The Franklin Restaurant Launches Afternoon Tea, Celebrating The V&A’S 'Wonderful Things' Exhibition With Photogragher Tim Walker

The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo at The Franklin London – Starhotels Collezione, introduces London’s most whimsical afternoon tea, celebrating the V&A’s latest exhibition, ’Wonderful Things’, the fantastical works of British fashion photographer Tim Walker. Launching this week and designed in partnership with luxury event planners, La Fête, the afternoon tea takes its guests through The Franklin London’s very own looking glass in a kaleidoscopic gourmet treat for all the senses. 

Curated and prepared by Michelin master Alfredo Russo’s culinary team, the Wonderful Treats Afternoon Tea will transport guests to a playful world of sweet and savoury fantasy. In homage to the V&A’s curation of Walker’s visionary world of fashion, portraiture and food, combined with quintessentially British accents of a favourite national gourmet past time, guests will experience a delicate culinary feast, playing with extravagant staging, cues of romance and a sprinkling of alluring dark beauty.

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Presented in delicately tiered bird cages, each beautifully crafted piece from the afternoon tea menu tells a magical story inviting diners on multiple sensory journeys. Taking inspiration from fairy tale themes and notions of ‘wonder’ the new afternoon tea will include; lobster filled black buns, twisted trees adorned with chocolate and yuzu macaroons, and other-wordly nests of kataifi pasta with micro salad, ricotta cheese and ‘honeygrette’. 

With no afternoon tea being complete without scones and jam, diners will be lavished with sweet treats. Complimented by glass domes of gravity-defying meringue, and chocolate and pistachio upside-down cones with faux ice cream, tiers of sweet wonder will impress and satiate the most discerning afternoon tea fans.  A signature cocktail from The Franklin Bar has also been crafted by its new mixology duo - Filippo Tacchi and Luca Milesi - a tantalising sloe gin based, lavender-infused libation.

Wonderful Things Afternoon Tea at The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo – The menu:

Lobster salad-filled black bun

 Nest of kataifi pasta with micro salad, Ricotta cheese and vinegar and honey “honeygrette”

Egg salad, watercress and black truffle sandwich

Ham, cheese and mustard sandwich

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Glazed doughnut with hand-marbled white chocolate 

Chocolate and pistachio upside-down cone

Lemon curd, raspberry and grue meringue

Dark chocolate scone and pink strawberry scone

A tree filled with wonderful treats, including chocolate and yuzu macarons

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Jensens Old Tom Gin; Sloe Gin; LBV Porto infused with Lavender; Sugar Syrup; Fresh lemon juice; Crème de Cacao

Served in the refined-lux setting of The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo, guests can enjoy an afternoon of true escapism, pre or post-show, tucked away in The Franklin London’s gourmet hideaway, an elegant Knightsbridge townhouse situ with interiors designed by tastemaker Anouska Hempel. 

The Franklin Restaurant by Alfredo Russo has partnered with luxury event planners La Fête to design the new culinary experience. Founder and Creative Director of La Fête, Charlotte Ricard-Quesada adds: “It was a privilege to collaborate with Alfredo Russo’s team of chefs once again, who as always, pushed the boundaries of the culinary possible. With the V&A’s curated works of revolutionary photographer Tim Walker as our inspiration, this enabled us to delicately inject a magical and ethereal aesthetic in to both the menu and the décor of the new afternoon tea. It was fantastic, with faux melted ice cream, gravity defying domes, intricate edible bird nests and much more. The ‘wow’ factor of this tea begins from the very moment you are seated, with tiered bird cages and twisted trees, each filled with playful, enchanting and wonderful treats.”

Handmade Chelsea: Exciting Additions to the Contemporary Craft and Design Fair

With over a decade of experience in the industry, Handmade Chelsea has undoubtedly established itself as the best calendar event for high-end craft and design in London. In the interest of keeping the fair as exciting as possible for both new and returning customers, this year’s 13th edition of Handmade Chelsea sees the addition of gorgeous artisanal food, as well as riveting live demonstrations from our designer-makers.

Witnessing the Process

Katie Putt

Katie Putt is a London-based artist and illustrator who uses watercolour as her medium of choice. Katie specialises in creating whimsical hand-painted textile wall hangings that capture the heart of the English countryside. At Handmade Chelsea, Katie will not only exhibit her whimsical creations, but she will also hold a demonstration of her delicate painting process. This is a unique chance to behold exquisite art unfold before your eyes.

Byron & Gomes

First established in 2015, Byron & Gomez is the brainchild of professionally trained cabinet makers Maria Gomez and Charles Byron. Dedicated to creating beautiful handcrafted furniture through the use of high quality materials, Byron & Gomez specialise in furniture that perfectly balances the line between aesthetically pleasing and functional.

This year, Byron & Gomez will provide fair-goers with the opportunity to watch the pair’s coven cane installation.

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Edible Art

Handmade Chelsea’s first addition of artisanal food comes from luxury chocolatiers The Painted Peacock.

Founded by Deepa and Yugna, the women behind these stunning chocolates hold a deep love and passion for marrying exotic avours and vibrant colours to create edible art that is both striking to look at and delicious to taste. Each handmade chocolate bonbon uses only the highest quality of natural ingredients, all of which are ethically sourced from across the globe. As with everything at Handmade Chelsea, these chocolates can be made to order at the fair. The only limit is your imagination.

Handmade Chelsea - The Contemporary Craft and Design Fair Friday 8 - Sunday 10 November 2019
Chelsea Old Town Hall, London , Tickets available
here.

Images Yeshen Venema photography

Bethan Gray Returns To Decorex

Bethan Gray Design returns to Decorex this year showcasing new additions to the Shamsian Collection - Produced in collaboration with highly sought after Omani artist Mohamad Reza Shamsian, and his team of highly skilled master craftsmen at their studio in Muscat, Oman.

NEW |  LUSTRE OVAL DINING TABLE

NEW | LUSTRE OVAL DINING TABLE

The table features two distinctive pedestal legs inspired by the arches and gilded domes typical of Middle Eastern architecture and made from aluminium and steel that is first hand-spun, then brass plated. A solid brass tray frames the marble table top, featuring Bethan's Dhow pattern that uses more than 100 linear metres of solid brass carefully overlaid onto the marble.

