Aug 2011

Patrick GaynorPaddyAugust 22, 2011



From Petticoat Lane to Kings Road, Harvest is one of London’s most successful independent boutiques. The business, now 20 years old, is safely in the hands of Sara Ereson daughter of its founder Al Eresen.

Named after the famous Neil Young album of 1972, Harvest is an independent store that provides service that is hard to find in major retailers these days, specialising in contemporary womenswear for every occasion and every size. Yes that’s right; you don’t need to be a size zero to shop on Kings Road.

The Butter By Nadia signature dress is the original wrap dress from the U.S and the collection is readily available at Harvest. The new innovative style has endless possibilities and the signature fabric comes in a multitude of colours and lengths. With the likes of Naomi Watts, SJP and Salma Hayek all huge fans it’s no surprise that Harvest has grabbed the exclusive stock.

It doesn’t end there though; from cocktails dress to full length floor sweepers Harvest carries a wide range of designers such as Cavalli Class, Ruth Tarvydas, Jovani, Pinko and Scala.  For more information on Harvest visit and for a 10% discount on sales quote Chelsea Monthly upon payment!

Opening times:
Monday – Saturday 10.00am to 7.00pm
Sunday – 12.00pm to 6.00pm

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020 7581 9245

Ann FooAnn FooAugust 22, 2011


In this modern era of cinema you would be forgiven for dismissing this latest big-budget Hollywood bonanza as an unnecessary extra chapter to an already iconic series. It’s certainly not the first time a classic franchise has been rebooted and ‘revitalised’; attempting to replace charm and originality with extensive CGI and/or special effects. Superman Returns was a major disappointment, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull made owning a whip suddenly seem passé. There are of course exceptions. Christopher Nolan’s influence on a certain caped crusader has shown the world what can be done when a series is in the right hands for a fresh direction. Fortunately, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is far from a frustrating addition to a famous lineage.
The film acts as a prequel to the original series, offering a more scientific reasoning for the simian ascent to the top of the food chain. James Franco (Spiderman, 127 Hours) plays the role of Will Rodman, a gifted scientist who is desperate to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease which has so violently affected his father, played superbly by John Lithgow (Shrek, Footloose). In research and testing, chimpanzees are the subjects, with one in particular reacting very positively to the drug, displaying significant intelligence and learning capabilities. However, after this chimpanzee escapes and shows significant rage, the research programme is terminated with all the chimpanzees being used for testing put down. Rodman secretly takes a young chimpanzee home with him, and raises him as his own child; naming him Caesar, teaching him sign language in the process. Unfortunately for Rodman, as Caesar grows older, he becomes much more difficult to control; ultimately being confined to a bleak and tyrannical primate sanctuary by court order. It is here where Caesar, portrayed through motion capture by Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, King Kong), becomes the de facto leader of the apes resistance to their human oppressors. From this point onwards, the film accelerates towards a thrilling finale atop one of the US’s most famous landmarks.
There is much to like about this summer smash. Stylishly directed by Rupert Wyatt, who with only his second film has confirmed himself as one of the most exciting young directors in Hollywood, the film allows the audience to actually care for these CGI animals. You constantly forget whose side you are meant to be on as you instinctively cheer on the apes in the final scenes. As Caesar sits in his cage, you share his despair and long for him to grab his freedom with both paws. A feat I can’t imagine being attainable with a man in a cheap monkey costume. This is the positive of CGI; it can take you closer to reality, the further it pulls you away.
This isn’t a film for human character development, which is understandable. It isn’t ‘our’ film so to speak, it isn’t our ‘rise’. Franco serves as a steady name to boost the box office, but little else. The true mastery of this film is the storytelling that takes place when only the apes are present; with only expression and movement as the language to further the plot, we are nevertheless hooked and not once let go.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Featuring: James Franco, John Lithgow, Andy Serkis

Written By: David Hathaway

Ann FooAnn FooAugust 17, 2011


Britain’s most polarising director Katie Mitchell is currently presenting a revival of Thomas Heywood’s A woman killed with kindness at London’s National theatre.

