courts.

Her father, 69-year-old Jamie

Spears, no longer controls

her assets, her fortune,

her medication and

ultimately her decision

making. An embittered

and freshly freed Britney,

aged 39, said her family

and those involved in

the conservatorship

“should all be in jail“

following the ruling.

“Honestly, it still blows

my mind every day I wake

up how my family and the

conservatorship were able

to do what they did to me,” she

wrote on Instagram, “It was demoralising

and degrading!”

The legal decision-making process

has been long and drawn out and Britney

had to testify in order to get the 13-year

conservatorship lifted. For many years it was

not even negated in court.

Britney’s troubles all began back in 2007

when she split from her ex Kevin Federline

and famously shaved off her hair, attacked a

paparazzi, admitted to excessive drinking and

CELEBS HIGHLIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A host of celebrities including Annie Lennox, Donna Air

and Sadie Frost are backing a one-off play highlighting

domestic abuse. The play called ‘Punched’ showcases

powerful stories of survivors from around the globe.

Actress Sadie said: “It is crucial to raise awareness

regarding the rising levels of domestic abuse.”

The show features actresses including former

‘EastEnders’ star Tracy-Ann Oberman and ex-‘Casualty’

actor Priyanga Burford.

Eurythmics star Annie said one in three women face

physical or sexual violence in their lifetime according to

World Health Organisation figures and it has got to stop.

The opening night is on December 6th at The Criterion

Theatre in London.

had a very public meltdown; being taken to

hospital one night from her LA home in full

view of the awaiting 150-strong paparazzi and

news crews. However, less than a year later

the ‘Toxic’ singer got her life back on track,

stopped drinking and socialising and seemed

perfectly normal releasing her fourth album

‘Circus’ to worldwide critical acclaim.

Despite this, behind the scenes,

a plethora of her father’s legal

team were plotting to enter

her into a draconian

conservatorship whereby

she would no longer

legally have control

over her life because

of her “meltdown” a

year prior to this and

“deeming her not fit to

make decisions.” This

was made legal in the

State of California in 2008

under the aforementioned

conservatorship laws and

Britney lost control of her life and

fortune.

The $60 million plus fortune she had amassed

since her 2002 career took off was taken out of

her control instantly and according to reports

hefty pay checks were given to those “caring

for her” or part of Jamie Spears team.

Since the legal battle was conceded on the

12th November, Britney is said to be taking

charge of her life and has already started

making plans to re-enter the world of film and

music.

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JESSIE J MISCARRIAGE HEARTACHE

Brit singer Jessie J has

tragically revealed she lost

the baby she was carrying in

her second trimester.

The 33-year-old singer

- who publicly announced

she would be caring for the

child alone, after separating

from her partner dancer Max

Pham less than a

month ago –

has now had

to share the news that during

her third pivotal scan.... the

doctors could no longer find

a heartbeat.

The devastated

singer took to

social media to

tell fans in an

emotional

p o s t :

“Yesterday

morning I

was laughing

with a

friend saying

‘seriously

though how

am I going to get

through my gig in

LA tomorrow night without

telling the whole audience I

am pregnant.’ By yesterday

afternoon I was dreading the

thought of getting through

the gig without breaking

NEWS

down… After going for my

3rd scan and being told there

was no longer a heartbeat - I

feel like I have no control of

my emotions. I may regret

posting this. I may not. I

actually don’t know. What

I do know is that I want to

sing tonight. Not because

I’m avoiding the grief or the

process, but because I know

singing tonight will help me.”

The brave singer took to

the stage and did her gig. She

also posted a quote from an

Australian poet to sum up her

feelings on her miscarriage,

“Sometimes love won’t be

enough to make it work, and

that’s ok. It doesn’t mean

that you’ve failed.” It was

the first time the singer had

fallen pregnant and she has

said publicly she had always

hoped to be a mother.

JAMIE REDKNAPP ANNOUNCES

BIRTH OF SON

Ex-footballer Jamie Redknapp and his wife Frida

have just announced the birth of their first child

together, a son called Raphael.

The couple, who got together in 2019, following

Redknapp’s high profile split from Louise Redknapp

- his partner of 20 years - announced the news they

were expecting in June and a month ago took part in

an unceremonious Shotgun wedding in London.

The child is the third for Jamie and the fifth for

Frida. Jamie has sons Charley (17) and Beau (12) with

Louise and Swedish model Frida, aged 37, has 4 kids

from her ex-husband, a rich hedge fund manager.

The Redknapp’s are said to be delighted and can’t

wait to introduce Raphael to his six teenage siblings.

JESY NELSON CONFIRMS NEW ROMANCE

Ex Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson has confirmed her new romance with

‘Waterloo Road’ and ‘Emily in Paris’ star Lucien Laviscourt, after they

were pictured kissing on a night out in London.

Jesy, aged 30, and Lucien, 29, were snapped

kissing on a rickshaw ride through the capital

on Saturday 27th November.

The new romance is a welcome

sidetrack for Jesy who was embroiled

in a ‘blackfishing’ scandal with her exbandmates

only last month on releasing

her new solo single ‘Boyz’.

She was previously romantically linked

to ‘Love Island’ star Chris Hughes.

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BELUGA SUSHI B

“Bringing Decadence

Enjoy great food, spectacular cocktails, amazing ambien

The team that brought you Del Fuoco Italian have diversified following years of dining in Mayfair

Beluga will wow Surrey residents with their sublime Japanese an

OPENIN

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AR & LOUNGE

to Surrey Nightlife”

ce, world-class DJ’s and unparalleled service at Beluga.

Restaurants with a cool party vibe - they are bringing their own slice of London to Leatherhead.

d Sushi-inspired menu, chefs, entertainment and mixologists.

G SOON

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NEWS

FOR HIM

WHAT'S TRENDING...

TECH &

GADGET NEWS

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

For the budding photographer that wants to capture

the most amazing aerial shots and video footage. This

nifty new gadget will enable you to get superb video

or photos from 4,000 meters in the air! The new Mini 2

Drone features 4 x zoom, panoramic views and an app

to quickly save and transfer footage, among many other

cool design features. Available on Amazon from £229.

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BE A MASTER

MIXOLOGIST

Always messing up your athome

cocktails then this nifty

number from Drinkworks by

Keurig allows you to simply

put in a cocktail pod and make

cocktails in under a minute by just

the touch of a button. With 30

plus different cocktail variations

to choose from you can wow

guests with your cocktail making

expertise! The Drinksworks

Home Bar has an onboard

chilling and carbonation device

to make chilled, bubbly cocktails

for you and your friends. Buy

from £399 at Master of Malt.


SPEAK 43 LANGUAGES

This is the ideal device for

holidaymakers or frequent business

travellers who encounter language

barriers. Thanks to Poliglu these

difficulties will soon be a thing of the

past! With just a few button clicks, you

can handily translate what you want to

say into over 43 languages in real-time.

This is the ultimate ‘cheats’ gadget for

anyone that wants to get by without

actually having to learn the lingo. If you

are at school or university this is not to

be taken into exams! Available from

£79 from the Poliglu website.

LUC DROP NEW RANGE

IN TIME FOR XMAS

SMART SCALES

The brand new KoreScale is the

ultimate smart scale, with patented

Bioelectric Impedance Analysis

(BIA) technology so when you step

on the scale, 4 precision sensors

scan and analyse your entire body,

and break it down into 14 key

health metrics. In addition to your

weight, you can see your BMI, body

fat, muscle mass, water weight and

much more. With these insights,

KoreScale takes the guesswork out

of fitness. You can see exactly how

your body responds to diet and

exercise in real time. Prices start

from £64 on Amazon.

NEWS FASHION

V S

SKINTED

MINTED

CHRISTMAS PARTYWEAR

We’ve scoured the best men’s fashion on the

web to bring you the coolest, chicest partywear

on the market. Dare to be different in coloured

trouser suits in either dusky pink or navy with

gold foil print or embrace the monochrome

trend and get your Christmas partywear shirt

from New Look or All Saints. Have a good one!

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT SUITS

SKINTED

MINTED

£28, ASOS

Luc Clothing have

just dropped their

new collection of

loungewear which

we got a sneak peak

of to share with you.

Consisting of brightly

coloured hoodies,

sweatshirts, T-shirts and

tracksuits this uber cool

brand from You Tube sensations,

Woody and Kleiny, has become a smash hit since its launch in 2018 with

celeb fans including footballer Mario Balotelli and TV personalities Chris

Hughes and Alex Murphy. The brand which stands for #letuscreate was the

brainchild of best friends Paul Klein and Paul Wood who shot to fame on

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2009 and have now amassed over 25 million social

media followers with their hilarious videos. You can see their full collection

at www.lucclothing.com and catch the boys creating TV gold behind the

scenes during ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!’

LUC is offering Surrey Rocks readers 15% off their online store at

www.lucclothing.com - just type in ROCKS15 at the checkout to claim your

discount.

MONOCHROME SHIRTS

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NEWS

FOR HER

WHAT'S TRENDING...

WINTERBRIGHT

It’s been banded around in the fashion

industry for some time now that ‘Dopamine

Dressing’ (ie. wearing bright clothing) can

actually alter our moods and lift our

spirits.

Famed colour psychologist Karen

Haller states that wearing bright

colours can cause “physiological

changes within us and boost our

moods.”

With that said, now we are in

December and the party season

is upon us, do you want to pass

on the feel-good vibes and wow

in colour. Apparently purple is

the colour de jeur with sales

up 16% according to fashion

bible, WGSN.

“Winter brights will inject a

much-needed sense of energy

and optimism,” WGSN’s

Collection Review says,

continuing to explain that

a surprising hue, purple, is

in fact “one of the fastestgrowing

colours, increasing

its small share +16% YoY.”

Going forward the

trend

forecasting

company foresees “uplifting

juxtapositions between

core colours and energetic

brights,” which is a very

translatable tactic for our

own wardrobes.

Another runway

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S

staple this Autumn/Winter 2021

was red and green – both great

for the Christmas Party season as

the colours are both so festive.

Copy Rita Ora’s look with this red

satin dress from Pretty Little Thing

or opt for a similar conifer green

dress by Wolf & Badger; for £30

and £184 respectively.

Surrey Rocks fashion ed has

also found this gorgeous Silk Fred

purple midi wrap style dress with

plunging hemline which is perfect

for the party season – and a snip

at only £49.

Happy party season! We hope

you wow in your Winter Brights –

see our What’s On and Calendar

pages to find out about the best

in Surrey events this December.

XMAS FLORALS

Hannah Martin Flowers are

presenting these beautiful

and fun Rainbow Wreaths

and Mini Xmas Trees – perfect

gifts ‘For Her’ this season.

The wreath, priced at £50,

contains dried flowers, leaves

and other festive ingredients

creating an everlasting work

of art for your wall or door.

It is presented in a large

pink box alongside a trio of

deliciously scented wax melts

from Smellysaurus, a rainbow

candy cane and a pouch of

rainbow chocolate coins.

Hannah Martin is donating

5% from every one of their

Christmas Rainbow Boxes

sold during the month of

December to the Rainbow

Trust Children’s Charity.

Alternatively, their Mini Rainbow Tree Kit, priced at £30, contains

a miniature tree along with everything needed to make it sparkle,

including colourful mini baubles, gold star tinsel and even a mini

bobble hat.

To purchase see www.hannahmartin.net

NEWS FASHION

V S

SKINTED

MINTED

RED PARTY DRESSES

This red dress by AQ/AQ is a steal at only £91

(reduced from £150) and the cut is extremely

flattering on any shape or size. Alternatively

splash out on this Yaura one-shoulder maxi dress

from ASOS for £150 and be the belle of the ball.

£91, AQ/AQ

SKINTED

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MINTED

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£150, YAURA

LITTLE BLACK DRESS

You can’t go wrong with the LBD or skirt at

Xmas. Fringe benefits are big news this A/W21

so invest in a good make like the ones below as

you don’t want to be looking like a plucked bird

this Christmas!

WONDERLUST, £180

ASOS, £120

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OUR STORY


The British love affair with Indian cuisine is a tale that spans more than

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NEWS

RECIPE

HERB CRUSTED RACK OF LAMB

This Jamie Oliver dish looks mightily impressive when

served at a dinner party as Oliver himself enthuses: “Lamb like

this is a total treat – it looks dramatic, and gives you tender

blushing meat, with an irresistible feisty crumb. It’s also easy

to scale up or down for two, six or eight, just tweak the timings

instinctively.” A great winter recipe and delicious served with a

red wine jus, dauphinoise potatoes and seasonal vegetables if

time is on your side.

