Ask The Expert
Behind the Wheel
of the Lexus RX
Inside this issue:
10 VERITY BOWDITCH
20 OLLIE OLLERTON
32 MARK-FRANCIS VANDELLI
Ask The Expert
8 FRAGRANCE FAUX PAS
28 WINTER ON THE WATER
38 HOME STORAGE IDEAS
50 HELP KIDS DECOMPRESS
Xmas Gift Guide
4 GIFTS FOR HER
14 ADVENT CALENDARS
30 GIFTS FOR HIM
36 GIFTS FOR THE HOME
40 KITCHEN COMPANIONS
52 CHRISTMAS TOY GUIDE
60 FESTIVE FOOD
62 FESTIVE FIZZ
74 PARTY SEASON DRINKS
80 FAMILY CHRISTMAS
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16 TECH-TASTIC TREATS
24 ACTIVE AFFLUENT
40 KITCHEN COMPANIONS
44 SLOAN! BABY
46 SLOAN! KIDS
58 FANCY FOOTWEAR
66 LEXUS RX
70 TASTY TIPPLES
64 FRIMLEY HALL
68 TYLNEY HALL
72 BARNETT HILL
76 COPPA CLUB
78 BALMER LAWN
79 HOLIDAY INN OXFORD
82 YOTEL LONDON CITY
83 APTEL EAST
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Gifts for Her
Check out our Editor’s Top Picks
from the world of beauty, skincare
and fashion that are under £50
Lash Coat Waterproof Topcoat Mascara
is a simple yet effective way to turn your
everyday mascara into a smudge-proof
waterproof formula in one easy stroke!
£4.50 from www.w7makeup.co.uk
Lashtastic Mascara gives falseeffect
lashes thanks to its thick
barrel wand and short bristles for
big, bold and beautiful lashes.
£4.50 from www.w7makeup.co.uk
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Hey You, You’re A Bright
Light Kit promises luminous
skin with Guava Vitamin C
Bright-Eye Gel Cream, Guava
Vitamin C + Ferulic Dark
Spot Serum and Plum Plump
£44 at www.cultbeauty.co.uk
ARRAN SENSE OF SCOTLAND
After The Rain Hand Care Gift Set
with hand wash and hand cream
in the sensual signature scent
of rose petals, musk and floral
citrus, mixed with the soft notes of
Arran’s precious woods.
£30 from arran.com
Skin Base Pressed Powder has a
smooth velvet-matte finish and
silky ultra-fine formula to help
blur imperfections and absorb
shine. This pressed powder blends
easily to set your base make-up
for a flawless complexion all day.
£30 from www.illamasqua.com
Olverum Body Cleanser was created
specifically for dry or dehydrated skin but
we can all enjoy the mild luxurious lather
and celebrated aromatic blend of essential
oils synonymous with the iconic Bath Oil.
£26.50 from Harvey Nichols, SpaceNK
These stunning IKRUSH Gracie
Velour Knee High Boots have an
elasticated back, platform base with
a cleated sole and zip closure up the
side. Great teamed with skinny jeans.
£24.99 from www.yumi.co.uk
My Atlantis Pressed Pigment Palette
contains 18 opulent shades of soft neutrals,
blushed pinks and delicate purples.
£9.95 from www.w7makeup.co.uk
Just Tinted Natural Skin Tinted Moisturiser for
those no-makeup makeup days is formulated with
Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide to hydrate and
brighten skin whilst giving soft light coverage.
£6.50 from www.w7makeup.co.uk
Photoshoot Foundation is a
creamy foundation for longlasting,
budge-proof full coverage.
£4.95 from www.w7makeup.co.uk
Legend Lasting Wear Foundation has a
dewy feel that leaves a matte finish with a
medium to full coverage. Lasts for hours
whilst sitting comfortably on the skin.
£4.95 from www.w7makeup.co.uk
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From luxury jewellery to life goals musthaves,
we’ve got you covered this Xmas
Find inspiration in the
Rocketbook Panda Planner’s
reusable monthly, weekly,
and daily planning pages
which help you take back
control of your life, one
page at a time. Then, use the
innovative synthetic paper
which allows you to write
smoothly with a Pilot FriXion
pen, then magically wipe
your planner clean with a
damp cloth to crush your
life goals year after year.
The Rocketbook system
handwriting surfaces with
the power of the cloud.
£38.99 at Amazon, WH
Smiths and Currys
A must-have addition to every
jewellery collection, this beautiful
sterling silver cubic zirconia three
row ring is feminine and elegant.
Designed in a cross-over style,
the two cubic zirconia encrusted
bands are separated by a polished
silver band, which accentuates the
ring’s dramatic sparkle perfectly.
An ideal addition to your every day
wardrobe, this stunning ring will
complement any of your styles.
£125 from Beaverbrooks
Created by CIGA Design,
the R Series Denmark Rose
Quartz Edition watch is
a fusion of Scandinavian
minimalist design and
oriental imagery combined
to create to classic beauty of
the Danish rose. Featuring
natural mother of pearl to
capture the light, each watch
features the natural texture
making every piece
unique. A timeless and
elegant watch that will
go with anything.
REHAB. your hair bundle is
the complete package for hairconscious
It contains everything you
need to revive and restore your
personal hair routine.
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Libre Le Parfum makes an
olfactive statement with its
unapologetically spicy notes.
Crafted exclusively for YSL,
the saffron accord is at the
heart of the fragrance and
harvested directly from the
Ourika Gardens in Morocco, a
tribute to Mr. Saint Laurent’s
favourite ‘fleur de feu’, the
saffron flower. The spice of the
key notes is set against a smooth
and velvety base which fuses
delicious vanilla and honey
with warm vetiver for depth and
£62 from yslbeauty.co.uk
Make your journeys more
comfortable with the HoMedics
Gel Shiatsu Portable Pillow with
soothing heat function. Whether you
have a long flight or a train journey,
you can count on its Shiatsu massage
technology to relieve your tensed
muscles and knead away the everyday
aches. Ergonomically designed for multiple
use on legs, lumbar, shoulders and neck.
Comes with rechargeable batteries.
£99.99 from Homedics.co.uk and Amazon
The EM[POWER]ED Eyeshadow
Palette boasts a luxurious line-up
of buttery-smooth golds, coppers,
browns, and neutrals in a variety
of textures including intensely
pigmented mattes, creamy gel-liner
hybrids, foiled chrome metallics, and
a blingy wet-look shimmer. Effortlessly
easy to apply, build & blend, this palette
is perfect for creating a number of looks
from smoky eye to metallic and more.
£58 from Sephora.co.uk
Matching a tapered barrel with
sweeping curves, the Hugo Boss
Essential Ballpoint Pen has an
elegant, modern feel. Finished
with an intricate diamond pattern
engraved into the matte black cap
and barrel, and combined with a
flash of rose gold, the pen exudes
understated luxury. With a pleasing
weight, the pen has a timeless appeal.
£90.25 from www.penheaven.co.uk
Make a statement in glitzy rose gold with
the Filofax Saffiano Special Edition A5
Organiser. It’s packed with useful features,
such as the clearly laid-out diary with a
double-page spread for each week, coloured
notepaper and more, whilst the cover
features card slots, pen loop and somewhere
to tuck your notepad. Pen Heaven also offer
an in-house engraving service.
£47.50 from www.penheaven.co.uk
A top feature of the stylish
Libertto leather boot is
a herringbone patterned
elasticated panel, allowing
for the perfect fit for all
day comfort. Libertto also
has a full-length inside
zip which will make
getting out and about so
quick and easy. With their
shape and brilliantly
flexible sole you’ll find
this long boot super
all day wear.
for truly happy
feet that can
stride in style!
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Top Ten Fragrance Faux Pas
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Here are the top ten fragrance mistakes you probably
didn’t even realise you were doing wrong as
highlighted by the experts at The Fragrance Shop.
1. YOU RUB YOUR WRISTS TOGETHER AFTER
Although an excellent pulse point to spray perfume
on, rub your wrists together after you spray creates
friction and generates heat, which breaks down
the fragrance’s delicate notes and makes it develop
in a way that was not intended. When you spray a
fragrance, the top and middle notes should appear
(and disappear) first, while the base notes will last
the longest. Don’t damage the fragrance profile by
slamming your wrists together. Just spritz and let it
2. YOU ONLY SPRAY PERFUME ON YOUR
When applying perfume, you should layer it and
spray on various pulse points. Fragrance is activated
by heat, and different parts of the body warm up
at different times, meaning your scent will be
regenerated throughout the day. As a general rule of
thumb, apply on pulse points: below earlobes, inside
elbows, back of knees, ankles, base of neck, inside
wrists. Other good places to apply are on the chest,
on shoulders, and back of the neck at the hairline.
Spray about 20cm away from your skin as an even
spray over a wider area will help your fragrance last
longer than a generous amount in a small area.
3. YOU OVERDO IT
It’s very easy to get trigger-happy with your favourite
fragrance and spray it continuously all over. But one
short spritz per pulse point is all you need as you
don’t want to overpower passers-by. Also, if you’re
using a cologne or EDP you can spray on less than
you would when wearing an EDT or body mist. This
is because an EDP typically contains 15-30% and
can last up to 8-10 hours, compared to an EDT which
typically contains around 8-15% fragrance oil and
lasts around 4-6 hours.
4. YOU LAYER YOUR PRODUCTS
Sometimes our fragrance can get lost amongst the
other scents of our other body products. This includes
deodorant, body cream, body wash face oil, etc, these
are all competing with your perfume to step into the
fragrance spotlight. If you want your scent to stand
out, use odourless or fragrance-free deodorants and
5. YOU APPLY PERFUME ON DRY SKIN
The oils in our skin actually help a fragrance last
longer, this is because the oils dissolve and retain
scent molecules. Therefore, the oilier your skin, the
more intense a fragrance will be and the longer it
will last. The best time to spray perfume is actually
straight after coming out of the shower. This is
because the moisture gives your scent something to
hold on to.
But if you have dry skin, you’ll need to add
something to act as a barrier between your skin and
your fragrance, such as a Vaseline on your pulse
points, a fragrance-free body lotion, or a matching
moisturiser to your perfume that can double the life
of your liquid fragrance on dry skin.
6. YOU STORE YOUR PERFUME INCORRECTLY
Heat, light and humidity can all affect your perfume.
Your fragrances may look pretty on your vanity or
bathroom shelf, but to preserve them, store them in a
cool dark place away from heat and direct sunlight.
If a fragrance gets hot and cold a lot, it causes it to
‘sweat’ and condensation can get into the fragrance
which can ruin it.
7. YOU TEST A FRAGRANCE ON A BLOTTER
AND NOT ON YOUR SKIN
Whilst a blotter can be an excellent indication of
fragrance notes, it’s not going to show you how a
fragrance works on your skin. To be sure a fragrance
is the right one for you, you need to test it on your
skin and then leave it on for a few hours to see how it
8. YOU DON’T PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR SKIN
Oily skins hold fragrance differently to dry skin
types. Skin oils seem to enhance notes and boost
lighter notes, whilst sweet notes can almost turn
sugary. Fresh citrus notes on oilier skin types really
pop and are long-lasting. Heavy fragrance notes such
as oud are beautiful on dry skin types, deep base
notes sit without becoming overbearing.
9. YOU DON’T FACTOR IN YOUR SKIN’S PH
Your PH level and body chemistry are also believed
to affect the way your perfume smells on you in
comparison to another person. Your PH level can be
affected by what you use when showering and even
the warmth of your skin can make a scent deeper.
10. YOU DON’T CONSIDER THE SEASON
Perfume is very sensitive to climates and in colder
temperatures, the evaporation rate slows down, so top
and heart notes last much longer and you might find
that your scent doesn’t project as much in the winter.
This is because the perfume molecules move at a
much slower pace in cool air.
As well as this, our bodies change to be less
hospitable. Our skin tends to become dryer in the
cold which can make it difficult for scent to ‘stick’
as scent molecules are attracted to oils. Receptors
in our nose instinctively bury themselves deeper in
protection from the cold, which can mildly suppress
our sense of smell.
So there you have it. Now you’ll never knowingly
make a fragrance faux pas again!
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People just think
they know me
for being on TV.
Once they delve
a bit deeper, their
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SLOAN! chats to Verity Bowditch about life after
reality TV, the story behind Clean Kitchen Club
and the challenges & joys of being an entrepreneur
What was the inspiration behind
creating Clean Kitchen Club?
My business partner, ex YouTuber
V Mikey Pearce, went back to his family
house in lockdown, started eating
more vegan food and lost a lot of weight.
He thought if a normal guy like him could
benefit from swapping to vegan food and
see a benefit for himself and the planet,
then the mainstream market should too.
I am really passionate about the benefits of
plant-based food. Firstly, it’s cruelty free
(I am a massive animal lover). Secondly,
it’s the easiest way to lower your carbon
footprint. And third and finally, it has so
many health benefits. This is my inspiration
to drive the brand forward.
So, we decided to bring vegan food to
the mainstream and change perceptions
by linking vegan food with influencers,
brunch parties and popular culture.
We now have six sites in London and our
new Battersea Power Station restaurant will
be our flagship. It’s going to be so cool,
anyone coming to London has to check it
out! It’s the future of food and you would
never know it’s all vegan when you taste it.
You mentioned Mikey Pearce, your
S business partner for Clean Kitchen
Club. What are the 5 key traits you
look for in a business partner?
Loyalty. Ambition. Hard working.
V Thinking outside the box. And finally,
you can get along with them and have
a laugh as you’ll be spending a lot of time
It’s a big jump from a science degree
S to reality TV to being an entrepreneur.
What have been some of your most
memorable challenges on that journey?
A big one used to be being taken
V seriously in business. People just think
they know me for being on TV. Once
they delve a bit deeper, their preconceptions
change and we could talk on a business
level. Now I am a bit more developed in this
world, it doesn’t happen so much!
Another challenge was having to
understand different industries quickly!
Reality TV is a weird one to get your head
around. It’s a big learning experience about
yourself as you are put into exaggerated
situations you would never be in in real
life. Then you add raising money to get the
investment needed to expand your business
to the mix, and having to understand
the finance & investment side of things.
Although I have to say this was an aspect
I actually really ended up enjoying! Not to
mention having to learn on the job while
you create a quick service restaurant chain
and getting to grips with the operational
side of the business. There have been so
What advice would you give to
anyone wanting to change their career
Like a lot of people, I used to think I
V would have one job for my whole life.
I thought I wanted to be a doctor, and
then a lawyer. But in life one thing leads
to another and I have ended up saying
yes to most opportunities. I’ve never
turned anything down because I love to be
challenged. This has led me to where I am
now and I’m so happy for it. So the advice
I would give is never say no if it makes you
feel uncomfortable or is a risk, it could lead
you to being even happier and fulfilling
your true passion. And don’t agree to things
to make someone else happy in your career.
Do it for you, I have learnt that!
What would you say are the benefits to
following a plant-based diet?
Most importantly for me it’s the fact
that it’s cruelty free and no animals
were harmed in the process.
With regards to healthy living, a plantbased
diet is rich in antioxidants which
are great to keep you young, healthy and
able to combat disease. It is also low in
saturated fat and cholesterol. Swapping to a
plant-based diet will make you feel so much
healthier. Just make sure you are getting
enough protein through healthy meat
substitutes, protein shakes, lentils, pulses,
And not forgetting its impact on the
environment. Swapping our factory
farmed beef in particular for a plant-based
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alternative has a massive positive impact on your
personal carbon footprint.
In your opinion, how do you see the Plant Based
Dining Out trend developing in the coming
A study showed 30% of ‘young people’ (Gen
V Z) say that they are trying to be vegetarian
or vegan. With a further 10% saying they are
cutting down on red meat. We expect to see supply
and demand kick in, so be prepared to see a lot more
plant-based options out there.
Which three people (dead or alive) would you
invite to your dream (plant-based) dinner and
David Attenborough - he is my specialist subject
on Celebrity Mastermind so I could do with
Kim Kardashian - she has nailed her empire, knows
how to create a brand and never stops hustling.
Ellen DeGeneres - she has made some amazing
contribution to animals, donating millions of meals to
shelters and campaigning. And she must have heard
some great stories during her time.
We hear you are very much into Pilates. For
S someone who is over their desired weight with
aches and pains, what top tips would you give
them on how could they get into Pilates and what
results they could expect?
Pilates is definitely for you! It’s for everyone.
V Start with a beginner’s class in person with no
more than 12 students. The teacher will look
after you - and do let them know of any injuries you
have. You’ll see results after your first session. And
it’s great for back pain, feeling stiff, muscular pain,
Who are your role models (not including family)
and what is it about them that you admire?
It has to be Elon Musk. His vision and how he
can constantly innovate and take his brand to the
next level is just admirable.
Everyone encounters disappointment along their
life’s journey. What is a recent disappointment
you were faced with? How did you overcome it?
Setbacks are everyday occurrences in business,
a site falls through or a product didn’t take off as
we thought it would.