Receiving a second revival from Katie Mitchell, Thomas Heywood’s play follows two women, Anne (Liz White) and Susan (Sandy McDade). They only briefly meet but their lives are parallel as they deal with the issues of marriage, betrayal, possession and the punishments bestowed on them by society and themselves.

Often hailed as a ‘destroyer’ of classical texts as well as an innovator, Mitchells willingness to cut and manipulate plays to find new truths, as well as championing her female characters has earned her the harshest of critics but also a reputation as one of British theatres leading and most exciting directors.

A woman killed with kindness is no different in its treatment. The play is re-envisaged in 1919, an era when women have just gained the vote and subsequently a step towards independence from the men in their lives and away from archaic social norms. This serves to further highlighting the plight of Susan as she is pimped out by her husband to cover debts and the tragedy of Anne’s spiral into self-imposed starvation after being exiled form her home.

While this will undoubtedly rile traditionalists, Mitchells unwavering quest for truth and authenticity in a play full of emotional power struggles and physiological trauma should engage audiences and further add to the National’s cannon of tense gripping drama.

Genre: Play-Tragedy

Box Office:  020 7452 3000

Start Date: Thurs 18th Aug 2011

Closing Date: Sun 11th Sep 2011

A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood

National Theatre, London

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Written by: Andy Mann

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongAugust 16, 2011


The much anticipated 9th annual Urban Music Awards sp
Jessie J, Wretch 32 , Example, Chris Brown, Kelly
Rowland, Adele, Katy B, JLS, Nicki Minaj, Tinie Tempah, Lock Essien, Ed
Sheeran and Joss Stone are just a few chart-toppers who join a list of
nominees for Europe’s biggest annual urban and dance music awards show.
The much anticipated 9th annual Urban Music Awards sponsored by Corona Extra
will be held on the 14th of September 2011. Over 1.2 million music fans
nominated in over 16 categories from the start of the year and the voting
has now officially commenced today.

Recent chart topper, Wretch 32 receives a record 6 nominations for Artist
of the Year , Best Single, Best Music Video , Best Collaboration featuring
Example with his single ‘Unorthodox’, Best HipHop Act and Best Male Artist.
The London rapper who recently signed a deal with Ministry of Sound added
“I am extremely excited to be nominated for this year. This is amazing news.
The Urban Music Awards has led to a successful commercial urban music scene
in the UK and Europe and i have always wanted to be at the UMA’s. Thanks to
all the fans who nominated me and i can’t wait till the show in September”.
Wretch 32 will be battling it out with Essex girl, Jessie J who is up for
4 nominations including ; Artist of the Year, Best Album for ‘Who you Are’
, Best Female Artist, and Best Single for ‘Nobody’s Perfect’.
Chart-topping, Dance/HipHop act Example is also up for a record 4
nominations including; Best Male Artist, Artist of the Year, Best Dance Act
and Best Album for ‘Won’t Go Quietly’. Example also picks up a further 3
nominations for his collaboration with Wretch 32 on the chart topping single

Other nominees this year include; JLS, Chipmunk , Dappy (N-Dubz), Tinchy
Stryder, Chris Brown, Jason Derulo, Tinie Tempah and newcomer Lock Essien
who scored a top 10 hit with his single ‘How we roll’ earlier this year.
Female artists have also dominated the 2011 Urban Music Awards nominations
list with nominees including ; Alexandra Burke, SoundGirl , Joss Stone,
Emilie Sande, Kelly Rowland, Mz Bratt , Yasmin, Nicki Minaj, Adele and
Katy B who is up for Best Female Artist , Artist of the Year and Best
Album for ‘On A Mission’

The Urban Music Awards was launched in 1999 with it’s first event hosted in
2003. The UMA organisation built the UK urban music scene to the commercial
success it is today and invested millions in developing, celebrating,
awarding, nurturing, and encouraging artists who have become household names
today. It became the 1st ever awards show in the UK to award 100% of all 17
categories to strictly British acts. This led to several multi-faceted
sponsorship deals with brands such as; Samsung Mobile, Timberland,
Footlocker, Kickers, MAC Cosmetics, Wella Professionals and many more to
strengthen the UK Urban Music scene. The UMA’s did not stop there, the
awards show became the 1st ever British based awards show to launch a US
version with the Urban Music Awards USA in New York city in the year 2007!
From it’s inception all categories are nominated and voted for by music fans
which makes it a truly people’s choice awards ceremony.