INGREDIENTS

(Serves 4)

• 2 x French-trimmed 7-bone racks of lamb , (caps, fat and

sinews removed)

• olive oil

• unsalted butter

• 3 cloves of garlic

• 100 g shelled pistachios

• 1 bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley (30g)

• 75 g bread

• 1 whole nutmeg , for grating

• Dijon mustard

• Green Beans

• 350 g fine green beans

• 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

• extra virgin olive oil

• ½ a lemon

• 3 sprigs of fresh tarragon

METHOD

1. Get your meat out of the fridge and up to room temperature

before you cook it. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

2. Drizzle the lamb racks with olive oil and sprinkle generously

with sea salt and black pepper, patting the seasoning all over

the meat.

3. Sear in a hot frying pan on a high heat with a little extra oil

and 1 knob of butter for 2 to 3 minutes, turning with tongs until

golden all over, then

remove the racks to

a roasting tray and

let them cool.

4. Peel 2 cloves

of garlic and place

in a food processor

with the pistachios

and parsley (stalks

and all). Tear in the

bread, finely grate

in half the nutmeg

and blitz into a fine

green crumb.

5. Generously

brush each lamb

rack with mustard,

then cover with

the herby crumb,

patting it all over

the top and sides.

6. Roast for 25

minutes, until the

crust is crisp, to

give you beautifully

blushing lamb.

Remove from the

oven and leave the lamb to rest for 10 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, trim just the stalk ends off the green beans

and cook for 6 to 7 minutes in a pan of boiling salted water.

8. Crush the remaining unpeeled clove of garlic through a

garlic crusher into a jar and mix with 1 teaspoon of mustard,

the vinegar, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the

lemon juice, then taste and season to perfection.

9. Finely chop and add the tarragon leaves. Drain the

beans and toss with the dressing. Carve up the lamb and

serve with the dressed green beans and Dauphinoise

Potatoes or mash if time is tight.

WINE MATCH

Lamb is one of the most wine friendly meats, as perfect with a red

Bordeaux and Rioja as it is with the fruitier wines of the new world. But

if you’re looking for a perfect wine pairing it’s worth thinking just how

- and for how long - you’re going to cook it. With lamb roasted and

served pink, like in this Jamie Oliver rack of lamb recipe, a Pinot Noir

or Cru Beaujolais would work well. Alternatively if you want to steer

clear of reds a dry rosé, especially vintage rosé Champagne, is also

particularly good.

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NEWS

MOVIE

REVIEW

ALBUM

REVIEW

BOOK

REVIEW

MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

The long-awaited fourth installment of

the sci-fi classic ‘Matrix’ is back. The cast

largely remains the same with Keanu

Reeves donning his iconic long leather

coat to play Neo and Carrie Anne Moss

as his love interest Trinity.

The film is 20 years after the last one

– has it been that long? Am I that old...

we hear you say?! Laurence Fishbourne

is the only member not to return – as

his character has stepped back in time

to the origins of the Matrix and is now

played by ‘Aquaman’ star Yahya Abdul-

Mateen II. Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert

Wilson and Daniel Bernhardt all reprise

their previous roles.

The film begins with Neo living an

ordinary life as his alter ego; Thomas A.

Anderson in San Francisco. He appears

not to remember his past until Morpheus

gives him a red pill that awakens his

mind to the world of the Matrix.

The relationship between Neo and

Trinity will take centre stage again

with Reeves describing the plot as a

“beautiful script that is a love story. It’s

another version of a kind of call to wake

up and it has some great action!” Other

details of the film’s storyline has been

deliberately kept quiet so as not to have

any spoilers pre-launch.

The film is written by and directed by

the talented Lana Wachowski who has

huge sci-fi accolades including ‘V for

Vendetta’, ‘Cloud Atlas’ and of course

all the previous ‘Matrix’ films under her

belt.

If you love science fiction or any of

the other 3 ‘Matrix’ outings – this is a go

to film this December. Release date is

scheduled for December 22nd.

STING – THE BRIDGE

Sting released his 15th studio album

entitled ‘The Bridge’ on November

19th. He wrote the album "in a year

of global pandemic, personal loss,

separation, disruption, lockdown

and extraordinary social and political

turmoil” he claimed.

The album is amazing, well thought

out tracks, lyrics and the usual Sting

style of melodic yet substance singing.

On 1 September "If It's Love" was

released as the first single from the

album to critical acclaim.

The upbeat and infectious pop

tune exhibits his undeniable gift for

melody. In his signature voice - and

taking a different approach to a normal

love song - Sting likens his ‘romantic

feelings’ to calling the doctor about his

‘symptoms’ of being in love as it were

an illness. It is isn’t it?!

"I’m certainly not the first songwriter

to equate falling in or out of love with

an incurable sickness, nor will I be the

last, ’If It’s Love’ is my addition to that

canon where the tropes of metaphorical

symptoms, diagnosis and downright

incapacity are all familiar enough to

make each of us smile ruefully," he said.

Representing various styles from

throughout his career and drawing

inspiration from genres including rock

n’ roll, jazz, classical music and folk, the

album features Sting’s quintessential

sound on pop-rock tracks such as the

album’s opening rock hit “Rushing

Water” and indie-pop sounding “If It’s

Love,” to the electronic ballad “Loving

You” – the tracks are top notch.

17-time award winning Grammy

artist Sting is back. Back with a bang

and a belter of an album!

THE INSIDER –

MATTHEW RICHARDSON

A thrilling novel of espionage and

murder set in the heart of London, from

the critically acclaimed UK spy writer,

Matthew Richardson.

The plot surrounds a Russian defector

who is found brutally murdered in a

London hotel. Only four people knew

he had turned into a spy - the four

most important and powerful figures in

Whitehall.

There's only one conclusion; a mole

has infiltrated the highest levels of

Britain’s M16 security. Operating in

secret from within Westminster's darkest

corners, another former spy - the novel’s

hero - Solomon Vine, must uncover the

traitor.

Britain's future hangs in the balance.

The cat and mouse chase that

ensues is hardly Tom & Jerry – murder

and cover-ups are at every page turn

practically! Vine must locate and “out”

the traitor before he manages to destroy

and expose M16 – leaving the country

with the threat of destruction.

Critics have raved about this book

with The Guardian, calling it, “Proof

that the spy genre is flourishing in the

21st Century. Richardson’s plotting has

an old school, Swiss-clock precision that

keeps the reader pleasurably engaged.”

The Times went as far to say that, “A

splendid tale... exciting spy literature.”

With Matthew Richardson getting this

sort of praise and his first novel in 2018 ‘My

Name is Nobody’ propelling him to the

top of the best seller list, this second novel

produced at aged 27 means there will be a

lot more greats to come from this Durhameducated

student newspaper writer.

Bond or Vine?!!

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GUM

NEWS

One of the world´s longest-running and high profile

supercar races, Gumball attracts serious car

afficionados and equally serious spenders. It costs

£45,000 just to take part in the race.

Famed as much for its fast cars as its wild parties held

during each leg of the race – read this exciting, entertaining,

no-holds barred account of the craziest race on the planet –

and get your credit card ready to book your trip next year as

the Toronto to Havana 2022 trip has just been announced

and is happening on 27th May to 3rd June 2022.

Read this account of the craziest week of these young

drivers lives – when they completed Sweden to Vegas in

under a week for Gumball 3000! Well done Chris Murphy

and Sam Moores for surviving!!

SWEET SWEDEN

The race kicked off in Sweden´s capital Stockholm.

Plenty of partying was had before we hit the starting

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BALL 3000

grid as registration starts the day before and the

party atmosphere kicks in a few days before. And

Stockholm is the place to party! The Swedes are

great and so welcoming. Beautiful hot women,

you can walk into any club and are surrounded

by “11/10 girls”. A lot of Gumballers reported

threesomes and even foursomes, but we

were on our best behaviour!

The starting grid was chaotic with over

100 cars participating, we held back in our

Porsche 918 to get the best pictures from

the event.

Once underway the drive to our next

stopover point, Oslo, was fairly relaxed,

cruising along through scenic countryside

alongside vintage classics and hybrid

SIGHT SEEING AT KOENIGSEGG

Gumball Rallyers were also treated to a tour around

the Koenigsegg Factory in Copenhagen where we got to

see a €1.5m one: 1 CCXR in production. 13,000 kilos to

13,000 break horse power, carbon fibre wheels that our

guide threw at us and they were as light as a feather. An

amazing car. We also got to drag race around the test

circuit with other Gumballers reaching speeds of 190mph.

ZE GERMANS

hypercars such as LaFerrari, the

Porsche 918 Spyder, Pagani Huayra

and McLaren P1´s. We passed quite

a few cars that had obviously been

pulled over by police. One of our

friends was even being escorted in the

opposite direction presumably for a

blood test. They do this when they get

a questionable breathaliser reading.

Therefore readers, here are my 3

golden Gumball rules to remember:

1. Leave early with limited alcohol

in your system

2. Navigation is key – don´t get lost

3. Don´t get caught by the police!!

Which leads me nicely onto our German connection. On

arrival at our next destination point we were all provided

with letters in our hotel that said all sponsors logos had to

be covered up by tape on our route through Germany. (????)

We left early to avoid any problems and despite us following

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NEWS

the regulations we were repeatedly

stopped to have our documents

checked all the way through Germany.

The most frustrating moment was when

this driver appeared to be veering in

and out of lanes and undercutting us,

acting really strange. Thinking it was

just a follower trying to get a good

photo of our car we dutifully played

around until it got on our nerves -

so much so we undercut it and sped

off. Much to our annoyance the car

happened to be undercover police

and we were pulled over yet again.

The police were shocked to find out

we filmed the whole thing and were

quick to let us go without so much as

a warning!! German Police: 0 Moores

& Murphy: 1.

AMSTERDAM

The Dam didn´t disappoint. A huge festival was put

on at the Ajax Stadium where we were supposed to

drive our cars in front of the 30,000 strong crowd.

Dutch DJ Afrojack also put on an impressive gig. This

was another night of classic partying where we bumped

into a fellow racer who had a Facebook sponsor sticker

on his car. But strangely with the words “Thank you¨

emblazoned above it. As he was holding his magnum

of champagne we questioned his gratitude of the social

media site. To which he promptly replied: “I´m one

of the initial

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founders and Facebook earnt me $700

million.” Ahhhh, ok, get it now.

MILE-HIGH MADNESS

There is only one word to describe the

antics of 200 Gumballers on a transatlantic

flight to Reno… madness. Within 15

minutes of the plane taking off Dirty

Sanchez entertainer Pritchard stripped off

and was parading around the plane fully

naked. We´re convinced his drink was

spiked soon after as he passed out very

quickly! We were allowed in the cockpit and

one crafty Gumballer even duck-taped his

iPhone to the pilot´s tanoy so we had load

music throughout the duration of the flight.

Other recollections from the flight include

a skateboard whizzing past on descent.

Not exactly health and safety but this was a

private flight not a passenger one, so rules

went out the window.

LA BOUND

Midwest Gumball trips are pretty dull….600 mile

long stretches with nothing but a petrol station,

a lapdance club and a place to buy fried chicken!

Thankfully this year

we hit the West Coast

again (!) landing in Reno then hitting San Francisco

before arriving in LA. The US leg of the journey was

even more exciting this year as we got to race with

F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton. Plus other regular

US participants included rapper Eve (who married

Gumball founder Maximillion Cooper on last year´s

race), Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and boxer Mike

Tyson.

Reports from local newspapers suggested that

Gumballers were driving in and out of LA highway

traffic of up to speeds of 170mph. We know nothing

about this!!!

VEGAS BABY!

The final leg of the trip to Vegas was an exhausting

one. Not only because you have been non-stop

travelling and partying for 7 days but also because you

have officially covered 3000 miles of driving. A mean

feat in itself.

Once in Vegas Gumball put on a finale 2-day festival

at MGM Village including a vert ramp skateboard demo

from ‘Tony Hawk & friends’ followed by performances

from DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, Bun B, The Alchemist,

EVE, Deadmau5 and Diplo.

Having just completed my fourth, but certainly not

final, Gumball – I can safely say i´ll be signing up

again.

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Following months of careful renovation, The Watermill in Dorking

The venue has operated as a pub since the 1960s, but it’s been totally transformed, bringing a refres

With extensive views over Box Hill, guests can dine in the newly landscaped gardens, featuring cosy log burner

and innovation that celebrate provenance and showcases the best of British farms. The pub’s Christmas me

and a delicious gingerbread trifle to get you ready for the festive season. The Watermill will offer an extensive se

including a staple French Martini to an exquisite Espre

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has announced that it is set to open on Tuesday 30th November.

hed look, as well as a completely new food offering, celebrating the very best of British produce.

s, covered seating and a fully-stocked bar. The menu features an array of classic pub dishes, fusing tradition

nu will also be available when the pub opens, and features festive delights including a vegan wellington

lection of drinks, designed with every guest in mind from crafted cocktails to a collection of classic martinis,

sso Martini, plus an array of non-alcoholic drinks.

