Jordan KensingtonApril 2, 2014


Where professional sportsmen are used to fielding criticism that they’re just one-trick ponies, every now and again someone comes along to score a beauty out of nowhere. That could be a fitting description for Chelsea and England star Frank Lampard – after all, the 35-year-old has now successfully entered a new sphere… in writing children’s stories.


In his five-book series of Frankie’s Magic Football – the third of which, Frankie  vs The Cowboy’s Crew, has just been published – readers are whisked away on adventures with the titular schoolboy hero, his friends, and pet dog Max, taking part in a real-life Fantasy Football League against the most unlikely teams from extraordinary times and places.

“I came up with the idea while reading and watching TV with the kids,” the 35-year-old smiles. “I thought there wasn’t really anything out there that was football-based, educational and fun. I was 29 or 30 then, and I had a lot going on in my football career, but as you get older you get more time and you start to think about different things. You think about life after football, so it was a great sideline for me at that point.”


And so Lampard, already a role model to millions of children worldwide, is now encouraging them to fulfil their literary, as well as sporting, ambitions too. “I wanted to make it football, but I wanted to make it educational as well so there’s a moral lesson in there for the kids, and the way they are travelling backwards and forwards there is a historical lesson in there too,” he enthuses.

“I think there is an element as a footballer where you can use a bit of your influence and use it in a positive way, and this is something I have put a lot of time into doing, and I think for the right reasons.”

Lampard, who is engaged to Christine Bleakley, has two daughters from a previous relationship. He makes a point of reading with his kids regularly. “I think I am a pretty relaxed parent, but it is one thing where I do try to get them to read, as I find it’s a great way of focusing their minds. Anyone who reads can take a lot of knowledge and satisfaction from it.”christine

Keeping them grounded is another challenge. “Yes, you live and learn as you go along when you’re a parent. I try to just keep their feet on the ground. I never spoil them, and it is very important that they learn the basics of money, of respect, of manners. I’d hate for somebody to look at them and say ‘they are spoilt little brats’. That’s my biggest nightmare!”

As a family man, Lampard is happiest when he’s surrounded by his loved ones. “When we won the Champions League in Munich, my family and Christine’s family had two days in Munich before the final. That Munich trip was the most amazing two days of my sporting life – it was really special for me. We had a big party in the hotel after the match and all my family and friends came there. We stayed up all night and when you look back, it was the complete moment. When I look back on my career, that will always be a special moment. It was incredible.”

Footballers often rely on that support around them, and Lampard is no different. “At any level in England there are pressures, and if you have a bit of a bad game, you will get criticised,” he nods. “That comes with the territory. And that is when you need to go home and have people there for you. My family and Christine have always been there for me.”

Still, with a career that’s seen more highs than lows, Lampard knows how lucky he’s been. “Looking back, I feel pretty fortunate,” he smiles. With England I had some tough times; with Chelsea it’s all been pretty good. There haven’t been too many bad times and that’s what we like to hear at Chelsea Monthly magazine. Let the good times roll. Hopefully, Lampard will get into some books for grown ups too after his finished with his JK Rowling ambition!!

Jordan KensingtonApril 2, 2014


Are you a man? Do you worry that you don’t see your friends enough? Do you ever think about how many friends you should have? Have you ever wanted a good excuse to go out and see your friends but have never been able to find a convincing one? Well, fear not – Danny Wallace has all the answers…

Danny Wallace – writer, filmmaker, radio presenter and columnist – has a reputation for work that combines a quirky outlook with astute observations, not to mention a dry sense of humour, and his latest venture carries on very much in the same vein.

Commissioned by Guinness and carried out by renowned and respected professor Robin Dunbar, Wallace (as well as Jonathon Ross) has been involved in a scientific experiment to discover just how often men should see their mates, and the benefits of regular male bonding for men of all ages. Or as Wallace puts it, “science telling us it is okay to go out”.

“It was interesting,” the 36-year-old says. “Women can maintain their friendships and bond and share things over the phone, whereas men tend to use the phone as a tool for saying they should get together and then not getting together. This chimed with me, as I feel I’ve not been seeing people as much as I should.