NEW |  LUSTRE TWO-TONE COFFEE TABLE

NEW | LUSTRE TWO-TONE COFFEE TABLE

Also new to the Lustre family comes Bethan's signature two-tone marble finish, featuring Nero and Bianco marbles.

The quality of the craftsmanship in the Lustre tables is in evidence in the meticulously created Dhow pattern and in the delicate balance at the points of connection between the marble table top and the brass base.

The Lustre family's radiance and luminescence comes from its generous use of brass in a meticulously crafted brass tray that holds the marble top, and in the substantial spun pedestal base.

Decorex 2019 | 6 – 9 September, Olympia London , Hammersmith Rd, Hammersmith, London, W14 8UX.

Introducing The London Mural Festival

The first ever London Mural Festival (LMF) will take place across London in September 2020. The festival sets out to use London as a vast canvas, painting a minimum of 20 new large-scale murals across the city, accompanied by a weekend of activity at Here East and Hackney Wick in East London. The weekend will celebrate creative communities across the city, whilst introducing a new way for people to experience one of the world’s biggest art movements.

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Laura Citron, CEO of London & Partners commented “Culture and the arts are synonymous with London and it’s the number one reason that visitors come here. The London Mural Festival is a fantastic innovative addition to our cultural landscape and really puts London in the spotlight as a dynamic and creative city.”

To mark the announcement and to demonstrate the ambition for London Mural Festival, a new 350m squared mural was unveiled at Linkcity's Hallsville Quarter in Canning Town, creating one of the largest murals in the city. The artwork created by artist Gary Stranger entitled ‘From The Ground Up’ embodies the ethos behind the London Mural Festival, the do-it-yourself spirit within street art culture and development in the local area.

Gary Stranger commented "I'm excited for the London Mural Festival. The team behind it are working hard to make it happen, so now London can take its rightful place on the stage of global mural festivals. This is the first wall of many I'm hoping to see pop-up across the city ahead of the London Mural Festival in September 2020."  

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The London Mural Festival will feature a two-week programme of activities starting on 1st September that will include talks, workshops, film screenings, gallery shows, street art tours - culminating with 100+ artists painting alongside live music, DJ’s and a series of parties for a weekend of activity on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September.

The festival will showcase art from local, national and international talent. Confirmed artists include Ben Eine, Camille Walala, Dale Grimshaw, Fanakapan, Gary Stranger, Mr. Doodle, Mr. Cenz, Pref and Seb Lester, with a whole host of artists to be announced over the coming months. Applications for artists will open in 2020 but interested participants are urged to sign-up to the newsletter on www.londonmuralfestival.com to be the first to know when the application process opens.

Lee Bofkin, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Street Art, the organisation behind the London Mural Festival commented "Over the last 50 years graffiti and street art has matured as an art-form and subculture, giving rise to a major global mural movement. Mural festivals have been established in major cities around the world, but not London. Until now.”

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London Mural Festival is also working with a diverse range of partners to make the festival a reality.

Global Street Art’s Woody Anderson, who conceived the London Mural Festival, says “We’re super excited that the inaugural London Mural Festival is finally happening. Here East and Hackney Wick are natural locations for our first festival considering the creative communities that reside there. We’ve already had a great response from the local artists and businesses, and we’re interested in speaking to anyone who’d like to get involved.”

Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East says “Hackney Wick is home to one of the most thriving and innovative artistic communities in the world and at Here East we are thrilled to be part of the London Mural Festival and help curate an inspiring and exciting event. Supporting artists and creatives is what we are all about and I look forward to welcoming the artist community to the campus.”

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To find out more about the London Mural Festival and to keep up to date please go to: www.londonmuralfestival.com and www.facebook.com/londonmuralfestival/

Lee Broom Presents KALEIDOSCOPIA at the London Design Festival 2019

For the London Design Festival 2019, renowned British designer Lee Broom presents a brand new installation entitled KALEIDOSCOPIA, an experiential showcase that plays with kaleidoscopic impressions.

KALEIDOSCOPIA will be unveiled on 17th September at the Shoreditch showroom, and in signature Lee Broom style uses visual illusion to create an intimate exhibition with maximum impact. Visitors will be invited into an enclosed space to discover lighting products within a highly reflective environment, forming a sequence of multiple images and mesmerising optical illusions. Only when inside KALEIDOSCOPIA will visitors experience the full transformative visual impact of the installation, inspired by the interior of a kaleidoscope.

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Visual of Kaleidoscopia installation

The show incorporates an installation of Lee Broom’s acclaimed Orion lights. Hung both horizontally and vertically, the installation highlights the versatility of the product which allows the end user to create bespoke constellations of light with infinite adaptations. With its endless illumination and hypnotic soundtrack, the KALEIDOSCOPIA experience will take viewers on an enthralling journey of altered perspectives.

Lee Broom commented:

“I am always inspired by new and innovative ways in which I can present our products every year during Design Week and London as a city has always been incredibly open to innovation and creativity. That’s why I’m always excited to present something new during the London Design Festival.”

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Orion lights in polished gold

VISIT LEE BROOM AT LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019. KALEIDOSCOPIA will be installed at the Lee Broom Showroom in Shoreditch, 95 Rivington Street, London,  EC2A 3AY

Exhibition opening times: 17-22 September 2019; Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm

Shoreditch Design Triangle

Lee Broom is part of Shoreditch Design Triangle, one of the most vibrant areas of London during the London Design Festival, which now comprises over 60 different independent events. 

www.shoreditchdesigntriangle.com

The Milk House Milk Fest 2019

Milk Fest is back again, this time for it’s sixth year running and presenting the Greatest Show yet! As ever, over the August Bank Holiday weekend Milk Fest kicks off on Friday 23 August, with a long weekend of entertainment all the way through to Monday 26 August. It’s set to be a feel-good feast of food & fun for the whole family.

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They’ve put together an udderly unmissable schedule, with music from top local talent and fabulous food and drink from some of our wonderful suppliers. From an array of delicious Kentish cider to our ever-popular Park Farm hot dogs, pink fluffy candy floss to sensational circus skills; there will be something to put a smile on everyone’s face.

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To mark the occasion, the Milk House Fest have collaborated with Kent Brewery to bring you a 3.9% Session IPA using some of the latest English hop varieties at a cheap and beerful £3.50 a pint. A tipple or two of this bespoke Kentish pale ale, crafted just for us, is sure to get you in the party mood. So, bring a rug, make yourself comfortable, tuck into some fine festival fodder and enjoy the tunes.