To celebrate the continuous success of UK urban music; The UMA’s have
announce a brand new social networking site where music fans, upcoming
artist and established acts can network, share music and create a support
frame work to increase urban and dance music globally. UMA’s 2011 will be
syndicated for broadcast in over 7 countries in Europe with a potential
audience access of over 48 million music fans worldwide and this will follow
the launch of the UMA 2011 compilation album featuring a mix of talent from
The UMA’s is pleased to announce our Official Beer sponsor for the 2011 is
Corona Extra . Brand Manager, Darrius Burrows added ”

“Corona is more than just a beer, it has always been about connections.
People coming together, strangers becoming friends and old friends becoming
even closer. Music always has the powerful feeling of bringing people
together and we are very excited to sponsor the 9th annual European Urban
Music Awards to celebrate the best in urban and dance music”.

Music fans who have nominated for all the categories will get to decide by
voting on who gets to win a prestigious UMA award. Voting is currently
live till the 4th of September 2011 @

Please, find below the full list for the 9th annual Urban Music Awards 2011:

Best Collaboration sponsored by Corona Extra
DJ Fresh ft Sian Evans “Louder” (Ministry of Sound)
Dappy ft. Tinchy Stryder “Spaceship” (4th & Broadway & AATW)
Lock Essein ft. Tanya Lacey “How we Roll” (RCA)
Vato Gonzalez ft Foreign Beggars “Badman Riddim” (Levels/Ministry of
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown “Champion”
Wretch 32 ft. Example “Unorthodox” (Levels/Ministry of Sound)

Best Male Artist
Example (Data)
Jay Sean
Chipmunk (Sony BMG)
Wretch 32 (Levels)
Ed Sheeran (Asylum)

Best Female Artist sponsored by Sleek

Jessie J (Island/Lava)
Katy B (Rinse Recordings)
Adele (XL Recordings)
Alexandra Burke
Beverley Knight
Emilie Sande

International Artists of the Year
Kelly Rowland
Diddy Dirty Money
Chris Brown
Jason Derulo
Aloe Blacc (Epic)
Bruno Mars
Trey Songz
Nicki Minaj

Best Album sponsored by Corona Extra
Beverley Knight “Soul UK” (Hurricane)
Jessie J ‘Who you are’ (Island/Lava)
Katy B “On a Mission” (Rinse Recordings)
Example “Won’t Go Quietly” (Data)
Adele “21” (XL Recordings)
Joss Stone “LP1” (Stone’d/Surfdog)

Best HipHop Act
Wretch 32
Tinie Tempah
Professor Green

Best Single
Jessie J “Nobody’s Perfect’
Wretch 32 ft. Example ‘Unorthodox’
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown ‘Champion’
Dappy ft. Tinchy Stryder ‘Spaceship’
Emilie Sande ‘Heaven’
Vato Gonzalez ft. Foreign Beggars ‘Badman Riddim’
Maverick Sabre ‘Let me Go’

Best Music Video
Chipmunk ft. Chris Brown ‘Born a Champion”
Wretch 32 ft. Example “Unorthodox”
Tinie Tempah
JLS ft. Dev ‘You Makes Me Wanna’ (Epic)
Lock Essien ft. Tanya Lacey (RCA)
Toddla T ft. Shola Ama & J2K “Take it Back”
Yasmin ‘Finish Line’ (Data Records)

Artist of the Year

Jessie J
Katy B
Wretch 32
Ed Sheeran

Best Newcomer
Mz. Bratt
Lock Essien
Emilie Sande
Dionne Broomfield
Rizzle Kicks
Maverick Sabre