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FEATURES

SHAKIRA

The multi-award winning artist is embarking

on her biggest feat to date – not a

Grammy, not a hit single for the World

Cup but Environmental Change for the future

of our planet.

Shakira: wife, mother and international bestselling

singer, is using her platform for good

use. Instead of releasing another pop ballad –

the 44-year-old is sitting on the panel of Prince

William’s Earthshot Prize. Every year for the

next 10 years five £1million Earthshot prizes are

awarded; providing at least 50 evidence based

solutions to the planet’s greatest environmental

problems by 2030.

Shakira has a huge platform too. She has

amassed over 18 million You Tube hits and 250

million social media followers and is considered

one of the world’s best known solo singers.

She has said she is not going to produce music

“for a while” as other issues close to her heart

are taking up all her time. Talking about Prince

William and Earthshot she said:

“Seeing Prince William’s passion and how

genuinely determined he is to provoke change

is very, very inspiring, It's just incredible to see

how committed he is, and all the people at

Earthshot are, to make change happen in the

world in such a short amount of time.

“And it's not impossible. It requires many of

us, plenty of commitment and determination,

and we need to raise awareness towards that.

I feel that I can do that while talking to every

journalist I can. Every time I'm in front of a

camera, I can talk about that… We are citizens

of humanity. We need to really provoke fast

change in order to preserve our home.”

To mark the launch of the Earthshot, Shakira

and Prince William released a video of a Zoom

call between them, in which they discussed their

shared passion for saving the planet, how to

bring about change and in particular, Shakira’s

passion for cleaning up oceans.

“Prince William is one of the people who

is really aware of how imminent and how

necessary it is that we all work together. He's

called me on the phone just to discuss this

and try to get me committed to do more.”

The singer has also started her own

foundation for children’s education

and welfare in her native Columbia.

Calling it ‘Barefoot Foundation’ she

campaigns for the right for every

child to have access to education.

The project aims to help 54,000

children over 3 years to succeed

academically with school and

education for those that need it

most.

Raised in Baranquilla, a district

of North Columbia, Shakira

wrote her first song at the age

of 8 and was signed to her first

record label at just 13. Shakira has

also managed to scoop 2 Grammy

Awards, 7 Latin Grammy Awards, 5

MTV Music Awards and 7 Billboard

Music Awards. Not bad for a girl from

the deepest darkest depths of South

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America.

Throughout her career Shakira has not only been a singer, but also

a songwriter, record producer, choreographer and model. Her allround

personality means that she has not only written the majority of

her songs but also created the dances in many of her music videos,

including the video for the hit single ‘Waka Waka’ which had over

933 million views and became the 9th most watched video on You

Tube ever.

Although Shakira’s first two studio albums were not hits, her third

album Pies Descalzos immediately gave her prominence in the Latin

American market. With the success of other albums, such as Dónde

Están los Ladrones, she became a superstar in the Spanish-language

market, known for her strong vocals and incredible hip-shaking and

those killer belly dance moves.

In 1997 Shakira made the decision to move herself and her family

to Miami where she began to learn English. In 2001 her debut English

language album Laundry Service reached no.3 on the charts, selling

more than 200,000 copies in the first week of release. Her album

was full of major hits such as ‘Wherever, Whenever’ which became

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her breakthrough hit in the US, and after selling 10 million copies

worldwide, it became the biggest hit of 2001.

Shakira soon became the highest selling Columbian artist of

all time, and her records such as ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ began to top

the charts gaining her several number ones. She also began

collaborating with massive US artists such as Beyoncé Knowles.

Their song ‘Beautiful Liar’ was released in 2007 and quickly

became number one in several European countries including

France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

By 2012 her US album sales alone had reached over 10 million.

Shakira had created a worldwide phenomenon, which combined

Latino, Arabic and hip-hop music together and reached out to

such a variety of people that she was adored worldwide.

Her multitude of talents was broadened again when she was

confirmed a Star Judge on popular NBC show ‘The Voice’, the

fourth series aired in March 2013, just months after Shakira had

given birth to her first child, Milan. Her personality and likeability

definitely won over the hearts of the nation and she rapidly

returned for the sixth series after taking a year off to spend time

with her son and husband, professional Spanish football player

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Gerard Pique, who recently

celebrated playing 100

Caps for Spain during the

FIFA 2018 Russia World

Cup.

Although it hasn’t

been all fun and games

in Shakira’s personal life.

Shakira previously dated

Antonio de la Rua, son of

former Argentine President

Fernando de la Rua. In

2013, de la Rua made

headlines when he sued

the Latin songstress for

$100 million, charging

that he had helped create

some of his ex’s hit songs

as well as the “Shakira

brand.” Fortunately for the

singer the superior court

dismissed the lawsuit

and she was not made

to give La Rua any part

of her income.

Even with their

net worth of 220

million dollars Shakira

doesn’t let her WAG

status or fame get

to her head. In 2010

the United Nations

Labour Organisation

honoured her for her

philanthropic efforts

and she became a

goodwill ambassador

for UNICEF.

Her charity work was

also emphasised when

she threw her world

baby showers in the

upcoming weeks to her

second son´s births.

Shakira organised and

ran the event asking for

gifts to be donated to babies that were in need all over

the world. She claimed that “she hopes her charity efforts

will make her sons proud.”

Their first Virtual Baby Shower was a huge success; over

80,000 children were vaccinated against polio, nearly four

tons of therapeutic food helped children suffering from

malnutrition, plus around 1,000 anti-malaria bed nets

and nearly 200,000 oral rehydration salts sachets were

distributed.

It is clear that Shakira is no longer just a singer, her talents

vary so far and wide that she has become an exciting role

model for younger generations. Environmental issues are

her passion and she is excelling in getting her message

out there.

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WINNERS OF EAR

The Earthshot Prize revealed the first-ever five Prize Winners

of the most prestigious environment awards in history at

a glittering ceremony held at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Each of these five Winners will receive £1 million prize money

and a global network of professional and technical support to

scale their ‘remarkable environmental solutions to repair our

planet and accelerate their impact’.

The five Winners include cutting-edge technologists,

innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city. The five

Winners were selected by The Earthshot Prize Council and

were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest

environmental challenges facing our planet and their ability to

scale their impact globally in response to the urgent challenges

we face.

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PROTECT & RESTORE

NATURE – Republic of

Costa Rica

Forests are home to half our

plants and animals and three

quarters of our birds. They suck

carbon from the air and return the

oxygen we breathe. Yet in 2020

more trees were felled than ever

before, causing 10% of global

warming.

In the 1990s, the vast forests of

Costa Rica were devastated, half

their former size. But the people

of Costa Rica and their Ministry for

Environment had a plan to save

them. Its programmes paid citizens

to protect forests, plant trees, and

restore ecosystems.

The results were extraordinary. Costa Rica’s forests doubled in size. Flora and fauna thrived which led to a boom in ecotourism,

contributing $4 billion to the economy.

The government is now taking the approach to urban areas. It believes 30% of the world’s land and oceans could be protected

this way too.

Winning The Earthshot Prize is helping to share knowledge and practices globally, especially in the Global South. Costa Rica’s

motto is “pura vida” or “pure life”. Those words could soon echo across the world.

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CLEAN OUR AIR – India,

Takachur

Globally, we generate $120 billion of agricultural

waste every year. What farmers cannot sell, they

often burn, with catastrophic consequences for

human health and the environment. The burning

of agricultural waste causes air pollution that

in some areas has reduced life expectancy by a

decade.

This plays out every year in the fields surrounding

New Delhi. Smoke from man-made infernos fills

the air, with serious consequences for the health of

locals. One of their number is Vidyut Mohan. His

social enterprise, Takachar, is putting out the fire.

Takachar has developed a cheap, small-scale,

portable technology that attaches to tractors in

remote farms. The machine converts crop residues

into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizer.

Takachar’s technology reduces smoke emissions

by up to 98% which will help improve the air quality

that currently reduces the affected population’s

life expectancy by up to 5 years. If scaled, it could

cut a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year: a win

for India’s farmers will be a win in the fight against

climate change.

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REVIVE OUR OCEANS – Bahamas,

Coral Vita

Ocean warming and acidification are set to destroy over 90%

of reefs by 2050, a death sentence for the quarter of marine life

who need them to survive. It will be a disaster, too, for the billion

human lives dependent on the benefits reefs provide.

A year after Sam Teicher and Gator Halpern launched Coral

Vita’s first facility in Grand Bahama, Hurricane Dorian destroyed

their coral farm. The experience brought home the extent of the

climate emergency and strengthened their resolve to protect our

reefs.

Coral Vita, which grows coral on land to replant in oceans,

gives new life to dying ecosystems. Its methods grow coral up to

50 times faster than traditional methods and improves resilience

to the impact of climate change.

As well as restoring reefs, Teicher and Halpern work with local

communities, public officials, and private companies to improve

education, create new job prospects, and build a model to inject

more funding into environmental protection. Coral Vita gives

new life not just to the ocean but to coastal economies as well.

With Coral Vita’s methods, a single farm could potentially supply coral for an entire nation, and they ultimately envision a network

of such farms in every nation with reefs, kickstarting a restoration economy to preserve the ecosystems that sustain us all. Winning

the prize will help them make that vision a reality.

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BUILD A FREE WASTE WORLD

– The City of Milan Food

Waste Hubs

A third of all food produced globally is

wasted. Each discarded food item uses

precious resources and heaps pressure

on agriculture. The global food system

generates between 25-30% of the world’s

total greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile,

hundreds of millions suffer from food

insecurity.

The City of Milan’s Food Waste Hubs

tackle two problems in one. Launched

in 2019 with the aim of halving waste by

2030, each hub recovers food mainly from

supermarkets and companies’ canteens and

gives it to NGOs who distribute it to the

neediest citizens.

Milan is the first major city to enforce a

city-wide food waste policy encompassing

public agencies, food banks, charities,

NGOs, universities and private businesses. And it is working. Today the city has three Food Waste Hubs, each recovering about 130

tonnes of food per year or 350 kg per day, an estimated 260,000 meals equivalent.

Milan has created a blueprint that can be scaled throughout the world. If more follow Milan’s lead, cities may become one of our

greatest assets in humanity’s progress toward a waste free world.

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FIX OUR CLIMATE –

AEM Electrolyser

Born in a climate-change

affected South Pacific Island,

Vaitea Cowan co-founded Enapter

to turn back the tide. Just three

years on, its green hydrogen

technology could change the way

we power our world.

We have made huge advances

in renewable energy. But we can

still go further. With 30% of our

energy already renewable, we

need to focus on the 70% that

remains: non-renewable energy

that powers everything from

industry to transport.

Enapter provides a clean

alternative. Its AEM Electrolyser

technology turns renewable

electricity into emission-free

hydrogen gas. Developed quicker

and cheaper than once thought

possible, the technology already

fuels cars and planes, powers

industry and heats homes.

This is just the start. Funding from winning The Earthshot Prize would help scale mass production, which is planned to begin in

2022, while growing the team faster and funding further research and development. By 2050, Enapter’s vision is to account for 10%

of the world’s hydrogen generation.

Enapter shows us that, when faced with the greatest of challenges, we can turn back the tide.

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THE XMAS

GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM

Do you pull your hair out every festive season, wondering

what to buy for his Christmas stocking? While most men at some time,

have been way off the ‘good gift radar’, presenting us with the newest

model of dishwasher, toolkit or vacuum cleaner, most of us

women get quite stressed out in our pursuit of the perfect man gift.

This festive season, to save you from pulling your hair out,

we’ve come up with a few funky ideas for him.

MINI RETRO DESK FRIDGE

@KOOLATRON

WWW.WAYFAIR.CO.UK

A simple and stylish way for him to keep

his favourite can of something ice-cold

while he’s slogging away at his desk. Simply

plug in and after five minutes it provides a

cool 8.5 degrees home to canned drinks or

food of your choice. The fridge fits 6 x 330

ml cans. This black Retro Desk Fridge from

Koolatron is priced at £53.78 from Wayfair -

in the sale now - and is bound to make him

smile when he opens this Christmas.