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The Milk House fest Kicks off on Friday 23 August, for a Bank holiday weekend of fun, all the way through to Monday 26 August.

V&A Goes to Market – One Day Sustainable Food Pop-Up at Borough Market

Turnips Borough to create unique dish from mushrooms grown in V&A exhibition

On 14th August, two of London’s most iconic destinations – the V&A and Borough Market – will collaborate to showcase innovative sustainable food growing techniques.

Borough Market trader Turnips Borough, a family-run fruit and vegetable retailer and wholesaler, will create a special dish – for one day only – using oyster mushrooms grown in the V&A from used coffee grounds. The mushrooms are a highlight of the V&A’s current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate, and the collaboration aims to take the project beyond the museum for visitors to sample while shopping at London’s oldest produce market.

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In an installation designed for the V&A by social enterprise GroCycle, oyster mushrooms are grown in the gallery from bags filled with used coffee grounds, including grounds from the V&A Benugo café where visitors drink 1,000 cups of coffee a day. The mushrooms are later harvested and return to the museum café as ingredients, closing the nutrient loop and challenging the notion of coffee grounds as ‘waste’ materials. The mushroom farm is one of over 70 contemporary projects in FOOD at the V&A, which is sponsored by BaxterStorey and explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.

This collaboration will see the V&A redirecting their mushroom harvest to Borough Market for a day, providing 7kg of pink, yellow and grey oyster mushrooms for Turnips to create a delicious mushroom and spelt risotto. 10% of the sales will be donated to Plan Zheroes, a zero food waste charity that Borough Market has worked with since 2014 to redistribute top quality surplus produce from traders to charities across London. To date, Borough Market and Plan Zheroes have saved in excess of 67,000 kilograms of surplus food from going to waste – providing over 135,000 meals for Londoners in need.

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Waste reduction is central to Borough Market’s drive to promote a responsible, sustainable approach to food production and consumption and this collaboration is part of the Market’s wider commitment to sustainability that includes the provision of public drinking fountains, a ban on single use plastic bottles, a corn starch alternative to plastic bags and a recycling scheme which ensures zero waste goes to landfill.

Borough Market’s approach chimes perfectly with Turnips’ pioneering tackling of food waste. 15 years ago, before food waste became the hot topic it is today, Turnips began finding new uses for fruit and vegetables which, while perfectly good, could not be sold. This included the making of juices and smoothies with this produce. Today, Turnips’ team of chefs use a range of seasonal produce to create incredible street food every day, including their rich mushroom risotto made with organic British spelt from Sharpham Park and topped with generous amounts of parmesan – the dish that inspired this collaboration.

Charles Foster, Turnips said: “We love what V&A and GroCycle are doing with this exhibition so it seems natural to collaborate in this way. We have been battling with sustainability and waste reduction for years, our wild mushroom risotto is a particularly successful vestige of that battle and using these innovative oyster mushrooms in our risotto will be hugely exciting!”

Mushroom installation in V&A's FOOD Bigger than the Plate (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Mushroom installation in V&A's FOOD Bigger than the Plate (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A goes to Market – One Day Sustainable Food Pop-Up at Borough Market: Weds 14th August

HAM for Choose Love

This week saw the opening of the CHOOSE LOVE 2019 exhibition at Somerset House. Curated by Print Club London the exhibition of over 30 original artworks raises money to support the amazing Help Refugees charity. This has been such a special project for me and I feel incredibly honoured to have been asked to join the line up of artists making their mark on the iconic Katharine Hamnett ‘CHOOSE LOVE’ slogan, which she very kindly donated the rights for to Help Refugees.

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My piece is an limited edition of just three and shows Rabbit encouraging others to share the love - his colour palette inspired by that of the ocean, land, desert and earth.

All the original framed pieces are now on sale for a week via silent auction at printclublondon.com, with all proceeds going directly to the charity and the life saving work they do. Click on the link below to find out more and place a bid.

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Choose Love 2019 now showing in the East Wing of Somerset House until 1st August 2019.

Wildlife Garden Set to Wow at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

Acclaimed stylist Selina Lake is delighted to have been commissioned by award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson to add her styling magic to the BBC Springwatch Garden at the garden event of the summer, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.

Causing an ‘Instagrammable’ stir at RHS Chelsea Flower Show last month with the 5-star stand she styled for Alitex greenhouses, Selina has been busy prepping ahead of the reveal of the much talked about garden, which will be unveiled from 1st - 7th July.

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Designed by Jo Thompson, alongside wildlife gardener and writer Kate Bradbury, Jo hopes to demonstrate through the Show Garden how visitors can re-wild their gardens and take steps to halt the decline of the UK’s wildlife population with a range of practical design elements.

After seeing the ‘Greenhouse Goals’ style at RHS Chelsea, Jo asked Selina to style the wildlife garden to highlight that wildlife friendly doesn’t mean it can’t also be stylish. Selina will be adding her iconic touch to the garden, mixing vintage gardenalia with on trend black accessories and incorporating stylish insect designs. 

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Jo Thompson commented ahead of the event –

“It has been great working with Selina on the BBC Springwatch Garden. It is always inspiring to work with interior and garden stylists and her flair and creativity have helped bring character and warmth to the garden which I hope the visiting public will enjoy.”

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Selina, who published her ninth book, ‘Natural Living Style’ this spring is a herself a passionate gardener and the commission is a dream project, as she continues to focus on garden and botanical styling –

“I was delighted to be asked by Jo to work on the BBC Springwatch Show Garden at this year’s Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Hampton Court is one of my favourite places to visit for ideas and inspiration, being just a short drive away from the village we live in in Guildford. My personal style has evolved over the years with a desire to live a greener life, growing your own, looking at how we can use recyclables and eco-friendly materials in the garden, alongside upcycled vintage wares. I’m so excited to be able to add some extra green touches to Jo’s wonderful wildlife friendly design, with hopefully some DIY easy to try ideas that visitors can try at home.”

There will be three distinct spaces within the Show Garden, each representing gardens belonging to different neighbours, and featuring their own characteristics and key elements to encourage wildlife. Selina has worked alongside Jo to compliment her designs and add some extra special touches to bring the space to life and inspire visitors to experiment with ideas at home, including…

Inspiring the next generation of wildlife watchers – Getting children ‘back to nature’ has been a huge focus this year, with the Duchess of Cambridge’s garden at RHS Chelsea shining a spotlight on the importance of this and part in can play in our overall physical and mental wellbeing. Combining play with learning, Selina is incorporating a blackboard tally into her styling concept to encourage little ones to record what wildlife is spotted in the garden and when.