You have to accept it, admit that you have failed (if
that is the case), learn from the experience, try and
see the positive in it and move on!
Social media can be both amazing and mentally
S challenging. How do you deal with any
naysayers in your life and/or anyone who may
approach a situation with a bit of toxicity?
Luckily, I don’t get so many negative comments,
V however if I do it goes straight over my head
these days. After my first year of being on the
TV, I got used to it, it’s second nature. I don’t read
any comments from anyone who doesn’t know me.
It’s a waste of energy when they don’t have the full
picture and 9 times out of 10 would never say it to
you if they saw you in the street.
Tell us all about the charities you support and
why they are close to your heart?
Margaret Green Animal Rescue, where my mum
V rescues her animals from. We have had countless
sheep, ponies, a goat, chickens. They do amazing
Compassion in World Farming are on the mission
to stop factory farming, one thing I cannot stand. I
am for everyone making their own choices. However
I doubt most would still want to support such an
industry if they had seen how animals are treated in
these places. If you are going to eat meat look at the
labelling and make sure its free range. CIWF do a fab
job of educating and tackling problems at grass roots
If you were to choose four items that you could
not live without, what would they be and why?
(1) My phone obviously, I constantly work on the
V go; (2) My air pods, how materialistic of me, but
I love to be able to exercise with them. I usually
have lost one of them though!; (3) My dog! An
RSPCA rescue; (4) Clean Kitchen chicken nuggets –
you have to try them!
Who was the last person to text you and did the
text make you laugh?
Probably my business partner about our flagship
V launching in Battersea Power Station. It’s all
we are talking about at the moment. It’s located
at UG19 in the re-developed power station. Expect
bottomless brunches, live DJs and even me teaching
some (rescue) puppy Pilates!
To find out more about Clean Kitchen Club, please
Verity Bowditch & Mikey Pearce
are co-founders of Clean Kitchen Club
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I am really
the benefits of
It’s cruelty free,
lowers your carbon
footprint and has
so many health
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for all the
From multi-award winning children’s craft company
toucanBox, The Very Merry Advent Calendar is stashed
with 24 boxes of festive fun. Featuring exciting Christmas
crafts such as a snowball juggling bear bauble
and snowman puppets,
scrummy recipes for
hot chocolate spoons
and more, plus five
inspired story books.
£35 available from
Behind each window of the wonderful PLAYin
CHOC advent calendar is an organic chocolate,
puzzle toy to assemble and fun facts card. This
brand is plastic-free, zero waste and 100%
recyclable, plus their ethical chocolate is free-from
the top 14 allergens!
£49.95 from www.playinchoc.com
Smith and Sinclair
We love Smith and Sinclair’s edible cocktail sweets
which are good stocking fillers, Secret Santa gifts
and are deliciously tasty too. Their Naughty or
Nice? countdown calendar has 24 cocktail sweets
so is perfect for those who love a cocktail or two.
£49.99 from smithandsinclair.com
Enjoy the countdown to Christmas (and New Year’s
Day!) with Niederegger, the world’s leading marzipan
brand established in Germany back in 1806.
Behind the beautiful illustration of their café in the
heart of Lubeck you will discover a selection of their
treats. From marzipan, truffles and pralines, this 32
window advent is jam packed, with often more than
one goodie per day!
Niederegger marzipan carries that Christmas
nostalgia your grandparents and great-grandparents
would remember. Using the finest Mediterranean
almonds and their secret ingredient, the famous
Niederegger recipe has remain unchanged since 1806.
£36 available in-store at John Lewis & Partners and
online at www.johnlewis.com
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The Whisky Exchange
The 25 Spirits for 25 Days
Christmas Advent Calendar is a
very special set of 25 spirits from
around the world – each hidden
behind a door, ready to be opened
each day of Advent, with an extra
one for Christmas Day itself. A
great gift for a spirits lover or
explorer, or the perfect way to treat
yourself to a huge range of different
flavours, from rum and gin to
amaro and Calvados.
£175 from thewhiskyexchange.
com or available in The Whisky
Exchange stores in London
Baylis & Harding
Baylis & Harding’s best-selling Jojoba, Vanilla &
Almond Oil Beauty Advent calendar is back filled
with a selection of 24 iconic bath and body treats to
surprise and delight a loved one this festive period or
simply just as a treat for yourself. Behind each door
are mini body washes, hand creams, bath crystals,
bath bubbles and shower cremes, all in an assortment
of Baylis & Harding’s signature scents. Beautifully
feminine, this range is complimented with timeless
pretty pinks and trending teal for an opulent finish.
£45 from Amazon, Boohoo & Ocado
The SOCKSHOP Advent Calendar is
available in sizes 4-8 and 7-11 with
10% of sales donated to Emmaus UK.
Available in versions for ladies and
men, the calendars include a pair of
socks for every day of December
leading up to Christmas with festive
and quirky pairs behind each door.
The socks all feature SOCKSHOP’s
signature bamboo socks and there
are classic styles included too for
£59.99 each from sockshop.co.uk
ARRAN Sense of Scotland
Embrace the magic of Christmas with the
ARRAN Sense of Scotland Advent Calendar.
Find a little sense of Scotland behind each door
every day in December until Christmas Day,
with an extra special treat behind door 25, to
transport you to ARRAN’s island home.
£70 from arran.com
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Discover the best tech designed for
you and your life as chosen by SLOAN!
CREATE FUTURISTIC AMBIENCE
Lines are a sleek addition to its existing range of
smart light panels. With built-in backlit modular
lighting, users can create stunning and futuristic
ambience. Choose from or create unlimited
dynamic lighting animations with two vibrant
colour zones per line. Have your lights react to the
beat of your music in real time, or sync with your
screen for an immersive gaming or movie-watching
experience. The Nanoleaf Lines Starter Kit (9-
pack) allows you to deep dive into smart lighting.
£179.99 from Amazon and nanoleaf.me
THE ULTIMATE ACTIVE FIT
Jabra Elite 7 Active true wireless sports
earbuds have an ultra-compact design
and active fit, built to withstand even the
toughest workouts. One of the features our
Review Panel loved was Jabra’s unique
ShakeGrip technology which provides
the ultimate secure fit. Active Noise
Cancellation and the MySound feature in
the Jabra Sound+ app provides incredible
sound and clarity. Up to 8 hours listening
time sets you free to hit the gym and push
your limits on even the longest workouts.
£169.99 from Amazon, Currys &
STANDOUT STYLE AND SOUND
The DuoCast is a USB microphone with
standout style and sound. Featuring an
elegant design, low-profile shock mount, and
customizable RGB light ring, the HyperX
DuoCast’s a full-featured USB microphone built
for gaming, working, and content creation.
The Tap-to-Mute sensor and vibrant LED
mute indicator are just some of the features
our Review Panel really liked in addition to
the low-profile shock mount which reduces the
pick-up of vibrations and the internal pop filter.
Compatible with PC, PS5 TM , PS4 TM , and Mac.
The included adapter fits most mounts.
£159.99 from Game
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OVER 300 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE
The Cloud Alpha Wireless headset is the first gaming headset with
over 300 hours of battery life on a single charge, meaning you’ll get
weeks of of wireless gaming without having to think about charging.
The detachable boom mic cancels out background noise and the
Dual Chamber Drivers produce full and clear sound for when you’re
listening to music or watching a movie after gaming.
£189.99 from Currys and Argos
KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE
The CoreCam Wireless Security Camera is one of the latest additions to
Swann’s award-winning lineup of DIY home security systems, making
it easier than ever to keep your home safe.
The new Wi-Fi security camera offers up to 90 days of battery life,
TrueDetect technology, and wide viewing angles. Additional features
include heat and motion-sensing, night vision, Smart Mobile Alerts,
2-Way Talk with a siren, free cloud, and local storage of your recordings.
£129.99 from www.swann.com/uk
COMPACT YET FUNCTIONAL
The HyperX Alloy Origins 65 is a balanced
keyboard which blends compactness and
functionality, but compromises nothing. The 65%
form factor frees up more mouse space than a
ten keyless keyboard, but keeps dedicated arrow
keys, Page Up/Down, Home, and Delete keys.
£109.99 from Argos
IT’S LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL CAMERA CREW
Ideal for teens and content creators, the Pivo Pod Lite, in conjunction with
the Pivo + app, turns a phone into your personal camera crew. Powered by
AI technology, the Pivo mount, which can rotate 360 degrees, automatically
tracks your face and body movements, following you at all times and
zooming in and out to make sure you’re always in focus and in the frame.
Capturing high-quality video and images with minimal effort, you no
longer have to worry about the camera rattling, shaking or if the person
filming you has missed the best shot. The Pivo Play app makes it easy to
create playful, share-worthy content without any editing experience.
Pivo Pod Lite comes in six different colours and accessories such as
tripods, a remote control, a smart mount and protective cases are also
£69.99 from Amazon and uk.pivo.ai
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COMPACT YET FUNCTIONAL
The Sensilight PRO uses highly-effective, FDA-cleared RPL, Reactive
Pulsed Light, technology, that is based on IPL, which is the same technology
used by professionals. RPL is a combination of IPL and a unique skin tone
and contact sensor that reacts to your skin tone and condition. This nextgeneration
of permanent hair reduction offers a range of innovative benefits
to ensure you always get a safe, personalized and professional treatments and
it has an unlimited amount of flashes to last you a lifetime of hair reduction
treatments. Features we loved include the device’s cordless functionality and
up to 600 flashes between charges - an outstanding feature unmatched by
any other device on the market.
£379 from sensica.co.uk, Boots, Look Fantastic and Current Body
SAVE ON PRINTING COSTS WITH THE ECOTANK ET-4800
By using the cartridge-free Epson EcoTank ET-4800 printer, you
can save up to 90% on printing costs. Supplied with high yield ink
bottles, the integrated ink tanks are easy to fill thanks to the specially
engineered ink bottles. With no cartridges to replace, flexible
connectivity features and fax, this is the perfect printer for anyone
looking for high-quality prints at an incredibly low cost per page.
£319.99 from Epson
SENIOR TECH TO GET THE MOST OUT OF EVERY DAY
The Doro Watch is designed to inspire and encourage senior users to stay
active and nurture their wellbeing. With a unique, simplified navigational
display, large icons, and two tactile and textured buttons, the device is
ergonomically designed with seniors in mind. The device comes with
activity tracking and health monitoring capabilities built in, allowing users to
monitor their step count, workouts, heart rate, blood oxygen, sleep, and more.
Notifications can be set up to notify users of alarms, calls, messages, calendar
items and activity targets - supporting seniors in reaching their activity goals
and milestones, no matter their fitness levels.
£120 from www.doro.com and Doro Amazon UK Store
ENJOY MUSIC ON THE MOVE
Groov-e Milan is the perfect gift for those who enjoy radio and music while
on the move or outdoors thanks to its portability and splash proof rating.
Enjoy crystal clear audio when listening to music, sports and other radio
shows thanks to DAB audio quality featuring 30 DAB and 30 FM presets. It
also has Bluetooth connectivity, so it can easily be used as a wireless speaker
with your smartphone, tablet or laptop. It also has a built-in alarm, clear
LCD display and rechargeable battery offering 15 hours playback per charge.
Charging via the included USB-C cable means there is no need for batteries.
£34.99 from Argos, Currys, Amazon.co.uk
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Urbanista Los Angeles are the world’s first selfcharging
solar-powered, wireless active noise-cancelling
headphones powered by Powerfoyle solar cell material.
For the first time ever, you can experience virtually
unlimited playtime with solar charging. Los Angeles
never stops charging when exposed to light, both
outdoors and indoors, providing a nonstop audio
Using ground-breaking green technology, Los
Angeles converts all light, outdoor and indoor, into
energy to deliver virtually infinite playtime and a
nonstop audio experience.
To allow you to enhance your experience with
Los Angeles, Urbanista have launched a mobile
companion app that is available for both iOS and
Android users. The app provides information on
how to get the most out of the product’s playtime,
including visual indications of solar charge
levels and usage, and the option to customise the
Key features we loved include 80h battery reserve,
hybrid active noise cancelling, ambient sound mode and
Urbanista Los Angeles are available in two
stylish colours - Midnight Black and
Sand Gold - and cost £169.99 from
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from hitting rock
bottom. This would
be my greatest
battle. But also my
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SLOAN! chats to former Special Forces operative,
best-selling author and motivational speaker Ollie
Ollerton about his passion to improve people’s lives
Tell us more about BreakPoint and the
coaching it offers to individuals and
BreakPoint stemmed from the feeling
O I got after a mission in South East
Asia, working for a company called
The Grey Man. The mission led to the
freeing of 22 kids from a child slavery and
prostitution ring and the thought that I’d
possibly changed those kids’ lives gave
me a real sense of fulfilment, purpose and
belonging. It was like no feeling I’d had
before, and I wanted more of it.
It created a spark, a passion to improve
people’s lives, and I realised that helping
other people was my therapy and my forte.
For the first time in my life I had a clear
idea about who I was and what I wanted.
The idea of BreakPoint grew from there
and the mission became to create a globally
identifiable brand recognised for the
positive growth and development of others.
But the important thing about BreakPoint’s
development programmes is that they aren’t
gruelling like Special Forces selection –
if you can walk to work, you can do the
in-person events, and we also run a range
of online courses – rather they’re simply
focused on unloading unhelpful behaviours
and creating positive new habits in their
place. We help people unlock ‘infinite
potential’ and see the value in themselves.
How would you define “infinite
potential” and what can unlocking it do
on a personal and organisational level?
The trouble with today’s society –
O and indeed our whole evolution – is
that we’re wired for survival. When
we were living as hunter gatherers there
was so much that could go wrong, that
the tendency is now to look for things to
go wrong. We spend so much time in that
survival default mode, that it takes work to
build a positive mindset.
This means we’re programmed to not
believe in our true potential. When faced
with difficulties, we panic, we go into
our shells, we complain, ‘Why is this
happening to me?’ Most of this negativity
comes from an unwillingness to accept
change, but that negativity doesn’t allow
for learning and growth and that leads to
a position of discomfort. And change is
inevitable; so we have to be willing to step
into the discomfort of change to reach our
goals. BreakPoint teaches people that this
is possible, and that when you step out of
your comfort zone, you move forward and
grow as a person. It’s this discovery that we
don’t have to be constrained by our limiting
beliefs that unlocks infinite potential and
allows us to go beyond what we thought we
were capable of.
“I AM” is a very powerful statement.
S What five words would you describe
yourself as that would each follow the
statement “I am...”?
This is something I could write a
O whole book on, since I’m a fierce
advocate of the power of visualisation.
I’ve always believed that by visualising
your deepest desires – what you want and
who you want to be – you start to breathe
life into them. It may sound like hocuspocus
but everything I’ve done since seeing
my path laid out before me as a teenager – I
was in the Royal Marines careers office
and saw a photo of a Special Forces combat
swimmer inside a mini-submarine – has
happened because of visualisation.
If you visualise what you want and who you
are on a repeated basis, you impress these
desires upon the subconscious mind. You
become the gatekeeper of your thoughts
and you begin making decisions in line
with where and who you want to be. It
makes you unstoppable.
Clarity is key, though, in terms of what
you want – you can’t have wishy-washy
goals. So, I am clear about the goals I want
to achieve and I am dedicated to achieving
them. And I am amazing and strong and
have infinite potential, the same as every
other person on this planet.
Resilience often comes to mind when
S people mention the Special Forces.
How would you cultivate resilience in
a child compared with an adult?
There’s a misconception that Special
O Forces operatives are impervious
to difficult situations. But we’re not
superhuman and certainly not bullet proof.
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What we are is impeccably well trained and therefore
able to deal with whatever is thrown at us. Our lives
literally depend on being able to think on our feet and
make snap decisions under intense pressure – and the
saying goes that ‘a plan never survives first contact
with the enemy’. This is a major part of the resilience
mentality; being able to deal with whatever is thrown
I mentioned the survival blueprint; this means we’re
programmed to worry about all the things that could
go wrong and focus on them when they do. So, out of
ten situations, when we get nine wins and one failure,
we focus on the failure. But that negativity doesn’t
allow us to move forwards.
For kids, it’s even harder, especially with everyone
faking perfection on social media. They see this
as the norm rather than being taught that the root
to success is a series of failures. But it’s how you
perceive failure that’s key; used in the correct
way, failure is a powerful weapon. If you’re never
willing to risk failure because you’re scared of it,
you’re never going to learn and you’re never going
to grow. But if we’re willing to step into short
term discomfort, we can gain confidence through
experiences; good ones and bad ones. That’s what we
should be teaching our kids.
What is a struggle that really got you down in
the past but in hindsight made you grow so much
you can now see something positive in it?
A lot of the stress in the Special Forces is caused
O by the to-ing and fro-ing of emotions. We would
go from the boredom of waiting for the next
mission to eye-popping excitement in the click of
a finger and it’s difficult to wind down from such
extreme exhilaration. That’s why I took to drinking
so heavily, because it helped me relax, but it quickly
got to the point where alcohol was controlling me.
