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Winter Wonderland opening night

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on Friday, 21 November 2014
Last night’s opening night of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland heralded the start of Christmas. This huge extravaganza is now truly a part of London’s Christmas calendar and we Young Ladies About Town were invited to the VIP night. We shared a mulled cider (or two, maybe three) with The Lady favourites including Princess Beatrice, Helena Bonham-Carter and husband Tim Burton. Kirstie Allsopp was also in attendace, along with half the cast of Strictly Come Dancing, including Brendan Cole and his lovely wife Zoe, and Anton Du Berke (who hugged Father Christmas). If you love a celeb in mittens as much as we do, then this was the grotto to be seen in!

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Winter Wonderland caters for all ages and is great for families and children, and  has everything you need from bars and food stalls, giant ice rinks, a Ferris Wheel and countless fairground rides for all ages. If you are going with anyone who loves a bit of magic and ice, you must visit The Magical Ice Kingdom. Themed with ice sculptures of giant knights on horseback, dragons with glowing eyes and  swords cast in blocks of ice, this is King Arthur’s kingdom in frozen form. If you love magical fairy tales, Arthurian legends and a bit of Narnia style you will love this.

We were in heaven as soon as we were greeted by a pair of ice wolves howling at a blue ice moon and set in a woodland forests. Suddenly Hyde Park was far, far away and we had been whisked to the Artic world, where hats are needed as the room is set at -12 degrees to keep the statues in pristine condition. We squealed with delight at the ice squirrels, growling bears and sound of galloping horses as a frozen joust scene appeared around a corner.

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The pièce de résistance? You can sit on two giant ice thrones and have an official photograph taken (as we did in a Beckam wedding vs White Witch mash-up). We didn’t want to leave and was slightly disappointed to discover that Hyde Park wasn’t covered in snow and icicles, but since Winter Wonderland is open till early January, maybe there’s still time for the real magic to happen.

Dates: Friday 21st November 2014 – Sunday 4th January 2015 (closed Christmas day)
Times: 10am – 10pm daily (except 21st November – opens from 5pm)
Entry: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter, there is no admission fee however charges do apply for some attractions including the Magical Ice Kingdom, Ferris Wheel and Ice Skating
Online booking: www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Words by Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

Comedy, charity and CoppaFeel!

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on Thursday, 06 November 2014
We Young Ladies About Town never tire of going to the theatre, and what could be better than our enjoyment aiding a worthy cause?

In February, every ticket sold to Di and Viv and Rose will lead to a £3 donation to the charity CoppaFeel! All customers need to do is quote 'COPPAFEEL' when booking.

It is an inspired double act. Di an Viv and Rose (transferring to the Vaudeville Theatre after a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre) stars Tamzin Outhwaite, and is a funny and honest exploration of life and female friendship. CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by twin sisters Kris and Maren Hellenga after Kris was diagnosed with breast cancer. Both the charity and the play speak volumes about the strength and power of female ties.

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As if we needed any encouragement, this is a play we'll be seeing more than once...

£3.00 from every £49.50 & £39.50 ticket and £15 student ticket purchased for performances in February will be donated to CoppaFeel! when quoting the promotional code 'COPPAFEEL' either online at here or by calling 0844 482 9675.

Rex on the red carpet

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on Wednesday, 05 November 2014
The Lady’s roving four-pawed puppy reporter, “Rex on the Red Carpet” , brings you news from last week’s the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home ‘Collars and Coats Gala ball’ . As an ex-Battersea Dog, Rex was re-homed earlier this year by Young Ladies About Town blogger Kitty Buchanan-Gregory and now is quite the Dog About Town interviewing A list celebrities on the red carpet. Here are his views on who those who stopped and talked to him:

Paul O’Grady MBE, Presenter of ‘For the Love of Dogs’

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Paul and I go way back to earlier this year when I was a homeless puppy at Battersea after being run over badly and then given to the dogs home. Paul filmed my recovery and I’m now on the montage at the beginning of the TV show. Happily for me I was re-homed by my new mum, and Paul and I had a reunion on the red carpet with much ear fussing and talking about the old days. We love Paul. 10/10

Amanda Holden

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Bouncy hair, shiny nose and bright eyes - Amanda came down the red carpet looking amazing and ignored all the other press to give me some ear fuss and chin rubs. Always the popular one on the red carpet, we loved the way she cooed at me (if only Jack Russell’s could blush then I would). See how pleased she is to be photographed with me ! If only I could have spent the rest of the evening on her lap. No tit-bit but full marks for genuine canine enthusiasm. 9/10

