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SPRING EDITION 2015

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS


THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH

Enjoy
Summer

In and Out of the


city with WOM
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Welcome to Word of
Mouth Magazine!
Word Of Mouth is a new community lifestyle magazine, jam-packed with the latest deals, whats on
listings, local info and practical advice, provided to
help you stay in the loop with your community, find
local and support businesses and share what matters
most to you.
WOM MAG is also the best place for independent
businesses to start a buzz in their neighbourhoods,
by simply advertising their services via our online
community pages. We know that most small business have little or no time to capitalise on most online marketing platforms, the online market is far
reaching and effective, a great way to showcase your
products and services, promote offers and deals and
even share how your customers feel about what you
offer. Our aim is to advertise your local business
through WORD OF MOUTH using the social media toolkit to essentially create for you a new market
place by reaching your target audience online.

Editor - Daina Renton


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AM FLORENCE
AM Florence encapsulates elegance and romance in its unique furniture for your
home. Our purpose is to give a new life to vintage furniture with a story behind
each piece. Gifting a renewed sense of character to each item, AM Florence
repurposes items so that their stories inspire and awaken those in need of it most.
We restore and customise all our works with particular attention to detail.
Having learned the art of furniture restoration working side by side with artisans
in Florence, weve incorporated their techniques into our own, bringing you
beautifully restored furniture unlike any other.

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2015

FESTIVAL FUN!
Coachella and SXSW may be big, but theres
no bigger festival culture than right here in
the UK! With tents packed and dry shampoo
aplenty, itll soon be time to take to the road
for some of the UKs most eagerly awaited
festivals of the year

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Isle of Wight Festival: Thu 11th June Sun 14th June, Seaclose Park, Isle of WightIsle of Wight is [just
about] literally around the corner and for any serial festival goer, this festival is the one to kick off 2015 festival
season! With wellies at the ready, attendees can look forward to acts from Pharrell Williams, Paolo Nutini,
Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Kool & the Gang, First Aid Kit, Billy Idol, The Charlatans,
Paul Oakenfold and of course, even more
Glastonbury Festival: Wed 24th June Sun 28th June, Worthy Farm, Pilton Its official; Kanye is headlining
and its going to be big. Whether youre a fan or not, this years Glastonbury Festival may very well be the
biggest in its history. Packed with artists established and new, others in 2015s line-up include; Motrhead,
Foo Fighters, Mark Ronson, Deadmau5, Paloma Faith, Charli XCX, The Chemical Brothers, Belle & Sebastian,
Pharrell Williams and even more mind blowing acts!
Lovebox Festival: Fri 17th July Sat 18th July, Victoria Park, LondonLondons very own Lovebox is back
with a bang in 2015. This two-day fun fest will feature acts by Snoop Dogg, Flume, Ella Eyre, Acid Monkeys,
Hercules & Love Affair and Little Dragon to name but a few.
Green Man Festival: Thu 20th August Sun 23rd August, Brecon
Beacons, WalesRelatively new on the festival scene, independent music
and arts festival Green Man Festival is now in its 12th year. See artists
such as Hot Chip, Super Furry Animals, St. Vincent, Father John
Misty, Jamie XX, Slowdive, Goat and more take the reins at this
kitsch festival.

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Colette Moscrop textiles are designed and screen-printed in small runs


in my home studio. My original hand drawn illustrations are translated
from my sketch book to screen using a number of methods including
traditional hand-cut stenciling.
Sample packs and single panels are available from 5.50, there are also
bundle options so you can build your collection of original handprinted
fabrics and save up to 20%.
If sewing isnt your thing, you can choose from a small selection of
ready made items - zip purses, covered notebooks, lavender bags, tea
towels etc. Prices start from 8.

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Sunscreen

WHAT TO FACTOR IN?