Curbing this helped me realise that a lot of my
spiralling also stemmed from being unsettled and
unsatisfied throughout my time in the military. It
taught me that purpose is created, not discovered and
you won’t find that through playing safe.
From there I learned that the more we focus on
anything, the bigger that becomes, positive or
negative. I started to build an image of who I wanted
to be and what I wanted to do with my life. That
became my dominant visualisation, regardless of
the mind assassin telling me the opposite message
and it sparked the realisation in me that anything is
What advice would you give to people who feel
overwhelmed by everyday life?
We live in a society that offers minimal
O challenges; a society that has been programmed
to cry before we feel pain. It is deemed that the
right path is to play it safe and not venture from the
well-trodden path of security. We also have instant
gratification all around us, faking perfection on
social media and getting instant ‘likes’ for it. But
it’s throwing ourselves into something that doesn’t
guarantee such an outcome that takes real courage.
Change is stressful but showing willingness to
embrace this discomfort and the associated stress is
not only good for us in respect of our mental strength
and resilience, but it also actually engages our
immune system and keeps us performing to the best
of our ability.
And we all face break points every day. They don’t
have to happen in dramatic circumstances, while
you’re wearing a balaclava and wielding a lasersighted
weapon. It might be a crisis that needs
solving in the office or even more mundane, like
being faced with a mountain of dirty dishes and the
decision to do them before bed or wake up to the
Dealing with these moments when you feel
overwhelmed is about understanding that struggle
needn’t be a bad thing. If you can see a challenge as
an opportunity and act on that opportunity … that is
the moment you make a conscious decision to pursue
your dreams. That is BreakPoint.
What skills from the military did you use in
S writing, publishing and marketing your books?
How did you transfer such specialised training
into civvy life?
The skills that have really transferred well to
O this day, not only in my writing but in every
part of my life, are discipline and process. No
one has consistent levels of motivation, regardless of
who you are and this is when discipline and process
get you over the line especially when we are heading
into uncharted territory. This is the BreakPoint
ethos; embracing discomfort in the knowledge
you are creating a change in habitual behaviour.
Switch off the emotion and follow the process. That
is something that the Special Forces gave me the
courage to embrace and is the ethos for all I do in
life. Comfort ends and change begins.
What is your most vivid memory from your time
in the military and what did it teach you?
One of the clearest memories from my military
O days wasn’t a gunfight or a night ops mission, it
was my first attempt at passing Special Forces
Selection. This came to a crashing halt just days
before completion because we were caught on the
final exercise making contact with civilians. That
wasn’t allowed and we failed the course. I was one of
seven that got RTUed (Return To Unit) and there was
no negotiation, that was it. Finished. Everything I’d
worked so hard for went up in smoke.
Having invested so much in the six-month course and
with its physical and mental demands, that was the
lowest I’d felt in my life. That failure made me doubt
my military career and could have been the end of it.
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Ollie Ollerton is the Founder of
BreakPoint, which delivers a range
of corporate and individual training
programmes that help people change their
limiting beliefs and unearth their potential
Instead, it made me more resolute and more resolved
to pass second time round and taught me that
resilience comes from failure and how we learn from
it. If you have a strong enough ‘why’ then the ‘how’
will become clear, especially if you’re willing to learn
from mistakes and adapt. But if the ‘why’ isn’t strong
enough, the ‘how’ is harder – you’ll end up focusing
on every obstacle.
Going through Selection again was tough, however
I hadn’t given up on the goal – my ‘why’ was even
stronger so the ‘how’ became easy.
Out of all your many achievements, what are you
most proud of?
My proudest achievement is coming back from
O hitting rock bottom. In a dark place, drinking
heavily and struggling to find any meaning in
my life; this would be my greatest battle. But also my
most incredible discovery.
When I was finally able to take responsibility for
where I was in life, I realised that the answers to my
issues were not external. I could no longer blame
the outside world for my failures and this forced me
to look within, where the answers were hidden all
along. This, together with identifying and exposing
my weaknesses, sparked huge change for me in a
relatively short space of time and became the touch
paper that lit a fire in me to use my learnings to help
others. This was the birth of BreakPoint.
What charities do you support and why are they
close to your heart?
BreakPoint’s supported charities are the Royal
O British Legion and the Midlands Air Ambulance
Charity. We recently worked with the Air
Ambulance at a big event they hosted locally and
to commemorate Remembrance Day I’m climbing
Ama Dablam with a group of ex Special Forces guys,
including record-breaking mountaineer Nims Purja
from the hit Netflix documentary 14 Peaks. We’re
planning to lay a wreath when we summit on 11th
November, commemorating our fallen brothers in the
military and raising awareness of the work the RBL
does to support the Armed Forces community. We
like to work with different charities each year and
help as many people as possible.
To learn how a BreakPoint course could help
you and your staff unlock infinite potential, go to
To read the full in-depth interview with Ollie
Ollerton, go to sloanmagazine.com/ollie
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Here's some of our favourite outdoor
gear & kit for adventures from the
urban streets to the hillsides
Perfect For Hard Winter Rides
The Proviz PixElite Performance Men’s Cycling Jacket is a high
performance winter cycling jacket that gives you warmth, breathability and
features new highly reflective PixElite fabric in the arms, sides, shoulders
and lower back. The performance fit gives you everything required on your
rides without being a super tight race fit, but if you like a little bit more
room it is best to move up by one size. The bulk of the jacket is made from
a soft-stretch mix of polyester, elastane and brushed thermal microfibre.
Together they block the wind, keep you warm and regulate heat build-up on
a hard winter ride.
£119.99 from www.provizsports.com
A Backpack For All Your Gear
The new REFLECT360 Explorer Backpack is a true multi-purpose 30 litre
day sack that includes a spacious main and secondary compartments and
multiple internal and external pockets to provide you with an extensive
amount of storage for all of your gear. It also has all of the extras you’d
expect on a backpack that is as suitable for commuting to work or spending
the day in the mountains with ample storage for your gear and laptop.
£64.99 from www.provizsports.com
Keep The Elements Out
The REFLECT360 Men’s Waterproof Trousers are rugged, hard-wearing
waterproof trousers designed specifically to ensure you arrive at your
destination dry on those wet and windy days. The elements will be kept out
yet the breathable fabric will enable heat to escape. Designed specifically for
cycling and cut accordingly, the lower leg has a 30cm (size variable) zipper to
allow you to quickly get them on/off over your shoes. The zip has a protective
waterproof velcro flap to ensure no water can access the zip. An additional
velcro adjustable leg band gives you flexibility to ensure no excess material
will get caught up in your chain.
£54.99 from www.provizsports.com
Road To Recovery
As industry leaders in active compression-sportswear, CEP have recently launched
their Infrared Recovery Compression Socks. With compression and heat-reflecting
Smart Infrared technology within these socks, recovery from a tough run or workout
has never been better. The socks aid fast muscle recovery through medi compression,
and boast blister prevention, joint stabilisation and musculoskeletal support. They are
also highly breathable with moisture management and of course, a comfortable fit.
£44.95 from www.cepsports.co.uk
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Get Changed Anywhere
Designed to let you get changed anywhere, whilst
protecting you from the elements, dryrobe®
Advance is an essential piece of kit for all outdoor
activities. The long sleeve design provides extra
warmth and is ideal for those waiting to compete or
watching sporting events. The dryrobe® Advance
can be used multiple times throughout the day, over
wet kit, without the need for drying between uses.
£160 from dryrobe.com
This heavy-duty Vango Camp Chef Pro 30 single burner
stove will cook anything from pancakes to hamburgers.
It features a side shelf, perfect if you need a little extra
cooking space or if you have a small group to serve. You
can use a variety of Camp Chef accessories with the Pro 30
to tackle breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. It is compact
and portable and comes with a 1m gas hose, with threaded
connection to the stove. it can be used with either propane or
butane gas. Regulator not included.
£140 from www.vango.co.uk
Get Grilling In The Great Outdoors
The Vango Camp Chef BBQ Grill Box gives you the ability to grill
your favourite foods to perfection, every time. It has been designed with
Camp Chef’s patented heat diffuser system that minimises hot spots
and converts flames into infrared heat. This vaporises grease drippings
and infuses your food with the richest flavours. The pre-seasoned cast
iron grilling surface holds and distributes heat evenly making your
grilling experience even better. The Vango Camp Chef BBQ Grill Box
is designed to be used with the Camp Chef cooking system (above).
£145 from www.vango.co.uk
Lightweight Shoes That Pack Flat For Travel
Craghoppers Women’s Lady Eco-Lite Low Shoes are mesh low-rise
trainer-style shoes that feature an elasticated NosiLife anti-insect
treated collar, Arneflex Eco Hi-Density insole made from recycled
foam, EVA midsole and TREADLOCK interlocking outsole that makes
it easier to pack shoes flat for travel. The recycled knit mesh upper
delivers lightweight breathability and the shoe is also antibacterial.
£85 from www.craghoppers.com
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Here’s some of our favourite outdoor
gear for cold weather adventures
from the city to the mountains
Protection With Urban Style
Modern, warm and weatherproof, the
Men’s Nordsjo Winter Parka from Helly
Hansen combines urban style with cold
weather protection inspired by professionals
working in the Arctic.
The HELLY TECH® Protection
construction makes it waterproof and
windproof yet still breathable.
Those looking for environment friendly
apparel will be pleased to learn that the
parka’s water-repellent treatment is PFCfree
and the insulation is made from 100%
Features we love include fold-up reflectives
on the sleeves for visibility and knitted
wrist gaiters for extra warmth. The
detachable faux fur on the hood combines
style and functionality by creating a warm
microclimate around your face when you
put your hood up.
£300 from www.hellyhansen.com
Merino Wool Warmth Plus Wicking
The Men’s LIFA® Merino Lightweight Crew 2-in-1 Base Layer
from Helly Hansen is ideal for all cold weather activities on the
slopes, on the water or even on the wintery city streets.
Using their proven 2-in-1 layer system, this versatile base layer
combines LIFA® Stay Warm moisture management with the
natural warmth of merino in an extremely lightweight crew. The
LIFA® Merino Lightweight Crew 2-in-1 Base Layer delivers all
the great benefits of merino wool fibres plus the unique wicking
properties of technical LIFA® fibres
We were impressed at how warm and durable this base layer is
even though it is extremely lightweight and extremely breathable.
£70 from www.hellyhansen.com
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Stay Outside Longer
The Men’s LIFA® Merino Midweight 2-in-1 Base Layer
Pants from Helly Hansen keep you warm and dry during any
type of cold weather activity, so you can get outside and stay
These winter base layer pants combine a 100% merino
wool layer with proven LIFA® fibre technology in a 2-layer
The Men’s LIFA® Merino Midweight 2-in-1 Base Layer
Pants deliver all the breathable warmth of merino fibre, plus
the unique moisture management properties of LIFA® fibres.
These base layer pants come in a choice of four colours and
are fitted for optimal mobility without bulk
£75 from www.hellyhansen.com.
Socks For Your Best Performance
These Technical Alpine Socks are Helly Hansen’s most technical
Alpine sock in traceable merino wool for warmth with technical
details that provide a great fit and comfort.
Built for giving you the best performance with a shin protector for
added support including extra integrated ribbed panels around your
ankle and foot for the best support. Mesh panels added at top foot
for extra ventilation with a terry heel and toe for functional comfort.
This style comes in right and left socks for the best fit.
£30 from www.hellyhansen.com
Socks For The Slopes
These Alpine socks in medium insulation are great socks
with a yarn mix of traceable merino wool combined with
polypropylene and polyamide.
The merino wool provides a great insulation while the
lightweight synthetic yarn is breathable and sweat-repellent.
Perfect to hit the slopes in this style, featuring a full
terry sole for protection and comfort while you have the
ventilation mesh on top foot. The socks come in right and
left to give you the perfect fit.
£25 from www.hellyhansen.com
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Five ways to enjoy the
water this winter
By James Foot – on-the-water expert at Borrow A Boat – one
of the world’s leading yacht charter marketplaces
Spending time on the water has so many physical and
mental health benefits. On top of the simple joy of
being outdoors, you will also reap the benefits of the
The blue mind is a calming, meditative state we
fall into when near, in, on, or under water. It is an
antidote to the ‘red mind’ – the over-stimulated,
stressed and anxious state our brains are usually
forced to function in as part of modern life. And
73% of Brits believe being on or near the water is
beneficial to mental health. It certainly works for me!
Spending more time on, in or near water means
more time outdoors, soaking up natural light, which
is never more important than in winter, when we’re
naturally exposed to less daylight. Sunlight helps
your body produce vitamin D, supporting bone
health, lowering blood pressure, and promoting good
So, if you’re confident on the water, you should
continue your regular sail or swim even when the
Here’s my guide to water-based activities to enjoy
throughout the winter.
PLUNGE INTO AN OPEN WATER SWIM
Swimming is one of the most popular sports
in the UK, with 7.5 million Brits enjoying
outdoor swimming. And while outdoor swimming
in the winter months may not be everyone’s idea of a
good time, it boasts significant mental and physical
Immersion in cold water forces your body to react
to the changing environment, helping increase your
white blood cell count, and over time boosting your
immune system. It also activates endorphins, giving
you a natural high, improves your circulation and
So, whether you choose to enjoy wild swimming or
a trip to local outdoor pool, just remember to enjoy
yourself and soak up the benefits of your time in the
DIVE BELOW THE ICE
Whilst scuba diving typically conjures
up images of coral reefs and tropical fish,
diving can also be enjoyed below the ice.
Divers, clad in drysuits, are tethered before dropping
through a single entry and exit point in the ice,
in order to explore below. The ice slows water
circulation, letting debris settle on the depths of the
ocean floor offering enhanced visibility. And because
of the different climate to standard diving, you will
have the chance to see a range of magnificent sea
creatures – leopard seals, penguins and even whales.
A unique adventure for advanced divers that can be
enjoyed everywhere from Alaska, across Scandinavia
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TRY STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING
If you’re not ready to take the plunge,
consider stand-up paddle boarding instead
and reap the benefits of a full body workout,
combined with the effects of the blue mind.
Surprisingly easy to learn, stand up paddle boarding
can be enjoyed in the sea, on lakes, lochs or on rivers
meaning there are plenty of clubs across the UK
where equipment can be hired, from city centres to
If you’re hoping to enjoy some paddle boarding on
a weekend escape, consider heading to Cornwall,
which is much quieter out of season but still enjoys
sunny spells and gentle waves that are ideal for
beginners. If you’re more experienced, head for the
white sand beaches and quaint coves of the Hebrides.
If you’re a thrill seeker looking for
something a little more high-octane,
consider snow kayaking – an adrenaline pumping
ride through fluffy snow, around berms, banks and
bumps, topped off with a plunge into an icy pond.
Whilst snow kayaking is a fairly new sport, you can
find dedicated courses across Europe, the US and
Alternatively, stick with a traditional kayaking trip
offered at outdoor sport centres across the country.
If you’re keen to travel for the experience, head to
Norfolk where you can enjoy sea kayaking on the
beautiful North Norfolk coastline, or explore the
Norfolk broads, 200km of navigable waterways and a
protected wetland home to a host of wildlife.
STAY ABOVE WATER ON A SAILING TRIP
If you’d prefer to stick with a more traditional
pursuit, consider a sailing trip. Whilst most
people picture blue skies and a sun-soaked vista,
there are plenty of reasons to enjoy a winter sailing
If you’re keen to learn a new skill, you can head to a
local water sports centre and learn to sail at any time
of the year.
Alternatively, consider chartering a skippered boat
in the UK or abroad. Whilst you will need to ensure
you’re appropriately wrapped up, winter is a beautiful
time to explore the beautiful UK coastline and offers
up the chance to see a range of wildlife – think
whales, seals and sea birds – you would miss at other
times of the year.
Or, head further afield and enjoy the awe-inspiring
backdrop of snow-covered mountains, cascading
waterfalls and some of Europe’s most dramatic
coastlines in Norway. You may even be treated
to a spectacular light show courtesy of the famed
For more information or to charter your own boat
for a winter sailing adventure, please visit
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Gifts For Him
This traditional unisex Aran jumper from Glencroft is
ideal for the colder winter months. Made from 100%
British Wool, this jumper is a classic ‘cream nep’
colour and features a roll neck collar - perfect for outdoor
activities and winter walks.
£79.95 from www.glencroft.co.uk
ARRAN Sense of Scotland
One of ARRAN’s most popular men’s
fragrances, the Machrie Eau De Toilette
boasts layers of sea salt and rockrose,
creating a refreshing scent when sprayed. A longlasting
aroma that is perfect for using day or night,
apply the Machrie
men’s fragrance to your
pulse point as desired
to enjoy this delicately
blended fragrance at its
£42.50 from arran.com
The Sock Butler
The Sock Butler, is a sock subscription service for every
personality that provides a delivery of new socks every month,
straight to your door. Championing socks as the unsung heroes
of our wardrobes, the service offers a choice of 1, 2 or 3 pairs per month
and the opportunity to select from different categories every month e.g.