“The research showed that men should walk round in packs of five and that you should have four good friends you should attempt to see twice a week. Five people is the optimum number of people for a good night out. If you add a sixth person, science shows that you laugh less. So if you want to laugh, hang with four mates!”

Wallace says that for most men, “especially if like me you have got kids and are married”, it is a big ask, but thinks that the new research could give blokes a free pass to leave their partner at home.

 “Oh, I think it will,” he says with a cheeky laugh. “It will because it will get you out of the house, and you can say you have to, science told you, and she gets to have the place to herself, or gets to go out with her mates – basically she gets rid of you. So it is win-win.


“I am going to make a small, laminated card like a detective might have so I can just whip it out and I don’t even need to have that conversation with my wife. I can just be walking down the hallway, flip out my ‘man pass’ and then be out of the door. It’s a great excuse.”

Of course, Wallace’s mates don’t have to try too hard to keep up with what he is doing. His notable successes include Are You Dave Gorman? and Yes Man, unique concepts that saw Wallace search for men named Dave Gorman (with the comedian of the same name) in the former and experiment with saying yes to everything he was offered in the latter, both with hilarious and unexpected results, and what binds his best work is his relentless following through of a single idea to its natural conclusion.

“I’ve always liked a project. At school, none of us were into essay-type stuff, but if it was a project, I was into it. It could be the most boring thing in the world, but it was great because it was a project. And that was the thing with the first few books: you start with an idea and you just keep going and see what happens and who you meet and where you end up. You start that thing, and if you do it right, then that thing will start to happen to you. In life, you have to push the boulder over the hill, and the boulder will just run.”

His new novel about “identity, somebody who doesn’t really know who they are” is due next year, but for those who can’t wait there is always his massively popular Shortlist column, where his idiosyncratic weekly musings have keep commuters entertained.

“It was only meant to be a one-off,” he smiles. “I always wanted to do a column but when I did the first one I thought, ‘I can’t do that every week’. And then they said to me, ‘do you want to do that every week?’ It’s been going for six years now. I am always looking out for weird stuff, but it is like a diary. I always seem to find weird things to write about.”

Jordan KensingtonApril 2, 2014


James Corden has proved himself in comic and dramatic roles. Now the larger than life writer, actor and presenter seeks to consolidate his movie star credentials with the tale of an opera singing underdog…

Everyone likes a good underdog story. It’s a real staple of British media. We just love being inspired by someone who can stand up against the odds and prove that where there’s a will there’s a way.When Simon Cowell developed his singing competition concept out to a broader talent show format in 2007, Britain’s Got Talent followed shows like Opportunity Knocks and New Faces to bring hope to people with the power to entertain but not the wherewithal to get the gigs.

James Corden, who in the new movie One Chance plays the show’s first winner, opera singer Paul Potts, is someone who’s never been afraid to show off his own talents. After making his name as a promising young actor in TV series Fat Friends, he went on to co-create, write and star in the hugely successful comedy, Gavin & Stacey.


From there it’s all seemed so easy, from presenting the BRIT Awards to playing one of the leads in the award-winning comedy play One Man, Two Guvnors, hosting Sky1’s sports panel show A League of Their Own and co-creating another comedy hit, The Wrong Mans. Now he’s confidently moving into movie star territory too.

So what kind of preparation was involved in toning down his usual over-the-top performances to play the quiet, shy Paul Potts? “I think it’s safe to say when someone rings you up and says do you want to play Paul Potts in a film, you don’t need to worry about going to join the gym!” he laughs.

 “He’s a lovely guy, very soft and kind-hearted. He’s very amiable. I had to talk with him so I could try to copy his voice. It’s strange playing someone who’s alive and well in the world, but I think my job was made easier with regards to the fact I was just playing his past and only up to the moment of Britain’s Got Talent. We all know him from there and that’s where the film kind of ends.”


Although Corden has been known to take to the mic every now and then, it’s a different matter altogether where opera is concerned. “I was very happy that I didn’t need to sing opera,” smiles the 35-year-old Londoner. “I sing in my current film [Can a Song Save Your Life?], but I don’t think that anyone should ever have to hear my version of Nessun dorma! There would be dogs in China thinking ‘what the hell is that noise?’ if I started singing!”