Greener gardens – There is a huge focus on sustainability and how we can all play our part to reduce our carbon footprint. Given the fact that gardens are so inherently linked with nature, in the grandparent garden Selina has chosen to include recycled newspaper mini plant pots for seedlings.

Flowers & Foliage – Showcasing how gardens can be transformed, just like the rooms in your home, with accessories, using a collection of recycled bottles, vases and jars to display flowers and foliage picked from the garden to make a beautiful and blooming display that is sure to attract the gentle hum of the all-important bees in search of nectar

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Summer Vegan Events UK Festivals

If you thought vegan festivals were just for vegans and veggies – think again. Everyone is enjoying vegan these days from Will.I.AM and Jennifer Lopez to Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt. Vegan week from Great British Bake Off showed us just how much fun you can have with vegan food and now the supermarkets appear to be competing with each other as to who can bring out the best new vegan goodies. Vegans now have their own cool menus in most mainstream restaurants, pubs and cafes. So if you’re currently tucking into your quarter pounder but starting to realise that there’s now something way more exciting out there and it’s vegan-shaped, hop along to a Vegan Events UK festival this summer…

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So what’s packed in to a Vegan Events UK festival? – well, the answer is what’s not! There’s everything to tickle your taste buds from the latest gourmet vegan cheezes, indulgent creamy chocolates to some naughty vegan kebabs, and everything in between. It’s like all the food you’ve ever enjoyed but with the unhealthy bits taken out. You can try before you buy and sample foods that are so new they haven’t even hit the shops yet. You can also bathe vegan too – with a range of deliciously scented soaps and handmade bath bombs from brands like Iuvo Skincare. And if you’re feeling stressed from a busy week, you can have the chance to chill out in a relaxing yoga session. 

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There’s something for everyone – with lots of cool children’s activities and entertainment on hand to amuse the little ones. And if your teenager is into the latest trends you can check out cool designer vegan labels such as the gorgeous range of ‘Viva La Vegan’ hoodies and Tees. If you’re looking for a new pair of shoes or boots, Alternative Stores will be on hand to help. Plus there’s a massive range of gifts and goodies including candles, jewellery, and even treats for animals. It’s also a great place to shop if you’re looking to go plastic-free.

If you’re looking to get more in-depth, the festivals also feature useful talks on nutrition and the vegan lifestyle as well as some inspiring, fun cookery demos to get you started. 

The summer line-up of events across the UK is: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, Brighton Vegan Summer FEST; Saturday 29th June, Liverpool Vegan Festival; Saturday 6th July, Plymouth Vegan Festival; Saturday 20th July, Bath Vegan Festival; and Saturday 31st August, Dorset Vegan Festival.

Festival organiser, Victoria Bryceson runs her events in partnership with animal welfare charity, Miracle's Mission. Here she talks about her new events for 2019, “I’m really looking forward to our exciting new series of summer festivals. They’re set to be even bigger and better than last year’s. We received so much positive feedback last year and there’s now so much demand that our festivals are becoming regular sell-out events. I think it’s partly because people really love the friendly atmosphere. And also because it’s one of the best places to network and meet others who are vegan-curious too. The wonderful thing about our events is that they’re for everyone whatever your lifestyle. Just come along and bring your friends for a great, fun day-out. You’ll have everything you need there, whether you’re looking for some retail-therapy, some ‘me’ time, precious family time or just a lovely meal out with some friends.”

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Vegan Sweet Tooth London

Entry is from just £3 (under 16’s free) and this includes entry to all areas and activities. Standard tickets are purchased at the door on the day. VIP tickets, £15, include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers can be purchased in advance but sell out quickly. For more information please visit www.veganeventsuk.co.uk or www.facebook.com/VeganEventsUK

Greenhouse Goals With Selina Lake Inspire 5 Star Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Acclaimed Author and Botanical Stylist Selina Lake has once again worked her magic on the first RHS Chelsea Flower Show stand commission for Alitex.

Delighted to have been presented with the 5-star stand award, Selina’s picture-perfect creation is now set to wow thousands of visitors descending on the London’s Chelsea for the most prestigious pop-up horticultural event of the year.

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Capturing the imagination of show judges, celebrity guests were also caught cooing over the gorgeous stand, with Queen of baking Mary Berry, Lorraine Kelly and radio DJ Jo Whiley all stopping by.

Selina commented – “I have absolutely loved being part of the team this year, on what has literally been my dream styling commission. Whenever I think about the world’s best horticultural show, I always think about the pure celebration of nature, plants and of course wonderful blooming flowers so these, along with some of styling ideas from my 9 best-selling Home & Garden books ideas sparked my initial inspiration for this styling project.

“A big well done to Jake Curley for doing such a brilliant job of designing the garden and a special mention to the lovely Sarah Prall for assisting me to style the interiors and outdoor living areas on the stand to bring my concepts to life. I hope that everyone takes as much pleasure from spending time at the stand as I have had styling and conceptualizing it – thank you to Alitex and RHS Chelsea Flower Show for the five star icing on the cake recognition!”

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Delighted to be working with the ‘home of the modern Victorian Greenhouse’, Selina set out to blur the lines between inside and out, to create a stand that celebrated colour, as the team officially launch the Marston and Langinger (M&L) Alitex paint collection at the show. Weaving the collection of shades throughout the stand, the new palette of 15 colours will match, contrast and complement the most loved Alitex greenhouse and has the potential to transform trellis, upgrade your garage and add a flourish to your garden furniture.

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Visit the Alitex stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and be some of the first to see Selina’s #GreenhouseGoals brought to life, on stand 334 on the Main Avenue.

Selina is now looking forward to a busy summer ahead, planning some of her first Christmas shoots alongside her next project with The RHS, who has invited her to be a guest speaker at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival on Thursday 4th July 2019. Sharing insights into the world of an Interior & Garden stylist and demonstrating her ideas for how to style your garden, Selina will be on the Festival Stage at 12pm and again at 3pm.

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What's On March - May 2019 at the V&A

In the Diary: Here are some highlights of the V&A public programme from March - May 2019. Mark your calendars as there are some great exhibitions not to be missed!

