Special Events

Jeff ArmstrongJune 12, 2017
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Buddha Bar London, is a restaurant and bar in Knightsbridge that is no stranger to winning awards. Winner of Best Restaurant Bar 2014, 2015 & 2016 at the London Club and Bar Awards. This epic location plays host to next week’s prestigious British Restaurant Awards 2017. Buddha Bar London aims to push culinary boundaries and the menu blends Far Eastern Cuisine with Western tastes and influences. Chinese, Japanese, Thai and other Eastern flavours are stylishly entwined to spearhead a new-wave Pacific Rim cuisine. The extensive wine and sake list compliments the food by featuring a wide selection of both world renowned names and unusual finds, and we pride ourselves to have a unique and experimental cocktail selection.

British Restaurant Awards (BRA) is an annual awards ceremony which provides an opportunity for customers to nominate and vote for their Best Restaurants, Chefs and culinary service in the UK.

From 20th of January till 23rd of April – Readers of Chelsea Monthly magazine,The National Post, Luxury Weekly, and viewers of VooVix.com are given the opportunity to nominate their favorite restaurants per city, region and throughout the UK. The restaurants who receive the most amount of nominations are shortlisted and released for the public to vote. The final list of winners as voted for by the public is announced at the annual gala/red carpet awards show.

On the 14th of June, there will be a canapes and cocktail reception prior to the awards ceremony which will be attended by some of the best restaurants across the UK competing for the prestigious British Restaurant Awards as voted for by the public. The winners will be announced on Wednesday (14.06.17).

Buddha Bar London is situated at:
Buddha-Bar London
145 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7PA

For more information. Go to: www.buddhabarlondon.com


Jordan KensingtonMay 29, 2017
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A few weeks ago, I hopped on a plane to Alicante in Spain to try out a  new fitness craze called PRAMA. Now, if the thought of going to the gym and running on a treadmill makes you want to curl up in your bed for 5 weeks, don’t worry. You’re not about to be converted to a gym addict, since PRAMA is more about using interactive, pressure-sensitive floors and walls to deliver a wide range of options for performance and functional training. With different lighting options, the system creates a unique atmosphere at the facility for different types of workouts. All the features are controlled at the touch of a button. Even the kids who joined the session with their parents later, seemed to be in agreement that it was great fun,  high-intensity and overall high energy class. The interactive studio can be programmed to lower intensity exercises so that the whole family can enjoy a class, working in teams to compete against each other. PRAMA has curated workouts designed to meet members where they’re at, with  targets based on participants’ age, weight, and sex. Two people can be running at different speeds and still meet their respective goals, making the workout challenging regardless of fitness level. This way, all who take part can be challenged rather than being overwhelmed or bored.

PRAMA addresses the questions most club operators tend to ask before deciding on making a new investment, including how the concept can fit into an existing club and how to market the PRAMA experience to existing club members. The concept is easy to use, very effective, and integrates three key elements – Pavigym Energy+, Pavigym Mood, and Pavigym Synapse – to offer a solution that both makes training more entertaining. Energy+ is a group training solution that uses high intensity interval training to ensure gym goers get the most of their workout. The concept combines interactive flooring with a regularly updated online support package to deliver a variety of classes throughout the year.  The workout programs are designed to train movements and the body-mind connection and can be used for both functional training and conditioning. They are suitable for members of all fitness levels and our lucky Chelsea Monthly readers can soon try out PRAMA for themselves.

PRAMA is coming to Kensington Harbour Club in June 2017 and will also be available in selected David Lloyd Clubs from the autumn. 

Kensington Harbour Club
Point West, 116 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 4XR
or  Click here for more information.

Johana BaldellaMay 22, 2017
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500 Years of Covent Garden: The Sir Simon Milton Foundation Garden in partnership with Capco

 

Covent Garden is set to be reimagined as a breathtaking Show Garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, bringing a much-loved part of London to the world-renowned event for the first time. 