REISS COAT

INFO@REISS.COM

WWW.REISS.COM

Crafted from a wool blend in a

houndstooth pattern, the black and white

General coat is an homage to heritage

tailoring. It’s shaped to a double-breasted

front with notch lapels and lightly padded

shoulders – complete with an interior satin

finish. Wear it over a roll neck jumper for a

classic layered edit. At only £350 it is a great

buy for him for Christmas and beyond.

RNG CLASSICS

HELLO@RNGCLASSICS.COM

WWW.RNGCLASSICS.COM

Buying for him is hard isn’t it? Well,

why not get him the car of his dreams for the

day? If you book in December you can get a

20% Discount on the day rate for a stunning

911 Carerra Cabriolet and Porsche 356a

Speedster through RNG Classics. Prices start

from £250. Other cars to choose from are the

Ferrari 308, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow or the

Triumph Spitfire. See their website

for full details and pricing.

DAPPER & SUAVE

07757 760042

WWW.DAPPERANDSUAVE.UK

This gorgeous Cravat and Pocket Square

Set is the perfect gift for a flamboyant man in

your life and is only £30 (available as individual

items too). The art deco stars design from

Dapper & Suave is proudly handmade.

Check out their website for more accessories

in quirky and fun prints for everyone. They

also stock a range of vintage bow ties and

collaborate with local businesses to create

new products including t-shirts, artwork,

cards, candles and beauty.

SET OF VOODOO KNIVES

@RAFFAELEIANNELLO

WWW.FRUUGO.COM

These ultra-sharp numbers are designed

by the Italian design guru Raffaele Iannello,

making the ‘Voodoo’ knife collection

cutting-edge cool. The set consists of five

stainless steel knives, including a paring

knife, a bread knife, a carving knife, as well

as a large and a small cutting knife. All he

needs when he wants to get stuck in, in the

kitchen. The Set of Voodoo Knives sells for

£69.00 and is available online at Fruugo.

RIND VOUCHERS

01372 377892

WWW.THE-RIND.CO.UK

Bringing the British modern sharing plate to

Surrey. The Rind has established itself as the

go-to wine bar for excellent cheese and wine

pairing. This gem of a cheese and wine bar serves

delicious British cheeses, Dorset cured meat and

signature dishes such as truffled grilled thyme and

garlic aubergines, cheese toastie, raclette and

fondue. There is a fantastic selection of wine to

accompany selected from their head sommelier.

Get your man vouchers this Xmas and enjoy a

fabulous dining experience with him.

HAT & SCARF SET

@HUGOBOSS

WWW.HUGOBOSS.COM

This scarf and beanie hat set by

Hugo Boss is presented in a lovely box for

easy gifting at only £119. Detailed with a

signature colour-block design, this accessory

set is created in soft yarn blended with virgin

wool for cosy comfort. Jacquard-woven Boss

logos on both pieces round off this coolweather

duo. Scarf measurements are

180 x 30cm. Choose from black and

turquoise or navy blue and red designs.

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RONI B KITCHEN

SALES@RONIBKITCHEN.CO.UK

WWW.RONIBKITCHEN.CO.UK

Roni B’s Kitchen was started by Roni from

her Surrey kitchen with the aim of introducing

Philippine flavours to the UK through her

products. She started with 2 products in 2017

and it has now grown to 8 products. Roni

B’s Kitchen has recently been awarded The

Great Taste Producer seal having received 3

awards in the last 3 years. Roni B has created

a selection of festive gift boxes for you to

choose from with prices starting from £17.

COCKTAIL MAKER

@DRINKWORKS

WWW.MASTEROFMALT.COM

Is he always messing up your cocktails?!

Then this nifty little number from Drinkworks

allows him to simply put in a cocktail pod

and make cocktails in under a minute by just

the touch of a button. With 30 plus different

cocktail variations to choose from you can wow

guests with your cocktail makingexpertise!

The Drinksworks Home Bar has an onboard

chilling and carbonation device to make chilled,

bubbly cocktails for you and your friends.

Buy from £399 at Master of Malt.

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HENRY SCREEN CLEANER

@HENRYHOOVER

WWW.FINDMEAGIFT.CO.UK

Do fingerprints on his iPad drive him mad?

Well, with this nifty little Henry screen cleaner

he can keep all of those little annoying marks

off any electronic screen. The Henry Screen

Cleaner is also a funky looker in that it’s an

exact replica of the classic Henry Hoover

design. It’s small enough to carry around

and is made from a super-soft microfibre

which wipes clean any laptop, tablet or

smartphone. Henry is also machine

washable and comes in at only £8.99.

DINE & SPA DAY

01372 571374

WWW.BEAVERBROOK.CO.UK

Get a Dine & Spa Day Package combining

wellness, nature and unique dining, the Dine

& Spa day package at Beaverbrook is the perfect

way to give the gift of relaxation this year. With

the choice of nourishing, fresh dishes at

The Garden House restaurant or authentic

Japanese cuisine in The Dining Room there’s

something for everyone on this day visit package.

Guests will enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants

and full use of The Coach House Spa facilities,

where they can take a dip in the pool followed

by a rejuvenating steam and sauna session.

TREND 1

01372 372771

WWW.TREND1.CO.UK

New Italian wine bar and delicatessen,

Trend 1, based in Leatherhead are

offering hampers which make a perfect

gift idea for your loved ones this

Christmas - packed full of Italian goodies.

It can be personalised too to suit cheese,

meat, dessert or wine lovers or a mix of

all four. Pop in and ask Giovanni and the

team to create something special at a

budget to suit you.

LUC CLOTHING

@LUCCLOTHING

WWW.LUCCLOTHING.COM

Luc Clothing have just dropped their new

collection of loungewear consisting of hoodies,

sweatshirts, T-shirts and tracksuits. This uber cool

brand from You Tube sensations, Woody and

Kleiny – currently presenting for ITV’s Tik Tok

“I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!” The

brand has become a smash hit since its launch in

2018 with celeb fans including footballer Mario

Balotelli and TV personalities Chris Hughes and

Alex Murphy. Plus, if you order in December with

the code ROCKS15 at checkout you can get

15% off your purchases.

ROLEX GMT-MASTER II

@ROLEX

WWW.ROLEX.COM

If budget is not an option, gifting him a

watch like this new Rolex GMT Master

II from Rolex will mightily impress him.

This watch made from Oystersteel

featuring a black dial, two colour

Cerachrom bezel insert in a blue and

black ceramic with a Jubilee bracelet

will ensure he loves you forever!

Prices start from £22,000.

BREWERY EXPERIENCE

@BREWHOUSE&KITCHEN

WWW.VIRGINEXPERIENCEDAYS.CO.UK

With this £85 gift experience your man

can spend a day learning all about the fine

art of beer brewing and get involved with all

the stages of brewing while dining on some

of the Brewhouse & Kitchen’s finest pub

classics with this Full Day Brewery Experience

with lunch and tastings. If he likes beer - he

will love this Christmas Gift. With a 12-month

validity and 23 locations throughout the

UK to choose from.

COFFEE FLAMINGO

@COFFEEFLAMINGO2020

WWW.COFFEEFLAMINGO.CO.UK

Coffee Flamingo’s mission is to offer

“great tasting, no jargon or snobbery, just

beautifully delicious, ethical sourced, hand

curated coffee in its simplest form.” Their

festive Coffee Lovers Hamper priced at £32.99

is the perfect gift for the coffee lovers in your

life. The hamper includes:1x 227g ground

Festive Sumatran Mandheling coffee, 1x 227g

ground Peru coffee, 1x 227g ground Colombia

coffee, 1x Hario V60 dripper, 1 x 40 Hario V60

filter papers, 1 x small bag of cinnamon.

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THE XMAS

GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

FAUX FUR COAT

@RALPHLAUREN

WWW.RALPHLAUREN.CO.UK

Designed with an elongated, slightly

oversized silhouette and a hood that

provides extra protection, this plush,

ultrasoft faux-fur jacket is a glamorous

choice for the leading lady in your life.

Priced at only £299 in black or pinot noir

pictured this jacket is a great gift choice

for Christmas and those colder

winter months.

Get in her good books this Christmas with our handy

selection of gifts that show you really care.

From stocking fillers like personalised ‘Reason I Love You’

notes to gorgeous jewellery and designer handbags – plan

ahead accordingly and reap the benefits

this Christmas season!

FLOWER SUBSCRIPTION

HANNAH@HANNAHMARTIN.NET

WWW.HANNAHMARTIN.NET

“A gift that keeps on giving” can come in

the form of a subscription of flowers from

Hannah Martin every month. Alternatively, this

beautiful Rainbow Wreath contains dried flowers,

leaves and other festive ingredients creating an

everlasting work of art for your wall or door. It is

presented in a large pink box alongside a trio of

deliciously scented wax melts, a rainbow candy

cane and a pouch of rainbow chocolate coins.

5% of proceeds go to the Rainbow Trust too.

HAIR STRAIGHTENERS

@DYSONCORRALE

WWW.SELFRIDGES.CO.UK

Looking for something special for her

this festive season? Then allow us to introduce

you to the king of hair straighteners, the Dyson

Corrale. Built to be used cord-free for up to

30 minutes, the Corrale is kitted out with

flexing manganese copper alloy plates to

make styling easy and avoid splaying. It uses

less heat than an average straightener

with three different heat settings and

promises less damage as a result; reducing

frizz and fly-aways too.

LOVE YOU NOTES

@PERSONALISEDLOVENOTES

WWW.NOTONTHEHIGHSTREET.COM

Share the reasons you love someone

with this romantic and thoughtful gift.

Great for stockings for her or to add onto

another gift they come in 12 different

designs and come in gorgeous boxes

complete with ribbons in a number

of colourways. Priced at £16.80

and allow 3-4 working days

for delivery.

BRA & BRIEF SET

@AGENTPROVOCATEUROFFICIAL

WWW.AGENTPROVOCATEUR.COM

Give the lovely lady in your life a new set

of underwear from the uber cool designer

brand Agent Provocateur. Choose from

lingerie, sleepwear or accessories including

fluffy kitten heels and silk robes. Made from

the finest quality material with celebrity fans

including Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue and

Victoria Beckham you can be rest assured

that this will wow her this Xmas. The featured

set called ‘Molly’ starts from £125 and comes

in a fuschia pink or Christmas gold.

FIOR SKINCARE

INFO@FIORSKINCARE.CO.UK

WWW.FIORSKINCARE.CO.UK

A beautiful gift set designed to bring the

spa experience to your home. Complete

with Himalayan pink bath salts with lavender

essential oil (250g), three hand poured soy

tealight candles with geranium essential oil, a

facial cleansing cloth, Hydra Boost hyaluronic

acid facial serum (15ml) and Nutra Boost facial

cream (30ml). All in a luxury matt black gift box.

All products are vegan, cruelty-free and free

from parabens, sulphates, silicones and other

undesirable chemicals.

CHANEL MIRROR

01252 781010

WWW.PACKHOUSE.COM

Located between Guildford and Farnham

The Packhouse sell a huge variety of vintage,

antique and one-off buys from furniture

and interior finishing touches, like this

Chanel mirror pictured, to gifts and fashion

accessories. You won’t find a more exciting

and diverse mix anywhere else. There are over

60 independent traders who sell unique `items

sourced from around the world so sourcing

original gifts for her from here is a must!

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T-SHIRT & CARGO PANTS

@WONDERLUSTLONDON

WWW.WONDERLUSTLONDON.COM

This ethical range from Wonderlust

consists of £75 Luxe Felix Trousers and

£45 for their She-Ra Tee. By producing

limited quantities, with local skilled workers

Wonderlust are fashion forward and a great

company to shop with. Not only do they have

a minimal carbon footprint with negliable

waste, they are also conscious to design

pieces that will live in your wardrobe

season after season.

LILY & GRACE

@LOVELILYANDGRACE_

WWW.LOVELILYANDGRACE.COM

A fine gold-plated ball chain adorned

with 3 beautifully coloured clay gems coated

in resin - all individually handmade. Four

colour styles available. Matching necklaces

and earrings available in these beautiful sets

which make for the perfect Christmas gift.

Available as a bracelet (3 gems) for

£22 or 18inch necklace (4 gems) for £24.

Earrings are £8 or free when purchasing

the bracelet and necklace together.

LOUIS VUITTON BAG

@YOURPRELOVED_STORIES

WWW.YOURPRELOVEDSTORIES.COM

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With ‘ethical and reusable’ fashion

being the buzzword on fashion forward girls

minds these days you can pick up these

designer handbags – like the Chloe Daryl

Tote, Mulberry Somerset, Louis Vuitton

Batton or Michael Kors Tote from as little

as £350 from Your Preloved Stories.

Check out their website for great designer

fashion and accessories

at affordable prices.