Classic, Fashion, Sporty, Fun.
From £6.49 at thesockbutler.co.uk
Pantherella’s cashmere Waddington socks bring together the luxury of
cashmere in a range of bold colours. They’re made from the finest yarns,
are exquisitely soft and hand-finished for the premium quality finish
Pantherella is renowned for. The cashmere is sourced from Italian mills, and is
three times warmer than normal sheep’s wool.
£44 from www.pantherella.com
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Providing a balance between relaxation,
relieving tight knots and recovery, the Pro
Physio Massage Gun can be used before
or after working out - or to simply
enjoy a focused massage. Featuring
Tru Heat technology, the gun’s
head can heat up to 47°C in under
two minutes, providing relief to the
body and promoting blood flow. It’s
rechargeable, lightweight, cordless
and very easy to maneuver.
The gun also comes with
six interchangeable heads,
to ensure all muscles can be
targeted. All in all it provides
up to three and a half hours
of run time and has three
£299.99 from Homedics.co.uk,
Argos, Amazon, very.co.uk
6The Flyboy Royal British Legion
Falklands 40 Meca-Quartz Limited
Edition has been designed as a tribute
to the brave and courageous men and women
who served during the Falklands Conflict
40 years ago. The watch, produced in line
with Remembrance Sunday, supports and
commemorates the Royal British Legion.
Impeccably balanced and legible, the dial
features thick applied Arabic
indexes with Swiss lume,
framed by a concave metallic
chapter ring. Stamped at the
6 o’clock position are the
coordinates of the Falkland
Islands, to remember those
who served 40 years ago.
Completing the dial is
the iconic Royal British
Legion two petal poppy
on the elegant, sweeping
seconds hand commonly
found in high-end
£160 from avi-8.co.uk
IKON 906 Eau de
Parfum is a spicy
blend of nutmeg
and pepper on a lush
floral heart of tuberose
and ylang with vanilla
and addictive tobacco,
for a fascinating and
£60 at The Fragrance Shop
BOSS Bottled Eau de Parfum awakens the senses with a burst
of apple and bergamot, contrasted with essence of black pepper.
The spicy heart unfolds with warm and addictive cardamom
and cinnamon oils. Exuding a powerful balance of strength and
sophistication, base notes of dark vetiver and musk evolve through time,
delivering a leathery and smoky signature.
£80 from The Fragrance Shop
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is not forgiving, and
neither are one’s
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SLOAN! chats to Mark Francis Vandelli of Made In Chelsea
to discover more about the man behind the bespoke suit
You recently won The Strongbow ULTRA
S G.O.A.T. debate about MIC being the
G.O.A.T Reality Show over TOWIE, what do
you think won it for you?
I was a member of the debating society at
M school, where I learned from a young age that
conviction and incisiveness are, together with
an appropriate degree of wit, essential in getting
one’s point across. Look your opponent in the eye
and before long he too will be convinced you’re
Would you identify any MIC current or
S past cast members as role models? What
characteristics do you think role models have
that gives them the edge in life?
Anyone who is able to share their passions,
M vocations or interests, however obscure, is in
my opinion a role model. Someone who leads
by example and is capable of openly discussing
emotive, social or topical issues with an informed
opinion, a willingness to learn and an open mind.
These are some of the characteristics that make
someone a role model in my opinion.
Debating is an art form, what advice would
you give of how to prepare for and handle
yourself in a debate?
Confidence is the key. Make your point
M succinctly and intelligibly whilst engaging
with the audience. And don’t forget to make
What’s it like being a Godfather? What do
you think every good Godfather should
possess or do?
Being a Godfather is, or at least should be,
M the best preparation for parenthood. It’s also
a marvellous opportunity to impart wisdom
and passion on a young protégé. Paired with a
touch of mischief and a side of spoiling excess,
Godparents should prove themselves to be the
influence no parent can allow themselves to be.
What are your style secrets? Which items of
clothing could you not live without? What
item of clothing would never touch your skin?
They’re secrets for a reason…
Never wear anything unflattering; Time is
not forgiving, and neither are one’s friends.
A bespoke Cifonelli suit and a Loro Piana baby
cashmere jumper - two things I could truly never
live without. An item of clothing that would never
touch my skin? The list is endless…
Chivalry seems to be dying out, what
S behaviours would you like to see the younger
generation returning to, with particular
reference to manners and decorum?
Gallantry, of course. A gentleman who knows
M how to behave in any circumstance. Not
because it’s prescribed, but rather because
elegance is an irrevocable part of his nature. I
don’t think society will ever tire of such a person.
When cooking at home, what is your go to
dish to cook yourself?
What are five things you see on Made in
Chelsea that you would never do or put
The list is endless. The situations
What advice would you give to our younger
readers to help them in their quest for
Believe in yourself, always. Equally, seek
M the advice of those you admire and respect.
Never be afraid to ask. Trust your instinct.
And never stop learning.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has
happened to you and how did you get over it?
Did I read that right? I have never been
What has been your biggest challenge in the
last 3 years and how did you overcome it?
Starting a new business in such challenging
M times has helped me overcome hurdles and
fears I didn’t expect to encounter at such
an early stage. It reaffirmed the importance of
surrounding oneself with the right people - true,
loyal, reliable friends. People to look up to and
What advice would you give your teenage
self about life?
Start lying about your age now.
What charities do you support and why are
they close to your heart?
Rays of Sunshine are a wonderful charity that
M put the greatest of smiles on children’s faces.
Centre Point do extraordinary work for those
most in need here in London. And of course the
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With its inviting texture, the
gorgeous Sketch Rhombus Multi Rug
from Carpetright will add style and
texture to your décor thanks to its
Fusing several colours, from pinks
and golds to blues and greys, the
precisely coordinated geometric
pattern gives this rug its special
charm. Perfect for fulfilling bland
spaces, this rug will complete
any home with its personality and
Crafted from 100% Polypropylene,
Carpetright’s Sketch range has a
sumptuous 13mm loop pile, featuring
an amazing easy-clean attribute,
promoting great suitability for busy,
modern homes. This machine-woven
rug range showcases a variety of
great value 3D carved abstract
designs, executed in on-trend pastel
The Sketch rugs offer a sleek finish
suitable for various spaces such as
the living room, dining room or
bedroom. This magnificent rug is
sold in various sizes and is currently
available to order at Carpetright.
Rug grip is available as an optional
purchase to keep it safely in place.
Sketch Rhombus Multi Rug
(2m x 2.9m) is £244.99 from
By Jemma Dayman, Carpet Buyer at
With the nights drawing in and energy costs still rising, it’s more
important than ever to ensure that we are insulating our homes as much
as possible to prevent heat loss.
What you might not know is that our floors account for up to 10% of
the heat lost from our homes, and this is especially true if they are
uncarpeted, such as tile or hard wood flooring.
For a cost-effective, simple and quick solution to this problem, you
should consider investing in a rug or two to help trap the heat and make
your floors and rooms feel warmer.
Rugs come in all shapes, sizes, patterns and prices, so ensure that you’ve
considered all the possibilities before making your choice.
Here’s a good checklist to follow.
Apart from its snuggle-factor, what else is the purpose of your rug? Do
you also want it to sit like an art piece and make a statement? Or would
you like it to unify or break up parts of the room?
When it comes to composition, wool rugs are the best for keeping warm
and creating spaces perfect for snuggling in, but they can be at the more
expensive end of the scale. Cotton or polyester rugs are usually less
expensive and easier to clean.
The size of the rug will largely be determined by the dimensions of the
room and your personal preference. Consider if you want to be able to
place all your furniture on it, or just a few pieces?
COLOUR & PATTERN
The fun part is picking out the colour and pattern for your new rug.
Carpetright stock a huge variety from captivating geometric patterns and
bold stripes to plain traditional styles or soft shaggy rugs, so there really
is something for everyone.
Rugs will inject personality and add comfort to your home, but you
also need to consider their aftercare. Hoovering your rug regularly
and quickly blotting up any spillages is a good place to start. For more
in-depth information, check out Carpetright’s rugs care guide on their
Last on the checklist is price. A quality rug will last for years so if you’ve
considered all the options above, think of it as an investment that will
provide you with affordable snuggling for many seasons to come.
For Rugs Care Guide, go to www.carpetright.co.uk/rugs/rugs-care-guide
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Gifts for the
Weighted Blanket gives the sensation of
being hugged to improve sleep quality.
£54 from Argos
TULIÀ Reed Diffuser - an uplifting blend
of Neroli, Orange Bigarade and Bergamot.
£79 from www.nadrasafiri.com
Pop Up Cards
BELLY BUTTON DESIGNS
Christmas Tree Luxury Boxed Christmas
Cards are embossed & foiled in fine gold foil.
£9.99 from www.bellybuttondesigns.com
The Snowman Christmas Pop Up Card is an
officially licensed keepsake card to cherish.
£10.00 from cardology.co.uk
The new before-you-go toilet sprays are Spritzmas
Spice, Frosty Flush and Oh Spritzmas Tree.
£7.99 from www.poopourri.co.uk
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WiZ Connected LED Smart Strip Light
Wifi & Bluetooth has 16 million colours and
64,000 shades of white and is dimmable.
£44.99 B&Q, Wickes, Robert Dyas
HAPPY LINEN COMPANY
Reversible glow in the dark Space Explorer
Single Duvet Cover & Pillowcase Set
£20 from www.happylinencompany.co.uk
Sonos Move is a durable portable speaker so
you can enjoy sound in and around the home.
£399 from www.sonos.com
The UK’s leading multi-store gift card to let
your loved one choose what they really want.
From £10 to £120 at one4alldigital.com
The Mulled Festive Luxury Christmas Wreath
is available in three sizes from £110 to £150
Available from www.bybloom.co.uk
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Ask The Expert
Five Ways To Take Home Office
Storage To The Next Level
Craig Sammells, Country Manager UK & Ireland at Orthex
Group, shares his expert advice with SLOAN! on how to get
the most out of storage in your home office environment
For several years Working From
Home ‘WFH’ became more than a
phrase which entered the English
language; it became a way of life
for so many of us. Even when
offices did reopen, the concept
of a more flexible working
routine was something that many
employers embraced and now it is
quite usual to find team members
working from home for a good
proportion of the week.
The key to making your home
office environment the most
efficient it can be rests with
making sure you can easily find
everything you need. This is
particularly significant if your
home office is actually the end of
your dining table and everything
needs putting away (sometimes
in a hurry) when it’s the kids’ tea
If you are lucky enough to have
a separate room you can use for
your home office, whether spare
bedroom or separate garden
building but basically a place you
can shut the door on, then a good
storage system just helps keep
everything neat and tidy. It also
means it is not such a mammoth
task if you need to reclaim that
room for its original purpose at
Here are our top 5 tips to get the
most out of your home office
This is probably the key to
successful storage! Choose storage
boxes that you can write on with
dry eraser markers, or those you
can buy labels for which in turn
you can write on/wipe off.
Don’t get carried away and create
your own Leaning Tower of Pisa!
But have boxes that you can stack
say three or four high, which helps
reduce floorspace and can even
work well in forming a usable
office area in a room, particularly
if it’s a shared space like a living
room or bedroom. Stackable boxes
can fit well under desks or on
shelves too and choose modular
boxes that mean you can fit
several smaller boxes in the space
on the lid of a larger box.
Maximise the space inside your
storage boxes by buying inserts
to split them up e.g. a set of six
means you can store all sorts of
stationery items including fiddly
paper clips or chargers in their
TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE
Save time by using transparent
storage so at a glance you know
what is where! Again go modular
to maximise what you can store.
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If you prefer to hide items from
view then choose solid storage
and you could use small sticky
labels for colour-coding – blue for
stationery, red for accounts etc.
If you are going to be moving
your home office storage out of
the way quite frequently then
durability is key. To keep them
secure from tiny hands, pets or
just the contents spilling out if
they’re knocked over then choose
storage with clip-close lids. If you
are storing some of your home
office gear in a damp space like
a garage or shed, then choose
water-resistant storage so you can
ensure the contents remains clean
and dry. This sort of storage will
keep out damp, humidity, dust and
insects. It needs to be durable too
and resistant to temperatures.
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Craig Sammells is Country
Manager UK & Ireland at Orthex
Group. Orthex is a leading Nordic
housewares producer that strives
to make consumers’ everyday
life easier with its products
that are presented under the
consumer brands SmartStore
in storage products, GastroMax
in kitchenware and Orthex in
home and plant care categories.
Orthex aims to be the industry
forerunner in sustainability. The
company has customers in more
than 40 countries.
UK stockists include Homebase,
John Lewis, A Place for
Everything and Not a Boring Box
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The Art of Loving Food
The new KitchenAid Design Series Blossom is a soft
thyme green with a velvety finish. The trim band,
a unique contrasting shade lighter, with botanical
illustrations and the petaled hub cover all draw
inspiration from the array of herbs and edible flowers
found in the kitchens of makers around the world.
We love the exceptional styling of this ultra-chic model
complimenting the soft thyme green with an elegant
hammered, copper bowl. It has pot-style, riveted
handles and a food-safe stainless interior.
As always with KitchenAid stand mixers, the results
speak for themselves. We wholeheartedly recommend
this new addition to the KitchenAid family.
£749 from kitchenaid.co.uk
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The Gastroback Design Multi Juicer Digital Plus is
a real indispensable all-rounder. Not only preparing
juices of fruit, greens and vegetables, but the Multi
Juicer will become a blender, mincer, chopper, and
grinder as well freeing up your kitchen counter
and saving money otherwise spent on
Tried & Tested
Must-Have Kitchen Gear as
chosen by SLOAN! Magazine
Bakeware Built To Last
The KitchenAid Aluminized Steel Non-Stick Bakeware
Collection is made of 0.8mm thick aluminized steel
which is scratch and corrosion resistant. It’s extremely
durable, maintains its shape and won’t warp or bend.
Aluminized steel is known to heat up quickly and evenly
for perfect results. Oven-safe to 230°C. All items have a
PFAS-free non-stick coating for effortless food release.
Right: Mini Rectangular Cake Pan 8 pcs £30
Bottom left: Springform Tin 20cm £24
Bottom right: Tulband Cake Form Tin 24cm £30
Available in-store at John Lewis & Partners
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Some Like It Hot
Bringing a contemporary touch to the kitchen counter,
the Honeycomb collection from Russell Hobbs comes in a
premium black plastic with a textured, honeycomb inspired
design. With a repeating hexagonal pattern and stainless
steel accents, the matching kettle, toaster and microwave
oven all bring a little style to everything made in the
kitchen from morning cups of tea and hot buttered toast to
microwave meals in minutes.
We think this is a great trio to get for your children at
university as a much-needed addition to student digs or the
perfect house-warming present for those leaving the nest
and moving into their first home.
Toast With The Most
The Honeycomb Kettle (£29.99) is approved by
Good Housekeeping Institute and features a Perfect
Pour Spout that prevents any splashes and spills.
The kettle’s internal Rapid Boil Zone Markers
let you only the water you need for 1, 2 or 3 cups
saving you time and money.
The Honeycomb 2 Slice Toaster (£29.99) has a
High Lift Feature, Variable Browning Dial and
Removable Crumb Tray.
Available in Black, White, Cream or Grey from
Amazon and uk.russellhobbs.com
Inspired by the geometric pattern of
honeycomb, the 17 Litre Black Honeycomb
Manual Microwave Oven is part of
a premium Russell Hobbs breakfast
collection, designed to complement the
Honeycomb kettle and toaster.
Simple and easy to use with 700 watts of
microwave power, this microwave fits a
round dinner plate up to 10.5” (26.5cm).
It has 5 power levels and a defrost setting.
The internal microwave light is illuminated
when the cooking cycle is in progress and a
handy ringer function sounds to alert when
the cooking cycle is completed.
The 17 Litre Black Honeycomb Manual
Microwave costs £89.99 and is available
in Black or White from Amazon and
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Microplane® combines two of the most frequently
used grating sizes – the fine blade and the coarse
blade - to create the new Microplane® Gourmet
Series Dual Grater.
The fine blade is ideal for zesting citrus fruits and
grating ginger, garlic, and peppers to give flavour
and aroma to many dishes as well as for grating
chocolate and spices - such as nutmeg, cinnamon
and tonka bean – for adding flavour to hot drinks
and decoration to cocktails and puddings. It’s also
the go-to blade for creating the perfect pillow of
Parmesan or any hard cheese.
The coarse blade works beautifully with chocolate,
coconut or nuts for desserts as well as onions,
shallots, ginger and all kinds of vegetables (carrots,
potatoes, beetroot,) to add a pop of flavour to stews,
frittatas and salads and makes light work of fruit
(apples and pears) for quick baby purees.