 ‘500 Years of Covent Garden: The Sir Simon Milton Foundation garden in partnership with Capco’ will be designed by award-winning garden designer Lee Bestall to showcase the area’s rich horticultural heritage. The garden celebrates Covent Garden’s early roots as a fruit orchard until the 16th century and later as a flower market, as well as the iconic architecture it is known for today, including the Market Building. 

 The Show Garden is sponsored by Capco, the landowner and steward of Covent Garden, in partnership with the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, the Westminster based charity which champions opportunities for young and old.

Central features of the garden include three 60-year-old retired apple trees, harking back to the early beginnings of ‘Convent Garden’ as an orchard belonging to and supplying the monk’s table at Westminster Abbey, in addition to the 300 year-old provenance of the neighbourhood as a fruit and flower market.  Flowering herbaceous plants will reflect the colours of apple blossom and large steel structures will reflect the distinctive arches of Covent Garden’s Grade II listed Market Building. 

 Reclaimed cobble pathways will guide visitors into the centre of the garden, just as the surrounding streets do into Covent Garden’s Piazza. A central seating area, paved with reclaimed York stone, provides a place to sit and relax, inspired by the social and modern dining environment of the Piazza which, as London’s first public square, was designed to bring people together. 

 Immediately following Chelsea Flower Show, elements of the garden will be given a home on the iconic Piazza that provided its inspiration. The retired apple trees, planters brimming with floral displays and furniture from the show garden will be relocated to Covent Garden’s Piazza to entice shoppers to sit and enjoy the floral oasis. Luxury alfresco food and drink pop-ups will enhance the garden during the summer months, starting with a Nyetimber bar from Thursday 1 June, serving one of the world’s most celebrated English sparkling wines with a taste of Covent Garden’s most popular dining destinations.

Commenting on the announcement, Lee Bestall, garden designer, said I’m incredibly excited about bringing retired orchard trees to Chelsea to help tell the fascinating backstory of Covent Garden through a beautiful, relaxing space designed for people to share a special moment in together – just like the Covent Garden we know and love today”. 

 Beverley Churchill, Creative Director, Capco, said “We are thrilled to be celebrating the rich heritage of Covent Garden, with a garden that we are proud to sponsor on behalf of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Lee’s design for the garden is remarkable and demonstrates our ongoing passion and commitment to creating high quality green open space for the public to enjoy at both of our London estates”.

 Robert Davis MBE DL, Founder and Trustee of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation said “We’re delighted to be back at Chelsea Flower Show and working closely with Covent Garden who share our vision of offering more opportunities, spaces and activities for those living in the capital. We strive to continue Simon’s vision of a society in which communities care, the young aspire and older people thrive and I look forward to seeing the many visitors at Chelsea enjoying the garden”. 


Jeff ArmstrongMay 21, 2017
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This week, the nominations for the British Restaurant Awards were announced. Some of UK’s top restaurants have made the shortlist at this exciting inaugural awards show focused on raising the profile of British Restaurants worldwide and providing an opportunity for customers to voice their opinions through nominations and votes. This year’s Best New Restaurant nominees features some amazing new launches who are making waves across the country offering a unique experience in cuisine for their customers ; Ritorno, Onodera, Oktopus , Ivy Soho Brasserie, 100 Kensington Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse and Machiya.

British Restaurant Awards (BRA) is an annual awards ceremony which provides an opportunity for customers to nominate and vote for their Best Restaurants, Chefs and culinary service in the UK.

 

From  20th of January till 23rd of April – Readers of Chelsea Monthly magazine,The National PostLuxury Weekly, and viewers of  VooVix.com are given the opportunity to nominate their favourite restaurants per city, region and throughout the UK. The restaurants who receive the most amount of nominations are shortlisted and released for the public to vote. The final list of winners as voted for by the public is announced at the annual gala/red carpet awards show.

Popular Chef’s; Gordon Ramsey , Jamie Oliver , Adam Woolven Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White , Vineet Bhatia and Levi Roots are all up for the  Best Chef 2017 category.

