A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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START Art Fair 2019

In its sixth year, START Art Fair will return to Duke of York Square‘s Saatchi Gallery from 26-29 September, to showcase emerging artists and young galleries from across the globe.

The fair will present over 50 rising artists from more than 25 countries to collectors, investors and art lovers at the gallery, which is at the height of the contemporary art scene.

Receive an exclusive 20% discount on ticket prices when you enter “Cadogan” at the checkout. Purchase tickets here.

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London Design Festival 2019

Chelsea has an extraordinary design heritage and renowned for its bohemian free thinkers and creative throughout the centuries and for the very first time, will be participating in this year’s London Design Festival 2019 with the creation of the Chelsea Design District. From 14-22 September, celebrate the neighbourhood which is rich in artistry and artisan making with a series of events, experiences and talks.

Highlights include:

  • Collaboration with Caroline Issa, Monica Vinader – a series of events across London Design Festival to celebrate the collaboration, colour and distinctive design.
  • Timothy Oulton Flagship store launch at Bluebird – the daring furniture and interiors brand is launching its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, featuring its most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs, including a custom-designed spaceship.
  • I-Made at Saatchi, 19-22 September – Saatchi hosts the inaugural I-Made, London’s first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture along with talks and workshops that capture the country’s passion, innovation and craftsmanship.
  • The Art of Persuasion, the National Army Museum – major exhibition exploring the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.
  • Peter Jones & Partners presents a story of their building – Chelsea stalwart Peter Jones presents the fascinating story of its Grade II listed building, with a pop-up exhibition exploring how the shop has changed from 1877 to today, as the store prepares to renovate its iconic façade.
  • ‘The World of Kaffe Fasset’, Anthropologie – an exhibition to include new and exclusive pieces as well as treasures from the past.
  • Collaboration with Winch Design, The Rug Company – a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between The Rug Company and Winch Design
  • Waste No More, Eileen Fisher – zero-waste initiative that brings together creativity and innovation. Learn about how Eileen Fisher is changing the way clothes are made from sustainable sourcing to her innovative take-back initiative. Thursday 14 September, 6-8pm
  • Hidden Reef collection launch, Annoushka – discover the new Hidden Reef collection, inspired by the abundant textures and colours of the organic life found below the sea, and learn more about the craftsmanship behind Annoushka’s designs.
  • Series of ‘how to’ masterclasses, Little Greene – To celebrate the introduction of three new finishes for September, they will be hosting a series of ‘how to’ masterclasses at their Chelsea Showroom.
  • Drawing attention: The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings, Roca London – an exhibition curated by the professors at Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities which reveals the promise and the speculative future of drawing: its capacity to structure, imagine, realise, speculate, transform, politicise and activate the design imagination.
  • ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES, London College of Fashion – Challenging the notion of how products change and influence the world we live in, ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES exhibits selected work from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear, Pattern and Garment Technology and Fashion Future’s graduates. Private views: Thursday 19th 6-8.30pm, Friday 20th 11am-6pm, Saturday 21st 11am-6pm
  • Exclusive new Barnaby Gates tile collection, Parkside – Parkside has announced its collaborated with Barnaby Gates. Drop by their Chelsea Design Studio to be one of the first to see the new collection. Open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Peloton – your chance to experience Peloton, book an appointment at the King’s Road showroom, to try the Bike, get a personalised tutorial and learn about their Digital offering.
  • Farrow & Ball, 19 September– hands-on creative demonstrations and imaginative installations, and get bespoke advice from colour experts.
  • Lema – Presenting the highly customisable LT40 modular storage system by David Lopez Quincoces, resulting from a long conceptual study and an attentive industrial development. Visit Lema’s King’s Road Flagship Store to discover this and other new, iconic designs. Lema X LDF Cocktail Reception: Thursday 19 September – 6.30-8.30pm
  • The Ilse Crawford’s pop-up, George Smith – a pop-up exhibition space showcasing new pieces from Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with George Smith and other brands.

Pick up a copy of the London Design Festival to enjoy the area even more, popping into restaurants and bars to receive exclusive discounts in celebration of the festival. Show your guide whilst dining and indulge even more with these offers:

  • Rabbit, SW3 4UP – Receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from their vineyard in West Sussex and famous collection of ‘mouthfuls’ on arrival. Please show your guide on arrival and note the offer is only available at lunchtimes.
  • Manicomio, SW3 4LY – Renowned Italian is offering 15% off a la carte during the festival. Quote ‘LDF’ when booking.
  • Gallery Mess, SW3 4LY – arty and historic Gallery Mess is offering a 20% discount on food and drinks when you present your guide.
  • Sticks N Sushi, SW3 4NY – Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling Sake whilst dining.
  • Hans’ Bar & Grill, SW1X 0AW – Receive 15% off the total bill when dining at Hans’ Bar & Grill. It’s popular, so we recommend booking. Use quote ‘LDF2019’.
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ZOG Cadogan Hall

ZOG

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved ZOG comes to life in this magical stage adaptation with a sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians and designs that life the book from the page to create a real and fantastical world. ZOG promises to be roaring fun for all ages.

To receive 20% off ticket prices, excluding Saturday performances, use ‘INCOFFER’ at the checkout. Buy yours here.