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Wolf whistling from my owner brought David to heel – and what a guy, he’s nearly as handsome as I am. We talked guy chat about sausages, best parks to walk in and collar accessories for Autumn /Winter . I think we bonded. He gave me a greasy sausage treat and spent so much time fussing me that the PR people had to move him on. I would gladly go for park walks with David – he’s a proper dog man. My owner now even has the photo of us together as her screen saver (he’s that good).  10/10

Words by Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

Champagne and the City

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on Wednesday, 22 October 2014
As someone who considers herself to be pretty au fait with Champagne, I was curious when the invite came from Champagne house Jacquart for its 50th anniversary and launch of their new ‘Mosaic collection’. I will admit I didn’t know them as well other brands but, partial to an odd glass or two, I wanted to find out more.

Trendy City venue SushiSamba - known known for its spectacular views - didn't let us down and twinkling lights of London were providing a perfect background to the sparkling Champagne. They always say you should make a dramatic entrance and the glass external elevator that whizzes you up the 39 floors was party fascinating, partly terrifying, but boy – what a way to start a party!

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Inside we were treated to waiters swirling around with Magnums of Champagne Jacquart Rosé. I have to say that I found it absolutely delicious – rosé can be overly sweet but this has a perfect balance and very easy to drink. Handy considering I had around six glasses in total!

Laurent Reinteau, Managing Director of Champagne Jacquart, explained how it was founded in 1964 and their vineyards represents 2400 hectares, which accounts for 7% of the total Champagne region. Not bad for a brand unheard of by many.

It’s easy to be snobby about Champagne and wine, and personally I like to keep things simple and go with what I like. Now admittedly, drinking Champagne while overlooking The Gherkin is a fine introdcution to a new brand, but I look forward to seeing Champagne Jacquart become a more recognised name and drinking more of it in the future. Currently stocked in Mayfair, I would recommend it...After all, it’s nice to be in-the-know and introduce others to a new label.

Champagne Jacquart Rose Magnum, available from www.hedonism.co.uk priced at £84.70

Words by Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

A Woolly Weekend

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on Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Although I attended embroidery classes for ten years as a child at my mother's request, I am not naturally creative when it comes to knitting and stitching. The only memory I can muster from those Saturday mornings spent felting, sewing and cross-stitching is when I stitched my cross-stitch project to my skirt – I can't imagine how I managed it, but I did. I can only aspire to have the levels of patience that the volunteers helping us displayed. I like to think that what I lack in skill, I make up for in enthusiasm, but with age I have not improved. The scarf I have been attempting to make for my boyfriend, a work in progress since June, still resembles a cone cosy – I must have been going wrong somewhere!

However, the world of knitting and stitching seems to be reaching new heights, as demonstrated by The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace this weekend just past. The event ran from the 8-12 October and was open for five days this year, the longest stint yet.

The website details: 'The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK and it's your opportunity to share your love of textiles with others.' The vibe was similarly inspiring; with the large exhibition area full of stalls as far as the eye could see. Patchwork was very particularly popular this year alongside plenty of woollen shawl kits to make at home.

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Having previously visited the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop in Garriston, North Yorkshire, it was lovely to see the stand selling their unique goods. I am regretting not buying a teapot cosy kit which would have given me a wonderful teapot cosy that looked like a Wensleydale Longwool Sheep - after all, practise makes perfect!

Luckily there were stalls that fed the creative and the non-creative types, with a favourite of mine being Henleys Sweets. I was highly impressed by the owners inventive 'Rock Shots'. He has pioneered the idea of injecting rock whilst it is still soft, into glass bottles that you fill with vodka. You then leave the rock to infuse the vodka – a great present idea! He was also very liberal with handing out tasters of old-fashioned sweets and chocolate covered honeycomb which gave us more energy to keep powering through the many stalls there were to see!

Overall it was a lovely vibe at the show and a real hub of creativity. Lots of visitors were wearing their own creations and it was refreshing to see men, women and children excited by what was on display. I hope it was just as successful for the stall holders.

If you missed the event at Alexandra Palace, do not fear as the show arrives at Harrogate International Centre on the 20th November for three days. For more information visit: www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/harrogate

Jasmine Crocker
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