This year’s British Restaurant Awards 2017 takes place on the 14th of June 2017.  To vote go to www.britishrestaurantawards.org

Full List of BRA 2017 nominees:

Best New Restaurant 2017
Ritorno
Onodera
Oktopus
Ivy Soho Brasserie
100 Kensington
Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse
Machiya

 

Best Chef 2017
Gordon Ramsey
Jamie Oliver
Adam Woolven
Heston Blumenthal
Marco Pierre White
Vineet Bhatia
Levi Roots

 

Best Young Chef 2017
Georgina Dent
Matt Gillian
Marcus Eaves
Florence Knight
Stevie Parle
Brett Graham
Ollie Dabbous
Shuko Oda

 

Best Luxury Restaurant 2017
Dinnings
Vineet Bhatia, London
Chai Wu, London
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Australasia, Manchester
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Newcastle
Hakkasan,  Mayfair

 

Restaurant of the Year 2017
Thai Square, The Strand
Hakkasan,  Mayfair
Rossi’s Italian Restaurant, Sheffield
The Oxford Brasserie, Southhampton
Twenty Two, Cambridge
Mantra Thai Dining Restaurant, Newcastle
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Newcastle
Signatures Restaurant, Wales
Savina Mexican Restaurant, Liverpool
Vineet Bhatia, London

 

Best Hospitality Team 2017
Thai Square
Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse
Jamie’s Italian
Australasia, Manchester
Ocean Treasure 235
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Hakkasan,  Mayfair
Benares Restaurant

 

Best Restaurant Chain 2017
Thai Square
Nandos
Wagamma
Prezzo
Bella Italia
Yo! Sushi
Slug and Lettuce
Jamie’s Italian
Chiquito

Best Supplier 2017
Nisbets
Brakes
Clarks Foods
New Wave seafood
Creed food service

 

 

Best British Takeaway 2017  sponsored by Hungry Nation
Lime Pickle, Midlands
Wiwo Noodle Bar, Wales
Shimla Spice Fine Indian Dining, Gloucester
Bangla Fusion, Rhyl
Masala Indian Takeaway, Barnstaple
Bistro Pizza, Bournemouth
Pimms Pizza, Bristol
Chicken George, Luton
Kuryz Indian Cuisine, Hastings
Kempthai, Brighton
Vindaloo Indian Takeaway, Farnborough
Tez Indian Takeaway, Tonbridge
Mr Chef, Wishaw
The Royals, Wembley
The Golden Fish, Dagenham
Sumo Fresh, Wanstead
Sushi Box, Hoxton
Pumpkin Rice Jerk Grill, Barnet

 

Best Food Ordering Company 2017
Hungryhouse
Just-eat
Delivery Roo
Ubereats
Hello Fresh

 

Best Culinary Experience 2017
Circus, London
Giglamesh, London
Buddha Bar, London
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Newcastle
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
Sarastro
Dans Le Noir
Shaka Zulu, Camden
Australasia, Manchester

 

Best Restaurant in Manchester
Australasia, Manchester
Manchester House Restaurant
Piccolino
Mr Cooper’s House & Garden
Miller & Carter
The Lime Tree Didsbury
Gaucho
La Bandera
Tattu Restaurant and Bar
Albert’s Shed, Castlefield
Umezushi
San Carlo

 

Best Restaurant in London
Hawksmoor, London
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
Buddha Bar London
Aqua Shard
Amaya
ROKA Charlotte Street
Ceviche Soho
Zebranos,  Soho
Bocca di Lupo
The Ivy

Best Restaurant in Liverpool
Panoramic 34
Delifonseca’s
Yukti
Chy Liverpool City Centre
Neon Jamón
Etsu
Lunya
Bakchich Lebanese Restaurant
Nolita Cantin
Sapporo Teppanyaki

 

Best Restaurant in Wales
The Walnut Tree
Tyddyn Llan
The Hardwick
Slice
Sosban
The Checkers
Moksh
Signatures Restaurant
Chez Francis
Casanova

Best Restaurant in Surrey
Stovell’s
The Clink
The Latymer
Surrey Palace
Hillside Restaurant
Frascati
Surrey Tandoori

 