Potts, born in South Gloucestershire and raised in Bristol, came to the talent show as an amateur singer who had self-funded his dream of playing in operas. He had been bullied at school for his participation in the choir, denting his self-confidence, but nevertheless he continued with the determination to sing. He went into the BGT competition as a manager at Carphone Warehouse and after winning, went on to record the album, One Chance, which topped the charts in nine countries.

 “The story isn’t about Paul Potts and him winning Britain’s Got Talent,” Corden explains. “The film is about a boy who dreams of being an opera singer and everything that was put in his way and all the adversity he was faced with, but he still succeeds. It’s similar to great sports movies.”

And what of Corden’s own career? If it hadn’t taken off as it did, would he have considered the talent show route? “If my career didn’t take off, 100 per cent every day of the week I’d have been first in line, I’d have been there in a heartbeat,” he says.

“I think there’s good ones and bad ones where some of them treat people well and some don’t, but I think on the whole you just get your chance to soar and fly. People say it’s saturated and all of the charts are just people off reality TV shows now, and I think I don’t know what charts you’re listening to, but Adele wasn’t and Ed Sheeran didn’t and Mumford and Sons didn’t and Rihanna didn’t and Katy Perry didn’t and it just goes on and on until you realise that all the biggest acts in the world didn’t do these things. I think people are always out to knock them, but hey – what harm can it do?”

Jordan KensingtonApril 2, 2014


The Arch London opened it’s doors to the public in 2010. The edgy fashion forward design, offers guests a taste of elegant townhouse living with a distinctly artistic and modern feel.

As I entered the reception, I was already captured by the pearl fragrance and softly lit interiors which evoked an alluring ambience.
The attention to detail and creative flair of the hotel’s designers is clear to see and wondering the corridors, which have been deliberately permeated with character, guests can take in the black and white alphabet prints spanning the length of the gallery-inspired halls.


The interior of the foyer is quietly glamorous, boasting studded leather, statement artwork, marble and glass. A specially commissioned video painting of iconic London scenes is digitally projected. The hotel’s Georgian architecture creates quirky spaces that are sprinkled with hidden staircases and adorned with bespoke artworks by emerging British artists.
The boutique hotel, which is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, boasts 82 guestrooms including four suites spread over six floors. However, the floors are considerately numbered 1, 2, 3, and 5 as the number 4 is considered unlucky in Asian cultures.
Unlike most other hotels who choose the charge guests for every single item in the room. The Arch hotel offers a selection of complimentary treats for guests to enjoy free of charge. These include soft drinks, water and juice in all mini bars, Jing teas, a Nespresso coffee machine, MALIN + GOETZ toiletries, canapés in the restaurant and daily changing exotic flavored iced drinks in the lobby. Perfect!
The guestrooms are individually designed with bespoke wallpaper and unashamedly luxurious furnishings. The beds are a majestic fixture in every room, as each one is handmade and adorned with duck down duvets and pillows.
The luxurious amenities in all guestrooms are personally designed to anticipate guests every need and comfort. A handpicked selection of classic novels can be found in the suites, while all rooms have a full Sky HD TV package, iPod docking station and internet radio with over 19,000 channels for international guests. Guests also have free access to the hotel’s Oscar winning movie collection, ensuring a night in at the hotel is always fun. The bathrooms feature modern flourishes such as heated anti-steam mirrors and flatscreen TVs built into the wall above every bath.
At the upper end of the scale, the four spectacular Suites offer the ultimate contemporary boutique experience. Designed to accommodate a brief stay or a longer period of accommodation, two of the four are fitted with a stylish kitchenette and even boast outdoor terraces with bespoke garden furniture. Each has an impressive Loewe television, complete with surround sound. Large artworks, thoughtfully handpicked to complement each space, provide dramatic focal points throughout.
Later that evening we enjoyed dinner at the Hotel’s very own restaurant; HUNter 486 which offers guests and non residents an open plan dining experience, inviting visitors to watch the skilled chefs at work. Quirky glass chandeliers and stylish brown studded leather sofas complete the stylish décor.The bar serves a full range of classic and innovative cocktails, fine wines and beers. The food was amazing, service exceptional and stay incredible. The Arch London, is perfect for entrepreneurs, couples, and anyone in search for a top luxury penthouse apartment in the heart of London with all the facilities of a luxury hotel and more!