William and Judith Bollinger Gallery Opening 11 April 2019 Admission free Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet will go on permanent public display at the V&A for the first time as the centrepiece of the William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, alongside eighty new pieces when this world-famous gallery reopens. Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet was acquired by the V&A in 2017, purchased through the generosity of William & Judith, and Douglas and James Bollinger as a gift to the Nation and the Commonwealth. Over 4.2 million people have visited the William and Judith Bollinger Gallery at the V&A since it opened in 2008. It’s one of the museum’s most popular galleries, telling the story of European and Western jewellery from Ancient Greece and Rome to the present. The gallery’s three-month refurbishment will renew the space for the next decade, with updates to the infrastructure and display, including a specially commissioned cylindrical showcase at the heart of the gallery for Queen Victoria’s coronet.

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams 2 February – 14 July 2019 The Sainsbury Gallery £20 – 24, concessions apply Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior. With over 500 objects and 200 rare Haute Couture garments, it is the V&A’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015. Spanning from 1947 to the present day, the exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him. Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the exhibition has been reimagined for the V&A, and will include a brand-new section exploring the designer’s influence in Britain. Ensembles will be shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions to explore the legacy of the couturier. The exhibition is a major collaboration between Christian Dior Couture, Christian Dior Parfums and the V&A.

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The Mary Quant Beauty bus, 1971 © INTERFOTO Alamy

Mary Quant 6 April 2019 – 16 February 2020 £12, concessions apply This exhibition is the first international retrospective on the revolutionary fashion designer Mary Quant in nearly 50 years. It focuses on the years between 1955 and 1975, when Quant revolutionised the high street with her subversive and playful designs for a younger generation, and brings together over 200 objects, the majority of which have never been on public display. The exhibition is drawn from the V&A’s extensive fashion holdings, which include the largest collection of Mary Quant garments in the world, as well as the designer’s personal archive and important international loans. In June 2019, the V&A announced a public call-out to uncover lost Quant designs and to capture these amazing personal stories in the exhibition. This call-out resulted over 900 responses. 35 objects from 30 individuals will be on display in the exhibition, including 18 pieces which have been acquired for the V&A’s permanent collection.

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honey & bunny (Sonja Stummerer & Martin Hablesreiter) Daisuke Akita

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate 18 May – 20 October 2019 £17, concessions apply FOOD explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food. Taking visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it poses questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways. Featuring over 70 contemporary projects, new commissions and creative collaborations by artists and designers working with chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities, exhibits present ideas and alternative futures from gastronomic experiments to creative interventions in farming, with several projects physically growing in the gallery space. This timely exhibition draws on the V&A’s close links with food, including thirty historic objects from the V&A collections providing further context to the exhibition. Built on the site of Brompton Nursery, the V&A housed an early food museum and over 150 years ago opened the world’s first purpose-built museum refreshment rooms.

Philippa Craddock: Floral Art Monday 11 March, 19.00-20.45 Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre £15-18, includes wine reception Join Philippa Craddock for a look at her career and her seasonal and down-to-earth approach to floristry. Stephen Jones and the History of Millinery at Dior Friday 12 April, 19.00-20.45 Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre £18, includes wine reception Hats have formed an integral part of the overall look coming from the House of Dior since its inception. Join master milliner Stephen Jones who has worked with Dior for more than 20 years, and V&A curator Oriole Cullen, for a discussion on the evolution of Dior’s earliest creations, to Jones’s own designs for John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri today. Andrew Prince: Lost Splendours Monday 18 March, 19.00-20.45 Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre £15-18, includes wine reception From glittering Roman silver, Spanish galleons filled with gold and emeralds to the fabled Russian Crown Jewels, hoards of astonishing treasures have been created and then lost to time and history. Join historian Andrew Prince for a discussion about the many fabulous pieces that have disappeared, the people who owned them and their sudden rediscovery centuries later

For more information, visit vam.ac.uk/moc/whats-on

London Craft Week Celebrates Its 5th year

London Craft Week returns to the capital this May for its fifth edition, presenting an exceptional showcase of craftsmanship and creativity from around the globe. Once again this unique and ambitious event is supported by headline sponsors dunhill and Purdey.

Unfolding at hundreds of venues across the city, the one-of-a-kind festival creates a raft of opportunities to interact with leading craftspeople, thought leaders, brand figureheads, critics and artists, with a packed schedule of talks, workshops, exhibitions and creative encounters.

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Wagumi's Kintsugi Plate and Japanese Tea making with Ippodo at Japan House.

Over five days, more than 240 established and emerging makers, designers, heritage and contemporary brands and galleries from around the world invite the public to venture on a journey of discovery behind the scenes to explore the people, processes and materials behind exceptional products, garments, artworks and other crafted objects. 

Spanning fragrance and furniture, couture and calligraphy, jewellery and ceramics, the festival is a wide-ranging platform for artists and makers in every sector, working both in the UK and internationally. From globally renowned institutions and revered retailers to cult design studios, social enterprise and maker spaces, London Craft Week unites diverse and iconic venues in a city-wide tribute to creative excellence, including: The V&A and the Royal Academy of Arts to Zegna and MATCHESFASHION.COMThe Conran Shop and Carl Hanson to The Italian Cultural Institute and MADE IN JAPAN PROJECT.

Coloured glasses by ISHKAR.

Coloured glasses by ISHKAR.

2019 HIGHLIGHTS 

This year’s London Craft Week programme seeks to underline London’s status as a vibrant hub of international craft, encompassing makers of all sizes and scales, from the studios of celebrated masters to the hidden workshops of little-known producers.  
 
Confirmed highlights include:
 
A huge selection of independent makers 2019 sees some of the most exciting names in modern making taking part, including:

Furniture artist Yinka Ilori redesigning a Nine Elms railway bridge; 

Rush weaver Felicity Irons collaborating with kitchen cabinet company British Standard;

Sculptor Lucille Lewin opening up her home studio for a talk with rakesprogressmagazine;

Ceramicist Matthew Raw leading a series of workshops at the Barbican Centre, giving participants the chance to have their own work exhibited during London Craft Week;

Textile artist Lora Avedian in residence at Leighton House Museum;

Tea and Sake at the Japan House exploring ceramics.

Tea and Sake at the Japan House exploring ceramics.