Best Restaurant in Essex
Russells
Alec’s
Blue Anchor
The Magic Mushroom
Olio Italian Restaurant
La Bicicletta
ZENXI
Russells Restaurant

 

Best Restaurant in Newcastle
House of Tides
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
Six
Dobson and Parnell
El Coto
The Patricia
Babucho
Achellos Italian Restaurant

Best Restaurant in Sheffield
The Milestone
Nonnas
Marco @ Milano
Le Bistrot Pierre
VeroGusto
Rafters Restaurant
Silversmiths Restaurant
Lokanta Restaurant
Efes Restaurant
Otto’s Restaurant
Carluccio’s

 

Best Restaurant in Bradford
Cona
Golden Fleece
Valentino
Rajshahi
Prashad
The Foundry
Box Tree
Jinnah
Rocca

 

Best Restaurant in Bristol
The Ox
Bulrush
Adelina Yard
Casamia
Wilks
The Mint room
Pasta loco
Yume
Aquila
Soukitchen
Spiny lobster

 

Best Restaurant in Brighton
Bill’s
Plateau
Côte Brasserie
Jamie’s Italian Brighton
Terre A Terre
The Gingerman
Riddle Finns
Las Iguanas
64 Degrees
Bincho Yakitori

 

Best Restaurant in Leeds
Gaucho
Browns
Fazenda Leeds
Las Iguanas
Red Chilli
The Man Behind The Curtain
My Thai Restaurant
Ephesus Restaurant
Zucco

 

 

Best Restaurant in Birmingham
Carters of Moseley
Pushkar
Lasan
Rico Libre Tapas
MODU Restaurant
The Karczma
The Wilderness
Coast to Coast
Bucklemaker
Viceroy Tandoori
Rodizio Rico
Piccolino

 

Best Restaurant in  Southampton  
Casa Brasil
The Oxford Brasserie
Quay FIFTEEN
Ennio’s
Blue Island
Everest Cuisine
La Tavernetta Italian Restaurant
Bacaro
Scoozi
Mango Thai Tapas Bar & Lounge
Kohinoor of Kerala

 

Best Restaurant in Cambridge        
Cotto Restaurant
The Oak Bistro
Aromi
Raja Indian Cuisine
La Pergola
Twenty Two
Alimentum
De Luca Cucina & Bar
Smokeworks Ltd
Tradizioni
Varsity Restaurant

 

Best Restaurant in Leicester
Maiyango
Lighthouse
Windmill Inn
Kayal
Shivalli
Reservoir Inn
Saray Mangal

 

Vote now for your favorites at www.britishrestaurantawards.org


Johana BaldellaMay 10, 2017
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3min250

The Ivy Chelsea Garden hosts Annual Garden Party to celebrate the opening of The Summer Harden

Tuesday 9 May saw a host of The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s regulars, local residents, influencers and famous guests, including Jeremy Irvine, Lottie Moss, Miranda Richardson, Talulah Riley and Amber Le Bon, gather together to celebrate The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s annual garden party and the opening of the summer garden, two years after the restaurant’s opening in 2015.

 

 

Hosted in the restaurant’s beautiful and extensive gardens and orangery, guests were treated to The Ivy Collection’s exclusive Champagne, refreshing and bespoke ‘Chelsea Summer Blush’ cocktails and Rock Angel Rosé by Whispering Angel, as well as a selection of delicious canapés created by Executive Chef Sean Burbidge. For those with a sweeter tooth, an array of cooling ice cream was provided by Ice Cream Union, complete with its very own bicycle that was situated within the garden.

During the evening, guests enjoyed live music by acoustic band, Swing Petite Band, whilst exploring the restaurant’s recently-revealed summer garden, featuring climbing wisteria, a central water fountain feature, rose arches and a variety of colourful summer blossoms, officially marking the start of the summer season in Chelsea.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden remains a Chelsea stalwart for local residents and as a destination for those travelling from further afield, marrying approachable sophistication and familiar luxury with an underlying feeling of glamour and theatre.

