Guest Author – Marylebone Online http://maryleboneonline.co.uk Marylebone's Online Home Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Exhibition: Dressed in Pattern by Charlotte Hodes http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/exhibition-dressed-pattern-charlotte-hodes/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/exhibition-dressed-pattern-charlotte-hodes/#respond Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:49:09 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3529 Circus is a boutique management consultancy specialising in brand strategy, brand purpose, brand proposition, vision and values. We believe for business strategy to work, it has to have imagination at its heart. So we created our cultural programme to help bring a new perspective, a new set of experiences and wisdom from another place. In [...]

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Circus is a boutique management consultancy specialising in brand strategy, brand purpose, brand proposition, vision and values.

We believe for business strategy to work, it has to have imagination at its heart. So we created our cultural programme to help bring a new perspective, a new set of experiences and wisdom from another place. In collaboration is a series of exhibitions and talks we host in our gallery and home on Marylebone High Street. The idea is to bring together art and business to encourage us all to see and do things differently. We invite rare, extraordinary artists and makers to present their work through the lens of contemporary circus – with a brief to illuminate, intrigue and delight.

Our new exhibition, Dressed in Pattern by Charlotte Hodes, has been curated in collaboration with jaggedart – a unique gallery a few minutes down the road from us.

Charlotte Hodes is one of the most innovative figurative female fine artists in the UK. She trained as a painter and now works across and combines collage, ceramics and glass into her work. Her career-long interest in decoration and the domestic led her to embrace and centralise the female form as the subject of her work.

As a brand strategy consultancy, we help clients define their reason for being and translate this strategy into practice and in many ways, Charlotte is doing the same through her work. She repeatedly defines and redefines the role of women. Whatever the vessel, be it woman or brand, our roles as definers are the same. And that’s to decode the past and imagine a different future.

A student in the 80s, studying fine art, with an interest in the decorative – Charlotte was an anomaly in the punk era. This confrontation must have had some impact because Charlotte is a subversive artist in a subtle way. She’s also unafraid to disrupt and deconstruct – creating fragments to build a whole and using a collaboration of skills and techniques across disciplines. Charlotte challenges stereotypical notions of the female form with a clear purpose; to position women as pretty and feminine in an empowering way. Often as an outline or silhouette, her signature women explore her long-standing discussion around the representation of women in art history. Charlotte plays with and confronts the way women were portrayed as decorative motif and domestic goddess. She is inspired by her love of the decorative arts and looks to fashion, costume and art collections past and present, to feed her and her future work.

Charlotte brings together new ceramics and paintings – influenced by decorative motifs sourced from the archive of engravings in the iconic Spode Museum Trust. This is significant for two reasons: Spode is a celebrated British ceramic brand, born in the 1800s, famous for their iconic Blue Italian range; delving into their historic collection is a rare privilege reserved for Charlotte, as she is the only contemporary artist to have been invited to work with the Spode archive.

This installation of ceramics, textiles, paper and paintings form part of a larger piece of work Spode Trees & Dress Silhouettes, commissioned by the British Ceramic Biennial in 2015. It appears to recreate the aftermath of a dinner, onto which the printed images found at the Spode archive have been deconstructed, re-ordered and collaged onto the ware.

For the first time, ceramic dishes are an integral part of the paintings, blurring the boundaries between materials and the intricate patterned backgrounds. In it, Charlotte continues her conversation on the female form. Her signature women, in silhouette, are dressed in pattern and are part of the landscape. Her females take ownership; Charlotte lifts them from being subservient domestic observer to an at the table feasting participant – a place normally reserved for men.

This exhibition marks the inaugural collaboration between jaggedart and Circus and is showcased across the two curator galleries. It builds upon Charlotte’s prize winning work on paper for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2006, her solo exhibition at The Wallace Collection 2007 and her participation in Glasstress: White Light White Heat exhibitions at both the Venice Biennial 2013 and The Wallace Collection 2013.