Prices start from £205 for a standard room, and £1,005 for a suite.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD
For reservations, please call: 020 7724 4700 or

Jeff ArmstrongJanuary 10, 2014


Award winning, chart topper Lily Allen, most recently back at the top of the charts with her latest release ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, after taking a break, is to perform at a major one-off concert, City Rocks at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 April 2014 in support of Coram, the World’s oldest children’s charity which is celebrating its 275th birthday this year.

Tickets go on sale at the Royal Albert Hall box office at 9am, tomorrow Friday 10 January.

Lily will be joined on the night by additional guests – including Maverick Sabre, who has been championed by BBC 1 and 1Xtra’s MistaJam’s ‘Ones to Watch’ and whose debut album charted at No.2 in the UK chart; and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, most recently a finalist on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and due to launch her new album later this month.

More performers will be announced shortly.

City Rocks at the Royal Albert Hall is being produced by leading impresario Harvey Goldsmith CBE, world class lyricist, Don Black OBE and Rocket Music Entertainment.

Coram, the charity for whom this spectacular concert is being held, and which has been helping vulnerable children to have better chances in life since it was first established as the Foundling Hospital in 1739, has been selected by the Royal Albert Hall as its first ever Charity of the Year for this event.

Coram has had a long and unique history linked to music and the arts ever since distinguished artists such as Handel, who was one of its first Governors, gave fundraising musical performances in support
of the charity and even donated a manuscript of his famous music ‘Messiah’.

City Rocks has been created to celebrate this unique history with the support and performances of top musical artists of today.

The first City Rocks event was held in 2011 as the first ever rock concert in the City of London. Headlining Bryan Adams, it was an outstanding success, held at the Guildhall and the largest event in its 900 year
history. It was the lead event of the Lord Mayor of London’s Charity Appeal and Sir Michael Bear was the Lord Mayor at that time. He is now President of Coram.

Jeff ArmstrongJanuary 10, 2014


Freddy launches a pant room concept store at 55 King’s Road as part of their global expansion plan. Freddy steps into the premises in the heart of London’s historic road, the prestigious fashion destination synonymous with 1960s style. Here the brand will create its own legacy; a UK base with exclusive ranges, and uncompromising innovation to include a dedicated fashion pant area of signature Freddy Style. The two-floor space in South West London is set to become an inspirational showcase for the brand and it’s new direction.

The 50sq meter area will include a wide selection of brand new fashion WR.UP® pant styles for women with something for every size and taste, from cutting edge looks to classic styles. Freddy’s patented WR.UP®trousers are the ultimate fashion item to take you from day to night, keeping your look sleek. Using a silicone waistband and patented fit to offer great shape and hold as well as being wearable the WR.UP® trouser helps to lift and shape your figure resulting in the perfect streamline shape.

The retail space – named PANT ROOM – will becomes part of an expansion which has seen the opening of new sales points globally, thus strengthening its single-brand store development strategy in Italy and worldwide, with a long-range approach that will involve more important international locations in the months to come.

Freddy, 55 Kings Road, London, SW3 4ND

Jeff ArmstrongJanuary 10, 2014


Once again, Hamilton Watches is the perfect accessory for the action hero when every second counts in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” which opens worldwide January 2014.  In the film the brand presents the Khaki Titanium and the Khaki Flight Timer, two iconic timepieces made with Swiss precision and American spirit.

The black Khaki Titanium worn by Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) is the secret agent of watches, hiding its rugged construction beneath a sophisticated and elegant design.  Like the character who wears it, the watch lives a double life; dressed for success, but ready for action.

The multi-functional Khaki Flight Timer worn by the character William Harper (played by Academy Award®-winner Kevin Costner) was modified especially for the film by Hamilton, who continues a decades-long tradition of collaborating with studios and filmmakers to create custom timepieces for movie characters.

Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (Chris Pine, “Star Trek”) from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turned-Wall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow.

Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (Academy Award-winner Kevin Costner), his in-the-dark fiancée Cathy (Keira Knightley) and a brilliant Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth.