 


Johana BaldellaApril 18, 2017
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 The Cross of St George has been raised outside City Hall from today in celebration of English history and culture as the final preparations are made for London’s biggest ever St George’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square this weekend.

 

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m proud to see the English flag raised outside City Hall this week in the lead up to the biggest ever Feast of St George celebrations in Trafalgar Square. St George’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our history of amazing culture, creativity and innovation that has helped shape the world – from the words of Shakespeare and Jane Austen to the ingenuity of Brunel and Tim Berners-Lee. I am proud to be doing more to celebrate this important national day.

 

“England has always been at its best when we both honour our past and embrace our future. For me, St George’s Day is about the phenomenal history of this country but also celebrating our modern diversity and the many different ways we can all feel proud to be English.”

 

The Mayor is also hosting a special exhibition at City Hall, which celebrates the capital’s history and heritage. The exhibition, I am London, reflects the diverse and multi-layered history of London, its people and the historic places that bear witness to the city’s past, present and future. Visitors can see the exhibition in City Hall or by The Scoop in More London until 28 April.

 

This Saturday (22 April), The Feast of St George – a vibrant event which celebrates the very best of English history, food and culture, will take place in Trafalgar Square. This year’s festivities promise more performers, activities and gastronomic fare than ever before.

 

The main stage programme includes performances by Crystal Palace Brass Band, indie folk band Patch and the Giant and choral sensation the Military Wives Choirs. Headlining the celebrations in Trafalgar Square is legendary folk musician Ralph McTell. One of England’s great musical storytellers, Ralph McTell is best known for his 1974 song ‘Streets of London’ – which earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002, Ralph won the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Lifetime Achievement Award and is celebrating almost 50 years on the road.

 

Also performing on the main stage in Trafalgar Square is Clarissa Mae, winner of the Mayor’s 2016 Busk in London competition for budding street musicians and Dat Brass, a hip-hop brass band who were winners in 2015. There’s plenty of dance to enjoy too, with female Morris dancers Belles of London taking to the stage alongside Folk Dance Remixed – a unique company that blends Maypole, Clogging, Ceilidh, Street, House and Breakdance with a hint of African & Bollywood. Vistors can also experience a Ceilidh Jam Workshop on the North Terrace of the Square.

 

For budding chefs, there will be a Cookery Theatre, which will showcase the very best of English culinary traditions by top chefs including Theo Randall (River Café & InterContinental, London) and BBC Masterchef winner, Natalie Coleman.

 

This free event will also an English Food Market, featuring lots of stalls offering high quality English fare and a banqueting area, where visitors can enjoy performances from musicians on the main stage. The centrepiece of the festivities will be a colourful St George’s Dragon overlooking the Square. The market will offer everything from hog roasts to mouth-watering pies, to delicious cakes, tarts and meringues. There will even be a ‘London cab’ selling ice-creams and lollies. The majority of the food stalls are from Borough Market, local farms and winners of the British Urban Street Food Awards – celebrating locally-sourced English produce from the South East and London.

 

Families and children will enjoy the Magical Kingdom, which will feature magic activities and wizardry, including a ‘magical’ owl, fun fairground rides and children’s entertainers. There will also be a St George’s-themed Treasure Trail around Central London, highlighting the capital’s connections with England’s patron saint. Actors dressed as Knights and Ladies will give out clues to the public as they search for the Dragon’s name. The first 100 to meet the Dragon in the Square and know his name will be awarded a special ‘Treasure Trail’ token and be knighted by the King, who will sit alongside the mythical creature.

 

Visitors should also look out for performers reading Shakespeare’s sonnets, Jane Austen and Sherlock Holmes, court jesters, magicians, and iconic Pearly Kings and Queens as they make their way through the Square, entertaining the crowds.


Johana BaldellaApril 12, 2017
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 It’s that time of year again, the denim shorts are at the ready, along with a multi coloured raincoat and the all-important wellies… it’s festival season! For many, festivals involve days on the trot of boozing, eating calorific irregular meals and way more dancing than shut-eye. For those who want to stay even slightly on track to staying healthy, what can you do?