Exhibition dates and opening times:

Circus: 58 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HT London
19 – 22 April 2016 Mon-Fri; 10-5pm
www.circuslondon.com

Jaggedart: 28a Devonshire Street, London, W1G 6PS
19 April – 14 May 2016 Wed-Fri; 11-6pm and Saturdays 11-2pm
Other times by appointment
www.jaggedart.com
Closed May Bank Holiday – 30 April -3May


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The changing face of Marylebone http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/the-changing-face-of-marylebone/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/the-changing-face-of-marylebone/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:18:22 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3176 Today, Marylebone is one of the most recognisable parts of London, home to celebrity haunts, Regent’s Park, and of course, the world-famous High Street. But what of it’s past? Kevin Gold of Kubie Gold Associates walks us through the changing face of Marylebone. Marylebone takes its name from St Mary’s Church and the Tyburn River, [...]

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Today, Marylebone is one of the most recognisable parts of London, home to celebrity haunts, Regent’s Park, and of course, the world-famous High Street. But what of it’s past? Kevin Gold of Kubie Gold Associates walks us through the changing face of Marylebone.

Marylebone takes its name from St Mary’s Church and the Tyburn River, the first mention of which dates back to the Doomsday Book, published in 1086. However, it wasn’t until the 1700s that Marylebone (or “Mary-le-bone”) as we know it began to take shape. Recognising a need for residential accommodation north of Oxford Street, Lady Henrietta Cavendish Holles along with her husband and Earl of Oxford, Edward Harley, commissioned the development of what would be the beginnings of modern-day Marylebone.

A great deal of development has gone on since then, with the face of this fashionable central London district changing considerably over past 65 years….

1950s
Marylebone High Street undergoes significant renovations, with road works carried out along the main thoroughfare, and several new shops being built and developed. Office blocks, retail shops, and old, luxurious Victorian villas have been developed throughout much of it by this point.

1960s
The University of Westminster moved to Marylebone, opening a campus here that was developed as part of the “Marylebone Project” in the early half of the decade. The Swinging Sixties was also the era that many famous faces took up residence here, with Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Chrissie Shrimpton, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney all moving into the area.

1970s
It was during the seventies that Marylebone truly started to come into it’s own, becoming a fashionable and desirable part of London for residents and businesses alike (no doubt thanks in part to the slew of famous occupants making headlines locally in the previous years). Shops, pubs, and even vintage shops selling relics from WWII starting popping up throughout Marylebone.

1980s
This decade nearly saw the destruction of Marylebone Railway Station. In the mid-1980s, routes into the terminal were considered a waste of time and money; diesel trains were old, travel times were slow, and demand wasn’t high along the Chiltern Line. After narrowly avoiding closure (largely due to public outcry), the station underwent rejuvenation, funded by selling off part of the station.

1990s
It may be hard to believe now, but Marylebone High Street had fallen into decline by the mid-1990s, with one third of the former shops and buildings now lying vacant. Recession had lead to a decrease in foot traffic, leaving occupants unable to afford the rental rates. Howard de Walden Estates owned a vast majority of Marylebone High Street, and set about reviving the area. Properties were refurbished, lease agreements were renegotiated, and the Estate began sourcing upmarket businesses to move into the area, such as Waitrose. Despite stiff competition from nearby Oxford Street and Bond Street, the Estate managed to develop Marylebone High Street into a veritable shopping destination in it’s own right.

2000s – present day
Throughout the early naughties, Marylebone began to become favourable with celebs again, with everyone from Madonna and Guy Ritchie to Noel Gallagher taking up residence. The revival in popularity has been reflected in local property prices, which have increased almost ten per cent over the past four years. Between having coffee in St. Johns Wood to running through Regent’s Park, shopping on the High Street and visiting numerous museums and nearby tourist attractions, there are many reasons visitors and inhabitants alike choose to stay in Marylebone, a remarkable piece of London’s history.