By Lily Niu

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As much as many of us cant wait to start soaking up the sun for


that glowing tan weve seen in numerous bikini shoots of late (not to
mention that much needed dose of vitamin D), theres quite a bit we
need to factor in get it? before getting started.
Lying half naked on a sun lounger or picnic blanket might be your
idea of heaven but sunscreen is an absolute must! But with so many
different products to choose from, including instant tanning gels and
gradual tan lotions, which sun protect factor (SPF) is right for you?
The higher the SPF in fact, the better. But then again, it all depends
on how long you intent on being out in the sun! For an average day like any other, commuting
to and from work and popping out of the office simply to pick up lunch, you could probably get
away with wearing moisturiser with SPF15. A hat and sunglasses never hurt anyone and while
they make quite the style statement, these accessories do offer protection for your scalp and eyes;
shielding you from harmful UV rays.
Malibu Lotion SPF30 requires a lot less re-application than any SPF15 lotion. So if youre
planning on taking a few dips in the pool, this water resistant lotion might just be what youre
looking for. Boasting high protection with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E, your skin will feel as
nourished as you are happy from soaking some rays!
For those with particularly sensitive skin and prone to heat rash, Aloe Up SPF50 Pro Sunscreen
is not only soothing to the skin and provides optimal protection from the sun, its also healing,
non-greasy, easily absorbed and water resistant, making it the perfect sunscreen for active children
and adults.
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The brainchild of Japanese seamstress Miwa Vicary, Miwary textile accessories


are all handmade using vintage inspired fabrics. Her designs embody a homely,
Found in grandmas attic feel, inspired by Miwas take on
countryside shabby chic.
Miwary was created to embody the quaintness of old English living combined
with Miwas love for Japanese street style. A Central Saint Martins graduate
having shown her creations at London Fashion Weeks off-schedule, Miwa has
also sold her designs on Brick Lane.

THERE IS A MIWARY SALE COMING UP AT


THE O2 ON THE 10-12TH July 2015
AT THE HYPER JAPAN EVENT
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ITS

WEDDING
SEASON!

Heres Londons Best Venues

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ove is in the air and not just because the trees


are rife with songbirds. Its wedding season!
Spring and summer are packed with hen dos
and bridal parties taking over the city for
excitement leading up to the big day itself. For
wedding venue inspiration in London, check
out what weve lined up as some of the best!
For a truly decadent London wedding, the
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London will
make any bride-to-be quiver with delight. For
all those whove dreamed of their wedding ever
since they were a little girl, this is where the
magic truly happens. Youll feel nothing less than a princess once
ushered through the private Royal Entrance but would need the
go-ahead from the Queen yes, THE Queen to use it. The
gilded ballroom serves as an excellent place for your reception and
afterwards, head up to the Royal Suite with a terrace overlooking
Hyde Park with your prince for your wedding night
If youve got a romantic garden in mind for your big day, look
no further than the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest
Hill. Tucked away in a quiet residential suburb, this London venue
boasts grounds perfect for a summer wedding. With all 16-acres of
its gardens for you and your guests to spend the day frolicking, the
wedding photographer will no doubt capture your smiles bathed in
glorious sunlight. The Horniman Museum and Gardens offer three
unique venues for your ceremony; The Horniman Conservatory,
The Pavilion and The Bandstand. Decisions, decisions!
After somewhere historic and brimming with character?
Chandos House in Londons West End is a beautiful
Georgian townhouse thats played host to some
of Europes most distinguished aristocrats. If
youre after something of an idyllic wedding
in the centre of bustling London, Chandos
House would be right up your alley. The
Duke room provides a grand backdrop
for ceremony and as for partying the
night away at your reception, the
Robert Adam room and its marble
chimneypiece creates a picturesque
setting for the first dance.
Not quite as traditional but bursting
with individuality is Kettners in
Soho. A 1930s style brasserie where
the food is as equally delicious as the
venue itself, art enthusiasts will love
its amazing displays and revel in the
bright, open space in which to flaunt
their glamorous wedding attire!