 

1. Dance proof your feet with the right shoes 

“Choosing the right shoes is extremely important. Make sure there is enough room in the front of your shoes (the toe box) to wiggle your toes freely – this is really important and not just for comfort. If the shoe is too tight here then you put yourself at risk of compression lesions, such as corns and callous. Your longest toe should finish about 15 – 20mm from the end of the shoe (roughly the width of your own thumb).

Also, before you head to your favourite DJ slip Carnation Tip Toes Gel Cushions (£4.49, Firstaidfast.co.uk and Independent Pharmacies) into your shoes for extra comfort,  “These invisible gel cushions will help to alleviate pressure, providing padding for your shoes,” explains Michael Ratcliffe, Podiatrist at Carnation Footcare.

 

2. Rise and shine with a downward dog

Before you head to a stage in the morning, do a spot of yoga. “The movement of yoga will help to increase blood flow to all parts of your body, but importantly, your liver. The more blood that passes through, the quicker your liver can detoxify the alcohol. The sweating will help to eliminate the toxins through your skin. However the sweating can make the problem of dehydration worse, so ensure that you drink plenty of water at the same time!” says Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK, the online shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing.

3.  Avoid sugar, before, during and after

‘Before, during and after drinking it’s best to avoid sugary foods and drinks, as alcohol consumption tends to play havoc with energy and blood sugar control. It’s better to focus on protein and unrefined carbohydrates, which release glucose slowly. Say no to caffeine and spicy food that can not only worsen the dehydration, but also irritate your stomach,’ explains Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar.

If you’re struggling not to be tempted by sugary snacks try Slissie. Slissie (£39.99, www.slissie.co.uk) is the first of its kind as it delivers curb-craving flavourings that instantly help you resist snack temptation. Slissie releases tasty, appetite-suppressing flavours, from vanilla to chocolate, which can help you resist eating things you know you really shouldn’t.

 

4. Dance to the beat with festival feet 

If wellingtons are your footwear of choice, so you can dance your way through the mud, Carnation Silversocks (www.firstaidfast.co.uk, £12) are a great option for eliminating odour and reducing rubbing. The thermodynamic sock is made with pure silver fibres that, as well as keeping feet at a comfortable temperature have anti-microbial and anti-odour properties. The yarn systems allows a greater amount of moisture to be drawn away from the feet so those 250,000 sweat glands would have to be working overtime to leave you with damp tootsies.

 

5. Watch what you eat!!

“Try to avoid burnt barbecued meat in particular, as this is likely to make any hangover worse!  Look for meals that come with a good amount of salad or other vegetables, or try to get in some fresh fruit between meals – for fibre and vitamin C.  Take with you some protein-based snacks, such as nuts and raisins,” says Shona.

 

6. Sleep well

 

“To make sure you sleep as much and as well as you can, stop any alcohol a few hours before you go to bed and try to give yourself time to wind down before hitting the pillow.  I’d also recommend taking KalmAssure Magnesium Powder, by Natures Plus (£24.50, www.naturesplus.co.uk). This is a naturally chelated magnesium which is very easy to absorb and easily delivered to the tissues,” suggests Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.

 

7. Stay hydrated

“Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day, to help maintain energy levels and a clear head, and because dehydration will only worsen the effects of any alcohol you drink later on!” says Shona.

 

8. ‘B’ energised

 

“B vitamins are helpful to reduce tiredness and fatigue. To make sure you’re getting your daily dose take Quest Vitamins Once A Day Energy B & C (from £5.32, qnutrapharma.com) before you go to boost energy levels ready for the festival and continue taking it to keep fatigue at bay,” suggests Cassandra.

 

 

 

 

9. Combat chafing

“Chafing occurs from friction, so when thighs rub against each other or shoes you’re wearing start to rub your heel friction is caused, which can then lead to chaffing. Friction worsens with heat, humidity and perspiration so if you’re working up a sweat you may be prone to chafing, which can range from rashes, to burning to blisters. To soothe the skin I would suggest using a quick dry formula, such as the What Skin Needs Balm (£9.99, whatskinneeds.co.uk) which uses a blend of natural ingredients, including aloe vera which will help soothe the skin and prevent irritations and rashes from developing,” explains Cassandra.