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Central London’s First Edible Trail

Find yourself along Chelsea’s hidden gem, Pavilion Road, and you’ll stumble upon Pavilion Road’s Edible Trail, the first of its kind in central London.

From bananas and pomegranates, to apple and blackberry crumble ingredients, as well as flavoured teas – you can embark on a delicious tour for the taste-buds. Simply scan the QR codes which will take you through to some edible inspiration; recipes, foraging tips and highlights from the trail.

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The Sea, The Sea, Pavilion Road

Seafood Masterclass at The Sea, The Sea

After a smash hit Lobster Masterclass, The Sea, The Sea’s own Leo Carreira is back with another exclusive session for eight guests (so book fast!), this time focussing on two of the UK’s finest shellfish: langoustine’s and King Scallops.

On 8 July from 7pm, this interactive and hands on class will include preparation and cooking demonstrations as Leo creates different dishes using these fantastic shellfish.

Dinner will be served throughout the sessions and includes drinks on arrival.

To book your place, call 020 7824 8090.

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter – In Concert

Fra Fee (The Ferryman) and Christine Allado (Hamilton) are joined on stage by Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) to perform the acclaimed new British musical, The Clockmaker’s Daughter.

Set in the fictional time of Spindlewood, The Clockmaker’s Daughter is a musical fairy tale built around themes of prejudice, discrimination, animosity and fear of the unknown. Like most towns of age, Spindlewood has its traditions. But no practice, custom or old wives’ warning is so firmly adhered to as ‘The Turning of the Key’.

Purchase your tickets to this must-see performance here.

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Discover One of Chelsea’s Hidden Gems

For one very special weekend in June, 8th and 9th, some of London’s hidden green spaces are opened up to the public for enjoyment and discovery as part of Open Garden Squares. This is your opportunity to visit one of Chelsea’s exclusive private gardens; explore the history, enjoy delicious refreshments and listen to a wonderful live jazz trio.

Open from 10am – 5pm, Cadogan Place North and South will be one of London’s finest green spaces open to the public. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere and enjoy one of Chelsea’s hidden gems for this weekend only. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Bread Ahead launches Pizza

For a speedy bite or lunch on-the-go, Bread Ahead have launched an extremely delicious lunch offering freshly made each day by Pablo – pizza.

Four to six flavours will be on made each day, and, for the highly organised or ever-hungry, can even be pre-ordered by calling 020 7730 0978. Flavours include:

Classic Margerita, Grilled Veggie, Spicy Salami, Classic Pesto, Pizza Red with Oregano, Napoli Salami, Mortedel Meat, Tuna with Black Olives and Onion

Add extra flavour, not that it’s needed though, by infusing yours with chilli oil, topping with parmesan, dried oregano or parmesan.

To learn how to make your own, book a space on their Pizza workshop here.

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Chelsea in Bloom – the results!

The results are in and we have this year’s Chelsea in Bloom champion! This year saw 90 participants compete for the coveted awards; Best Floral Display, Highly Commended and the Innovation and the competition was tougher than ever with each business pulling out all the stops and displaying unique and individual interpretations of the Under the Sea theme.

The results are as follows:

Best Floral Display: Hackett

Highly Commended: Smythson & Kiki McDonough

Innovation Award: Marshall Wace

Gold:

11 Cadogan Gardens, Artisan du Chocolat, Boden, Boodles, Cassandra Goad, Club Monaco, Free People, Gallery Mess, Hugo Boss, J Crew, Jigsaw, Kiki McDonough, Loro Piana, Moyses Stevens, Peter Jones, Poetry, Poliform, Polpo, Provenance Village Butcher, Rag & Bone, REDValentino, Rigby & Peller, Salon Sloane, Sarah Chapman, Sloane Place, Space NK Apothecary, Sticks N Sushi, The White Company

Silver:

& Other Stories, Brunello Cucinelli, Bulgari, David Mellor, Dermalogica, Dubarry, Essentiel Antwerp, Giuseppe Zanotti, Kiehl’s, Kings of Chelsea, Laurence Coste, Links of London, Lone Design Club, Monica Vinader, No 8 Partnership, Oliver Peoples, Peloton, Rabbit, T.Ba, The Chelsea General Store, The Fold, The Sea The Sea, Toast, Tom Davies, Yves Delorme

Bronze:

Brora, Budd London, Cosmetics a la Carte, Hamptons International, Hans’ Bar & Grill, Heidi Klein, Hobbs, Michael John, Miista, Nike Women’s, Olivia Von Halle, Really Wild, Rixo, Roger Vivier, Scribbler, The Baby Cot Shop, Zaeem Jamal

Merit:

Ash, Blaiz, Clarendon, Daniela de Montby, EF Medispa, French Sole, Lema, L.K.Bennett, Penhaligon’s, Sloane Square Hotel, Tateossian, Toni & Guy

You also voted for your People’s Champion and after a total of 14,000 votes were cast, the winner was Peter Jones! Second place went to Hugo Boss and third, Kiki McDonough.

To view the displays, visit the Chelsea in Bloom website here. Or, visit the area itself and soak up the atmosphere surrounded by these incredible floral installations themselves.

 

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