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Brief History of
FATHERS DAY

n the UK, Fathers Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of


June. Established to complement Mothers Day, on which
families and children celebrate mothers, Fathers Day
celebrates male parenting and fatherhood.
Originating in the U.S thanks to a young woman by the
name of Sonora Smart Dodd, Sonora believed there should
be a day to honour fathers just like that of Anna Jarvis
Mothers Day which shed heard about at a sermon. Raised
by her father William Jackson Smart who was Civil War
veteran and single parent of six, Sonora worked to organise the worlds
first ever Fathers Day celebration which was held at the YMCA in her
hometown of Spokane, Washington on June 16th, 1910.
Promoting Fathers Day was not an easy task and it was many years
before Sonora was able to begin promoting it on a national level. It
wasnt until 1972 that Fathers Day became a recognised national
celebratory day. Today, whilst Fathers Day is not a public bank holiday
in the UK, the day itself is widely recognised as being one to honour
and treat fathers from all walks of life by children and families.
With Fathers Day 2015 landing on Sunday June 21st, were also set
to celebrate the longest day of the year which marks the beginning of
summer!

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London Lily

All cushion covers are hand cut, sewn and finished by London Lily.
All edges are finished so they will not fray. They all come with
cushion insert. Rings are custom made with love.

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STEP
AWAY

FROM THE

GY M
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Get the most out of spring/summer 2015 and


boost your fitness like never before! Getting
beach body ready is on everyones minds but
theres no better self-esteem boost than to
simply keep active. You might be feeling the
pressure to step things up at the gym or even
pull out that dusty rowing machine from the
cupboard under the stairs but guess what?
As cheesy as this may sound, theres a whole
world out there to explore; all you need to do
is shove on a sports bra, pull on some tracksuit
bottoms, lace up your trainers and GO!
Love your borough but feel like youre
living in a concrete jungle? Use the city to
your advantage and map out a meticulously
planned route for a run thatll take you places
you never quite have time to go. For running
routes in London, map out your own or check
out those that thousands have done before
via mapmyrun.com. From tried and tested
routes spanning scenic Hyde Park to bustling
Brixton, theres nothing quite like seeing the
city when your adrenalins pumping. If youre
not a confident runner and need some help
training, Zombies, Run! 5l Training is the
perfect fitness app for beginners. Available via
iTunes for iOS and Google Play for Android,
this immersive running audio adventure
will motivate you only the way a hoard of
bloodthirsty Zombies can!
Keen to build up your upper body strength
but tired of pumping iron? Indoor climbing
might just be for you. The Castle Climbing

Centre in Stoke Newington (closest tube


station: Manor House) offers not only private
and group coaching sessions but equipment
hire too. For adults, there are several
introductory classes available for learning
how to climb; perfect for beginners and
suitable for those who need a refresher course.
South of the river at Jags Sports Club in
Dulwich, adults can learn the ropes with the
clubs Beginners Climbing Course covering
knots and rope-work, belaying, correct use of
equipment and climbing techniques.
What better way to cool down yet stay fit
in the height of summer than to take a dip
in the pool? Were not just talking lounging
on a deck chair here, we mean business. It
might be fun to take to the flumes and while
theres nothing wrong with joining the kids
for a splash around the shallow end, nothing
beats doing laps like youre an Olympic
swimmer. Dont worry if youre not quite
there however, training can be fun and with
the London Aquatics Centres pools now open
to the public, theres absolutely no harm in
giving it a go! For competent swimmers, try
the 50 metre Competition pool which features
10 lanes for fitness swimming. If youre a
sucker for some excitement however, you can
always give Extreme Aqua Splash a try; a 40
metre long inflatable course for competent
swimmers in the Competition pool designed
to test both balance and nerves!

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The idea for these shoe bags


was formed during a flight to
Germany few years ago. While
doing a check list in my head
if everything I need was in the
suitcase above (I always travel
with hand luggage only), I
thought how nice would be if
I can pack my shoes in more
presentable and tidy way. For
instance, instead the usual
Sainsburys plastic bag, a nice
cotton one, with colourful pair
of shoes on it (it was later on
I realised one shoe looks much
better than two).
The shoe bags are made form
organic cotton and painted by
hand with textile paint. They
could be washed in washing
machine without colour fading
away.
I keep drawing them one by
one. It gives me the freedom to
change the design and colour
every time. I very often take
my ideas from other peoples
shoes. Ordinary people on
the streets of London on their
way to work who are just
themselves, without realising
how inspirational their personal
style may be for somebody like
me.
This is a product for shoe
lovers and Nature lovers. The
rest of the products are good
quality wool and cotton fabrics,
freehand embroidery on top
and immense passion for
illustration