Want to know more about Marylebone? Connect with Kubie Gold to keep up with news and information, as well as local property in the area.


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We can think of no better place to enjoy the Easter period than our own vibrant, individual, cosmopolitan Marylebone. Here is a selection of fun, interesting and tempting ideas to enjoy this Easter:

Embrace your inner child and enjoy a modern take on the traditional afternoon tea at the Mad Hatters Tea Party at The Sanderson Hotel. The experience down the rabbit hole is one you will never forget. Kids big and small will thoroughly delight in the inspired treats the Chef has intricately designed: the menus placed within vintage books, riddle-wrapped napkins, homemade ‘marshmallow mushrooms’, ‘tick tock’ sponge clocks and ‘jelly wonderlands’ amongst the three tier set of indulgent sweet and savoury treats paired with a range of unique teas served in fabulous teapots by Luna & Curious. Just don’t get confused between the tea and ‘Drink Me’ potion……

Served daily and reservations are essential (020 7300 5588)


Once again the team at La Fromagerie have organised their annual Easter Cookie Workshop on 3rd April 9.30-11am. Suitable for ages 3-9, mini Chefs will thrill in decorating a range of delicious Easter treats including gingerbread men, Easter cookies, buns and Easter nests.

Book tickets in advance (020 7935 0341)


There are many interesting walks through Regents Park including the Bird Walk starting at Clarence Gate in Baker Street, heading over the bridge towards the lake. You can get close to wild birds and view huge varieties including Whooper, Mute Swan, Ruddy Duck, Heron, Wagtail and Pipits. Optimum time to catch sight of birds flying over the park is the first few hours after dawn. Then continue heading towards Inner Circle and you’ll be ready for a welcome coffee and pastry at the Regents Bar and Kitchen (open from 8am)!

More info: royalparks.org.uk


Cheer on the rowers for the BNY Mellon Boat Race on Saturday 11th April from one of the many lookout spots in Fulham, Putney, Barnes and Hammersmith. Fill your hamper with pies, chutney and preserves from The Ginger Pig; salads, meats and sandwiches from The Natural Kitchen, finished off with cinnamon buns from Nordic Bakery. Bring on picnic weather!


Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street serves a deluxe menu throughout the Easter bank holiday weekend. 3 course menu priced at £29pp will feature Bistrot classics along with a traditional roast. Children have the opportunity to join in the egg hunt too.

Reserve on 020 7935 4007


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Back to The Grind http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/back-grind/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/back-grind/#respond Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:24:39 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3089 A touch of over-eating this Christmas? Spent too many £s and gained too many lbs? We know the feeling. So when the nice people at Marylebone Online asked us to give you some advice on how to avoid the most common back injuries associated with work, we developed some ‘low calorie’ options. As if January [...]

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A touch of over-eating this Christmas? Spent too many £s and gained too many lbs? We know the feeling. So when the nice people at Marylebone Online asked us to give you some advice on how to avoid the most common back injuries associated with work, we developed some ‘low calorie’ options.

As if January wasn’t depressing enough, it is said that we spend a third of our lives at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that injuries related to work affected some 1.2 million people in the UK last year, and the majority of these were musculoskeletal. Back problems, including neck problems, account for a large proportion of these injuries, but it’s worth pointing out that of course your back doesn’t know whether you’re at work or at home, so our advice is the same for wherever you are.

Here’s an ABC mnemonic to help:

A for awareness, B for behaviour, and C for control.

Awareness

  • What is my body is telling me? If something feels awkward or uncomfortable, the chances are it’s doing you no good. Stop and modify the activity that may be causing a problem. Be aware of your posture and tension in your muscles.
  • What am I doing? – What those self-help books call ‘being in the moment’. When stressed, tired, anxious and under pressure, we tend to forget to take care.
  • Where is my head?! – Unlike horses, humans are not designed to lead with our heads, but to be upright in our posture.
  • What am I doing here? Be aware of your limitations – does this task require more people or training? Might you need specialised equipment in order to minimise the risk of injury?