 

 

 

10. Get fruity with it!

The water and mineral content of fruit will help to rehydrate you and put an end to your hangover headache. Opt for berries, “They are rich in antioxidants and offer protection from free radicals, which are considered another cause of hangovers,” says Cassandra.

 

 


Johana BaldellaApril 12, 2017
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18 hand-coloured offset lithographs with captions – £200,000 for the set.

 

Peter Harrington Gallery are selling a complete set of Andy Warhol’s iconic shoe portfolio, A La Recherche Du Shoe Perdue, with an early trial cover on which his mother, Julia Warhola, misspelled “Recherche” as “Pecherche”. This portfolio which is in excellent condition was produced in 1955 and was a collaboration between Warhol and the poet Ralph Pomery. It contains 17 hand-coloured lithograph portraits of shoes plus the cover, which are all presented in grey wooden frames. Each of the individual shoe portraits has its own character and is accompanied by a ‘shoe poem’ or caption by Pomery, lettered by Warhol’s mother Julia Warhola.

 

 

 

Kevin Finch of Peter Harrington Gallery says “This is a beautiful, charming, playful collection of prints which blends high and low culture and is a testament to Warhol’s love of shoes and the inspiration they afforded his work.”

The prints are currently on display at Peter Harrington, 100 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 6HS.

 

 

 

Andy Warhol’s early career was as a commercial artist and illustrator and one of his first commissions was to produce shoe illustrations for Glamour magazine. The art director Tina Fredericks allegedly had to explain to him that it was not necessary to represent the shoes with so much personality, but rather to show them unworn. Warhol later remembered: “When I used to do shoe drawings for the magazines, I would get a certain amount for each shoe, so then I would count up my shoes to figure out how much I was going to get. I lived by the number of shoe drawings – when I counted them I knew how much money I had.” (Simon Doonan, Andy Warhol: Fashion, London, 2004, p. 65).

 

 

 

 

In 1955 he was commissioned to produce weekly ads for the shoe manufacturer I. Miller to run in the New York Times. This was a financially and artistically lucrative project for Warhol and this self-published shoe portfolio was produced at the same time.

The shoes themselves are full of character and range across time periods. The collection’s title both echoes Proust’s À la recherché du temps perdu and calls to mind the popular fairy tale Cinderella. This light-hearted allusion continues in Pomery’s captions, which mimic the copy of an advertisement with references to Gertrude Stein (‘The autobiography of Alice B. Shoe’), Shakespeare (‘To shoe or not to shoe’) and popular sayings (‘You can lead a shoe to water but you can’t make it drink’), amongst others.

While the captions are printed in Julia Warhola’s distinctive hand, the title on the cover is hand-written in ink and reads ‘A La Pecherche [sic] du Shoe Perdu…’. This mistake may indicate that this particular portfolio is one of the earlier ones Warhola titled. The lithographs were privately printed in New York and the sheets then hand-coloured using Dr. Martin’s aniline watercolor dye by Warhol and his friends at his ‘coloring parties’. This portfolio also contains one extra double sized illustration of a boot with no caption (a boot of the same style was used by Warhol for a separate work, ‘Gee, Merrie Shoes’ for an exhibition at the Bodley Gallery in New York the following year).

This delightful portfolio is rare as not all surviving portfolios have a complete set of all the plates, and many do not include the larger boot plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The print business at Peter Harrington was started over 40 years ago and today Peter Harrington Gallery have an enviable number of rare and signed, modern and contemporary prints for sale at their shop in the Fulham Road, London. High quality signed prints offer an exciting and affordable way to own the works of well-known artists and Peter Harrington Gallery have many beautifully framed prints available with prices starting from less than £1,000.