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HE AT WAV E ETIQU ETTE

FOR THE

UNINITI ATED
LONDONER
With mini heatwave spurts about to take hold of the city
amidst rain and the usual doom and gloom of London
weather, theres no time like the present to think about
what constitutes as Nice and Not Nice when it comes to
several vital areas of London living
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PUBLIC TRANSPORT
NICE: Regular use of antiperspirants. Its not your
fault you sweat; in fact, if youre sweating when its
hot, its a good sign! Youre a perfectly well-functioning
human being. BUT in the height of Peak fare travel
when everyones squished like upright sardines,
desperately clinging to a pole to cease from falling
into those around them, B.O is most unpleasant,
NOT NICE: Complaining that its hot. We know youre
hot because guess what? Were hot too! Unfortunately,
if theres nothing anyone can do about it, listening
to someone complaining loudly just makes the heat
even more agitating.
AT THE LIDO
NICE: Sliding gently into the pool. And if you
remember any childhood swimming lessons, its the
safest way to get in too! Imagine curling up on a sun
lounger; youve just applied your sun tan lotion and
are about to get back into that paperback you brought
along and suddenlySPLASH! While kids may get
away with this one, if youre grown, youd better get
in the boring (but safe) way.
NOT NICE: Hogging the sun lounger. You may have
a right to reserve your deck chair and for the most
part, throwing your towel over one does mean no
one will mess with your stuff. If youre having way
too much fun doing laps or staying cool in the water
however, it might be worth considering keeping all
your belongings in a locker. Deck chairs at Lidos are
but a rare commodity dont hog unless you mean
to use!
AT THE PARK
NICE: Tidying up after a picnic. Whether youve just
shared a Carluccios hamper or stocked up on different
varieties of M&S Percy Pig sweets, its always nice
when your local park retains a sense of cleanliness
after a packed day of heatwave picnic goers.
NOT NICE Letting your adorable puppy capture
the hearts of strangers, only to then abandon all
conversation to avoid picking up its poop. This applies
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With better weather than any other time


of year, this spring, exploring south Londons
local food markets is an absolute must for
every Londoner. No matter how long youve
lived here, you can never quite sample too
many delights south of the river when it
comes to delectable food and drink.
Considered Londons most renowned food
market, Borough Market certainly boasts a
rich and celebrated history. With its traders
selling British and international produce;
market goers are treated to an expansive
selection overseen by those with vast culinary
knowledge. The markets history goes back as
far as the 11th century when London Bridge
became a hub for traders selling vegetables,
grain, fish and livestock. 200 years on, the
traders moved nearby to what we know
today as Borough High Street and Borough

Market was born!


Having grown to house over 100 individual
stalls, Borough Markets vibrant and
welcoming atmosphere stands at the centre
of the local community. Marked by a blue
plaque signalling its place as the citys Oldest
Fruit & Veg Market as voted for by the people
of Southwark, youll find no market more
cherished by locals. Not just your average
market stall venue however, youll also find
a number of cafes, bars and restaurants at
Borough Market; everything from single
origin coffee by Monmouth Coffee Company
to classic Japanese cuisine at Feng Sushi!
Another must-go market is Brixton
Market. Run by the Brixton Market Traders
Federation Interest Company, this lively
community market is run by the traders
themselves. Located only 200m from Brixton