Behaviour

Behaviour for basic health – Regular exercise, good diet and sufficient sleep protects against injury by improving physical condition, endurance and reaction to stress. Smoking is also associated with an increased incidence of back pain.

  • Do – take a break before you ‘break’ – Taking a short break every 30 minutes or so can relieve muscle tension and fatigue when performing a sustained or repetitive activity
  • Don’t – clamp a phone between your ear and your shoulder for long periods. Do use a headset if possible.
  • Don’t – slouch. Mum was right. Slouching posture leads to muscle fatigue, predisposing to injury.
  • Don’t – take shortcuts by using unsuitable equipment or failing to use techniques that are designed to protect you in your work.

Control

  • Do – sit close to your desk and keep everything within comfortable reach.
  • Do – lift and carry heavy items close to you. To revise school physics, holding a load at arm’s length imposes about five times the stress experienced when holding the same load close to the body.
  • Do – think before moving a heavy or awkward object so that you can control the task and not find yourself taking unexpected weight, slipping, or dropping something.

Just making a few simple changes is better than doing nothing at all. And remember, although injuring your back could cause inconvenience to your employer, annoyance to your family and strain on your finances, the only person who is really going to be sorry if you injure your back, is you!


Claire Cheetham and Vince Cullen are registered osteopaths at
The Active Health Clinic, John Bell & Croyden, 50-54 Wigmore St, London, W1U 2AU.

Until 28th February 2015, we are offering a 20% reduction from all FIRST VISIT consultations.

Usual price: £70
Offer price: £56

To book your place, please call 0207 486 8141 or email mail@activehealthclinic.com

activehealthclinic.com

(Length of consultation is 1 hour and includes detailed medical case history taking, examination, explanation of diagnosis and treatment if required.)


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New Year, New You http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/new-year-new/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/new-year-new/#respond Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:42:58 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3079 A hasty decision (and indulgent Christmas) lands you with a new year’s resolution you may quickly forget, so why not skip the unrealistic promises and ease yourself into the new year with manageable lifestyle changes, inspiring you to maintain a positive healthy outlook throughout 2015? How? See our tips below… Whether you were Host(ess) with [...]

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A hasty decision (and indulgent Christmas) lands you with a new year’s resolution you may quickly forget, so why not skip the unrealistic promises and ease yourself into the new year with manageable lifestyle changes, inspiring you to maintain a positive healthy outlook throughout 2015? How? See our tips below…

Whether you were Host(ess) with the Most(ess) or an award winning Best Guest, everyone deserves me-time in January. The skilled therapists at Chi Yu Wellness Centre offer expert advice and a wealth of treatments including acupuncture, massage therapy, reflexology to relax and refuel any weariness. Or if you’re looking for a Day Spa then head to the Chuan Spa at the Langham Hotel for an overwhelmingly calming experience in tranquil surroundings.

Maybe you need to reconsider the way in which you approach exercise? Join and take part in the varied menu of classes and facilities at Third Space Marylebone, which include a boxing ring, climbing wall and power plates. Guaranteed to ignite motivation for a healthy 2015!

Inspired by the principals of dance, a Barrecore class in Cavendish Square is an essential workout targeting all major muscle groups whilst stretching and reshaping the body. Incorporating conditioning exercises with the ballet bar, their experts can design a personalised programme for you and, even better, you can sign up to join their virtual classes to keep up with your commitment from home.

Get clean and lean with healthy shakes and smoothies. Sports nutrition specialists say to build muscle, burn fat, stimulate energy and maintain concentration, at least seven hours sleep every night is vital. So refuel and refresh post fitness class in the airy rustic premises of The Natural Kitchen. Then warm yourself inside and out with a trip to the Marylebone Farmer’s Market on Cranmer Street which is crammed with a multitude of stalls offering locally sourced produce including cheese, jams, cakes, flowers, meat, fish, vegetables, herbs and delicious take away lunches.