NATURE-RECLAIMED.SHOP

ENQUIRIES@NATURE-RECLAIMED.SHOP

@NATURERECLAIMEDSHOP

This upcycled wine bottle candle features

a cut-out label, lighting up as the candle

burns down, to reveal a festive robin.

A delicious blend of essential oils

combining mandarin and tonka, with

nutmeg, cinnamon and clove for an

indulgently spiced aroma. The perfect

candle to get you feeling merry

and bright, filling your home with

the scent of Christmas.

DINE & SPA DAY

01372 571374

WWW.BEAVERBROOK.CO.UK

Get a Dine & Spa Day Package combining

wellness, nature and unique dining, the

Dine & Spa day package at Beaverbrook is the

perfect way to give the gift of relaxation this year.

With the choice of nourishing, fresh dishes at

The Garden House restaurant or authentic

Japanese cuisine in The Dining Room there’s

something for everyone on this day visit package.

Guests will enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants

and full use of The Coach House Spa facilities,

where they can take a dip in the pool followed

by a rejuvenating steam and sauna session.

JEWELLERY DESIGNS

HAYLEY@CURIOSI-TEA.CO.UK

WWW.CURIOSI-TEA.CO.UK

Beautifully unique sterling silver

jewellery inspired by natures colours and

shapes. Their collections use gemstones and

glass enamel to adorn the pieces to create

organic and natural shapes and textures.

All pieces are designed and handmade

by designer and brand owner

Hayley Tea in her Surrey workroom.

The Rockpool Collection featured

here start from £135.

ORB EARRINGS

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setting. A great gift idea for her.

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for kids aged 6 plus.

The hardest task in any parent’s life is finding gifts that

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This popular Bunny Cosmetic Pouch is priced

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O-DEER GAME

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A brilliantly entertaining festive game for

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PERSONALISED BOOKS

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A mixture of traditional Nursery Rhyme

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message to print at the start of the book if

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special occasion. Priced at £23.

CRAYOLA ART CASE

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You can have all the art tools you need

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A special compartment for each tool means

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This small, lightweight reader is the

perfect size for kids and comes with a folding

cover, a year of Amazon Kids +, and a promise

that Amazon will replace it if it breaks within

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games, ads or voice assistants so your child

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it includes books like Harry Potter and C. S.

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Easy to use, this colourful piano dance mat

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and numbered. Use your feet to play in seconds,

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with ten classics including Chopsticks,

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You can record and listen to your tunes or play

along to inbuilt melodies, with a choice of

8 individual instruments including the trumpet,

guitar, violin and even a harp.

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HOW TO DECOR

YOUR HOME FOR

Christmas for an interior designer is an absolute dream, it is a

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HOME & INTERIORS

CHRISTMAS

FIVE MAIN AREAS TO DECORATE

FOR CHRISTMAS

Now maybe in previous years you have only concentrated on a

Christmas tree, but Christmas is a time for joy and festive happiness.

We need more than that solitary Christmas tree standing in the

corner. I am here to tell you the five main areas to focus on when

decorating your home for Christmas.

1. The Christmas Tree

Most of us usually have a Christmas Tree in our homes, real or

fake, it really doesn't matter, it's all about how you decorate it.

The lights are hugely important, they are the foundation of your

decor. Please, please, please choose warm white, cool white does

what it says and creates a cool light. Christmas is about warmth

and cosiness, so your lights need to reflect this. Do not skimp on

lights, ideally there should be an inner layer and outer layer on each

branch to give the tree depth.

The colour palette is again a personal choice, for our living room

I like to keep it traditional with red and gold. Whatever the scheme,

keep it to two or three colours as this creates consistency. Garlands

are a really striking element to add to the tree, large wooden beads

to delicate gold beads, all down to your preferred aesthetics.

The next important aspect to the tree decor is scale, a Christmas

tree needs a variety of large and small decorations to add interest

and wonderment. I start with over large bows, but you could use

large baubles or pine cones.

Then add all you favourite, most treasured decorations, not

forgetting to hang them at different positions on the branches again

to create depth and intrigue.

2. Christmas Tree Two

Now I know what you're thinking, a second Christmas tree are

you nuts! But this does not and should not be the same, elaborate

feature that the main Christmas tree is. There can only be one star in

the show! However, with most of us living in more than just our living

rooms, a second tree just adds

to the Christmas spirit.

This tree, however can be

completely different to the

main tree. In my home I have

a large, real traditional tree

in our living room but in our

family room I have a faux snow

tree, covered in just fairly lights.

The branches covered in very

convincing snow, creates the

winter wonderland feel and is

really magical for our girls.

If you are restricted on

floor space, then table trees or

wall mounted trees are also a

gorgeous feature. If you have

kids, this second tree can also

provide an opportunity for

them to have their own tree.

I am pretty precious about

my main tree but for the

other tree, they take charge

and hang their favourite,

handmade decs.

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3. The Entrance Hall

It makes me very sad when I enter someone’s home in the

Christmas season to be presented with a non-festive hallway.

The easiest area in your hall to add sparkle and festivities is

your staircase. Garlands both real and faux, look beautiful

around the banisters and then you can add anything you like.

From woodland finds, to glittery baubles, it all looks fabulous

interwound up your staircase.

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As our home is fairly modern, I use a variety of sized pompoms

going up my staircase. I use enormous to tiny in three striking

Christmas colours and then add the wired (battery powered) fairly

lights in between to make them all sparkle.

If you have a large hallway, this maybe is the perfect place

for your second tree. Alternatively, oversized reindeers and other

Christmas statues are so gorgeous for kids. It immediately sets the

festive mood when you arrive home. If you like to keep your home

traditionally decorated, there is a huge range of rattan Christmas

decorations, which look beautiful with twinkling fairy lights.

If you like to entertain over the festive period, then setting up

a small hall table for welcoming guests is another perfect area to

add some sparkle. When we welcome neighbours to our home,

I create a prosecco table with large white ostrich feathers, it's

glamorous and fun!


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4. Table and Kitchen Island

Decorations

I'm not just talking about decorating your table for the big

day, although that is obviously very important but for all the days

leading up to Christmas. Now I'm not suggesting that you cover

your worktops in baubles and glitter, leaving you no space to cook,

but adding a few gorgeous elements still gives you that

warm Christmassy feel.

Beautiful Christmas plants are a perfect addition

to your table or island. There are so much to

choose from, from Poinsettias to Christmas

roses, allowing you to create a perfect festive

vignette. For long tables three plants,

interlined with wired fairy lights or candles

looks beautiful. For islands and worktops,

cluster a few plants together and you add

some Candles, providing an opportunity to

fill your home with a perfect Christmas scent.

If you want your home to appeal to

your kids, then tall glass jars filled with festive

Christmas candy canes and gingerbread also looks

magical, although the contents may not last that long!

If you want your home to appeal to partying adults,

then setting up a festive drinks counter with gold and glitter

accessories, it really adds a wow factor to the festive celebrations!

5. Christmas Hanging Decorations

When we take on a new project, we always remember to look

at the spaces from all angles and all heights. It doesn't matter if

you have the most amazing flooring if you've left your ceilings

completely bare. This is the same

with decorating for Christmas,

how a home looks from the

floor to ceiling is very important.

It all comes back to scale and

perspective. Hanging Christmas

decorations increases the sense

of scale and allows your eyeline to

be transported around

the entire space.

Now you can hang whatever you like,

wherever you like. My preference is along

tall patio, sliding or folding doors. When

most of us extend or renovate our homes,

we often add large expanses of glass to

bring in the light and connect us to our

gardens and nature. This provides a

brilliant opportunity at Christmas to use

them in our decorating schemes.

Alternatively, a large wall also works

well. For this rustic wall we added fairly

lights and paper pin wheel decorations

that create an incredible impact. You can

string fairly lights, stars or even snowflakes and

the finished effect is beautiful and magical.

So there you have it, a very simple guide to bring in

that much needed Christmas spirit into your home. We hope you

enjoy transporting your home into a Christmas wonderland. And

when those Christmas decorations all come down in January and

you start to think your home might need a refurb, then get in touch

with us.

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HOME & INTERIORS

Uncle Stubble started graffiti writing around the

explosion of hip hop hitting the UK shores in the early

1980’s.

After being arrested twice around the age of 16, he

decided that he couldn’t put his mum through it anymore

and quit! He continued to draw from time to time but put

his creative energies into music, being in local legends such

as Family Fandango, Spank and Life’s Circus. Also having a

record deal in the mid 1990’s.

Encouraged by his future wife, he began painting again

in the 2000’s. And quickly started livening up grot spots in

the area and local youth clubs. This lead to a lot of charity

work and word of mouth.

Now in 2021, it’s a full-time occupation, with no surface

unpaintable. From walls, to wood, to canvas to fridges,

anything is possible.

With a deep desire to inspire kids with colour, whilst in

Northampton recently, he also realised that what he does is

for more than even he’d thought.

“I was painting in Northampton, and it’s in a run-down

area, where the homeless hang out. I was hired to paint a

mural to brighten up the area for a forthcoming mini festival

to bring people back to that part of town and not see it as

an eyesore.

I was watched and then chatted to some homeless guys

for the whole time painting. Near the end one of the guys

tried to give me his last £5. I was really moved. Like really

moved.

“I had to repeatedly explain that there was no need. We

chatted some more and he explained his love of art and

that he really appreciated what I was doing; talking about

his history and how he missed that part of his life. It really

changed my view on who I paint for. And who appreciates

my art. It was a big eye opener.”

Uncle Stubble has also recently begun giving talks in

local Surrey schools about the history of graffiti, and the

difference between graffiti and street art.

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HOME & INTERIORS

You can see his art or contact him for

commissions on

Uncle Stubble 2 or

Stubbleuncle.

Alternatively unclestubble@hotmail.co.uk

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PROPERTY OF THE MONTH

Harriotts Lodge, Ashtead £1,500,000

Harriotts Lodge is a superb family home set in the favoured

Lane’s area of Ashtead, ideally located for the numerous

outstanding local schools, including Downsend, St Johns,

St Peters and St Andrews - all within easy reach and within

catchment areas.

The ground floor accommodation offers an elegant lightfilled

drawing room with its dual aspect, feature fireplace and

bi-folding doors to the garden. The bespoke kitchen/breakfast

room offers a plethora of hand-crafted and painted cabinets,

high quality granite worktops, a large central island with built-in

wine fridge and breakfast bar seating.

The opulent amount of space allows for a formal dining area

with bi-folding doors to the garden, while just off the kitchen is

a useful vestibule boot room with a stable door to the garden

and handcrafted shoe and boot storage and access to the

cloakroom, ideal for pool users. There is also a utility room

which leads to the double width garages. Returning to the hall,

you have the cloakroom and the study/media room.

The stunning sweeping staircase leads you to the galleried

wrap around landing. The stairs divide and to the left you

find the stunning master suite with floor-to-ceiling wardrobes,

leading through to the stunning en-suite bathroom.

The spacious guest suite also boasts an en-suite shower

room. Across the landing is the family bathroom that services

the three further bedrooms and there is also a spacious gym.

The house is set in a delightful plot with landscaped gardens,

a driveway that offers parking for several cars and access to the

double width garage. This property won’t be on the market

long so early viewings are recommended.

Reads Property

01372 308963

hello@reads-property.com

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L’ULTIMO

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Popular Italian restaurant

in the heart of Leatherhead high street

serving authentic Italian dishes with

the finest, freshest ingredients.

Great atmosphere and live music acts

help to create a real buzz on

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FETCHAM TANDOORI

% 01372 374927

WWW.FETCHAMTANDOORI.CO.UK

Established in 1983, this family run

restaurant serves traditional Indian classics

as well as a bold and refreshing take on

traditional Asian cuisine such as

Coconut Shrimp and Rajasthan Lamb

Chops. All ingredients are sourced from

local farms and cooked

fresh every day.

THE GARDEN HOUSE RESTAURANT

% 01372 571300

WWW.BEAVERBROOK.CO.UK

Tucked away behind the Beaverbrook

Estate’s beautiful traditional walled

garden, you’ll find The Garden House, a

place where rustic, comforting,

home-cooked, Mediterranean-style

dishes and interiors inspired by the

surrounding gardens create a delightful

dining experience for all the senses.

THE RIND

% 01372 377892

WWW.THE-RIND.CO.UK

Bringing the British modern sharing plate

concept to Leatherhead. This gem of a

wine & cheese bar serves delicious cheeses,

Dorset cured meat and signature dishes

such as Truffles, Grilled Thyme and Garlic

Aubergines, Cheese Toastie, Tartiflette

and Welsh Rarebit to name a few - with a

fantastic selection of wine to accompany

selected from their head sommelier.