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No matter how long youve lived here, you can


never quite sample too many delights south of the
river when it comes to delectable food and drink.
underground station, all profits from the
market goes back into the community
itself.
The Friday Market offers a wonderful
array of street food stalls as well as those
for crafts and vintage clothing. Those with
a taste for pastry and bargain buys will no
doubt want to visit the aptly named Bakers
& Flea Market, held on the first Saturday
of every month! Market goers can browse
thousands of antique pieces, art, furniture,
ceramics, books, jewellery and more
whilst sampling delicious baked treats
which they can stock up on to take home
to share with family and friends. Lastly,
for any true foodie, the Brixton Farmers
Market sets the tone like no other when it

comes to fresh, local produce. Held each


and every Sunday from 10am 2pm, its
four hour opening window allows plenty
of time to peruse and pick out fruit, veg,
meat, poultry, cheeses and artisan breads,
not to mention tasty cakes and jams!
Although relatively new, Southbank
Centres very own Southbank Centre
Market is quickly gaining a name for itself
as a food lovers destination. Open every
weekend from Friday through Sunday
(and Monday; bank holidays only) next
to Royal Festival Hall, its central location
welcomes passers-by to take in trying
freshly made treats from international
street food stalls.

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VINTAGE HOME DECOR WOOD & FLOWER

Nothing quite compares to the beauty of something old with wonderful stories of its
own. Wood & Flower has
unique collections of wonderful old treasures from just about everywhere which
make fantastic vintage home and garden decorations.

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NATURAL

HAY FEVER
REMEDIES
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Its

that time of
year again
Youre awoken
by the sound
of si n g i n g
birds in the early hours of the morning
and despite falling asleep once more,
youre abruptly awoken yet again by the
harsh morning sunlight piecing through
the gap in the curtains. And this was
all before your morning alarm even
stood but a chance! Spring/Summer in
London is a welcome thing but with all
its perks who doesnt love a chance to
leave work early for team drinks at the
pub? comes several downsides; the
symptoms of hay fever being probably
the biggest!
Some of you may have already been
taking your one-a-day antihistamine
tablets but others may only just be
starting to feel the effects of pollen
allergies now. Near constant sneezing,
a runny nose and read, itchy eyes are
just about the last thing you need while
London weathers at its best but what
can you do to ease your symptoms
without dosing up and consequently
putting yourself into a self-induced
daze?
Luckily, there are a number of things
hay fever sufferers can do to make
life just a little simpler. Although not
everyone can afford to lock themselves
indoors on days that the pollen count
is particularly high (over 50) we have
work to do and errands to run, after all!
try wearing wraparound sunglasses to
stop pollen getting into your eyes when
outdoors. When back home after being
outdoors, its also worth taking a shower
and putting the days clothes in the wash
to remove all traces of pollen that may
have attached itself to you, allowing you
a good nights rest.

As for natural home remedies for hay


fever, those who dont want to rely solely
on medication can take solace in the
fact that there are many proven steps
to ease symptoms, although consistency
is key!
To loosen phlegm and break up
congestion in the chest, try drinking
ginger tea with raw honey. This will not
only strengthen your immune system
but serves as a natural antihistamine.
Green tea will do the same and is
considered one of the best ways to build
your immune system not at all bad for
regular consumption! To sort out that
runny nose and kick nasal and sinus
congestion back to where it came from,
drink cold peppermint tea which will
also soothe coughing related to allergies
and hay fever.
Steaming is an effective way to break
up congestion and ease symptoms of hay
fever. Try adding drops of eucalyptus oil
to a large bowl of hot water and gently
inhaling the steam. To soothe teary,
itchy eyes, purchase non-alcoholic
calendula liquid, dilute a few drops in
cool water and use as an eye wash. For
another ingestible treat, take the flesh
from some lemon and grapefruit to boil
in water and add raw honey once cooled
for relief of symptoms.
Lastly, it never hurts to take a vitamin
C supplement! A known natural
antihistamine, vitamin C can be found
in oranges, grapefruit and lemons. With
bioflavonoids also present (boasting
powerful anti-allergy properties), the
combination of bioflavonoids and
vitamin C act as a natural decongestant
and antihistamine for hay fever
sufferers.