£34.95 from hartsofstur.com
Hand in the
Create the culinary space you deserve
with these cool kitchen companions
Perfect Tool for Epicureans
The new, beautifully crafted, Microplane® Master
Series Truffle Tool 2in1 Slicer & Grater, with a
famously elegant walnut handle and steel frame,
effortlessly and precisely prepares truffles for
exceptional, flavour and aromatic results every time.
There are two functions, one on each side. The
Straight Slicer Blade and Fine Blade Grater can each
be used independently and risk-free of the other with
the Straight Slicer Blade for slicing and Fine Blade
Grater for grating By simply turning the screw, the
Microplane ultra-sharp Straight Slicer Blade is easily
adjusted to the desired thickness to create everything
from uniform paper-thin slivers to wafer-thin
shavings. Use the Fine Blade Grater to grate truffles
with speed, precision and ease as the photo-etched
micro-teeth ensure that the precious truffle does not
stick or block.
But it’s not all about truffles. This clever little tool
creates delicate decorations from slices of mushroom,
radish and strawberries and the grating surface is
perfect for ingredients such as ginger, chocolate and
£49.95 from divertimenti.co.uk
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Next2Stars night light from Chicco comforts
babies as they drift off to sleep. With one push of
a button, Next2Stars projects a starry sky across
the ceiling. A second mode is activated with two
pushes of a button, transforming Next2Stars
into an atmospheric bedside lamp. With three
pushes, the moon night light mode is activated.
Next2Stars has a musical button that provides
the choice between classical, new age or nature
sounds, with volume control settings. It features
a universal attaching mechanism that attaches on
to both a travel cot and crib. Available in neutral,
light pink and light blue colour options.
£29.99 from Boots
Little ones can hibernate from the hustle and
bustle and reflect on the day’s adventure under this
Cosatto Days Out Blanket - perfect for boys and
girls who adore cars and things that go!
“Dream Big, Stay Cosy” with this gorgeous
blanket from Ziggle’s collaboration with Cosatto.
The brand’s innovative products perfectly pair
with Cosatto’s brilliant British designers, creating
these soft and cuddly blankets. Made from 100%
combed cotton, these large, heavy weight blankets
£24 available online at ziggle.co.uk and in retailers
Nuna has collaborated with Italian Fashion Designer,
Influencer, Stylist, and Entrepreneur, Georgette Polizzi to
design a limited-edition rainbow splash collection which
will be available from November 2022 exclusively at
Harrods and online at www.harrods.com.
Attention to detail was important for both Nuna and
Georgette – the design was crafted using a combination of
both print and embroidered rainbow splashes, and woven
fabric with luxe textures was used to highlight Georgette’s
stylish and modern design. The travel system’s tasteful
details like the zipper and leather trim were intentionally
kept subtle to let the colours of the collection shine
through. Each product in the collection is also detailed with
Georgette Polizzi’s embroidered signature.
The collection sees the launch of the TRIV next (£650) in
the UK, which will then be adopted into Nuna’s main range
from early 2023. The updated model has larger rear wheels
made from tough, foam filled rubber, making them ready
for any terrain and the new all-wheel suspension provides a
smoother ride. Nuna has also updated the design of chassis
and handlebar for better manoeuvrability and comfort.
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Why does the SLOAN! Review
Panel recommend the Axkid ONE 2
as our favourite car seat this winter?
It’s because the Axkid ONE 2 is the
only ISOFIX car seat on the market
that allows rear-facing travel up to
approximately 7 years of age - up to
125cm or 23kg.
The new and improved version of
the Axkid ONE, this innovative
seat has had more than 150 updates
focussed on guaranteeing both
maximum safety and comfort for
your little one plus peace-of-mind
and ease for you as their parent.
£625 available online at
axkid.com/uk and in retailers
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The EcoSplash Puddlesuit is the all-in-one waterproof
for adventurous toddlers and younger children (up to
age seven). Designed to be incredibly waterproof – it’s
been tested and withstands 10,000 mm of
water (!) whilst also being highly breathable
(3,000g/m2) this is an ideal piece of kit that
will last all season and is bound to be so
loved you’ll want to pass it on to a new
owner when it’s been outgrown. For
older children, there’s the option of
an EcoSplash jacket instead which
features the same brilliant design.
Lined with soft fleece, with the
outer shell made from 100%
recycled polyester, the EcoSplash
Puddlesuits and jackets are available
in four different designs, three with
bright and colourful patterns and a plain
navy option too.
£59 from muddypuddles.com
This Boys Initial Cord
Backpack features cool
block colours in a cord
finish made from recycled
polyester fabric. Perfect
for small bits & bobs.
Bright & Cosy
This awesome dinosaur
print deerstalker hat has a
fun fur lining that will keep
kids snuggly and warm all
day long and what is more,
the hats are all made from
Splish Splash Splosh
The 3-in-1 Scamp Suit is an all-in-one
waterproof for adventurous toddlers and
younger children (up to age six). As well
as being able to withstand up to 10,000
mm of water, the 3-in-1 Scamp Suit
includes a removable fleece lining to keep
little ones dry and comfortable on both
cold and milder days. Its highly breathable
design (3,000g/m2) also ensures little
ones won’t get too warm running about.
The elasticated cuffs, dual storm flap, and
fold over feet and hand warmer features
(0-12 months) make sure even the littlest
hands and feet stay warm, and rain is kept
out and stays out! It’s easy to clean too as
it’s machine washable.
£80 from muddypuddles.com
JoJo has livened up a
classic pair of navy joggers
with fox appliqués on
the knees. The stretchy,
drawstring waist ensures
a comfy fit as your child
grows. Plus, there’s a little
friend hiding in the pocket!
A winter wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas
jumper, and this fun version offers an adorable layer to your child’s
look. Made with a supersoft cashmere mix knit, the Navy Reindeer
Jumper is a lovely option for colder days this festive season. And
because it’s machine washable too, it’s as practical as it is adorable.
£28 from www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
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Snuggle Spanish Style
This stylish Color Block Hoodie
Set from Bobo Choses is made in
Spain from 100% organic cotton in
a navy blue, black and white block
design. The hoodie and jogging
pants are perfect for lazy days and
€126.35 from bobochoses.com
These fun embroidered patch
detail gloves are perfect for
little dinosaur lovers.
New this season, these navy
corduroy shorts (above)
and these blue cord shorts
(below) have front pockets,
belt loops and button and
fly fastening, with an
adjustable waist band for
the perfect fit.
£49 each from
Another new style, the softest cotton flannel makes this Red Flannel
Tartan Shirt super comfy and cosy for winter. Team with a pair of
navy corduroy shorts or trousers for the perfect outfit, or layer up with
one of Rachel Riley’s cosy knitwear pieces.
£45 from www.rachelriley.co.uk
Dapper Little Chap
SLOAN! loves this new Blue
Check Flannel Tartan Shirt from
the AW22 collection at Rachel
Riley. It’s the perfect partner to
a pair of blue cord shorts for a
dapper little outfit for your little
£45 from www.rachelriley.co.uk
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Clothes That Grow
Amazon Launchpad, the one-stop shop for unique and
unexpected finds from startups, has announced the annual
Innovation Awards recognising UK-based small business, Petit
Pli, creator of clothes that grow with your child, as the 2022
European Startup of the Year. Their Clothes That Grow Pullover
is £65 and their Clothes That Grow Bottoms are £49.
To celebrate the Innovation Awards, Amazon Launchpad ran an
“Amazon Launchpad Innovation Week”. The event will feature
a curated collection packed with forward-thinking products
designed by the UK-based winner and other European finalists
available to shop at: amazon.co.uk/launchpad/innovationweek
For Young Explorers
Keela thinks we should start
our explorers young, and the
Puddlebug 3-in-1 suit is perfect
for protecting the little ones
amongst us from the cold, wind
and rain. The outer shell makes
it excellent for exploring the
great outdoors in the rain, while
the zip in fleece transforms this
suit into a snug thermal layer for the
£84.95 from keelaoutdoors.com
These versatile black
kid’s slim fit jeans
are a bestseller at
Polarn O. Pyret and
its easy to see why.
The smart slim fit
jeans are made from
robust organic cotton
fabric to withstand
lots of play.
Festive & Funky
SLOAN! loves this festive grey
marl jumper with its appliquéd and
embroidered soft fleece reindeer
motif. Matching leggings and socks
are also available.
Festive Sweater is £20, Festive
Leggings are £10 and Festive Socks
are £3.50 from bladeandrose.co.uk
These funky navy
and white striped
kid’s wellies have
reinforced toes for
and a sturdy sole
for better grip.
Funky Hat Made for Maximum Adventure
Little Hotdog Watson’s award winning Arctic Cub cold weather
trapper hat is water resistant with a cosy thinsulate lining and
reflective trim. The faux fur lined ear flaps can be worn securely
fastened under the chin to protect from windchill or can be worn up.
Can easily be packed away ready for the cold weather, rain or snow.
£30 from www.littlehotdogwatson.com
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A restful night is guaranteed
in these fun racing car print
kid’s pyjamas, the highquality
organic cotton is made
to last and last, regardless
of how often they go in the
washing machine. They are
soft and cosy for comfort
right through the night
while the foldable cuffs give
valuable growing room so
they can be worn for longer.
£30 from polarnopyret.co.uk
Crafted for Cosiness
This Portmore zip neck jumper
(from £29.95) has a quarter zip
and a ribbed, oversized collar and
ribbed cuffs that make it perfect
for layering over a top or under
a coat. It’s machine washable
and oh-so-snuggly and warm.
These Forester pull-on trousers (£29.95)
are made from a soft jersey and are
part of the official collection with The
Gruffalo. They have an elasticated
waist with functional drawcord ties,
elasticated cuffs, two side pockets
and reinforced knees.
Available from www.joules.com
Cute & Cosy
Cold days are no match for
this cosy kid’s sweater made
in organic cotton. Featuring
a fun Nordic animal print
it’s kinder to the planet and
soft to wear. Pop it on when
there’s a chill in the air.
£30 from polarnopyret.co.uk
Soft against your little
one’s skin, these Fox Print
Pyjamas offer a perfect
night’s sleep. They’re made
from MORI’s breathable and
organic cotton and bamboo
fabric and feature a fun
From £32.50 available from
Made from sustainable
fabrics, the Ribbed Roll
Neck T-Shirt & Comfy
Joggers Outfit has a high
neckline to keep out the
chill and the joggers
have plenty of wiggle
room to fit comfortably
over nappies too.
£42 from babymori.com
For Muddy Splash Wars
Kidunk’s tops and trousers have
ingenious zips so that they can be zipped
together to make an all-in-one, to ensure
that no puddles get inside. Clothing
is made from recycled plastics woven
into a smart eco fabric which is 100%
breathable and coated with a plant-based
waterproofing called Teflon EcoElite.
From £27.49 at www.kidunk.com
Start Your Engines
SLOAN! loves this red top from Blade & Rose with its cool yellow monster
truck print on the front. It’s made from brushed cotton to make them extra soft
on your child’s skin and has a contrasting inner cuff for when they want to roll
their sleeves up. The neck line has been specially designed to stop irritation
and it has contrasting poppers to make getting dressed easier.
£14 from bladeandrose.co.uk
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Ask The Expert
How To Help Your Child
Decompress After School
By Isabell Fisher - co-founder of Little Hands Learning, an educational
and eco-friendly subscription box which helps nurture healthy minds and
encourages literacy skills, giving children the best start to their education
Before my son started school,
I had images of picking him
up from school, getting a huge
cuddle and spending the afternoon
chatting about what he had learnt
that day… Our reality couldn’t be
more different! On a good day, I
may get a grunt when I pick him
up. My sweet, happy, easy-going
little boy turns into the Incredible
Hulk after school and I have a
huge target on my back!
But I know I am not the only one.
From talking to other parents and
carers, the majority of children
at the end of the school day turn
into monsters. To be honest, it’s
not surprising, since nursery and
school are full on. All day our
children have been following
instructions, compromising with
friends and their sensory systems
have taken a battering. Remember
how you feel after a long day at
So, these are top tips for taming
I quickly learnt to give my son a
snack as soon as he leaves school.
The quicker I feed him, the better.
He will often have a sandwich, a
piece of fruit, crackers, flapjack
whatever it takes to prevent his
blood sugar levels hitting rock
DON’T BOMBARD THEM WITH
I always ask my son how his day
was but unless he offers up more
than a “fine” I leave it at that.
I also don’t ‘chat’ about my
day because when I have had a
long day at work I don’t want to
listen to someone else’s chatter.
Sometimes we all just need and
want some quiet time to switch off
and decompress from everything
that has happened. I have found
it is the same with my son. I have
noticed that as he relaxes from
his day at school, he slowly offers
up more and more nuggets of
information. I relish every one of
GIVE THEM SPACE AND TIME
When we first get back from
school, my son does exactly what
he wants; colouring, TV, running
around the garden. Whatever will
help him to start to unwind. I
often find that after he’s had some
time, he will want to do something
GIVE THEM CONTROL
From the moment our children
wake up they have been told what
to do. “Brush your teeth, eat your
breakfast, sit on the carpet, eat
this lunch…” So, give them some
control back and allow them to be
in charge of what they get up to
At home we have a jar filled with
lolly sticks and on each lolly stick
I have included simple after-school
activities that I know my son
enjoys. So that when he is ready,
he can choose an activity for us
to do together (or separately if he
All of these activities are openended;
they have no rules and
there is no right or wrong way to
interact with them. Now is not the
time for handwriting, phonics or
sums! They include:
Playing with playdough is a
wonderful way to release tension
and can calm stress away. Add
cinnamon, rosemary, jasmine to
your playdough to give the activity
an extra calming element.
Water play is wonderfully openended
and there is no right or
wrong way to engage with it. It
doesn’t need to be complicated.
Simply fill a tray with water and
add some jars and ladles and pour
water from one jar to the other.
There is something really soothing
about someone reading to you. Let
them choose the book, cuddle up
on the sofa together and escape to
wherever the story is set.
Small world play is a wonderful
way for children to act out and
process any difficult situations
that may have happened. So just
put out some playdough and some
figures and see where you both
GO FOR A WALK
Getting some fresh air can help
us all feel calmer and happier. If
my son chooses to go for a walk
after school, he will choose which
direction we head in and will often
return with our pockets full of
various natural treasures.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
My son enjoys arts and crafts
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after school and when his hands
are distracted with drawing or
crafting, he will often share
more about his day. Doodling,
colouring, painting with
watercolours and cutting and
sticking can all offer creative
outlets to destress. However, my
son will stop the activity and
move away if I give him too much
direction about what he is creating.
The process is much more
important than the end product!
Lastly and this is important!
Please remember not to take your
child’s irritability personally. You
will see the very worst of your
children because you are their safe
space and they know that you will
love them no matter what. They
are showing you how they feel
through their behaviour because
they love you. Remember you
are the person that your children
can show their vulnerability,
frustration and anger to.
However, parents are human too
and there will be times when my
son is shouting and stomping
his feet that I will be hiding in
the fridge, desperately shoving
chocolate (or wine) in my mouth
whilst banging my head against
the wall. So don’t beat yourself
up if you too find yourself in the
fridge from time to time!
ABOUT THE EXPERT
Isabell Fisher is co-founder
of Little Hands Learning, an
educational and eco-friendly
subscription box for children aged
three and over. Every month your
child will receive an exciting gift
in the post containing a beautiful
book and everything needed for
engaging and fun activities linked
to the book.
The fun and meaningful activities
are designed by teachers to focus
on key areas of the National
Curriculum. The curated books
together with the activities
help nurture healthy minds and
encourage literacy skills, giving
children the best start to their
For further information, go to
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Christmas Toy Guide
Hours of Imaginative Play
Kids can create their own busy city with the
Hape Mega Metropolis Bucket Set. This fantastic
80-piece wooden railway set provides hours of
imaginative play as children connect scenery with
bridges and rails, play with the restaurant, shops,
construction site, fire station and airport, and
populate their small world with people and vehicles.
This educational yet fun railway set is suitable for
£99.99 from Hape.co.uk
Invest in Their Future
The Genio My First Laptop from VTech comes complete with
word processor, diary, calendar, art studio, calculator, clock
and more. Includes 50 interactive games and e-books with
access to more via the VTech Learning Lodge. Includes 20
printable revision sheets, SD
card and rechargeable battery.
Invest in this sleekly designed
laptop this festive season - your
child’s future will thank you
£119.99 from Smyths Toys
Make the Most of Playtime
Lovevery stage-based subscription Play Kits, designed
by child development experts, help parents make the
most of playtime at every stage and support child brain
development from infancy through toddlerhood. Each
of the 18 stage-based Play Kits is packed full of expertdesigned
Playthings and information, delivered at just
the right developmental window every 2–3 months.
The Play Kits for babies include toys and tools for
building new neural connections and practicing fine
and gross motor skills. The Play Kits for toddlers
support a child’s natural curiosity by building new
skills and encouraging exploration. The Play Kits for
two to three year olds encourage a child’s budding
independence and teach early science and math lessons.