Meanwhile, The Portuguese Ambassador’s Residence will host Vista Alegre and Bordallo Pinheiro, two of the country’s most celebrated ceramics companies, while events with The Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Trade Authority will position Italy as a country of focus for 2019. 

Japan House, which opened in summer 2018, explores fashion, textiles, art and cuisine, while historic department store Heal’s presents the UK debut of work by makers from the Gifu area. The design shop Wagumi will host a workshop/demonstration focused on Kintsugi – the art of repairing broken pottery with metallic lacquer. 

Dedicated Destinations As in previous years, galleries, retailers and studios in various areas of the city will come together to collaborate and mutually explore specific craft themes. Pimlico Road favourites including DaylesfordRobert KimeRose Uniacke, Cox LondonJamb and Carl Hansen & Søn present a range of interior events on the theme ‘Crafting Interiors’.  Mount Street brands such as Pringle,  MATCHESFASHION.COM and Christian Louboutin will collaborate with artists to create newly commissioned artworks curated by Wood Society of the Arts. 

‘Sloane Street: Defining Luxury’ sees the legendary thoroughfare’s shops come together for a series of in-store events examining the dramatic transformations in the luxury sector that have taken place in recent decades. Businesses such as Fortnum & MasonFloris and D.R. Harris & Co from across St James’s London will explore the five senses of craft through A Sensory Journey. 

Hands-on making opportunities Every day of London Craft Week provides new possibilities to try your hand at any number of crafts, such as upcycling Burberry leather with sustainable luxury brand Elvis & Kresse, courtesy of The Room Service and Plain English; hand-making Anish Kapoor-inspired mirrors at Pizhanger Gallery, and taking part in a mass upholstery ‘Make-a-thon’ charity event at Shoreditch Design Rooms.

The full programme of 240+ events will be published on the London Craft Week website in March 2019. 

Pitzhanger Gallery will be hosting a class where participants can hand-make Anish Kapoor inspired mirrors.

Pitzhanger Gallery will be hosting a class where participants can hand-make Anish Kapoor inspired mirrors.

Lee Broom Presents Landmark Exhibition in Sydney, Australia

2019 sees leading British designer Lee Broom create one of his most significant landmark exhibitions to date with a presentation with Space Furniture in Australia. The installation is entitled ‘Park Life’ and will showcase for two weeks in March in Sydney.  Set within an underground car park below the flagship showroom of Space Furniture, the 4,000 square feet presentation will be the largest show Lee Broom has created.

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Employing the urban surroundings of the location, Lee Broom will transform the industrial car park and create a contemporary interpretation of a traditional garden park.  Taking the form of a maze, ‘Park Life’ will take guests on a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes showcasing the brand’s lighting, furniture and accessories in a whole new light. 

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The exhibition takes inspiration from the pleasure gardens of the 18th century which were laid out with mazes and miniature waterways.  These were the places to be seen and to see the latest in art, architecture, music and illuminations.  In much the same way that visitors were entertained in pleasure gardens centuries ago, this modernist interpretation will create a sense of escapism, amusement and drama for which Lee Broom’s shows are best-known for.

In line with the brand’s continuing global expansion, Lee Broom will also be undertaking a tour of the region for the whole month of March and present a series of Design Talks in Singapore, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand coinciding with Singapore and Melbourne Design Weeks.

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NEW PRODUCTS – ECLIPSE IN POLISHED GOLD FINISH

The Park Life installation at Space in Sydney will debut a new version of Lee Broom’s award-winning Eclipse lights in a polished gold finish. Eclipse has a sculptural silhouette with a mobile-like quality that changes at every angle. Mirror-polished gold and acrylic discs interact, dissect and obscure, which both eclipses and reveals its illumination to the viewer at the same time. The new gold finish transforms the light into a warmer, softer interpretation of the original polished chrome finish. Eclipse in polished gold will be available as a single pendant light, chandelier and a table lamp available to order from April for delivery in Summer 2019.

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Lee Broom commented: “I am delighted to return to Australia to present this exciting exhibition with Space Furniture and visit Singapore for the first time during Singapore Design Week. Australia has been a big supporter of my work for many years and it is an honour to create such a significant installation to showcase my collection in Sydney.”  

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Strike A Pose With 80s Inspired T-Shirts To Support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

THROWBACK TO THE 80S WITH LIMITED EDITION PRINT AND RETRO T-SHIRT COLLECTION TO SUPPORT GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY 

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has joined forces with a group of leading illustrators and designers to create a limited collection of bespoke 80s inspired t-shirts and prints with all the profits going to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The 1980’s saw the launch of the Wishing Well Appeal, the first major fundraising appeal from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity which kickstarted decades of fundraising.  This year, the charity is celebrating thirty years of support with an 80s themed campaign. This includes the launch of a retro collection of thirty t-shirts and prints that have all been created with an 80s style.

Capturing the distinctive colours and style of the 80s, the t-shirt designs and prints feature illustrations by artists including Studio Anark, Anthony Burrill, Hattie Stewart and Risotto Studio.  Available in a range of sizes, the t-shirt collection will be on sale from Monday 12th November – 3rd December on the Everpress website as part of the charity’s Then.Now.Always campaign. The limited-edition prints will be available to buy via the GOSH Charity shop. All the money raised will go towards helping the hundreds of children who arrive at Great Ormond Street Hospital every day.

Thirty years on from the Wishing Well Appeal, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is still raising money to support the hospital’s most urgent fundraising needs which include pioneering research to find treatments for the most complex childhood illnesses, providing advanced equipment and supporting the rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital to provide state-of-the-art facilities to match the hospital’s world-class care.

T-shirts are priced at £20 each and prints at £30 with 100% of profits going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

For the first time this year, the exclusive limited edition collection of t-shirts and prints will also be exhibiting and available to purchase at The London Illustration Fair from Friday 30th November – Sunday 2nd December.

To find out more, visit gosh.org/shop80s 

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About Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity:

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children from across the UK with the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. Our patients and families are central to everything we do – from the moment they come through the door and for as long as they need us.

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise money to support the hospital to give seriously ill children, the best chance for life. The charity funds research into pioneering new treatments for children, provides the most up to date medical equipment, funds support services for children and their families and supports the essential rebuilding and refurbishment of the hospital. You can help us to provide world class care for our patients and families. For more information visit www.gosh.org

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All Aboard The Santa Express – Fun For All The Family This Christmas

Magical festive steam train rides return to Staffordshire for their 23rd year, with Churnet Valley Railway offering the ultimate seasonal experience for all the family on the Santa Express.  