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SLOW
COOKED
SMOKED PORK
Belly Recipe
By Lily Niu

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oon, itll be summer


in the city and
barbeque season will
have well and truly
begun! Admittedly,
BBQ parties are
hard to plan in
London; as much as
the weather forecast
does its best, theres
simply just no telling
when the clouds
will roll over and
raindrops ruin all
that couldve been.
It seems BBQs
i n L ondon a re
almost always an
impromptu occurrence and however
inconvenient the rain may be, the
uncertainty only adds to an English BBQs
charm. Heres a classic BBQ recipe to get
you in the spirit for an English summer!
Theres nothing more satisfying than the
smell (and taste, obviously) of cooking pork
belly. For an easy party dish to serve up
to friends, pick up a 3kg free-range British
pork belly with rib bones intact.
Rub the pork belly down with 10g
mustard powder, crushed garlic and star
anise, 10g paprika, 1 tsp chilli powder and
20g soft dark brown sugar. Once done, pack

the pork belly into a large freezer bag and


leave overnight in the fridge.
As for the BBQ sauce, youll need 300ml
ketchup, 350ml cider vinegar, 1 tsp salt, 2
tbsp paprika, 1 tbsp molasses, 2 tsp chilli
powder, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 100ml
Worcestershire sauce and lastly, crushed
garlic cloves. Youll need to mix all of the
ingredients in a pan, simmer gently and
stirring for roughly 20 minutes until its
thick. Once youve passed the mixture
through a sieve and into a bowl, keep it
covered and chilled overnight.
When its time to cook the pork belly, heat
the oven to 160C or fan 140C (gas mark
3). Toss some sliced onions into a large
roasting tin and remove the pork belly from
the freezer bag to put on top. Pour 600ml
dry cider over the pork belly and cover with
tin foil. Roast for 3 4 hours until tender
and almost falling off the bone.
Towards the end of cooking, take the pork
belly out of the oven and brush all over with
some of the BBQ sauce. Move the pork
belly to the lit BBQ (onto the rack, above
the coals) and cover with the lid. Cook for
approximately one hour, making sure to
turn the pork belly at regular intervals and
brushing with more BBQ sauce as you go.
Once its ready, you can shred the meat
from the bones and serve to your eagerly
awaiting guests with some buns and relish!

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TOP

FITNESS

BREAK
DESTINATIONS

February 2015

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alling all gym bunnies


and all round fitness
buffs! The time for this
years fitness break is
nigh and to help you get
planning, weve pulled
together a list of some of the best fitness
break destinations to get your blood
pumping with excitement, that is.
If you think your younger self is glad
to see the back of Ibiza, think again. This
party-hard island is not just about hard
drinking and mad all-nighters; its got a
softer, secret side to it thats everything
relaxing and detoxing. The perfect place to boost your health and wellness, a
seven-day fitness break with 38 Degrees
North Ibiza Fusion Fitness at 5* eco hotel Aguas de Ibiza offers everything from
rooftop yoga classes to kickboxing and
hiking to spa treatments. All this set to
a beautiful coastal sunset at the end of
each daywho wouldnt?!
For those craving a trip to the English countryside, clean air and greenery
await at Grayshott Spa in Surrey. Perfectly located so its far enough from London to deem a break destination but
close enough to journey home without
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Enjoy sunrise
runs, yoga
sessions and
personal
training
sessions all
around Bali
with ample
time for rest
and relaxation.

any fuss, urbanites will fall in love


with the spas scenic backdrop just
as much as they will with the Olympian led fitness team. The in-house
health consultants and therapists
lead not only fitness classes but those for stress management, helping
guests feeling revitalised and motivated.
It wouldnt be a top fitness break
destinations list if Bali werent even
in the running. Escape Havens all
womens Luxury Bali Detox, Fitness
& Spa Retreat is like something out
of a dream for fitness novices and
the super fit alike. Enjoy sunrise runs, yoga sessions and personal training sessions all around
Bali with ample time for rest and relaxation. Dubbed the #1 Womens Retreat in Bali by TripAdvisor, 15% of all profits go to the Creating Futures
Foundation; working to make bright futures for
orphans in Bali. To top it all off, youll be taken
care of by expert instructors and guides who create a truly wonderful and positive experience for
each and every guest during their stay.
In Europe, the Vilalara Longevity Thalassa &
Medical Spa on the Algarve coast of Portugal de-