HUMMINGS

% 07771 626801

WWW.HUMMINGS.CO.UK

Café by day, Bar by night. Hummings

Café is open from 9am to 4.30pm serving

breakfast, brunch and lunch with an

experimental twist on modern dining.

Choose from Full English to Mediterranean

at breakfast. Fresh, healthy and delicious

choices for lunch change on a daily basis.

The constantly evolving food menu always

keeps customers enticed.

NAVA THAI

% 01372 278909

WWW.NAVATHAI.CO.UK

Serving the best, most authentic Thai

Cuisine using only the finest, freshest

local ingredients. Based in Ashtead High

Street, Nava Thai, is owned and run by

lifelong friends and business partners

Saitarn & Nawarat. Open for lunch and

dinner, for takeaway or collection this

gem of a restaurant, ticks all the boxes

for taste, quality, service and price.

JAPANESE GRILL

% 01372 571300

WWW.BEAVERBROOK.CO.UK

Located in the Beaverbrook Main House,

the Japanese Grill offers an elegant menu

of delicately flavoured selections of sushi,

sashimi and nigiri and the finest cuts of

meat and fish from the Josper Grill. There

are regular seasonal tasting menus where

the Grill’s talented chef guides you through

a selection of locally-sourced, modern

Japanese gourmet specialities.

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CuVée VIII

% 01372 468880

WWW.CUVEE8.COM

A classic French, Esher-based restaurant with

famed chefs Marcellin Marc and David Fetigny.

You’ll be hard pushed to find such exquisite

French cuisine in a more beautiful Surrey setting.

CuVee VIII also benefits from having a decadent

wine bar, cocktail bar, secluded alfresco garden

and private settings which plays host to the best

DJ’s on the weekends & iconic musicians at their

Jazz Club on Wednesday evenings.

GRUMPY MOLE

the_grumpy_mole

WWW.THEGRUMPYMOLE.CO.UK

Destination gastro pub The Grumpy

Mole first opened their Tadworth restaurant

in 2006. Fifteen years on and the group now

own and run 4 further restaurants in Epsom,

Cheam, Brockham and Oxted. The food is

superb and the menu extensive catering for

lunch, afternoon tea, snacks and dinner.

A true Surrey success story. You must try

if you haven’t already.

GASTRONOMY

DEL FUOCO

% 01372 877374

WWW.DELFUOCO.CO.UK

Italian café, restaurant and lounge

serving delicious pizzas, pastas and

Mediterranean-inspired starters, mains

and desserts. Del Fuoco is one of the

most popular restaurants in Bookham

offering takeaway, delivery and dine in

options. Excellent quality at affordable

prices – if you haven’t tried yet

Del Fuoco is a must.

BELUGA

beluga.surrey

WWW.BELUGA.BAR

The ultimate destination Sushi bar/

restaurant is coming to Leatherhead

this Autumn. Expect great food,

spectacular cocktails, amazing ambience,

world class DJ’s and unparalleled

service. The new restaurant will be glam,

decadent and definitely the place to be

seen in Surrey as you can see from their

stunning décor.

CAFÉ DE LA POSTE

% 01372 200142

CAFEDELAPOSTE.BOOKHAM

Freshly made happiness. A new smoothie

and juice bar from the team that bought

you Del Fuoco Italian. Serving coffee,

smoothies, fresh juices, milkshakes and a

wide range of paninis, sandwiches

and salads. Located on Church Road

in the heart of Bookham High Street,

Café de la Poste is open for takeaways

and deliveries.

DITTO

% 020 8398 8662

WWW.DITTOTHAMESDITTON.COM

Located in the heart of

Thames Ditton, Ditto has a

Mediterranean inspired menu and a

beautiful secret garden for al fresco

dining. Enjoy live music on Friday,

relaxing BBQ on Sunday or Chess

Nights on Tuesdays. There’s something

for everyone including Diddy Ditto’s

for kids.

THE GOOD EARTH

% 01372 462489

WWW.GOODEARTHGROUP.CO.UK

Hands down one of the best Chinese

restaurants in Surrey. Established in Esher

in 1967 this restaurant has standed the

test of time with its fine cuisine, décor

and service. Celebs including Karen

Brady say, “Still wowed by

the great food and impeccable service

which has remained consistent

even after 40 years.”

FIREAWAY PIZZA

% 020 8979 8007

WWW.FIREAWAYPIZZA.CO.UK

The fastest growing pizza company in

the UK, Fireaway in East Molesey serves

12-inch Artisan pizzas with a choice of

4 bases and fresh, unlimited toppings.

Choose from sweet or savoury too and

enjoy your pizza cooked in 180 seconds

in their 400° pizza oven. Be sure to check

out their new waffle and ice-cream bar,

Two Scoops of Fire.

SKOOPS

% 01372 372722

WWW.SKOOPS.BIZ

Crepes, Waffles, Cookie Dough, Ice Cream

& Shakes are the mainstay of this delicious

American inspired eatery. You can try their

desserts in hundreds of different ways such

as Kinder Bueno, Ferrero Rocher, Daim

or Oreo with your choice of syrups,

ice-cream and fruit. There’s a huge

selection of savoury snacks including

Piri Chicken, Burgers and Sides.

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GASTRONOMY

THE FRUIT MACHINE

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@FRUITMACHINECOBHAM

Newly arrived to Cobham, The Fruit

Machine has been established in Surrey for

over 10 years, serving the best in local fruit

and veg to markets in Epsom, Guildford &

Worthing to name a few. Their first high

street shop is a testament to their popularity

in the area. It brings the best London markets

have to offer, including the Strasberry - yes

a raspberry infused with a strawberry!

The best service and quality around.

MARBLE LOUNGE

% 01932 910452

WWW.MARBLELOUNGE.CO.UK

Marble Lounge in Weybridge serves

the finest waffles, crepes, cakes, sweets,

ice-creams, milkshakes, smoothies and

coffees. Check out their amazing new

Diageo cocktail selection, their secret

garden, flamingos and 6ft giant, huggable

teddy bears and photo wall. It is perfect for

a day out with the kids and an even better

evening out for the adults. Also available

for parties or private hire.

THE VICTORIA OXSHOTT

% 01372 238308

www.thevictoriaoxshott.com

The Victoria Oxshott is a neighbourhood

pub from Matt Larcombe, former head chef

of The Crown at Bray, and Simon King of

Igniting Hospitality from Gordon Ramsey, The

Ritz and Fat Duck heritage. A pub has always

been the heart of a community and this

establishment is an exceptional new offer for

Surrey. The Victoria offers an amazing dining

experience with a menu of elevated British

classics including fish & chips, steaks, gourmet

burgers and traditional Sunday Roasts.

THAI TERRACE

% 01483 503350

WWW.THAITERRACE.CO.UK

Award-winning restaurant, Thai Terrace,

serves only the finest, authentic Thai food.

Located behind Guildford Castle this

stunning rooftop restaurant offers superb

panoramic views across the whole of the

historic market town of Guildford. Choose to

eat in the main restaurant with its exquisite

décor or dine al fresco under the stars on

the outdoor terrace. There’s also a grand bar

area for pre-dinner drinks.

63RD + 1ST

% 0330 4605555

WWW.63RDAND1ST.CO.UK

Inspired by the original Manhattan Bar that

TGI had on 63rd and 1st, the US conglomerate

has diversified launching a new, more upmarket

enterprise. Interestingly, the only two 63RD &

1sts are in NYC and Cobham, Surrey. As much

as our reviewers wanted to dislike the start of

the new chain; the service, food, décor and

cocktails requests we tested them on – were on

point. A brave, bold move but this restaurant

excelled on every level.

THE HIVE

% 07824 846941

www.packhouse.com

The Hive at The Packhouse serves Mozzo

Coffee, Birchalls Teas, Nordic Wellness

drinks and much more. For those looking

for snacks or a light lunch; pastries, cookies,

cakes, toasted sandwiches and other delights

are available from 9.30am to 5pm Monday

to Friday and 10am to 4pm on weekends.

They also offer the best ice-cream from top

local supplier, Meadow Cottage Farm, and

have fantastic outdoor pods with WiFi for an

exclusive gastronomy experience.

LUCIO’S

info@lucios.co.uk

@LUCIOSCOFFEEDELI

Focused on the best quality ingredients,

original Italian coffee shop and delicatessen,

Lucio’s is bringing fresh, authentic, Artisanal

produce to Surrey. On their menus are

arancini’s, Sicilian style pizzas, sandwiches

from homemade bread and Focaccia,

lasagnes, aubergine bakes and a wide

selection of cakes and Italian sweets.

Launching end of September in

Leatherhead to eat in or takeaway.

THE LOST BOY

% 01252 947252

WWW.THELOSTBOYFARNHAM.CO.UK

Pizza, pasta and burgers are the best here.

Sunday Roasts have been described as

“exceptional - a new era for dining with

an edge”. Don’t get lost with Lost Boys in

Farnham, the menu is vast and may fool

you, but they are the talk of the town at the

moment. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and

Dinner – this new gastropub is exceptional

in terms of service, décor and quality.

THE PALM HOUSE

% 01252 781423

www.palm-house.co.uk

Make a day of it and combine your

Packhouse shopping trip with breakfast,

lunch or afternoon tea at the newly

opened Palm House, with its beautiful

art deco inspired botanical interior. Enjoy

late night shopping until 7pm followed by

dinner on Thursday and Friday evenings,

or make Saturday night extra special with

dinner from the exquisite brasserie style

menu by Head Chef Nico Scarsini.

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RED BAR & CAFÉ

% 01932 850222

www.red-restaurant.co.uk

Popular Weybridge bar and restaurant

Red is now offering a brunch, lunch and

dinner option for Surrey residents from

Tuesday to Saturday. Get in early for a

fantastic coffee and breakfast/brunch served

from 9.30am to midday and then enjoy lunch

and dinner till late. Great food, décor and

service as always with Red. Plus, there are

great deals to be had with Thursday diners

enjoying 40% off their food bill.

POUNDING HEART

% 01372 700901

POUNDINGHEARTESHER

Pounding Heart Cocktail Bar & Pan Asian

Kitchen celebrates the flavours of Pan

Asian cuisine in a welcoming, exciting,

vibrant and fun environment. Their cocktail

bar is a social destination, serving popular

cocktails and artesian spirits throughout

the day with great 2 for £12 offers. The

Esher-based restaurant creates delicious

authentic Chinese & Indian cuisine for

lunch and dinner.

ARTO RESTAURANT

% 01306 644844

WWW.ARTORESTAURANT.CO.UK

Arto is an independent restaurant

in the heart of Dorking High Street that

offers a varied menu, inspired by the

idea of simple and honest cooking with

a Mediterranean twist. Experience classic

recipes to new age kitchen adventures,

where each dish reflects Arto’s

passion for the highest quality food

using only the freshest ingredients.

The Watermill

The_watermill_dorking

www.thewatermill-dorking.co.uk

Opening this month, The Watermill offers

an array of classic pub dishes, fusing tradition

and innovation. The pub is all about great

social food, from sharing plates and stix, to

artisan pizzas and brunch. For those seeking

the perfect spot for a nightcap there’s an

extensive drinks menu featuring crafted cocktails

and classic martinis. The Watermill’s Christmas

menu, available from opening, is packed with

festive delights such as free-range Bronze

turkey, venison and gingerbread trifle.

TREND 1

TREND1

% 01372 372771

Newly opened, Trend 1, in Leatherhead High

Street is a delicatessen on the ground floor and

late-night wine and piano bar on its second

floor. Enjoy the finest Italian food for lunch,

dinner, takeaways, events and private parties.

A perfect spot - also with an outside lounge

terrace - to enjoy fine wine, delicious food and

a great atmosphere. From Giovanni Agozzino -

the owner of popular Italian restaurant, L’Ultimo,

so you know it’s going to be Amazing.

THE IVY COBHAM BRASSERIE

% 01932 2901777

WWW.THEIVYCOBHAM BRASSERIE.COM

With something for everyone, The Ivy

Cobham Brasserie offers an all-day menu

that ranges from lunch through to dinner

including light snacks, and sandwiches.

Now with a dedicated weekend brunch

menu with some delicious alternatives to

their mid-week à la carte and a drinks menu

featuring much loved cocktails, including

some classic favourites served with a twist.

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Pounding Heart Cocktail Bar & Pan Asian Kitchen celebrates the flavours of

Asian cuisine in a welcoming, vibrant and fun environment.

Tuesdays to Saturdays: Happy Hour cocktails 2 for £12 (6pm to 9pm)

Thursday Nights: Live Singers

Weekends: Dim-Sum Bottomless Brunch

DJ’s playing the finest in Latin, Funky, Soulful House and Disco.

