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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!


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 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.


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:

Jasmine Crocker
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A Drive in Style

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on Friday, 10 October 2014
Ever since my granddad told me he passed his driving test in a little black Morris Minor in 1956, I've had a soft spot for classic cars.

My first car was (and still is) a 1970 Morris Minor and I can honestly say I would happily never own a modern car with its mod cons and power steering.


But, as any classic car owner will know, they do have their drawbacks. Starting it in the winter can be interesting and many a cold winter morning I've gone out to a flat battery. Luckily I knew what I was signing up for when I made my eBay purchase and the lack of power steering really didn't bother me.

However, what if you love the charm of a classic car but want those mod cons? Luckily there are other options.

The Morgan Motor Company has been making cars since 1909 and soon became known as one of the most successful lightweight cars of the early days of motoring. This year London Morgan is the sister company of the Morgan Motor Company and this year celebrates its first year anniversary as the Morgan car dealer for London. So there seemed like no better time to jump behind the wheel and take one of the models for a spin.


Despite the fact they come with a new top-of-the-range engine, the look of the car has remained largely unchanged so you can enjoy the look of a classic car, without having to wait an age for the engine to warm up on a cold morning.

Located in Astwood Mews in the heart of South Kensington, London Morgan launched in May 2013, neighbouring its sister company Monaco VW (Britain's oldest Volkswagen dealership established in 1948 by a Polish immigrant settling in London following WW11).

I would be driving the Plus 4 model, aka the world's favourite Morgan.


The four cylinder engine married with the design of a classic sports car was actually quite breath-taking and quite frankly I could not wait to take it for a spin.

The handmade piece of excellence purred along the roads of London. For me (as well as looking incredibly cool driving a fab car) I loved the lack of power steering. Other than the look of the car, it's the thing that makes the car still feel like a classic car despite the fact it's brand new. The perfect combination of modern luxury with nostalgia thrown in.


Although driving in London is very stop start, I could still get a feel for how well the car drove. I can only imagine how great it must be to drive on roads that aren't so busy!

As a vintage enthusiast, a Morgan with its grandeur totally finishes off my image; a perfectly good reason to pop this pedigree car on the Christmas list if you ask me!

Melonie Clarke
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The truth about art and dating

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on Tuesday, 07 October 2014
Last weekend I took along an old beau to the LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the fair has established itself as one of the highlights in the calendar and attracts buyers and collectors from all over the world. Although my small London flat is decorated with antiques, on this occasion I went in with a view of 'look but don't touch'. I was certainly not expecting that we would be able to afford some of the glorious offerings from the variety of furniture, paintings, jewellery, silverware and fine art on display. How wrong I was.


I have to confess that I had persuaded my handsome companion to come with me on the promise that there was a selection of bars inside, including one by my favourite Mayfair haunt Mr Fogg. However it was a print on the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery stand which caught our attention. Phil Shaw is an artist whom I'd noticed and admired before. His prints of books, each with a title that wittily plays on a theme of irony and humour are technically brilliant and intellectually amusing. If John Humphreys could swap Radio 4 for Art, this is what he would produce.

As someone with more than one thousand books, the idea of a print of even more books is attractive. Shaw's most recognisable prints are based on London's tube lines and are very much on my 'want one' list, but the new picture displayed was a monochrome display of books all with the title 'The Truth About...'. The Truth About Women, The Truth About Accounting, The Truth About Law were some of the more sensible titles with The Honest Truth About Lying With Statistics and The Truth About Breast Implants being some of our other favourites. Needless to say for my City-based chap, this was the best art he had seen and promptly bought it.

Sitting in the upstairs bar drinking wine we toasted the purchase and talked about love and art. We reminisced about our past and talked about the present and the art we have both bought in the subsequent years.


Later on that night he texted; " Have I done the right thing by buying it?"

I told him that seeing a beautiful piece of art in a gallery is like seeing someone across a room. "Darling, art is like dating. If you've seen something you like and keep thinking about it and how it will look in your house, then it's the right art for you."

Art investment for me should be measured by pleasure. Investment your own happiness each time you look at it is worth it. "Besides," I said, "it also becomes the story of the person you are now and the story of how we bought it."

The truth about dating and art is that for a man they need an equal mix of beauty and a payback. Give them intelligence, humour and make it beautiful, and it's a winner every time. Maybe art is more like love than anything else...It's an instant desire to own it and stop anyone else having it.

So my advice for the day is this: if you can't stop thinking about that picture or that person - make them yours and you'll never regret it.

Words and photography by Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

A Single Ticket

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on Thursday, 25 September 2014
Being single when the majority of your friends are paired off can be a bit of a bore. And let's face it none of us singles want to sit through another awful date (Tinder arranged or not).

Despite this, on receiving an invite to board the Love Train (I defy you to not have the 1972 hit by the O'Jays stuck in your head now) I couldn't help but agree.

Arranged by in association with East Coast Trains, the Love Train would be a round trip to York, with activities on the train there and back and the chance to explore York or take part in the arranged activities in the city. And best of all, every passenger on the train, all 200 of them, would be single.

This first ever dating via railway event would also include breakfast and dinner. Single guys and free food...who wouldn't be sold?


On route to York (apparently one of the most romantic cities in the UK, with more couples tying the knot in the Yorkshire city than anywhere else in Britain) the entertainment included a mariachi band (what's not to love?), magician, a shadow artist, a poet, and radio1 dj Scott Mills would be on hand to match make.

Luckily, everyone who was offered a place on the train was allowed to bring a guest aka a wing woman or man. This did somewhat boost the number of ladies on the train but it's to be expected considering men are much less likely to indulge in online dating/dating events.

As fun a time as I had I do feel the lack of the aforementioned O'Jays tracked being played was a bit of an error. On top of that I can't say I got the chance to meet that many guys. We were all quite spread out making it difficult to mingle unless you went on a stroll through the carriages for a blatant oogle session. So although there was no love to be found for me on the Love Train I can't deny I still had a great day out and met some fun people (mainly girls). And I came home with the odd souvenir from some of York's vintage shops. now run a number of events for members to help lovelorn singles find that someone special. For more information visit
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