livers a setting so tranquil and


serene the only danger is that
youll never want to leave! The
Spas Longevity Fitness Booster
package offers guests a three
day programme packed with
activities such as power hiking,
yoga, pilates, walks by the beach
and complimentary access to
its famed relaxation area. With
inclusive personal training sessions to boot, this is a great option for those whod like a short
but sweet getaway fitness break.
Spam and eggs might not be
everyones breakfast of choice but Hawaiis got a
lot more to offer than interesting local cuisine!
Great for water sports, the Hawaiian Islands are a
paradise for fitness buffs and nature lovers. Lumeria Maui offers guests everything from yoga and
guided meditation to windsurfing and kiteboarding striking the perfect balance between tranquillity and adventure. With detoxing juices and
broths also available, therell be no temptation to
supersize anything junk food related while youre
in the U.S!
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WHERE
TO GO FOR
BRUNCH IN
LONDON?
By Lily Niu

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unday brunch is fast becoming


a London institution and with
more Instagram snaps with
#brunch popping up on our
feeds faster than Kim Kardashian
can share selfies, its about time
we took a good look at some of
the citys best brunch venues
Whether brunch is simply
a polite way of putting breakfast for the
hungover or downright lazy (who wants
to get out of bed before 10am on a weekend, anyway?), there is indeed an origin
of the term but thats not what this articles about. For lovers of a good ol hair
of the dog, House of Hos newly re-launched unlimited boozy brunch is the way
to go. Right in the heart of Soho on Old
Compton Street, who wouldnt want to
indulge in Bobby Chinns contemporary Vietnamese cuisine with unlimited

bubbly on the side? To top it all off, if


you havent already filled up on bubbles,
sharing plates, your choice of signature
HO dish, fragrant jasmine rice and more,
youre also in for a treat with House of
Hos dessert of the day.
If, like yours truly, you didnt have the
kahunas to queue for two hours for dinner at any of the three Dishoom restaurants in London, sampling their breakfast
menu (or brunch, for all intents and
purposes) for a taste of Indian street food
might just be how to do it. Ravenous? Go
for the Big Bombay (an Indian twist on
the English breakfast). Partly stuffed but
somewhat intrigued by the menu? Order
a Bun Maska, a toasted bun with butter
on the inside, to dip into your spicy chai
(nothing naughty, we promise).
For high rise dining and an absurdly
delicious brunch tasting menu only Da-

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niel Doherty can serve up, Duck & Waffle in Londons Heron Tower is the
place to be. No doubt youll have seen
this on many a Best Brunch list but
when its way too early for Sushi Samba
(situated on the floor below), Duck &
Waffles all-day, all-night hours are just
what every night owl or early riser needs.
With Duck & Waffle as the highest dining location in the country, itd be silly
to pass up staring down into the Gherkin
as you work your way through the restaurants most memorable brunch dishes.
By now, youll have probably read the
word brunch so many times that its
begun to sound like the name of a vegetable one with considerable crunch at
that. Rest assured however, that brunch
is not at all a vegetable and in fact provides the same warming feeling one gets
when pulled into a prolonged bear hug.

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Handmade Ceramic, Pottery, Art

I throw each piece of ceramic on the wheel and use glazes that I make.
Ceramics made for us, to be used & lived, to be a part of our life.

www.etsy.com/shop/viCeramics
virgibalistreri@hotmail.it
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IN
WHATS

SEASON?
Want to eat fresh but not sure whats in season?

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Were here to help. Heres what you can look forward to


serving up at its best over the next few months

May

June

July

August

Rhubarb
Asparagus
Cauliflower
Spinach
Curly Lettuce
Cucumber

Cucumber
Curly Lettuce
Cherries
Celery
Bramley Apples
Spinach
Rhubarb
Broad Beans
Cauliflower
Iceberg Lettuce
Courgette
Broad Beans

Peas
Broad Beans
Strawberries
Courgette
Carrots
Curly Lettuce
Rhubarb
Spinach

Cos Lettuce
Raspberries
Plums
Blueberries
Celery
Cauliflower
Marrow
Strawberries
Spinach
Bramley Apples
Cherries
Curly Lettuce

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