01372 700901 hello@poundingheart.co.uk poundingheartesher

110 High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9QL


The Modern British

Sharing Plate Concept

Comes to Surrey.

Rind - Wine & Cheese - 2021

48 High Street. Leatherhead. KT22 8AJ

01372 377892

saycheeseandwine@gmail.com

www.the-rind.co.uk

Rind.uk


RESTAURANT REVIEW

TREND 1 TANTALISES

New Italian delicatessen and wine bar, Trend 1, offers the

finest Italian food and drink to eat in or takeaway in the

heart of Leatherhead High Street.

Choose from the finest Italian cured meats, charcuterie, cheese,

arancini, desserts, pastries, cakes and the best Italian condiments.

It’s extensive drinks menu includes fantastic Italian, French and

New Zealand wines and a great selection of cocktails and Italian

aperitifs.

From the owner of popular mainstay restaurant, L’Ultimo –

located just opposite Trend 1 in Leatherhead; the new Italian

inspired venue offers a fully stocked delicatessen on the ground

floor - which is now open 7 days a week from 9am to 7pm and a

late-night wine/piano bar open on the second floor which opens

from 8.30pm till late Thursday to Sunday evenings.

Trend 1 caters for hot or cold food for breakfast, lunch, dinner

and takeaways as well as events and private parties for up to 60

guests.

Also available are hampers which make a perfect gift idea for

your loved ones this Christmas packed full of Italian goodies. It

can be personalised too to suit cheese, meat or wine lovers. Pop

in and ask Giovanni and the team to create something special at a

budget to suit you.

Trend 1 is a perfect spot, also with an outside lounge terrace, to

enjoy fine wine, food and a great atmosphere.

Also, every Thursday to Sunday Trend 1 has live music from

8.30pm till late featuring the best in local talent including local

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Leatherhead singer and pianist Hannah Perrin and Weybridge

singer, lyricist and chart topper Agnes Jones.

OUR EXPERIENCE

We were pleasantly surprised on arrival to Trend 1, the service

was warm and welcoming, and we were asked where we wanted


RESTAURANT REVIEW

to sit - a nice touch in a restaurant when three or more tables

were available, as was the case on our Thursday review night.

We decided to sit near to the piano as we heard the

great news a live singer was due on at 8.30pm.

We started off with a cocktail – the Mojito

was amazing and had lots of lime but not too

much sweetness from the brown sugar and

the Daquiri was amazing too. The glasses

were huge too – another bonus!

We opted for a meat and cheese sharing

platter instead of the usual courses and

it was the perfect accompaniment to the evening. There’s

something truly wonderful about breaking bread with friends – it

is so sociable.

Our waiter asked us if we preferred red or white so to pair us

with the right wines to go with our dinner. We opted for red and

an Italian favourite Negramaro from Puglia was recommended.

It went so well with our platter and did not break the bank either

at £5.50 for a large glass or £27.00 for the bottle.

The singer came on at 8.30pm as advised and

wowed the wine bar – the piano playing in the

background is such an elegant touch to an

evening out. We could have been in Capri not

Leatherhead High Street!

SUMMARY

In summary, I have to say we had a blast

and stayed on for another cocktail to enjoy

the music and ambience.

Food wise there was the widest selection

of Italian cured meats and hams and the

cheese was sublime. The fresh bread had lots of

doughiness and crunchy crust – perfect for eating with

the cheese, ham, olive and condiments on offer. Even the

breadsticks were good too!

We will definitely be back.

CONTACT

01372 372771

info@trend1.co.uk

www.trend1.co.uk

31 High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey

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LET THE FES

This month started off with my son Zachary’s 4th

Birthday Party which was pretty epic. As he is

obsessed with pirates, we went for a pirate theme

party in a local hall (which is definitely the way forward

when you have 20 four-year olds running around!) My mum

aka party planner extraordinaire managed to source a giant

pirate ship prop which is actually used for film sets. So extra

I know but anything to keep the little ones entertained! Lots

Ria

Elaina

Atkins

A Mum’s Life

Let me introduce myself – I’m

Ria, Mum of two, married to my

handsome hubby.

I’m born and bred in my beloved

Surrey and spend most of my time

between here and London.

I’m a handbag and shoe addict and

lover of all things luxe.

To find out more about

Ria’s luxe lifestyle follow her on

Instagram @ria.elaina

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of fun was had all round

with the pirate entertainers,

including a Jack Sparrow

lookalike, who was a huge

hit with the mums! For more

information on who we used

for the suppliers, please

check out my Instagram.

With the festivities

kicking off in full swing

this year, it’s no wonder

that people want to go

all out when it comes to

decorations. I think it’s a

wonderful way to express

your creativity and makes for

such a lovely atmosphere.

While traditionalists believe

that Christmas trees should

go up 12 days before

Christmas, we love to enjoy

the festivities for a little

longer and so our tree is

up by mid-November. The

wonderful Fabienne Egger

and her team helped me

style it by sourcing some

wonderful decorations. I

also have a collection of

my own decorations from

over the years which gives

my tree some history and

meaning.

London is my absolute

favourite city in the world,

there’s no place like it.

The dark late afternoons

of December help make

the lights and Christmas

decorations all the more

spectacular. My favourite

place to eat out at

Christmas is 34 Mayfair.

It’s named ‘Miracle at 34’

because of its extravagant

festive makeover which

features 14,000 decorations covering every inch

of the wall and ceilings. It certainly is a dazzling

festive haven.

London hotels are fabulous for those festive

celebrations. My favourites being The Savoy

and Claridges. The Savoy always has a special

place in my heart as it is where I got married

8 years ago. This year their decorations have

transformed the hotel into a magical forest

of tapering trees dripping with champagne

coloured ornaments and lights. They have

partnered with Nyetimber, which if you didn’t

know, is the leading English sparkling wine

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producer and is absolutely delicious. The iconic

unveiling of the Claridges Christmas tree has everyone

in suspense. Each year they collaborate with a leading

creative from a fashion house to create a unique tree.

Rumour has it that this year the collaboration is with

Dior, I cannot wait to see that one.

The most magical place for families at this time

of year has to be Lapland UK. It is a fully immersive

experience including a theatre show, building your own

toy in the toy factory, decorating gingerbread men with

Mother Christmas, ice skating, seeing real life reindeer

and meeting the main man himself, Father Christmas.

Each family gets to meet with him in a cosy log cabin

with a roaring fire after having been lead through a forest

with snow topped pine trees by a friendly elf. Whilst we

were waiting to be seen an elf discreetly checked that

Santa had all of Zachary’s personal details to make his

meeting with him extra special, which it certainly was!

Whatever you wish for, the best gift of all, is love.

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till 7pm.

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THE WATERMILL

WOWS LOCALS

ollowing months of

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and canapes from their carefully

curated pub menu while enjoying

tours of the extensive new 310

capacity gastro pub destination with

its Box Hill views and live music from

local singers.

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CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

COMES TO OXSHOTT

he Oxshott Village Christmas Spectacular,

organised by local businessman James Davis and

sponsored by Oxshott Properties Ltd, kicked off

the start of Christmas with a fun filled evening of

festive activities. John and Toni Terry turned on the

Christmas lights followed by an evening full to the

brim with locals and familiar faces; such as model

Olivia Arben, actress and singer Ciara and Måns

Zelmerlöw and footballers Matt Jarvis and Scott Dan,

at the newly reopened The Victoria Oxshott in the

High Street.

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Surrey Hills, supported by the community themselves.

The event was held as a celebration of the Surrey Hills

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and of

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Tarot Card Of The Month

Let’s see what December will bring for you

Where Did Tarot Begin?

Before we start talking about the card of the

month, let’s dig a little deeper into the history of

Tarot. Many people believe that Tarot is something

to be afraid of, but this isn’t the case. When

they were first created, Tarot cards were used as

just another card game. As printing hadn’t been

invented yet, each Tarot card was handmade, which

meant it cost a considerable amount of money to

buy them. Therefore, they were the most popular

amongst wealthy families. The universal use of

Tarot cards started in the 1700’s, when Jean-

Baptise Alliette published the first guide to Tarot

reading.

How Does Tarot Work?

When imagining a Tarot reader, do you think of a

woman in dark robes with candles and a crystal ball

in front of her? If the answer is yes, don’t worry,

most people imagine this too! However, this isn’t

(necessarily) true. In reality, Tarot cards aren’t made

to predict someone’s fortune or future, they are

merely tools to connect you to your higher self.

They are messages from the universe, but it is all

down to you to understand and address what they

are saying. Tarot cards don’t make any decisions for

you, but instead guide you to make decisions for

yourself.

How To Make The Most Of Your

Tarot Reading

Getting a Tarot reading is a special thing and of course, you

want to make the most out of it. First, remember that you

don’t have to go into a reading with a question in mind. It

is the job of the Tarot cards and the reader to guide you in

the direction you are meant to go down. Second, yes or no

answers won’t be as simple as you want them to be. Tarot

is a journey and it may take a while to come to a conclusion

that feels right. Lastly, Tarot is all about you. This is your

time and it is up to you to take it. Both the cards and the

reader are there to discuss your life, so don’t be afraid to

open up, they are only there to help you.

The High Priestess

Now for the fun part, your Tarot card of the month is

none other than The High Priestess. The High Priestess

is the guardian of the subconscious mind and wants

you to know that the world isn’t always as it seems. She

symbolises wisdom and shows that December is set to

bring enlightenment to you. Now is the time to remain

calm so that you can tap into your spiritual side. Access

your inner wisdom and use the information that comes

to you to connect with your true self. Look for areas in

your life that seem out of balance and use that sense of

calm to fix them. The High Priestess is a sign that you

are on the right path and is calling you to embrace your

compassionate and empathetic side.

By Pia Louisa

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December 2021

Hot Stars!

Your December Astro Forecast from Astro-Mama

Aries

21 MAR – 20 APR

Don’t leave home without a Plan B if

travelling on the 4th. A total eclipse

in your house of mass transit and long

journeys could send you down a blind

alley. Or you are setting out minus

the facts. This house also rules legal

matters, learning and mass media - the

internet being the one media outlet

we all have access to. Eclipses cover

up. You’re in the dark and someone

moved the light switch. It’s what you’re

not being told or can’t see yet that

matters. Career moves or even your

love life needs careful planning and

consideration now. Wait for the New

Year to undertake that job search or

start swiping. Before the year’s out it’s

as if someone turned that light back

on or you’ve got a high speed link

to hidden truths. It’ll set you free by

January, Aries.

Taurus

21 APR – 20 MAY

Is someone being all precious about

something even though it’s the

season for giving? (Add a Gollum-like

hiss for emphasis!) This can revolve

around money, assets, possessions

or even those precious ideas and

beliefs. Anyway, they’re holding on

and refusing to budge or simply not

sharing. It’s all theirs and that’s not

changing. If you are involved with

anything which involves deal making

or breaking around the total eclipse on

the 4th, the other side may refuse to

budge or someone just isn’t about to

change their position. Wait until after

the 21st if you can. The year ahead

expands your horizons via friends and

people you meet. You’ve so much

support around you now, Taurus, that

you no longer have to put up with

anyone who isn’t willing to compromise

or meet you halfway.

Gemini

22 MAY – 21 JUNE

Does someone make you go ho-ho-ho

or ho-ho hmmmmm, Gemini? The total

eclipse in your partnership zone on the

4th is all very C+C Music Factory Retro. As

in things that ‘Make you go hmmmmm’

feel you don’t have the big picture or that

someone is holding something back?

What emerges from the shadows are true

colours and eventually the truth. Especially

if this isn’t the first time they’ve had you

hmmmmm-ing along. Expect illumination

by the 19th and a big reveal. Single? Not

the time to ask Santa for that red hot lover

as chances are they’ve gone back to the

North Pole by January. And if it’s not right,

nothing now will keep you there. From the

21st, you realise you’re more powerful and

capable than you’ve been giving yourself

credit for. Hopefully those close to you see

you in the same light. Next year brings

solutions, opportunities and the sheer bliss

of expansion again.

Cancer

22 JUNE – 23 JULY

As you head towards 2022 you’re in a

deep cycle of healing where hearts are

mended and you step free of wounds,

trauma and heartache. Go with your

gut on the 4th when a total eclipse hits

your sign on the 6th. Especially when it

comes to what your body is telling you.