After feeding your body, feed your soul and book seats for a performance at Wigmore Hall (from Friday 2nd January) or take a cultured stroll through the treasured galleries at The Wallace Collection.

For us, this looks like the perfect start to 2015, but you be the judge.

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12 Days of Christmas Indulgence http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/12-days-christmas-indulgence/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/12-days-christmas-indulgence/#respond Thu, 25 Dec 2014 02:44:16 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=3071 Here’s a list of twelve things that may just make your festive preparations a little easier this year, and 2014 your most memorable Christmas yet. 1. Lovely Branches will be at the Sunday Marylebone Farmers’ Market on Cranmer Street at the start of December with (and taking orders for) their fabulous Christmas trees. Chris and [...]

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Here’s a list of twelve things that may just make your festive preparations a little easier this year, and 2014 your most memorable Christmas yet.

1. Lovely Branches will be at the Sunday Marylebone Farmers’ Market on Cranmer Street at the start of December with (and taking orders for) their fabulous Christmas trees. Chris and his team will deliver direct to your door and collect in January – it couldn’t be easier!

2. For a fine selection of table and tree decorations this Christmas visit Brissi, or the Conran Shop for an array of festive accessories. For a more vintage affair, Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair has fabulous decorations and textiles to embrace the vintage style. Whilst The Button Queen is a must visit if you’re looking to update the Christmas stockings.

3. If you’re considering a full service home decorating experience, By Appointment Only Design on Chiltern Street supplies beautiful table centres, floral arrangements and sparkling baubles, leaving you time to concentrate on being the perfect Host for the season.

4. Crackers from The Conran Shop never disappoint, or be creative and make your own, filling them with goodies for all the family of deluxe Ortigia soap; smart handkerchiefs from Oliver Sweeney; and sweet delights from Mrs Kibble’s Olde Sweet Shoppe.

5. If you’re planning to create your own Christmas wreath, support our local market and head to Cabbages & Frocks held in the cobbled yard of St Marylebone Parish Church every Saturday and Friday 12th & 19th December.

6. The enthusiasts at Le Vieux Comptoir can match your (French) wine to cheese and Nicolas has an extensive selection of fine wines, champagne and spirits.

7. The Ginger Pig on Moxon Street is a must for sourcing this years turkey, however orders to be placed by 17th December.

8. Sundays at Marylebone Farmers’ Market on Cranmer Street is a foodie delight with 30-40 stalls selling a vast array of locally sourced produce from fruit and veg, fish and meat, cheese, jams, cakes, herbs, pies and fresh meals.

9. Head to La Patisserie Des Reves for inspiring desserts to complete your seasonal indulgence.

10. London’s leading cake designer, Mich Turner and her team at Little Venice Cake Company design create the most marvellous cakes, but be quick to place your order.

11. If you have dairy lovers in your family, don’t forget to pop by La Fromagerie’s walk-in cheese rooms to create the ultimate cheeseboard.

12. When your festive celebrations come to a close, send your family and friends home with delicious cinnamon buns and ginger biscuits from the Nordic Bakery or indulgent chocolate and nougat hampers from Rococo Chocolates.

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The cocktail scene Marylebone is thriving, with an increasing amount of creative and inspiring concoctions to try. There’s no better time to experiment and tempt your taste buds than celebrating with some festive spirit!

If you’re looking to venture away from the classic cosmopolitan or mojito, head to Purl on Blandford Street for a quirky cocktail list guaranteeing a sensory overload. Drinks change with the seasons but promise to excite and delight using food, smoke & foam amongst other ingredients. If you’re feeling brave you could indulge in a class where an expert mixologist will teach you how to create marvelous concoctions. Their festive dinner menus ‘The Scrooge’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘The Stocking Stuffer’ are set to complete your evening in true festive style.