Best DJ 2011
Manny Norte
Tim Westwood

Best Dance Act sponsored by Chelsea Monthly
Calvin Harris ft. Kelis ‘Bounce’
DJ Fresh ft. Sian Evans ‘Louder’
Example ‘Changed the way you Kiss me’ (Data)
Alex Guadino ft. Kelly Rowland (Ministry of Sound)
Martin Solveig & Dragonette ‘Hello’ (3Beat /AATW)
Box Bottom ft. Big Babba ‘Bounce & Boom’ (DJ BB)
Inna ‘Sun is Up’ (3 Beat/AATW)
Dev ‘Bass Down Low’ ft. Cataracs (Island)

Best Radio Station
Capital fm
Rinse fm
Smooth Radio

Best Radio Show

DJ Swerve (Kiss)
Westwood (1Xtra)
Ricky & Melvin (Kiss)
Jenny Francis (Choice)
Sarah Jane Crawford (1Xtra)
Twin B (1Xtra )

Best Producer
Swedish House Mafia
Fraser T Smith
Red One
Michael Woods

Benny Benassi

Best R&B Act

Jay Sean
Taoi Cruz
Lock Essien
Emilie Sande

To vote for your favourite act, go to ; UMA Official site

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongAugust 12, 2011


The UK entrepreneurs community is a thriving one. With established entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson (CEO, Virgin Group), Charles Dunstone (Carphone Warehouse) , Peter Jones, Duncan Bannantyne constantly setting a climate of success. It’s clear that if our economy needs to recover, It also needs a new generation of entrepreneurs who are not afraid of the reccession and are prepared to take risks to forge ahead in business. One of such entrepreneurs is multi-millionaire, Jordan Kensington who started in business at age 18 with his media, marketing and events company, Invincible. In over 12 years, he has built a successful business in the UK, USA and Africa including several magazine portfolios, a TV production company and a thriving events company behind some of the world’s biggest events. Jordan also has a restaurant franchise chain in Africa, and a primary school and a College in West Africa and St. Lucia. His latest venture sees him launching a brand new, energy drink solely for the African market called , Power. With a reported wealth of over 18 million US dollars in 2007 and an increasing wealth generated from the current value of his portfolio of over 6 companies. Jordan is proving a force to be reckoned with in the business industry. We were lucky enough to catch up with Kensington off his editorial and business duties for an exclusive interview.

Does the state of the economy keep you awake at night?

No, because when i started in 1999 i had nothing. The only support i recieved was from the Prince’s Trust apart from that, nothing at all. Hence, when you start from nothing it’s easier to make it through in any climate. This isn’t hard times now infact it’s not the hardest it’s ever been, our economy is just not feeling well, so if you want to succeed find an economy that is and invest in it. China is doing quite well, Brazil is doing fantastically well. The world is a big place, i am launching Power Drinks across the African continent to add to my portfolio of ‘Food & Drink’ companies because i know it would be as successful as what Redbull did in Europe, the USA and North America several years ago.

What was your idea behind the TV production company, Invincible TV?
We used to own a Sky TV station in the early days but we sold and made a huge profit from that to invest in Invincible TV productions. Our rationale behind that decision was that it is better to be Othello running for 6 weeks in a theatre than be the theatre running 24/7 and 365 days a year. In other words, when we weighed the cost of running a TV station against the cost of producing for other TV stations. We found out that the production company was the way forward. The production arm has proved a hit, producing tv shows such as Britain’s Next Urban Superstar, The Phsycology of Cheating , The Capital to working and delivering content to brands such as CNN, ITN, Kickers, BA Airways and much more. Obviously, the Urban Music Awards , International Football Awards and National Reality TV Awards which are all produced by Invincible TV productions have been syndicated for broadcast to over 48 million viewers worldwide. The liscensing deals are pretty much a consistent huge financial return in different territories.

In your early days, there was very keen intreset in music . Infact, you were signed and even toured several countries. Is that a passion to you still?

I remember signing a massive six figure advance contract from a major record label shortly after my Dad passed away. After doing one album and touring whilst trying to juggle a law degree . I realised that if i had to do music it was going to be on my own terms. I have ghostwritten for several chart topping artists and our label Invincible Records is currently signing up some really new great talent within the rock, pop, and dance genres. So, i am really excited about what the music department are working on.