Lovevery personalises each subscription to a child’s
birth date/adjusted birth date and families keep the kits
for more advanced learning and play as a child grows.
From £80 at www.lovevery.co.uk
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Travel the World from the Playroom
Young explorers can travel the world and see everything in it with the Magic Adventures Globe. Using the
stylus, children can tap on the 10” interactive learning globe and experience new places, languages, cultures,
animals, geography, habitats and more through high-quality BBC videos. Featuring an integrated video
screen, animations and live-action videos.
£89.99 from Smyths Toys Superstores
Bring Books To Life
Our top picks from the LeapStart system’s library
of replayable activity books include Spiderman
Vocabulary Adventure (£13.99), Read & Write
3D (£10.99), Mickey & The Roadster Racers 3D
Story Book (£13.99), Peppa Pig: Playing Together
3D Story Book (£13.99), Disney Princess: Shine
with Vocabulary 3D Activity Book (£13.99) and
Learning Friends 200 Words in English & French
3D (£10.99). Available from leapfrogstore.co.uk
Switcheroo To The Rescue
This Christmas’ must-have interactive coding robot
toy for preschoolers, the new Switcheroo Coding
Crew from Learning Resources® will fuel your
child’s imagination. Available exclusively at Amazon
this Christmas, Switcheroo Coding Crew helps
youngsters learn STEM skills through fun, handson
play. Inspired by community helpers like the
police and fire fighters, children aged four and older
explore screen-free coding and STEM concepts while
navigating fun-filled rescue missions.
£67 from Amazon
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Christmas Toy Guide
Dance & Play Bluey Plush
This Dance & Play Bluey Plush dances and plays songs for
hours of playful fun. Bluey hops on one leg, dances, and waves her
arms in the air. She has 55+ phrases, four songs to sing and dance
to, and three games to play including Copy Cat and Statues. This
is going to be a must-have Christmas toy for all Bluey fans and as
if things couldn’t get better, the toy comes with batteries included
- for real life!
£49.99 from Smyths and Argos
Get ready to boost your child’s STEM skills as they build their
very own speedy magnetic Roboracer to be first across the finish
line! With a double safety system, GeoSmart offers unsurpassed
safety and durability. Inside the box are 14 squares, 10 triangles,
4 isosceles, 2 pentagons, 4 wheels and 2 wheel boxes for endless
£44.99 from smarttoysandgames.co.uk
Preschooler fans of CoComelon will adore listening to the new
CoComelon Tonie on their Toniebox as they join JJ and his family to
learn about colours, numbers, letters, animal sounds and more with
over 60 minutes of catchy sing-along-songs they’ll recognise from the
popular TV show. There’s a whole world of Tonies to discover from
Disney classics like Toy Story to the ever-popular Peppa Pig and more.
tonies® is the fastest growing preschool toy brand of 2022.
Toniebox Starter Set is £79.95 and each Tonie is £14.99 from tonies.com
Geomag Glow consists of three sets of different sizes
of glow-in-the-dark natural magnetic rods. These rods can be
arranged in any shape or structure that lights the imagination.
Because of their lightweight design, and flexible nature, you
can arrange your Geomag set anywhere in the room. You can, if
you like, even arrange them into something spooky, or exciting
like a ghost, a skull, or even a zombie. The sky, or rather your
imagination, is the limit here.
The Geomag Glow 60 costs £39 from Coolshop.co.uk
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SumBlox Mini Starter Set
SumBlox Minis offer a unique way of learning through
play. The original blocks have been used by educators,
parents and children to develop a wide range of skills
for years. The SumBlox Mini Starter Set includes a solid
beechwood box for holding the blocks when they’re being
put away. Also included is the all new deck of 36 Early
Childhood Activity Cards to develop an incredible range of
mathematical skills, ranging from math concepts, problem
solving, races, games and brand new imaginative creations.
The New SumBlox Mini Basic Set includes 38 solid
beechwood blocks which have been specially designed so
that they stack just as well as the original set.
£35.49 from yesbebe.co.uk
Get your fingers ready for the 2D and 3D world of the awardwinning,
eye-catching logic puzzle Katamino. With over 500
puzzles, the kids will always have something new to solve so it’s
perfect for satisfying any gaming addictions! Katamino Family is
for ages 3+ and features 3 games in 1 and solo 3D modelling mode
for non-competitive play making it perfect for for your child’s
independent play whilst being versatile to turn into a two player or
teams game with other family members.
£35 from www.amazon.co.uk and all good Hobby Stores
Super Mariokart Racing Deluxe
Super Mariokart Racing Deluxe is an exciting action circuit
racing game designed and inspired by the world of Mario Kart with 6
Gimmicks and Lap Counter. Quickly but carefully drive the playing
kart-figure using the 3 buttons, slider and tilt trever going through
the 6 tricky gimmicks to reach the goal! Who will make five laps
first? Suitable for age 4+.
£34.99 from Amazon, ASDA, The Entertainer and Selfridges
RC Buggy Remote Control Car
Speed into action with RC! Inspired by Andy’s remote
control car, this RC Buggy comes with a steering wheel-shaped
remote control. Perfect for little fans of Toy Story who love cars.
£30 from www.shopDisney.co.uk
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Christmas Toy Guide
Check out these cool toys and fun games & activities for kids all under £30
1 2 3
1. EDX EDUCATION
Similar to an egg and spoon race,
the edx education® Balancing
Ball set is a fun game for children
to improve their hand-eye
2. LEARNING RESOURCES
Kids can grow new language
skills with the letter recognition
activities in this Alphabet
Garden literacy activity set for
Count down to Christmas and a
complete play set with the Disney
and Pixar’s Cars Minis Advent
4. EDX EDUCATION
The edx education® Place Value
Abacus Set is an engaging
way for children to learn and
identify numerical values and
mathematical concepts in a hands
on and visual way.
5. LEARNING RESOURCES
Alphablasters! Letter & Spelling
Game is an educational toy for
4 year olds and up that builds
school-ready language skills.
6. PEPPA PIG
Kids press the heart on Sleepover
Peppa’s chest to hear a lullaby and
see a soft night-light glow.
£19.99, Smyths Toys Superstores
7. PEPPA PIG
Magicolour Peppa Pig is a brandnew
way of colouring in all
of child’s favourite Peppa Pig
characters. It’s super easy to use,
just load the coloured in sheets
into the Magicolour unit and slide
the button to see the pictures come
8. AMAZON HANDMADE
This Personalised Arts and
Crafts Wooden Storage Crate is
the perfect sentimental gift for a
budding artist and a great way of
storing one’s art materials.
£19.95, Amazon Handmade
9. MICRO SCOOTERS
The perfectly formed Eco Gruffalo
Head is designed to turn heads and
bring adventure to every scooter
ride. Attaches quickly to any
Micro scooter with strong Velcro
Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall
down! Little ones will have lots
of wibbly wobbly fun with Peppa
and her friends. This 4 pack of
Weebles figures includes Peppa
Pig, Suzy Sheep, Danny Dog and
11. DINO RANCH
Each Dino Ranch Vehicle has a
unique feature and includes their
Dino Rancher Figure sidekick.
£12.99, Amazon, Argos, The
Entertainer, Hamleys, Selfridges
12. LEARNING RESOURCES
Help children with identifying
emotions and learning about
themselves and others with Who’s
13. MICRO SCOOTERS
These specially designed Gruffalo
scooter gloves are perfect for
scooting, cycling and blading.
This mini Joseph Joseph Nest 9
is made to look and work just like
the real thing but for little hands.
15. EDX EDUCATION
Fraction Circles make learning
maths hands on and fun.
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To d d l e r Pr e s c h ool
Put their best foot forward with this season’s awesome boys shoes from
the likes of Start-Rite, Schuh, Deichmann and more
Above: These adorable Start-Rite x JoJo Maman Bébé Chums first walking pre-school shoes are designed
for all-terrain fun with a lion-tastic design kids will love.
£45 from www.startriteshoes.com
Right (top to bottom):
1. Start-Rite Lucky Boys’ School Shoes, £45, www.startriteshoes.com
2. Start-Rite Meteor Boys’ School Trainers, £46, www.startriteshoes.com
3. Explore red leather boys riptape pre-school shoes, £45, www.startriteshoes.com
4. Bobux Timber Boot, from £47, www.bobux.co.uk
5. Moshulu Nemo Welly Boots in Indigo Woodland, £35, www.moshulu.co.uk
6. Joules Kids Roll Up Tiger Rubber Wellies, £29.95, www.allsole.com
7. Polo Ralph Lauren navy & white Sayer Boys Junior Trainers, £55 from Schuh.co.uk
8. New Balance navy & red 327 Boys Junior Trainers, £60, Schuh.co.uk
9. Hush Puppies Junior Boys Leather Sporty Twin Strap School Shoes, £29.99, www.deichmann.com
10. Paw Patrol Boys Blue Touch Strap Trainers, £14.99, www.deichmann.com
11. Moshulu Mini Glace Kids spotty felt slippers, £29, www.moshulu.co.uk
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Haven of Festive Yumminess
The Box of Delights Hamper from SLOAN!
favourite Dukeshill includes savoury delights like
Boneless Wiltshire Ham, Oak Smoked Salmon,
Colston Bassett Stilton, Extra Large Melton
Mowbray Pork Pie, Chicken Liver Pâté with Port,
and Boxing Day Chutney. Sweet treats include
Extra Large Christmas Pudding, Classic Mince
Pies, Handmade Scottish Shortbread, Turkish
Delight Selection. A bottle of La Grande Marque
Saumur Brut rounds things off.
£250 from www.dukeshillham.co.uk
Copas have been providing turkeys to an evergrowing
legion of satisfied customers for over six
decades. Their award-winning free range whole
bronze turkey feed a crowd with plenty of juicy meat
and a rich traditional flavour. It’s safe to say that
Copas turkeys truly are the cream of the coop, free
range, hand plucked and game hung for two weeks.
Each bird comes boxed with giblets, recipe leaflet &
handy pop-up timer. Whole turkey start from £92.25.
Available from www.copasturkeys.co.uk
The Caring Package Hamper is filled with a
carefully curated array of treats that will make
the recipient feel very spoiled and cherished.
They’ll enjoy the sublime tastes of fudge,
chocolate, biscuits and popcorn, all made by
carefully selected artisan producers from Devon
and Cornwall, and the incredible flavours of
Tarquin Cornish Dry Gin mixed with Fevertree
From £89.50 at www.devonhampers.com
A breathtaking centrepiece, the Belgian Chocolate
Assorted Fruit Luxury Selection is a real feast
for the senses. Packed with fruity goodness, the
luxury gift box includes, premium real pate de fruit
raspberries, dark chocolate crystallised ginger sticks,
sweet dark chocolate pears, delicious dark chocolate
candied orange sticks, juicy dark chocolate amarena
cherries, divine dark chocolate covered figs, sweet
milk chocolate candied orange sticks and finally
tangy lemon slices dipped in dark chocolate.
£60 from www.farhi.co.uk
Two Magpies Bakery in Suffolk has created a
range of goodies for Christmas that make perfect
stocking fillers or gift ideas for those who like the
The treat-packed Sweet Hamper is brimming over
with scrumptious handmade goodies produced
by the expert Two Magpies team. Each hamper
includes three jams, Florentines, Christmas
Pudding, Spiced Gingerbread Granola and Milk
Chocolate Fudge & Pretzel bark.
£60 from www.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk
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From traditional turkey and luxury hampers to Belgian chocolates
and handmade goodies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy eating
during the festive season in our top five foodie favourites
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1. Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuveé Rosé
This year’s Cuveé Rosé Bamboo Robe, inspired by the rich flora and fauna of
the tropical jungle, is an ornate addition to any festive occasion, whether serving
an aperitif pre-Christmas dinner party or gifting to a loved one. The Cuveé Rosé
serve itself is renowned for its exceptional complexity and noteworthy smoothness,
made from an 100% Pinot Noir blend.
£74.99 from The Champagne Company
2. Champagne Lallier Grand Rosé
Fruit dominates the fragrance of Lallier Grand Rosé with
of fresh cherries, redcurrants and raspberries, combined
with notes of fresh apple and mandarin. On the palate,
greediness sets the tone with red fruits and floral notes.
Intense freshness takes over to finish with a delicately
acidic and salty length.
£57 from The Whisky Exchange
3. Pommery Brut Rosé NV
This fine and fruity champagne is distinguished by its fleshy note while
remaining lively, fresh and highly subtle. A blend of rosé and Pinot Noir of
Bouzy Grand Cru. Its colour comes from Pinot Noir grapes. The
champagne is stored in a cellar for three years to
develop the distinctive properties of Pommery
Rosé. Delicate pale pink with light salmon tones.
£49.99 from Ocado, Waitrose and Majestic
4. Pommery Brut Royal
Lively and cheerful, this wine is fresh, light-hearted, delicate and generous in
taste. Very aromatic, with notes of yellow, fleshy apple, ripe citrus and a touch
of brioche, vanilla and almond. With a focus on elegance and length the
wine offers a clean palate at the end without any dryness. Everything is
in harmony and never tires the palate. The wine is pale yellow with
slight green reflections.
£40 from Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Majestic
5. Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé
The Fitzrovia Rosé is a delicate salmon colour with an abundance of fine bubbles and
a fresh fruit finish. Serve as a refreshing aperitif or it can pair beautifully with smoked
salmon dishes or prosciutto.
£35 from www.ridgeview.co.uk
6. Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve NV
The award-winning Classic Reserve is pale gold in colour with delicate and
fine long-lasting bubbles – the perfect drink for a Christmas celebration. The
beautifully complex bouquet combines aromas of green apples with creamy nougat, freshly baked
brioche and delicate toasted notes from ageing in bottle. On the palate, the complexity continues with
notes of soft lemon sherbet, biscuit and a subtle oak character. Refreshing and perfectly balanced, with
a delightfully long finish.
£32 from Waitrose and hattingleyvalley.com
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7. Chapel Down English Rosé NV
A classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Blanc,
this rosé sparkling wine has aromas of redcurrant, strawberry and rosehip. A
delicate rose petal pink, the fine and persistent bubbles within pair wonderfully
with light canapés to kick off the festive celebrations.
£29 from Ocado and Amazon
8. Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut
With Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top you see structure, roundness and
complexity emerge throughout the entire tasting. Initially, through the nose,
you are given yellow fruits and in particular peach. The promise offered by
the aromas in the nose is more than delivered by a round
mouth, subtle attack and good length. The mouth, like
the nose, is dominated by fruit – peaches, cherry plums
and then oranges. The wine is pale yellow in colour with
£28 from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Morrisons, Asda and Ocado
9. Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs 2017
Bright lime green colour with rich aromas of fresh limes, green apples, pears
and lemon zest on the nose. Delicately balanced flavours of succulent citrus,
brioche and spice combines with yeasty complexity, broadening the palate
with layered textures and leading to a long finish.
£19.99 from Majestic, Handford Wines, North and
South Wines, Simply Wines Direct, Frontier Fine
10. Bolney Wine Estate Cuvée Rosé
Bolney Wine Estate in the heart of Sussex is one of the oldest commercial
vineyards in the UK, and is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The vineyard is known for its innovative and pioneering winemaking
techniques, beautiful location, and as a leader of the English winemaking
industry. Cuvée Rosé is fresh, delicate and crisp. It has lovely red fruit
flavours of cranberry and red apple.
£38 from bolneywineestate.com
11. Della Vite Valdobbiadene
Prosecco Superiore NV
Della Vite is a wildly delicious and sustainably produced Prosecco created by
the Delevingne sisters that is available on Vivino. Vivino is the world’s largest
online wine marketplace and most downloaded wine app with a community
made up of millions of wine drinkers from around the world.
£21.99 from www.vivino.com
12. Ridgeview Bottle Stopper
The perfect stocking filler this Christmas, available in four colours including
black. Once you have opened your bottle of bubbly, this clever little stopper
can be used to maintain fizz and flavour. The airtight seal is strong enough for
the bottle to be transported or stored on its side, allowing you to savour your
celebration for longer after the cork goes pop!
£5 from www.ridgeview.co.uk
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Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa is a perfect romantic hideaway and for those mixing business with pleasure
Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa is a striking and spacious Victorian
manor house set in its own beautifully landscaped gardens. It
is the ideal destination for those looking to relax and unwind
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Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa is a striking and spacious
Victorian manor house set in its own mature and
beautifully landscaped gardens in Surrey, only 45
minutes from London. This delightful hotel is the ideal
destination for anyone looking to relax and unwind
in a setting which feels truly luxurious, secluded, and
The perfect romantic hideaway, Frimley Hall Hotel &
Spa is also well located for those combining business
with pleasure, with easy access to the M3 and M25,
London just an hour and 15 minutes by train and
Heathrow Airport only 16 miles away. The hotel is
also just 10 minutes from Farnborough Airport.