‘Tis the season to be jolly and as the Sun

arrives in your 7th of partnerships on the

21st, that includes someone to be jolly

with. That healing could take place via

a second time around love as you are

one of the signs where kiss and make up

under that mistletoe is possible now. The

holiday season won’t see you slow down

as you’re the gangster of go-getting

glory when it comes to tackling those

tasks. This sees you ready to kick back

and enjoy the holidays before revving

it up again ahead of a year designed to

take you places, Cancer.

Leo

24 JULY – 23 AUG

When your ruler the Sun is eclipsed – love,

or your signature Leo shine, goes dark.

We have a total solar eclipse on the 4th

so expect a blackout when it comes to

romance, children or what you love to do.

Under an eclipse it’s like mysteries take the

elevator and the truth the stairs but in the

end - both meet on the same floor. Until they

do, wait and use caution. Mars in this sector

makes for impulsiveness which is the one

thing you want to avoid now. And that hot

lover could turn out to be so not by January

so try to resist jumping them too. Take time

for the small things and to find the joy in

them. Especially when your Sun moves into

your work and daily support structure sector

on the 21st. If there’s a joy deficit going on,

look at how you can make this right for ‘22.

That’s a year which promises release, passion

and freedom. Don’t worry - even if that

delivery is delayed, the universe has taken

note of just how nice you’ve been.

Virgo

24 AUG – SEPT 3

Love makes the world go round. Love is a

many splendoured thing. Love is actually –

all around you or will be in 2022, Virgo. Just

not right now when it comes to new loves,

okay? So, by all means pucker up with

your current bae or even kiss and make up

with a past one under that mistletoe this

holiday season. But that new one? No, no,

no. Focus your signature attention to detail

on home and family matters as property,

lifestyle or those you live with are a blind

spot this month due to a total eclipse in

this sector of your chart on the 4th. Look

beyond the obvious if involved in real

estate dealings. Or what’s going on with

that close relative, including your children.

Don’t ignore those gut feelings. From the

21st onwards you’re fully embracing the

holiday vibe and it’s time to skip back to

that Christmas past vibe and act like a kid

again. Joy to the world and to love for you

in ‘22, Virgo.

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Libra

24 SEPT – 23 OCT

Take nothing you are told at face

value on the 4th and simply question

everything. Your internet use and

deep fakery are abound due to a total

eclipse in your house of communication.

You should in fact avoid signing any

important documents two days either

side of this eclipse if you can. And read

the small print. Get expert advice if

necessary. Watch where you go on the

internet and avoid suss links or files. If

you feel someone is not being entirely

truthful with you, hold that thought. Yes,

the truth is out there Libra. But you may

have to wait until it emerges. Especially

when coupled with your ruler Venus

retrograde right now. Avoid excess

expenditure and that lover who appears

too good to be true. Whether it’s a

bargain or that potential boo it probably

is. This is a time to revel in what you have

and simply wait for the big reveal when it

comes to hidden information or what you

should do next. ‘22 brings you exactly

what you’ve been wishing or waiting for.

SCORPIO

24 OCT – 22 NOV

Hopefully ‘21 lets in the light for you in

the form of more space and freedom

around where you live or that lifestyle.

If this didn’t happen yet – don’t worry.

‘22 promises your sign gets to move on

up and also lets more love or sees you

realising those ambitions, Scorpio. For

now however, keep a tight grip on those

purse strings as a total eclipse hits your

money zone on the 4th. The ruler of this

house, Venus happens to be retrograde

right now. So, all the more reason not to

see this as the season to splurge. In fact,

stop and ask if you are buying from the

need to fill emotional obligations or that

empty space within you. Making a present

of your presence, time and love for those

you care about could just be sufficient. If

there’s a conversation you need to have in

the name of love, then wait until after the

21st to have it. By the end of the month,

you’ll begin to feel your choices and your

world expand again. Deciding to pursue

that dream in ‘22 may simply be the best

way to spend your resources.

Sagittarius

23 NOV – 21 DEC

Once upon a time there was light in your

life – now there’s only love in the dark. Or

so it may appear when a total eclipse of

the heart hits your sign on the 4th, Sag.

This is a total cover up on an up close and

personal basis. A ‘can’t see the wood for

the trees’ moment where what you need

to know is hidden in plain site but so

obvious you overlook it. Take it you need

to hold off on new beginnings until at least

the end of the month when ruler Jupiter

begins to open doors for you and let in

that light again. Keep a tight rein on your

spending due to Venus which rules your

purse strings as well as those heart strings.

The same goes for giving away your heart.

Don’t. That person may not be worth it.

So, what is the remainder of your birthday

cycle good for? Planning your big moves

for 2022, Sag. Your lifestyle or home

life will get an upgrade. And as for you

standing out and attracting like a sheer

gravitational force – it’s effortless whether

it comes to opportunities or that new love.

Capricorn

22 DEC – 20 JAN

Happy birthday, Capricorn. As we head

towards ‘22 what’s that secret you’re

keeping? I have to ask as you could be

formulating some ambitious moves for

the new year – but are simply not ready

to reveal them yet. Keep them to yourself

and nurture them like precious seedlings

right up until the end of January if

necessary. The total eclipse in your house

of secrets, hidden truths and mysteries

says something big is under wraps. If

it’s not your own plans and you have an

uneasy feeling someone is withholding

the truth from you – know that three

things can’t stay hidden for long. The

Sun, the Moon and yes, the truth. Watch

and wait. You begin your fresh cycle with

Venus planet of love and money in your

sign. This is also about working on a new

version of you behind the scenes. You’re

readying now for a relaunch – to dazzle

and surprise. You may just test it out to

gauge feedback over the holidays. Don’t

be your old self. Becoming someone new

is the ultimate gift.

Aquarius

21 JAN – 19 FEB

Jupiter in your sign should be acting like

Fat Santa right up until Dec 28 when it

enters your money zone. If you are owed

anything – from money to soul satisfying

Pay it Forward karma, get ready to receive

what you’re due now. You’re going to be

on a winning streak from the end of January

onwards. The past catches up with you

this month and you could be hearing from

someone you never thought to again.

Especially around the 4th when we have

a total eclipse. Just ensure that someone

doesn’t have a hidden agenda when they

reach out. It’s also time to rework that vision

board or list of goals to ensure they remain

relevant. Soul satisfaction is on offer this

holiday period and you may be focused on

what money can’t buy you. Friends, family,

connections and the company you keep

for instance. As well as the memories you

make together. You have an opportunity to

reclaim or renew the parts of your past that

still resonate and release those that don’t.

Head into ‘22 with what truly matters.

Pisces

20 FEB – 20 MAR

If you are on the right path, rewards could be

heading your way as ‘21 comes to a close. If

not, expect a break free opportunity following

the total eclipse on the 4th in your house of

career and recognition. But please – guard

your public image and don’t indulge in water

cooler gossip or speculation. Or the Zoom

equivalent in these days of hybrid working.

If there are rumours in your workplace, you

need to stay silent and watch and wait. This

month sees the return of your ancient ruling

planet Jupiter to your sign on the 28th. It will

deliver solutions, opportunities, expansion

and soaring self-confidence in spades. You

are set for a once in many lifetimes kind of

year - where if you take that first step towards

a goal, you will see the universe place so

many ‘lucky’ coincidences, synchronicities

and people in your path it may seem you are

leading a charmed life. Make the most of it

now, Pisces. The only limitations may be the

ones you tell yourself about what you can

have, do or experience. From now until May

‘22 and then again towards the end of the

year, it may simply feel like the holiday season

all the time. Ho ho ho to you.

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Very well actually – a couple of really

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pleasantly surprised - which is pleasing!

HOW MUCH INVOLVEMENT DID YOU

HAVE IN CREATING THE ALBUM

MUSICALLY AND LYRICALLY?

I wrote all the lyrics, some of the music

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‘Hallucinating You’ and ‘Eyes to Blue’.

ARE THERE ARE PLANS TO TOUR

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Yeah definitely, I did a few gigs this

summer but now we’re putting a new

band together and we’re going to start

touring locally around Spring 2022.

Charlie Chandler who has a guitar shop in

Hampton Wick is in the band. He’s a fine

musician and a great character.

WHAT’S YOUR FUNNIEST TOURING/

GIGGING STORY?

I was in a punk group and we performed

at a private gig in Charlbury – ‘Castaway’

actress Amanda Donahue was our lead

vocalist. Unfortunately my bass player

found the wine cellar and got out of his

brains that night! We played so loudly the

cows in the neighbouring field stampeded

and the police had to shut us down!

DO YOU STILL GET SPOTTED IN THE

STREET HAVING PLAYED ‘NASTY

NICK’ FOR 20 YEARS – ARGUABLY

THE LONGEST RUNNING VILLAIN IN

A TV SOAP?

Yes still - even though I’ve not been in the

soap for 5 years! I don’t mind and just get

on with it!

WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING A FAN

HAS SAID TO YOU?

Someone kept calling me Nick in the Post

Office queue. When I said my name was

John she said, “I know that Nick!” That

made me laugh.

DO YOU FIND IT HARD (BEING A NICE

GUY!) THAT PEOPLE STILL ASSOCIATE

YOU WITH NASTY NICK COTTON?

It’s an advantage actually because if

I played a nice character (that hadn’t

murdered 4 people in EastEnders) more

people might be coming up to me right

now!

WHAT WAS IT LIKE STARRING

ALONGSIDE EASTENDERS GREATS

LIKE DAME BARBARA WINDSOR,

(YOUR ON-SCREEN ‘MA) JUNE

BROWN AND MARTIN KEMP?

Dame Barbara Windsor was a lovely soul

– we became great friends and I got on

really well with Scott her husband. I gave

her a lovely hug last time I saw her. As

we’re both Surrey residents June Brown

and I got on from day one and I still speak

to her as often as possible. Actually thanks

for reminding me, I’m going to call her

today! Martin’s a lovely man and Spandau

Ballet are a class act.

WHO WAS THE MOST FUN OF THE

EASTENDERS CAST TO WORK WITH

AND WHY?

June was great fun – we had some heavy

scenes but we always had a laugh. One

time when we came to the end of a scene

in the launderette we just carried on adlibbing!

We improvised for an extra 3

minutes and the crew were looking baffled

as the script had ended – eventually they

called “cut!”. Gary Whelan was a good

laugh too and we used to do a lot of onset

pranks. One time he missed an Italian

meal I cooked for him so I posted it to him

in a jiffy bag.

IF YOU HAD TO TAKE THREE THINGS

TO A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT WOULD

THEY BE?

Margot Robbie for company, The Beatles

White album to listen to and The Complete

Works of Charles Dickens to read.

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN THE

MOVIE VERSION OF YOUR LIFE?

Someone very handsome, slim, dark hair

and brown eyes (who loves music and

movies!) Casting now… please get in

touch!

IF YOU COULD PERPETUATE A MYTH

ABOUT YOUSELF WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I was offered a knighthood but turned it

down!

John Altman is best known for playing

Dot Cotton’s son ‘Nasty Nick’ in

EastEnders from the soap’s debut

in 1985 till his onscreen death in

2015. Despite being most well-known

for acting (also starring in 1979 hit

‘Quadrophenia’) Surrey resident John

has always had a passion for music

appearing in various musicals being

the frontman for The Heavy Metal

Kids. He has just released a 12-track

self-penned album called “Never Too

Late to Rock and Roll” and is in the

process of setting up a new band.

WHO ARE YOUR 4 IDEAL DINNER

PARTY GUESTS?

Stephen Fry, Paul McCartney, David

Attenborough and Euro News reporter

Anelise Borges.

BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN?

Actor Ron Moody said, “If you love acting

– just go for it.” I worked my way up from

backstage to treading the boards after

this single piece of simplistic advice.

MOST EMBARRASSING ITEM IN YOUR

WARDROBE?

Cherry red platform boots – I’ve given

them away to a charity shop now though.

WHAT ALL THE LADIES WANT TO

KNOW, ARE YOU SINGLE?

At present yes!

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A WOMAN?

Blonde hair, blue eyes, adventurous,

tidiness, femininity and a sense of humour

please!

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING

UP?

A film director. I’ve directed short films

but directing a feature length film is still

something I’d want to do in the future.

WORST HABIT?

Impatience can’t queue!

IF YOU WERE AN ANIMAL WHAT

WOULD YOU BE?

One that’s hunted or humiliated probably!

But I love water so I’m going to choose a

dolphin.

FRIDAY NIGHT OUT OR SUNDAY DAY

IN?

Sunday chill in day for sure.

WHAT´S THE BEST THING ABOUT

SURREY?

So many good restaurants, rivers, parks

and stunning views. I recently discovered

Leith Hill and love it there.

WORST THING?

The Box junction on the one-way system

in Kingston!! Apparently the council

made over a million in fines last year.

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