The Terrace at The Churchill Bar at the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel has been transformed into an inviting authentic Alpine scene with fur-lined seats, pine trees and old wooden skis. They have created an inventive cocktail list, revised for the season using Green & Black’s appealing flavor and mixed with spices. A life-size bronze statue of Sir Winston Churchill joins you on the terrace meanwhile the stylish luxe design inside reflects his life in the form of photography and art. No need to worry if the air is a little chilly on the evening you visit as they even supply blankets and hot water bottles!

A visit to the Artesian Bar at the Langham Hotel cannot be missed from our list. The gorgeous chic décor (by late David Collins) and extensive (annually changing) cocktail menu leave no doubt to why this bar has been awarded ‘World’s Best Cocktail Bar’ thrice over. Whether you choose a classic Langham Martini or select from the seasonal ‘Unfolding and Exploring’ concoctions – ‘Easy Money’ or ‘Love and Death’ to name a few, the excellent attentive bar staff will serve with flair and a smile.

Selfridges winter ‘alpine style’ Le Chalet is the ultimate festive creation from Des McDonald. Indulge in the unique hot chocolate cocktail bar or enjoy mulled wine on the log cabin porch on the terrace, which will certainly get you in the festive spirit. Post drinks; enjoy the wintry BBQ menu in the gorgeous candlelit atmosphere overlooking our wonderful city. Just don’t forget to admire the infamous Christmas window displays on your way home….

So dress up and get festive and you’ll have Christmas all wrapped up!

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A chef’s table in Marylebone http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/chefs-table-marylebone/ http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/lifestyle/chefs-table-marylebone/#respond Sun, 09 Nov 2014 18:43:07 +0000 http://maryleboneonline.co.uk/?p=2972 It may not quite feel like it, but Christmas is just over 6 weeks away! Don’t panic, we are here to help. If you are looking to arrange a special event or a family gathering we may have the thing for you. Why not consider booking a Chef’s Table experience at one of Marylebone’s leading [...]

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It may not quite feel like it, but Christmas is just over 6 weeks away! Don’t panic, we are here to help. If you are looking to arrange a special event or a family gathering we may have the thing for you. Why not consider booking a Chef’s Table experience at one of Marylebone’s leading restaurants?

In recent years it has become a growing trend for top restaurants to offer a Chef’s Table dining experience – a small table for 4-10 people ‘up close to the action’, so that you can see the hustle and bustle, sights, smells and tastes of the world’s best kitchens.

Depending on the restaurant the chef may tailor the menu to your tastes and even give you a tour of the ‘engine room’. If you don’t quite want to be in the kitchen, some restaurants have slightly larger spaces available in a private room with an adjoining window from which to view or overlook the kitchen.

The Chef’s Table concept is becoming increasingly popular in restaurants across London, many holding Michelin Stars. A local opportunity to experience this can be found at The Montagu situated inside The Churchill Hotel. The Chef’s Table seats five to nine people with a five course dinner using the best seasonal ingredients at £75 per head.

If you are looking for somewhere guaranteed to deliver something special, the nearby local favourite Locanda Locatelli is a must. The famous Italian family-run restaurant run by Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli which is now open again following a £1m refurbishment has the addition of a semi-private dining room which would provide a slightly lower key experience.

To complete the list, Andre Balazs’s much renowned Chiltern Firehouse and hotel at 1 Chiltern Street that opened in February this year, offers ‘Counter Dining’. This is a more intimate experience, just for two people, to sit at the counter overlooking the kitchen that in total sits eight behind a small glass screen. This is definitely the place to be seen and you can fully expect the paparazzi to be waiting for you outside.

We can’t think of a better way to entertain your customers, partners, friends or even to treat yourselves this festive season. Enjoy!

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