Elegant, stylish designs, plush fabrics and rich, soft
furnishings combine with original period features and
furniture for a delightfully authentic stay in the English
Whether you opt for a standard room, deluxe room or
a suite, you’ll find inviting beds, flatscreen TVs and
spacious en-suites with separate showers and luxury
ELEMIS toiletries as part of a memorable break.
Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa’s talented chefs create
a wonderful selection of dishes using impeccably
sourced ingredients, combining immaculate
presentation with fabulous flavours to offer seasonally
inspired menus for lunch and dinner.
The Linden Restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy a
menu featuring traditional British food with a modern
twist, while the Sandhurst Bar and Gold Room Lounge
is the ideal location to enjoy your favourite cocktail or
draught beer in a relaxed atmosphere.
Business executives needing space to reflect and plan
will appreciate the range of meeting and conference
facilities on offer at Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa.
The hotel’s three flexible, air-conditioned meeting
spaces can be adapted to suit any style of business
meeting or corporate event, in rooms which retain their
original character and benefit from natural daylight
Whether you’re looking to work up a sweat in the
fitness suite, relax by the pool or indulge in a luxurious
ELEMIS spa treatment, Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa’s
leisure club has something for everyone.
Frimley Hall Hotel & Spa is proud to partner with
Jennifer Young – the founder of Beauty Despite
Cancer – and to be one of the first hotel groups in the
UK to offer spa treatments to people living with and
beyond cancer. Guests will always have the option of
substituting ELEMIS treatments with Jennifer Young
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Lime Avenue, Camberley, Surrey GU15 2BG
0344 879 9110
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Over two decades since the launch of the original RX, this
worldwide best-selling model continues to push boundaries
The RX is one of the most
significant models in Lexus’s
history. The original RX,
launched in 1998, was a unique
proposition in its day: an SUV that
was luxurious, comfortable and
easy to drive, particularly in urban
environments where conventional
4x4s proved unwieldy.
Lexus has constantly improved
the RX which has quickly become
its worldwide best-selling model.
Cumulative global sales to date
have reached three million units.
Its importance to the brand is
witnessed by the fact it became
Lexus’s – and the world’s
– first luxury self-charging
hybrid vehicle, with the market
introduction of the RX 400h in
In 2020 the RX benefited from
further improvements in a
series of design, technical and
dynamic upgrades that go well
beyond the usual level of changes
implemented in a product’s
mid-lifecycle, in line with
Lexus’s determination to exceed
Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato said:
“In developing the new model
I was determined to keep and
further refine the ‘one-of-a-kind’
value that only the RX could
create, something which has been
cultivated since the first
generation.” The changes he
and his team have delivered are
led by new, evolutionary styling
that maintains the RX’s powerful
and sporty appearance, while
introducing more elegant elements
and creating a coherent flow from
front to rear, giving the vehicle a
stronger, unified look.
SLOAN! got behind the wheel of
the RX450h Takumi. One of our
favourite advanced driver assist
features is the Adaptive Highbeam
System (AHS) with a worldfirst
BladeScan technology. This
Lexus created the concept of the luxury SUV and was the
first to bring electrified power to the premium car market,
17 years ago. The RX 450h+ plug-in hybrid electric SUV is
poised to become the top choice for European customers
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Behind The Wheel
provides even better illumination
by adjusting light distribution to
avoid dazzling other road users,
instead of switching the headlights
to low beam. It gives the driver a
wider field of illumination than
conventional LED array-type
headlights, with smooth and fine
light distribution. The technology
addresses the fact that many
pedestrian accidents happen
during night-time driving, making
it easier for the driver to see
pedestrians on the road margin
We also loved the 360-degree
Panoramic View Monitor,
standard on the RX Takumi. This
uses an array of cameras that give
the driver an all-round view of the
vehicle’s location, plus a bird’s eye
view for even better sight of the
vehicle’s immediate surroundings.
The Panoramic View Monitor
can reveal obstacles, hazards and
other vehicles that may be hidden
from view from the driver’s seat,
eliminating any blind spots. When
steering the car into parallel or
series parking spaces, the Parking
Assist Monitor can add guidelines
to the real-time camera images
to help the driver steer precisely,
while front and rear sensors will
We put the Lexus RX450h Takumi through its paces including a trip to
Tylney Hall... Mini Sloan couldn’t wait to get in the driver’s seat!
sound an alert as the vehicle
moves closer to another car or
LexusLink gives the RX excellent
connectivity, accessed via a
dedicated app. It’s introduced
with a range of useful functions,
including Find my Car, Driving
Analytics, Last Mile Guidance
and Active Safety Plan to
automatically notify a chosen
contact via SMS in the event of an
BEST LISTENING EXPERIENCE
The Mark Levinson Premium
Surround System in the Takumi
grade model was designed
specifically to work within
the interior architecture of the
vehicle to ensure the best possible
listening experience throughout
the cabin. It comprises 15
speakers: front and centre Unity
9cm tweeters, a front elliptical
woofer, two rear 2.5cm tweeters,
two rear 17cm full range speakers,
two 9cm satellite mid-range units
and a 20cm rear sub-woofer.
The Lexus RX450h Takumi starts
from £67,265 OTR
Discover more about the Lexus RX
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Tylney Hall Hotel
Sitting in 66 acres of countryside
near Hook, Hampshire, Tylney
Hall Hotel & Gardens is a grand
Victorian Grade II listed house
with the longest uninterrupted
view in Hampshire, lined by giant
Redwoods. Tylney Hall served as
a hospital for soldiers in the first
World War and eventually became a
school before opening as a hotel in
The Gertrude Jekyll-designed
gardens are a real highlight, with
striking water features and lakes,
an Italian Garden and a wild orchid
meadow plus azalea and rose
gardens. There are walking and
jogging trails, and garden tours
in the summer months with Head
Gardener Paul Tattersdill.
Guests enter the hotel via Tylney
Hall’s Great Hall, panelled in
exquisite Italian walnut. The hotel
has 112 individually-designed
bedrooms and suites – all decorated
in traditional style, in keeping with
the hotel’s heritage – with some dogfriendly
rooms available. Afternoon
Tea (from £35 pp) is served in front
of a roaring log fire in the elegant
lounge, which features an ornate
ceiling that was originally designed
for The Grimation Palace in Florence
and which was carefully relocated,
piece by piece, at Tylney Hall.
Dinner is a grand affair in the
2 AA-Rosette The Oak Room
Restaurant. Overseen by Executive
Head Chef Mike Lloyd, feast on
signature lunch and dinner dishes
with a British twist plus seasonal
specialities such as Cornish Scallops
or Châteaubriand. A carefully-chosen
wine list complements each menu;
expert pastry chefs enjoy creating
celebration cakes such as White
Chocolate & Raspberry Ripple
gateau (advance booking required).
The hotel’s Health Suite features
an indoor pool, five treatment
rooms with a Manicure & Pedicure
studio plus a gym. There is a
superb outdoor heated pool (May-
September) set within a private
walled garden, plus croquet, a hard
tennis court and a snooker room.
Archery, clay pigeon shooting, and
even hot air ballooning can all be
arranged and there is a nearby golf
To read the full review, please visit
Rotherwick, Hook RG27 9AZ
+44 (0)1256 764881
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GOSLINGS FAMILY RESERVE
Our favourite rum is £60 from Waitrose Cellar
LEPANTO PX SOLERA GRAN RESERVA BRANDY
Our favourite Spanish brandy is £72 from
Amazon, Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
MAESTRO DOBEL HUMITO
The world’s first smoked
silver tequila is £52 from
cocktails expertly crafted by master
mixologist Patrick Pistolesi. Box of
6 is £39 from niococktails.co.uk
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JUNE WILD PEACH & SUMMER FRUITS
Our favourite gin liqueur is £37.90 from
THE COCKTAIL SOCIETY
This Passion Fruit Martini Bottled
Cocktail is our favourite ready-to-serve
Pornstar Martini. £24 for 500ml from
LUSTRE STRAWBERRY CREAM LIQUEUR
Our favourite plant-based mixed spirit
cream liqueur made with tequila is £16.50
The perfect option for adding a tropical
twist to your tipples this festive season. £10
from Amazon and Waitrose & Partners
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Barnett Hill is a 56-bedroom 4-star luxury hotel
nestled in 26 acres of gardens & woodland in the
Surrey Hills, just south of Guildford.
Barnett Hill was originally the private home of the
famed Thomas Cook family. Perched atop a hill with
panoramic views and revealing itself at the end of a
winding tree-lined drive, this Queen Anne mansion
is ‘a gingerbread-brick palace’ according to The
Contemporary and design-led, the boutique rooms,
suites and residences are appointed with chic
designer furnishings and spread across the main
Mansion House, Gardener’s Cottage and Courtyard,
there is something for everyone. Couples can enjoy
a romantic getaway in a fabulous four-poster suite.
Outdoor lovers can enjoy a countryside escape with
their four-legged friend whilst staying in the dogfriendly
Courtyard rooms. The hotel is also family
friendly. Kids will love sleeping and relaxing in their
very own teepee.
Guests can enjoy a seasonally inspired menu in The
Oak Room restaurant. The 2-AA rosette restaurant
is perfect for a posh date night or equally good for
a more casual evening. There’s plenty to admire
from the stylish and generous food to the cosy open
fireplace and garden views.
Barnett Hill enjoys breathtaking views of the Surrey
Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated in
a peaceful rural setting the hotel makes for a perfect
getaway and is at the heart of some beautiful cycling
and walking routes.
Barnett Hill launches its festive afternoon teas on
December 5th. From delicate finger sandwiches
to homemade scones and freshly baked Christmas
treats, it’s the perfect festive indulgence. Beautifully
decorated, the hotel has cosy log fires a plenty and
plenty of nooks and crannies to snuggle in or catch
up with friends.
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Blackheath Lane, Guildford GU5 0RF
+44 (0)1483 893361
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A family friendly
hotel to revel
in life’s little
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Party Season Drinks
From top shelf tipples to super
soft drinks, don’t miss
favourites off your
festive drinks list
1. Hattiers Resolute Navy Strength Rum £56 www.hattiers.com | 2. PATRÓN Añejo £48 Amazon and The Whisky
Exchange | 3. H by Hine Cognac £38 Master Of Malt, The Whisky Exchange & bbr.com | 4. Smoked Old Fashioned
One-Litre Cocktail Pouch £37 www.thecocktailsociety.uk | 5. Starwood Left Field Single Malt Australian Whisky £35
Waitrose, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange | 6. The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Old £41 Harvey Nichols
and The Whisky Shop | 7. Cove Passion Liqueur £33 www.devoncove.co.uk | 8. One Eyed Rebel Fiery Spiced Rum
£34.99 Selfridges | 9. Bumbu Cream £29.99 Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Master of Malt and Amazon | 10. Wild Turkey
£27.50 Amazon | 11. Sicilian Lemonade (12 x 27cl) £21.30 luscombe.co.uk | 12. Cranberry Crush (12 x 27cl) £21.30
luscombe.co.uk | 13. Damascene Rose Bubbly (12 x 27cl) £21.30 luscombe.co.uk | 14. Hot Ginger Beer (12 x 27cl) £21.30
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luscombe.co.uk | 15. Duppy Share Rum Pink Ting-A-Ling Cocktail (6 x 250ml cans) £13.50 www.theduppyshare.
com | 16. Ginger Beer Gift Set £12.99 luscombe.co.uk | 17. SWISH Cocktails from £3.50 swishcocktails.com | 18.
Belvoir Farm Non-Alcoholic Lime & Yuzu Mojito £2.95 Ocado and Waitrose | 19. Belvoir Farm Non-Alcoholic
Passionfruit Martini £2.95 Ocado and Waitrose | 20. Crème de Cacao à la Vanille £30 bbr.com | 21. Spirit of
Yorkshire Cream Liqueur £25.50 www.spiritofyorkshire.com | 22. Soberano 12 Gran Reserva £20 Ocado, Amazon,
Master of Malt | 23. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge £19 Sainsbury’s | 24. Gonzalez Byass Nectar Pedro Ximenez
£18 The Whisky Exchange, Ocado, Simply Wine Direct, Master of Malt | 25. Truffle Gin £80 cambridgedistillery.
co.uk | 26. Kentucky Owl The Wiseman Bourbon £60 Master of Malt, Amazon, The Whisky Exchange | 27.
Salcombe Rum ‘Island Street’ £35 for 50cl www.salcombegin.com
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Situated in a traditional Grade
II listed building, The Georgian,
Coppa Club channels its own
distinct character and identity.
Taking inspiration from Tudor and
Georgian architectural movements
- which inspired the property’s
name - The Georgian, Coppa
Club is defined by a seamless
combination of the traditional
and contemporary style, blending
interiors that nod to the building’s
history with modernist flares.
The Grade II listed property is
laden with charm, featuring a
garden terrace with a large fire
pit, three iconic pods and a series
of events designed specifically
for locals to enjoy throughout
the seasons. The Georgian,
Coppa Club is an escape for
the community of Haslemere,
a destination which belongs to
everyone and where visitors
and locals alike can enjoy these
exceptional facilities to work, eat,
drink, meet, relax and stay. Those
who choose to stay overnight at
the clubhouse will find all they
could ever need at their fingertips,
in a location that skilfully balances
Coppa Club’s escape-from-home
ethos with practicality and style.
Providing guests with a
welcoming, relaxed atmosphere
matched with great experiences,
The Georgian, Coppa Club offers
the very best food and drink
options that Coppa Club is known
and loved for. Complete with
a café, bar, restaurant, lounge,
terrace and private dining space,
available from morning to night,
visitors can pop in with their
laptop for a morning coffee or a
casual business meeting, sit for
cocktails at the bar or in a cosy
booth for an indulgent dinner.
Guests staying in the individually
designed hotel rooms can enjoy
a delicious breakfast through to
an evening drink in one of the
clubhouse’s cosy corners.
Fun interior design features
include: a Georgian inspired
patterned floor and strong deep
green of the Georgian panelling
in the Entrance Bar; ‘Bonbon’
lanterns in the Restaurant creating
an atmospheric glow; and an
inside outside feel in the private
spaces a snug with terracotta floor
tiles and panelling to match, an
encaustic tiled fireplace, creating
the perfect place for a private
party. In the Bar Lounge, a snug
feel is emulated through dark
panelling offering the perfect
place to have a cosy drink or dine.
Taking the lead in pet friendly
hospitality, the ground floor is a
space for dogs as well as humans.
A seasonal menu features a
modern take on British and
Mediterranean classics. From
a 10oz Ribeye to Cauliflower
Shawarma there is something for
everyone. Healthy specials include
Coppa Club highlights such as
Sea Reared Trout on the Plancha,
Pea, Broad Bean and Courgette
Bruschetta, and a Chopped Green
Goddess salad. Further options
include a great selection of fresh
pasta and sourdough pizza, perfect
for devouring at any time of day.
Coppa Club provides an inclusive
dining experience by catering
to a wide range of dietary
requirements, including vegan,
gluten-free, and nut allergies.
Diners looking to add further
flair to their meals will enjoy an
inventive cocktail menu, with
no and low cocktails on offer in
partnership with Trip CBD and
Crossip. An emerging trend that
enables people to unwind and
relax, Trip CBD cocktails have
genuine health benefits that reduce
stress, enhance sleep and boost the
immune system – enabling guests
to feel better than they did when
they arrived. A Coppa favourite
is the ‘Peach Trip’ cocktail which
has been curated with TRIP
peach and ginger CBD infused
oil and apple juice. Non-alcoholic
cocktails also include the
‘Sanguinello Spritz’ – a delicious
combination of Crossip Pure
Hibiscus, Fever Tree blood orange
soda, rosemary and a citrus twist.
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High St, Haslemere GU27 2JY
+44 (0)1491 525 879
ABOUT COPPA CLUB
The Georgian, Coppa Club is
the tenth property to join the
brand’s portfolio of clubhouses
and third hotel location. – offering
an all-day lifestyle venue and 13
individually designed bedrooms.
With ten separate locations now
currently found in the South-
East and West of England, the
brand has a private members’
club feel, without any members
club fees. Each venue reflects its
individual location and offers an
informal, welcoming, and relaxed
atmosphere with Streatley-on-
Thames and Sonning-On-Thames
offering riverside hotel bedrooms
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Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa
Balmer Lawn is a luxury 4-star hotel & spa
nestled in the heart of the ancient New Forest
offering guests a relaxing retreat from busy lives
Located at the edge of
Brockenhurst, Balmer Lawn
Hotel & Spa ensures the perfect
combination of old-fashioned
values with a modern twist with its
tasteful blend of contemporary and
Less than a 2-hour drive from
London and half an hour from the
coast, its New Forest location is
perfect for a relaxing retreat from
the hustle and bustle. Steeped in
history, this iconic hotel is home to
54 comfortable rooms and prides
itself on welcoming families and
even their four-legged friends.