In 2007, you were worth an estimated 18 million US dollars. What are you worth now?
If you take just one of our brands, say the UMA’s for example, as a brand we have over 1.5 million consumers on our database, it’s ran in 6 territories with over 80% brand recognition. Being that the urban music genre is the biggest selling genre in the whole world with a high turnover of blue chip companies who have paid six figure sums to work with our UMA brand including; Kickers, Footlocker, Mac Cosmetics, Levi Jeans, British Airways, and many more. It’s clear to understand the value has tripled. However, that’s only 1 out of our 6 companies. Since, my companies and headquarters are spread across Europe, Africa and North America. The net worth is much more valuable than many speculate. I am not looking at floating Invincible for now because of our strategy and timing but it’s something that is within our timeline especially once we launch our new product, Power.

What would you say is your secret to your success?

You might not like my answer Jeff… But, here we go.. You can have the best work ethic, best staff, best idea and an impeccable gift of opportunities but if you haven’t got God in your life as well as in your business, you might certainly make it successfully but it would be easy to come back falling down when you reach a mitigating circumstance.

OK, your latest venture is Power energy drink. Is the market not saturated enough with similar products?

Looking at the millions of search engine results, you might be led to believe it is. However, when one reads research on the nutritional information on many of them we find out that the main ingredient is lots of cheap carbohydrates or sugars resulting in ,the rush,jolt,boost then subsequent lows and crashes. Since the Herbs used do not have enough natural caffeine the toxic artificial stuff is added on.And of course there is that big one “Taurine”,so scary I won’t even talk about it. Reactions can vary from diarrhea, diabetes, migraines severe dehydration,or even hearth failure. So through our extensive research with research company Zuricom, we realized that even though the ingredients and herbs should by definition be doing all this great stuff, the ones used in most energy-drinks are just as artificial as the vitamins added to sugary breakfast cereals. Our Power energy drinks and Zoom energy, will be boost energy drinks with a very natural herbal content including Guarana, green tea, artichoke, grape seed and elederberry extracts. Most importantly ther nutritional energy, protein and caborhydrate content will be high with only a trace of Fat. I want our Food & drink products from Power to deliver nutrients for energy release and a source to aid health and vitality. Furthermore, we have researched the African continent for 4 years and there are only a few rivals in our domain so there is every chance for us to be extremely successful in this continent within the few years then we can expand to the Caribbean and South America.

Check next month’s issue of Chelsea Monthly, for a full length interview and to win 1 year’s supply of Power energy drink.

Patrick GaynorPaddyAugust 12, 2011


Situated in the heat of London’s most exclusive postcode is The Gore. It is one of the cities most photographed Hotels and lies neatly on the elegant Queens Gate Road, just a mere 100 metres from its neighbour the Royal Albert Hall. But it’s not all Theatre and afternoon tea at The Gore.

The Gore is home to ‘Bar 190’, a quiet name for the stars of fashion and music to escape in. It all kicked off in 1968 when the Rolling Stones filmed “Beggars Banquet” within the iconic bar which also features a Cinderella’s Carriage. Since then, Manolo Blahnik, Paul Weller, Take That, Lilly Allen, Liam Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Prodigy have all partied over Bar 190.

The Gore- It’s one of London’s best kept secrets.

T- 020 7584 6601

Patrick GaynorPaddyAugust 12, 2011


Roman likes to buy big and the new Chelsea club museum is no exception. The 670sqm space boasts a one-of-a-kind interactive shooting gallery and a host of Chelsea memorabilia pre-dating World War 1.

Gianfranco Zola remains close to Chelsea hearts claiming the  most popular vote into the Hall of Fame. The cheeky Italian was joined by the likes of Roy Bentley, Peter Osgood and Claude Makalele.

Not to be outdone by Madame Tousauds, Abramovich has gone one better and decided to style life-size holographic representations of Marcel Desailly and Ron Harris in a special effects show. Why? Because he can.