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The Staffordshire heritage railway’s iconic and much loved ‘Santa and Steam’ event combines a ride on a steam train through scenic countryside with seeing Santa. On a variety of dates in the run up to Christmas Day, vintage trains warmly decorated with garlands and filled with Christmas cheer, make their way through the Churnet Valley. With a puff of steam and a blow of the whistle, 124 journeys are scheduled this season; the most the heritage railway has ever run.  

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Santa and Steam will run on both days on the weekends of 1st-2nd, 7th-8th and 15th-16th December, on Wednesdays 5th and 12th December, and daily from Wednesday 19th to Monday 24th December. The full timetable and pricing can be found on the Santa and Steam website.

Santa will well and truly have his work cut out this year as he welcomes children big and small aboard the train for an hour and 20-minute journey through the breath-taking Staffordshire moorlands.  With on board entertainment for the children including balloon artists making festive creations for children of all ages and sherry and mince pies for adults, the 2018  ‘Santa and Steam’ event is a great mid-week or weekend family outing.

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On offer will be a splendid selection of mystery presents. Santa and his elves make their way through the carriages spreading Christmas cheer whilst giving each child a wrapped gift.  The Santa Express departs from two stations, Froghall (ST10 2HA) and Cheddleton (ST13 7EE), both of which have tea rooms where visitors can purchase hot and cold food, including yuletide favourites such as Christmas Pie. Mementos including toys and a range of train-themed gifts can be purchased from the Signals Souvenirs shop at Froghall and a pop-up shop at Cheddleton.

Gregory Wilson, operations director at the railway said “this is one of our favourite, and busiest, times at Churnet Valley Railway.  Our Santa and Steam event is part of many families Christmas celebrations.  Kids of all ages tell us meeting Santa, riding on a steam train and getting a present is a perfect day out.” 

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Ticket prices start at £17 for adults, £12 for children over two years old and £7 for children under two years old. A 10% group discounts is available on groups of over 20 passengers and groups of 6-8 passengers can book a private compartment for £30. 

Churnet Valley Railway relies on a network of over 100 regular volunteers and there are opportunities to get involved over the Christmas period. This includes helping Santa and his elves with preparing presents, distributing festive refreshments, meeting and greeting passengers at each station and assisting with on-board duties.  For more information, contact enquiries@churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk or call 01538 750 755.

Travel Trends for 2019

New research from The Luxury Travel Fair, which jets in to Olympia London (Thursday 1st– Sunday 4th November) has revealed the nation’s top getaway locations.  When 1,500 people were asked where they would like to go that they’ve never visited before, New Zealand came out top, followed by the Galápagos Islands and in third place, Iceland!  The full top 10 was as follows:

1. New Zealand

2. The Galápagos Islands

3. Iceland

4. Canada

5. Japan

6. The Maldives

7. Hawaii

8. Vietnam

9. Australia

10. South Africa

But what are the anticipated travel trends for 2019?  We’ve picked the brains of some of The Luxury Travel Fair’s leading experts to see what – and where - will be big news in the year ahead.

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Tourists in 2019 are not going to be afraid to try something NEW.  Holidays are getting more and more adventurous and this is set to continue, no matter their age. 

Catherine Thake, Fair Director at The Luxury Travel Fair says: “We’ve found that consumers are hungry to discover new and uncharted destinations.  They are searching for places where they can immerse themselves in the culture and community, whilst gaining authentic and real travel experiences.  They are much more conscious of where they are travelling, understanding the locality of where they are and being more environmentally aware.”

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THE RISE OF WELLBEING TOURISM 

Nearly half (47%) of people surveyed by The Luxury Travel Fair said they are more health-conscious as they get older and therefore pick holidays with this in mind – choosing to take trips that improve their physical and mental wellbeing.  Think yoga retreats, sporting activities and mindfulness camps.  

Helen Bell, Director of Romancing the Ordinary says: “Last year one in ten of our clients booked a wellness retreat style holiday and in 2019 the numbers seem set to increase.  The wellbeing tourist industry has grown at an incredibly fast rate over the last few years and has become big business, driven by an increasingly health conscious population that seeks to live longer, look and feel younger than our years, as well as achieving a level of health and fitness that enables us to do all of the things we wish to do.”

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LUXURY IN THE WILDERNESS

While tourists in 2019 are anticipated to want to stray from the beaten track, there will be a trend for wanting to do this in comfort.  Mike Clay from Panoramic Journeys says: “We have seen a lot of interest in luxurious wilderness journeys; getting way, way off the beaten track where guests can connect with nature and lives far different from their own whilst still enjoying a touch of luxury.  The reason why is travellers today have come to expect a certain level of comfort and cuisine but need to disengage from hectic lives.  An experience like this, that gives the soul time to revive, is the perfect antidote to the ‘switched on 24 hours’ world we live in."

ON THE MOVE

Rather than sticking in one location more and more holiday makers are looking for trips where a key part of their time is spent travelling.  However, 2019 is anticipated to be all about luxury travel with “an anticipated rise in luxury cruise and train travel” says Catherine Thake from The Luxury Travel Fair.  

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TOP SPOTS

Catherine Thake from The Luxury Travel Fair believes that Japan will be on top of many people’s list in 2019 thanks to the Rugby World Cup, as well as places like Madagascar, Namibia and Costa Rica for those keen to see wildlife and enjoy adventure.  Closer to home, she thinks Slovenia, Puglia in Italy and Finish Lapland will experience a boom.

Meanwhile, Peter Shanks from Silversea Cruises says: “We see 2019 as the year of expeditions – and the top three destinations will be the Galapagos, the Arctic and particularly Antarctica.  Visitors want the chance to experience some of the most remote parts of our planet and many have a growing fascination both with the ice fields and the incredible exploring history of the region.  We anticipate this to be hugely popular in 2019, particularly when combined with a trip to South America.”

Edward Paine, Director of Last Frontiers, specialists in travel to Latin America agrees.  While he identifies Chile and Costa Rica as hugely popular in 2019 thanks to the introduction of non-stop flights (to San Jose and Santiago with British Airways), Edward anticipates the Galapagos and Antarctic cruises to sell very well.  This he credits to the popularity of programmes like My Family in the Galapagos on Channel 4 and David Attenborough’s Blue Planet. 