Serving locally sourced
ingredients and seasonal dishes, its
award-winning restaurant bears a 2
AA Rosette for fine dining. While
its cosy outdoor bar, the Lodge
Kitchen and Bar, is equipped with
outdoor heaters, fluffy blankets
and comfy seating to help you
relax with your friends and family.
Whether you’re looking to warm
up after a day’s walking, or
you’d simply like to enjoy some
delicious cocktails, the restaurant’s
floor-to-ceiling windows will
allow you to take in the beautiful
Guests can also indulge in bespoke
treatments from the Saltus Spa;
with 6 modern treatment rooms
and a relaxation room. The perfect
antidote after a long day of
In addition to their stay, families
have plenty of things to do around
the hotel from exploring the
grand Beaulieu Estate to taking
a leisurely hike through the
New Forest or even visiting the
National Motor Museum.
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Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst,
New Forest SO42 7ZB
01590 623 116
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Holiday Inn Oxford
Close to the city centre and within easy access to
Oxford Parkway train station for direct links to
London and designer outlets at Bicester Village
The Holiday Inn Oxford
has unveiled a £1million
refurbishment to transform its
public spaces and showcase a
brand new Open Lobby concept
on the ground floor.
The stylish Open Lobby, designed
to provide guests with one multifaceted
public space to eat, meet,
relax, socialise and work as they
choose, will revolutionise the
way guests live and interact at the
Oxford hotel, just three miles from
the town centre.
The Holiday Inn Oxford is ideally
located, close to the city centre
and within easy access to Oxford
Parkway train station for direct
links to London and designer
outlet shopping at Bicester Village
Retail Park. Popular nearby
attractions include The University
of Oxford’s historic buildings, the
Ashmolean Museum, birthplace
of Winston Churchill and baroque
Blenheim Palace which is just a
10-minute drive from the hotel.
The Holiday Inn Oxford offers
free on-site parking for hotel
residents, free WiFi, 24-hour
room service, a mini gym and a
restaurant. The hotel is also very
family friendly, where children
can stay and eat for free. The
hotel is also well equipped to
host meetings and events with
11 modern meeting rooms at the
Academy Conference Centre.
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Peartree Roundabout, Oxford,
0371 942 9086
The traditionally separate zones
of a reception, lobby, bar, lounge,
restaurant and business centre have
been merged into one cohesive ‘Open
Lobby’ space where guests can operate
in a more instinctive, flexible and
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Have An Enchanting
Christmas With Your Family
From Peppa Pig World and Paultons Park in the award-winning New Forest
National Park to Christmas clothing from Disney and the latest Play Kits from
Lovevery, we have got you covered this festive season
Paultons Park at Christmas
Internationally acclaimed attraction, Paultons Park, has announced
the return of its popular ‘A Celebration of Christmas’ extravaganza,
with tickets on sale now.
Throughout December, Paultons Park will be festooned with magical
illuminations to celebrate Christmas on selected dates from Saturday 3
December until Friday 23 December 2022.
Peppa Pig World will become a festive wonderland as one of the
UK’s most loved pre-school characters greets guests in her unique
seasonal attire. The park’s newest themed land Tornado Springs
will also be draped in merry decorations with selected rides open
for Christmas including those in Lost Kingdom and Critter Creek.
Back by popular demand, the entrance plaza will host an
enchanting light show featuring a giant musical Christmas tree
coming to life every 15 minutes. Father Christmas will make a
special guest appearance in Santa’s Christmas Wish show and
Santa’s Storytime show, and guests can pre-book a brand-new and
exclusive Santa ‘meet and greet’.
With a special meet and greet ticket add-on, families will have the
opportunity to spend quality and guaranteed time with Santa Claus
and have a professional family photo taken to mark the moment of
meeting the man himself.
James Mancey, Operations Director at Paultons Park, said: “Each year
our team works hard to create a family friendly winter schedule of
events. Families enjoy a magical day at Paultons Park all year round,
and for the festive season we aim to ensure the park is fittingly
enchanting. It has become a tradition for many families to return,
year after year, to experience how we have tailored the park to
help our guests celebrate their favourite winter holiday.”
All festive live entertainment runs daily throughout the event
from the park’s comfortable undercover seated arena.
Situated in the award-winning New Forest National Park,
Hampshire, Paultons Park has been recognised as one of the world’s
leading attractions by Tripadvisor and held the title as the UK’s
best-rated amusement park for an unbeaten five years in a row.
Tickets can be pre-booked online for ‘A Celebration of Christmas’
and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
To find out more information and book tickets, please visit the
Paultons Park website: www.paultonspark.co.uk or visit
www.paultonsbreaks.com to explore short break deals.
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Lovevery, has expanded its subscription Play Kits program for
three to four-year-olds. Each of the four new Play Kits is packed
full of expert-designed Playthings and guidance for parents,
delivered at just the right developmental stage.
The Play Kits include books to reflect real-life experiences,
in addition to Playthings, activities, and parent resources for
purposeful play and STEM learning, such as the Squeeze &
Spray Mop, Plan Ahead Weather Board, Wooden Emotional
Dolls, Montessori-inspired Maths Bars & Number Tiles, and the
Red Dot Award-winning Modular Playhouse. The Play Kits
by Lovevery are available from ages 0-48 months
and deliver at 2-3 month intervals with
£120 from www.lovevery.co.uk
Mickey & Friends
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Inspired by the compact luxury of first-class air
travel, YOTEL is for those who are seeking a
different type of travel experience
Inspired by the compact luxury of
first-class air travel, YOTEL is for
those who find traditional hotels
uninspiring and are seeking a
different type of travel experience.
Each YOTEL space is unique with
its own personality, connected by a
sense of community where guests
can work, rest, and play.
YOTEL’s distinct, compact rooms
are cleverly designed to maximise
space, offering guests everything
they need without excess.
YOTEL is the ideal hotel for busy
people on-the-go who value time
Dedicated to creating the world’s
smartest hotels, YOTEL features
contactless self-service stations for
check-in, check-out, and upgrades.
They even have luggage and room
service robots at select locations.
Perfect for people who want to
get up and go, YOTEL’s signature
SmartBed transforms from a
comfy couch to a slumber-friendly
flatbed. The rooms also feature
adjustable mood lighting to help
you relax even more. For those
wanting to keep their finger on the
pulse, there is also super fast WiFi.
YOTEL is the perfect balance
between efficiency, technology,
and style, combined with great
locations all over the globe.
With ambitious plans for rapid
growth to open 50 hotels by
2025, the brand currently holds
22 properties in sought after
cities worldwide across YOTEL,
YOTELPAD and YOTELAIR.
In our wonderful capital city, there
is YOTEL London Shoreditch,
YOTEL London City in
Clerkenwell and for those jetting
off on business or pleasure, there
is a landside YOTELAIR London
We reviewerd YOTEL London
Shoreditch, a mere one minute
walk from Bethnal Green tube on
Cambridge Heath Road. Read our
review on sloanmagazine.com
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Located in the popular Spitalfields area of East
London, Aptel East has 33 spacious suites for solo
business executives, couples and families of four
Founded by credible entrepreneur,
Karan Uppal, ‘Aptel’ is a new
and innovative aparthotel brand,
which sets out to provide both
corporate and leisure guests with
a modern and comfortable ‘home
away from home’ via stylish and
fully serviced apartments with
high-tech energy efficient systems
Committed to creating a smooth
experience on arrival and
departure, guests are provided
with a unique access code to their
designated suite via a touchscreen
device - which can also be
accessed via their smartphone
- whilst also benefitting from
the added security a 24-hour
The first Aptel site, Aptel East,
opened its doors in October 2021,
with additional Aptel sites forecast
to open in London and other UK
city locations in 2023 and beyond.
Aptel East is a short distance
from Whitechapel and Aldgate
East tube stations and popular
London neighbourhoods such as
Shoreditch, Tower Bridge and
St Katharine Docks. There are
33 spacious apartments with a
luxury yet welcoming feeling
bedroom, kitchenette, living space
and bathroom with spa quality
monsoon shower. contactless
check-in, air conditioning, high
speed wi-fi, high-end appliances
and bespoke designer furnishings.
Guests are also provided with
fluffy white towels and luxury
169-171 Commercial Rd, London
+44 (0)20 7052 3140
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Originally opening its doors in
October 2021, Chourangi is a
leading Indian restaurant which takes
discerning Londoners on a culinary
journey into India’s unexplored
cuisines, especially from the heritage
city of Calcutta’s rich heritage and
Taking its name from Chowringhee,
the oldest and most vibrant quarter of
Calcutta, the restaurant brings alive
a unique culinary tradition that has
been born of centuries of overseas
traders leaving their mark on this
vibrant culture. Just a stone’s throw
from Oxford Circus, Chourangi is
situated at 3 Old Quebec Street,
bringing the distinctive Calcutta
cuisine to Marble Arch right in the
heart of London.
The offering is a unique blend of
British, Dutch, Armenian, French,
Portuguese and Chinese flavours
that have descended over a 300-year
history. The innovative dishes and
recipes have been carefully curated
by Chef turned restaurateur Anjan
Chatterjee, partnering with his dear
friend Aditya Ghosh (lawyer turned
airline entrepreneur). Anjan and
Aditya came up with the concept
over a meal in one of Anjan’s
restaurants a few years ago and it
was Anjan’s dream to put forth the
heritage cuisine of Calcutta on the
global food scene and what better
way to do it than to showcase it in
London – the food capital of the
Highlights on the menu include Tiger
Prawn Tandoori, Welsh Lamb Chops,
Tiger Prawn Malai Curry, BNR
Mutton Curry, Saffron & Pistachio
Kulfi and Langcha Randi.
Full review on sloanmagazine.com
3 Old Quebec St, London W1H 7AF
020 3582 2710 | chourangi.co.uk
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YOPO at The Mandrake
Exporting the bold flavours of
Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima
and bringing them to London,
YOPO showcases these alongside
the very finest seasonal and regional
produce available. YOPO is open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner and
the lounge, with its own entrance on
Newman Street, is open all day with
a light snack menu and coffee and lunches available for take away.
The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG
020 3146 7770 | www.themandrake.com/yopo-restaurant
Artesian has partnered with chef
Angelo Sato, of Humble Chicken in
Soho, to create an exciting new food
menu for The Langham’s celebrated
Launching on 10 November 2022,
the menu has been inspired by
traditional Japanese dishes and
ingredients. Angelo has worked
incredible depth of flavour into the dishes, pushing the boundaries of
conventional bar snacks whilst also retaining the moreish, easy to eat
style that is so well suited to bars.
The Langham, 1C Portland Place, London W1B 1JA
020 7636 1000 | www.artesian-bar.co.uk
Offering a taste of Sicily in Fitzrovia,
Norma is a fabulous restaurant with an
amazing Front-of-House team that clearly
not only adore food but were included
by the Executive Head Chef Giovann
Attard in the experience he was creating
for his diners. Every member had tried
the dishes, even the vegetarians had tried
some of the fish/meat dishes.
The food is spectacular but the team
make this an experience that would keep
you coming back time and time again to
join their raving fan base of regulars.
Full review on sloanmagazine.com
8 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LS
0203 995 6224 | normalondon.com
Yauatcha is a Chinese dim sum
teahouse with two restaurants in
London, in the heart of Soho and
in the City, offering an all-day
grazing experience. Launched in
Soho in 2004, Yauatcha gained
immediate critical acclaim and
received numerous prestigious awards
including a Michelin star.
Yauatcha City opened in May 2015
following the success of the Soho
restaurant. Yauatcha provides a unique
dining experience, offering authentic
dim sum with a contemporary
influence. The renowned menu
includes a wide selection of dim sum
and a list of over 24 types of tea.
The full view of the kitchens allows
passers-by to witness the preparation
of the expertly made dishes.
Full review on sloanmagazine.com
Broadgate Circle EC2M 2QS
0203 817 9888
Wagtail Rooftop Bar & Restaurant is
nestled in the eaves of one of the City of
London’s grandest art-deco buildings.
Foodies and cocktail connoisseurs
are invited to escape to the sky with
unparalleled views, fine wine, exquisite
cocktails and delicious food - morning,
day or night. From breakfast to latenight
suppers and bottomless brunches,
the restaurant and bar provides the
perfect backdrop for any occasion.
Split over two floors, Wagtail includes
a restaurant with two private terraces,
an elegant fully heated and covered
rooftop terrace bar, and an exclusive
private dining room in the cupola,
crowning the building.
Full review on sloanmagazine.com
68 King William St EC4N 7HR
020 8161 4442 | wagtaillondon.com
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Award-winning, celebrated chef Aldo Zilli has
designed a signature menu of family-favourite Italian
dishes for the new Lucarelli Restaurant on the iconic
Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge. With
room for 60 diners, the Italian restaurant offers guests
an authentic Italian terrace dining experience.
Lucarelli Restaurant is founded by the Sacco Family
and in keeping with their heritage, all dishes on the
menu use ingredients sourced directly from Italy. It
is the perfect setting for families, ladies who lunch,
business dining and couples in a flexible setting for
every person and occasion.
The sophisticated interior is designed to bring
Mediterranean alfresco dining to West London
complete with an open kitchen. This allows diners to
witness cookery theatre while mouth-watering aromas
fill the authentic restaurant.
Dishes are inspired from different regions of Italy
including bruschetta, signature seafood dishes, freshly
made pasta and risottos as well as pizzas topped with
the finest delicacies.
Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RJ
Quaglino’s, the historic and stylish restaurant located in St James’s,
first opened in 1929 and remains a prominent restaurant in the West
End today. The food menu, created by Head Chef Jack Smith, features
contemporary European cuisine, vibrant dishes and seasonal ingredients.
Guests can sit back and revel in a hard-to-forget sensory experience;
absorbing fantastic live music, 7 days a week, in one of London’s most
elegant settings whilst sipping delicious cocktails and feasting on the
finest food. The limited edition Art Within Mixology cocktail list has
been inspired by the four corners of the globe; East Asia, South America,
Northern Europe and the Mediterranean - making for an exceptional,
unique concoction. Renowned for its legendary, innovative and ever
developing cocktails, this new menu will not disappoint. Head Chef Jack
Smith has expertly created a mouth-watering bar snack menu inspired by
these four regions, that can be perfectly paired with each of the cocktails.
16 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ
020 7930 6767 | www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk
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As the days get darker
and the temperature
starts to plummet,
Chinatown is the perfect
destination for steamy
soups, hearty hot pots
and lavish laksas all
best enjoyed in good
company. Hot pot consists of a large steaming bowl
of broth that sits in the centre of the table; meats,
vegetables and noodles are then submerged into the
soupy bath and cooked to your preference. Check out
New China for some of the best hot pot in town and
work your way down through Chinatown for Viet
Food’s Rare Beef Pho and the finest Malaysian laksa
at C&R Café. A favourite amongst Chinatown visitors,
Bun House is the go-to spot for steamy bao buns.
Read the review on sloanmagazine.com and discover
more about Chinatown London at chinatown.co.uk
Bar and Terrace is the
perfect destination for
fun, expert cocktails
and unbeatable views
this winter. November
sees the launch of
exciting and playful cocktail menu yet - inspired
by iconic fictional characters – and a new ‘Light &
Warmth’ winter terrace for cosy nights in East London.
9th Floor, Hyatt Place London City East, 45
Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DU
020 8159 1234 | pocketsquare.london
The brand new ‘SMASHED by Honest’ burger
will offer a lighter option from £8.50 including
chips across its 43 restaurants up and down the
country. The burger is big on flavour thanks
to the way Honest’s signature beef patty is
smashed and cooked into the grill, locking
in the juices as it’s seared. Inspired by the
popular speedy serves in North America, the
‘SMASHED by Honest’ burger cooks in less
than 2 minutes offering a lighter, lower calorie
burger ideal as a lunch option or for those
looking for a tasty bite on the go.
Read the full review on sloanmagazine.com
3rd Half Bar
Located in the beating heart
of central London, just off
Oxford Street and Park
Lane, steps from Hyde Park
is the brand new sports
bar at Hard Rock Hotel
London, 3rd Half. Offering
an international menu of
burgers, pizzas, spare ribs
and more; 3rd Half is the ultimate place to kick
back and enjoy a wide variety of live sports on hi
resolution tv screens, beer in hand. Just landed in
Hard Rock Hotel London, it is the ultimate place to
enjoy all sports, from football to boxing, rugby to
golf, NFL games and more on SkyTV live sport.
Hard Rock Hotel London, Great Cumberland
Place, London W1H 7DL | 020 7479 5078
Oche The Strand
Oche combines the
excitement of digitised
darts using state-of-theart
with a mouth-watering
selection of dishes and
cocktails as the perfect
no-compromise way to
enjoy a night of gastro
gaming. For those special
romantic occasions, Oche
also offers a Date Night
Package which includes
85 minutes of darts, the
delectable Chef’s Menu,
and a bottle of sparkling wine for £90 per couple.
105 Strand, London WC2R 0AA
020 4540 5603 | oche.com
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