The new feature at Stamford Bridge is expected to receive over 200,000 visitors next season. For Further information please visit: .

Ann FooAnn FooAugust 11, 2011




Tea, with its curious medicinal properties, is a chameleon of sorts. Each variety and blend of tea comes from one plant, the camellia sinensis plant. Although it may be instinctive to gravitate towards the more common Earl Grey or English Breakfast, there are other tea varieties that may suit your tastes.

Harney & Sons has an array of delicious tea blends that anyone can enjoy and their customer service is close to unbeatable. A couple of months ago, a friend of mine received a Harney & Sons order with a note addressed to them. It was an apology letter indicating that the tin that was normally used for one of the teas was unavailable, thus another tin was used. Their attention to detail and care for their customers has made me forever faithful.

For the best cup, I would recommend getting loose-leaf tea and placing it in a pot with a strainer; the space will allow the leaves to expand and grow, leaving you with the flavour the tea is meant to provide.


Here are three well-deserving blends:

Rose Scented 

Here is an aromatic black tea that will leave you caffeinated and calm. It is a blend of large leaf Ceylon and Keemun and is scented with rose oil and rosebuds. This tea is perfect for a morning cup. The rose goes well with honey or brown sugar and a touch of milk. I have also found that lavender honey is an ideal compliment.


Wenshan Baozhong


This fragrant oolong is ideal for an afternoon lift. It does not have as much caffeine as black tea  so you need not worry about a sleepless night. This oolong is delicate and needs to be carefully watched, so be sure not to over-steep the tea. I recommend using filtered water for this type due to its light and pure flavour. It is most delicious on its own but if you must have it sweetened, honey would be best.



This black tea, blended in admiration of the city it was named after, is a combination of smooth caramel and vanilla flavours. The lemony Bergamot not only lends an aromatic advantage, but it is known for its antidepressant properties. Due to its fruity flavour, this tea is perfect unsweetened.


By Natalie Cappetta

Patrick GaynorPaddyAugust 11, 2011


What do you get if you put an award winning mixologist in a London’s best bar for 2011 and garnish it with an A-list celeb line up? Juju. Since opening in 2009 the bar situated on King’s Road has been a regular haunt for the likes of Johnny Vaughan, Pixie Lott and JLS, so this month Chelsea Monthly decided to see what all the fuss was about.



Bar manager Christian Ozzati, is widely acclaimed as London’s best bartender and that’s why his self-invented cocktail the ‘Tongue Tingler’ has been awarded Chelsea Monthly’s Cocktail of the Month. Its taste is far superior to its name, promise.

Now whether you like tequila or not the ‘Tongue Tingler’ manages to balance a fine array of flavours leave you wanted a fifth.  The honey comb and chilli tequila tingles the senses whilst the fresh watermelon and Midori add complement the flavours to give you a taste of summer, and I’m sure it counts as one of your five-a-day right?

Ozzati has since sold this gem to Jose Cuervo Tequila.



Ingredients for the Watermelon Martini:

 50ml Honey and Chilli infused gold tequila
1 large Wedge of Watermelon
15ml Midori – Melon liquor
10ml Gomme – Sugar syrup
1 Squeeze fresh lime

Shake hard and long powerful shakes and double strain into martini glass.

Garnish – Watermelon slice


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MarinamarinaAugust 10, 2011


Showing at: Arts Theatre

Box Office: 020 7907 7092

Genre: Play-Drama


A Dish Of Tea With Dr Johnson is a celebration of the life of poet, playwright, essayist, critic and lexicographer Samuel Johnson. It is adapted from Johnson’s friend and biographer James Boswell’s books Life Of Samuel Johnson and Journal Of A Tour To The Hebrides.

This Out Of Joint production stars Ian Redford as the witty, irritable, depressed and generous 18th century icon, with Trudie Styler as the society hostess who was Johnson’s final, unrequited love.

A Dish Of Tea With Dr Johnson comes to the Arts theatre following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a UK tour.


Previews From: 01 Sep 2011        Closing: 24 Sep 2011

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