Jeff ArmstrongJanuary 10, 2014


Sunborn International is pioneering a unique approach to the development of exclusive accommodation in the form of super yacht hotels. Launching two new hotels in March 2014, Sunborn London will be operated by ISS Hotel Division London and Sunborn Gibraltar will operate under Sunborn International.
Super yachts have become the world’s ultimate symbol of wealth and exclusivity and Sunborn’s unique concept combines the privacy of a super yacht with all the amenities of a luxury hotel. Sunborn has invested over €200 million in the two new super yacht hotels and both have been designed to the highest specification, offering exquisite accommodation, facilities and exceptional service.
Sunborn London will be located in the prestigious Royal Victoria docks, next to ExCeL London. Originally serving as Sunborn Princess at the renowned Naantali Spa in Finland, Sunborn London has undergone a complete refurbishment of the exterior and interiors and will be brought to London in time for its opening in March.
The 120 metre length, Sunborn London will offer 138 spacious yacht bedrooms and suites over 5 floors with entertaining space, including a fine dining restaurant, bar, auditorium and conference rooms, state of the art gym and vast outside decks and private terraces.
The recent regeneration of East London and the Newham Borough makes this an ideal location for Sunborn London. The hotel will primarily attract corporate clients, with its close proximity to ExCeL, which alone expects to welcome four million visitors during 2014, London City Airport and Canary Wharf. However the hotel’s luxury accommodation and facilities will also provide the ideal base from which to enjoy the local attractions, including the O2, Greenwich and the Emirates Airline.
Sunborn Gibraltar will be located in the new Ocean Village Marina, offering guest’s uninterrupted views across the Gibraltar Straits and to the tip of Africa. This super yacht hotel will offer the first official 5 star hotel accommodation to visitors of the rock, with 18,500²m of floor space the hotel will have 189 rooms and suites over 7 floors.
Sunborn International invested €150 million to create this spectacular 142 meter super yacht hotel. Guests will have the feeling that they are residing on their very own super yacht whilst enjoying the facilities of a luxury hotel. Taking advantage of the breath-taking views was key to the overall design and every room features floor to ceiling, sliding windows and a private sundeck to further enhance the feeling of exclusivity and to take in the iconic scenery.
Similarly to London, Sunborn Gibraltar will target the corporate market with their extensive on board event facilities and vast conference rooms. For the leisure guest there are a variety of fine dining restaurants, cocktail bars, a large pool and sundeck, a spa, gym and casino, as well as a grand ballroom which can cater for any event from weddings to product launches. A focal point will be the top deck restaurant, which features a retractable roof allowing guests to enjoy alfresco dining all year round.

Commenting on the new Sunborn Yacht Hotels, Hans Niemi, executive director of Sunborn, says “Our goal is to expand the Sunborn Yacht Hotel concept to well-known locations around the world. The new hotel in London, currently the world’s most important city – together with a dynamic Mediterranean location in Gibraltar, gives us a an important platform for the Sunborn brand and business concept, Our yacht hotels are hotel properties which deliver significant benefits”.

Jeff ArmstrongJanuary 10, 2014


As readers of Chelsea Monthly magazine, you would be already aware that our best hang out especially during the cold British winter is in Mauritius. St. Regis is fast becoming the name on anyone seeking a piece of luxury in the heart of Mauritius. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort has become the first resort on the island to offer complimentary Wi-Fi internet connection in all its limousine cars.

In line with the St. Regis legacy, The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is committed to delivering exceptional experiences and anticipatory service, and this new development goes one step further in catering for the needs of discerning global travellers.

This development follows the recent unveiling of the largest and most exclusive private beachfront villa in Mauritius. The St. Regis Villa offers families and groups of friends the ultimate luxury experience, with its own private entrance and four spacious bedrooms, sleeping up to 8 adults and 4 children. The villa offers four heated swimming pools including an infinity pool, a luxurious dining area, a bar, two lounges, an office, a gym with steam room, and private direct access to the beach. The dedicated team of St. Regis butlers, valets and a private chef, provide guests with a highly bespoke resort experience. The villa is priced at EUR 22,190 per night, based on a five-night stay, guests will enjoy access to the Yu Lounge at Mauritius airport on arrival and departure, luxury airport transfers to and from the resort, a day on the hotel’s private speedboat, and a full-day chauffeured luxury car service to explore the island.

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