On the other hand, Malcolm Peasnall, Product Director at The Independent Traveller believes that Canada and South Africa are set to continue to rise in popularity next year.  He says: “In 2018 we have been really busy with Canada and South Africa; both are good value and one works for UK summer and the other for UK winter.  Our best sellers have been train trips across Canada and safari options in South Africa.”

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THE SOLO TRAVELLER

More and more people are feeling comfortable with travelling alone, no matter their age.  Sara White, Marketing Director at Real World Travel & Conservation says: “In 2018 we have seen an increase in solo travel requests. Some individuals wish to join small group escorted tours while others opt for tailor-made stays favouring camps or lodges with convivial evening dining and optional group activities.  In response to this trend we have seen top end properties offering to waive single supplements in specific seasons for the first few rooms booked.”

THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Travellers in 2019 are looking for a truly immersive experience.  Sara White at Real World Travel & Conservation says:  “For Real Africa we have seen a swing away from commercial activities like balloon safaris to more enriching behind the scenes conservation visits where guests can walk with an anti-poaching dog squad, hand-feed rare giraffes or visit an elephant rescue, rehabilitation and release project.”

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Philip Lee Harvey

The Luxury Travel Fair, the event that offers an unrivalled collection of the most immersive and tailor-made, luxury travel experiences on the market, returns to Olympia London Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th November.

www.luxurytravelfair.com

Bottle Terrarium Workshop With Forest London

Learn to make a self-sustaining bottle terrarium with Terrarium expert Judith Baehner of Het Groenlab at the gorgeous plant shop, Forest. With passion and knowledge, Judith will explain how to make your own 5 litre bottle garden and teach you the secrets of how to build it, how it works once sealed, and which plants you can use.

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Judith is an indoor plant guru, plant architect and botanical author from the Netherlands. She shares her passion for plants in her books, magazine articles, lectures, workshops and buildings. One of her latest books, 'Groen in glas', explains the science behind bottle terrariums, which she will pass on to you during this 2 hour workshop.

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You will get to take your bottle terrarium home with you along with an instruction booklet on how to get it started and keep it happy.

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Date - Friday 26th October 2018, Time - 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Location - Forest, Deptford Market Yard, Deptford, SE8 4NS. Book here!

LDF 2018: Harman Kardon Citation at V&A with Stunning Installation

Harman Kardon presents its new line of Citation speakers for the first time in the UK as part of “Memory & Light”, a magnificent blend of music and design. The installation, part of the 2018 programme of commissioned projects at the V&A for London Design Festival, has been created by esteemed UK designers / engineers Arup and is inspired by, and features music from, the world’s most performed composer Arvo Pärt.

For more than 65 years, Harman Kardon has been leading audio engineering and design, captivating ears and hearts throughout generations, and the Citation speakers, unveiled at IFA 2018, represents its latest feat. Combining superior sound performance, state-of-the-art voice control and breathtaking design, a selection of Citation speakers will be used in the installation to play four of Arvo Pärt’s most famous pieces including “Spiegel im Spiegel” (Mirror in the Mirror).

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This multi-sensory installation sees the signature industrial design of Harman Kardon sit beautifully in the intimate, 18th Century, Norfolk House Music Room at the world-renowned V&A Museum, a combination that the innovative design concepts of Arup have made possible.

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British educated designer, Gianni Teruzzi of Harman Kardon who was lead designer on the Citation Series comments: 

“The entire design team at Harman Kardon is honoured that Citation has been selected to be part of this incredible installation. The mix of contemporary design and traditional materials that we have used in creating Citation mirrors our partners in this project perfectly.”

“Citation was designed with a timeless, effortless aesthetic in mind, a product at ease in any room and we are incredibly excited to see how Arup has integrated the speakers in the installation as part of the world-famous London Design Festival.”

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ABOUT THE CITATION SERIES

The Citation Series delivers a dynamic listening experience, with options to use the speakers individually or build a powerful 5.1-channel surround sound system. Its multi-room capabilities allow for the control of amazing sound from any room, either playing from one music source or playing different tracks in different rooms.

The speakers feature the brand’s signature industrial design accented with thoughtful elements, including elegant aluminium detailing. Bringing the refined and sleek look together is the Winter Grey or Classic Black wool fabric from Kvadrat, the European leader in acoustic textiles.

To round out the incredible audio performance and extraordinary design, Citation also features Google Assistant. Streaming the newest or most popular music is now quick and efficient with Google’s intelligent voice-activation. Smart voice control also makes tackling tasks as simple as saying “Hey Google,” to create calendar reminders, generate to-do lists, get the latest forecast, control smart home devices* and more. Commands like “Hey Google, play some jazz” or “Hey Google, dim the lights,” perfectly regulates the ambiance in any room of the home.

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The installation is open to the public from 15-23 September 2018 at the V&A Museum.

VegfestUK - Vegan Extravaganza Returns to London

From dazzling the shores of Brighton and Bristol earlier this year, VegfestUK, one of Europe’s leading Vegan lifestyle festivals, is once again returning to London on October 27th/28th bigger, brighter, and more delicious than ever before.

Already renowned for offering a vast array of health-°©‐centric entertainments, vibrant eco-°©‐friendly stalls and an unsurpassed vegan Food Village, VegfestUK are expanding to a second level of the colossal Kensington Olympia to include a yoga space, a wellness area, Fitness talks and a Chillout music zone.

While shopping through the 275 stalls packed with colourful products, ticket-°©‐holders can indulge in a world of vegan delights, such as Hoisin Jackfruit burgers and Kentucky fried cauliflower wings from Wholesome Junkies, Loaded chip butties with vegan toppings from Chunky Chippy, Noodle salads with lemongrass black bean patties from Eat Chay and inimitable cookies, cakes, muffins and treats from Ms. Cupcake.

Other highlights of the weekend include the Art of Compassion Exhibition, live cookery demos, a cinema, the ever-°©‐popular Vegan Comedy Festival, Kids area and lectures on Health and activism.

VegfestUK Organiser, Alan Lee, says: “We round off every year in the Capital and it never disappoints – VegfestUK has grown to become an important part of the country’s yearly calendar -°©‐ this year will see us bringing more of everything for our dedicated London crowd, and we can’t wait!”

Tickets are available now from https://london.vegfest.co.uk/tickets/