Jeff ArmstrongFebruary 26, 2017
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He is an English film director and executive producer. He first came to public attention as a director when Leon the Pig Farmer won him the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Prize at the 1992 Venice Film Festival, the Best Newcomer award from the London Critics’ Circle and the Chaplin Award for the best first feature from the Edinburgh International Film Festival. His new film Breaking the Bank which features legendary actor Kelsey Grammer is nominated for the prestigious 3rd annual National Film Awards UK. We caught up with Vadim Jean ahead of the awards show taking place in London on the 29th of March.

How did you get your first break into the motion picture industry?

I was a runner on Mike Figgis’ first film, ‘Stormy Monday’ starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sting, which mainly involved driving a clapped out minibus up and down the M1 from Newcastle to London and back with everything from camera equipment to a Polish jazz band (with their instruments).  My finest moment was the van breaking down right in the middle of Waterloo Bridge roundabout at 5am in the morning after the tie I had used as a temporary fan belt gave up the ghost.

You are best known for your debut Leon the Pig Farmer. So what made you delve into the world of finance with Breaking the Bank ?

I’ve enjoyed directing comedy and it seemed to me that it was about time the bankers had a humorous stick poked at them.  I’ve always wanted to make an Ealing style, old school comedy and Breaking the Bank seemed the perfect vehicle to make my homage to Ealing. From the score to the old Rolls Royce driving past the Bank of England and the imagery of the Tower of London the loving nods are all there in the film.  I also didn’t really understand the 2008 crash so now, thanks to script writer Roger Devlin’s insider knowledge of banking, I do understand about as much as many bankers.  Which is not necessarily that much…

Kelsey Grammer plays  Charles Bunbury in your movie.  With Grammer having such a huge legacy. What was it like having your work brought to light by such an accomplished actor?

It’s the second movie Kelsey and I have done together and we’d been trying to work together ever since the first one so, this was a joy.  We have a real short hand with each other.  He really can play anything.  I thought he might need a dialogue coach to play Charles Bunbury, who is quintessentially English, but after about three minutes of the read through we sent the coach home.  It’s hard to believe the man who played the monstrous mayor of Chicago in ‘Boss’ can also play bumbling Charles Bunbury.  We’re looking for the next thing to do together already.

Now, you have just been nominated for this year’s 3rd annual National Film Awards UK which is fantastic as all nominations and voting are left for the public which makes it fairer than  other traditional awards ceremonies. How did you feel when you got the news that Breaking the Bank was nominated for Best Comedy?

Any nomination is an honour to start with and I do think Breaking the Bank is a film that the public will enjoy.  We’re in the company of much higher profile films on the list so my hope is that the public will seek out our independent film and then we’re in their hands.

The movie industry is fast changing with the rise of Netflix, VooVix and other similar platforms . Do you feel the cinema industry has had its day or do you believe the experience of going to watch a film still resonates amongst movie fans worldwide?

Wherever we’ve played our film in the world to a cinema audience it’s been received with lots of laughter.  Even the French laughed.  A lot.  The ‘theatrical experience’, especially with a comedy that works, where laughter is the shared experience of the audience, will never lose its great pleasure.  If it did, theatre would have died years ago.  So while the audience is finding films on a plethora of platforms now, there’s still nothing quite like being captivated by the flicker of light projected in a dark room and sharing communal laughter in front of the big screen.

What would you say is your Top 5 Best Directors of all time?

Tough question.  There are so many but I will list my favourites, not necessarily in this order:

Spielberg

Coppola

Tarkovsky

Billy Wilder

Danny Boyle

Top 5 Best Actors/Actresses you would like to work with in the future?

George Clooney

Geoffrey Rush (we have plans)

Emma Thompson

Gerard Butler

Kelsey (always)

Where would you see yourself and company Mob Film in the next 5 years?

Still directing films I care passionately about but that also find an audience and transport them to the emotional places to which only cinema can take you.

Why should our readers watch and vote for ‘Breaking the Bank’ at the National Film Awards UK ?

Breaking the Bank is a deliberately old school, very British comedy; so if that’s your cup of Earl Grey then it might tickle your funny bone; Tamsin Grieg, Mat Horne and of course Kelsey, give such great comic performances they’re worth checking out especially if it didn’t come across your radar when it was released.

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