The best hair salons in London that we 100% approve of

The best hair salons in London that we 100% approve of


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Whether you’re after a simple trim, balayage or a complete colour and style transformation, these are the best hair salons in London, approved by Team Marie Claire.

The best hair salons in London – All over

1. Bleach London

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Why is it so brilliant? 

Because they can make you look like a mermaid if you really wanted them to. Or give you the blondest hair you’ve ever clapped eyes on. Or they could even put 10 different colours into your hair and you’d still leave with locks so soft you want to constantly stroke them. Because that’s the thing about Bleach – yes they know colour, but by god they know how to take care of hair that’s coloured. When you go in for a consultation, they don’t just do a patch test behind your ear to make sure you don’t react to the dye; they also snip the tiniest weeniest bit of hair from the back of your head and apply dye to it, to make sure that your hair can handle the chemicals and colour.

Pop onto their Instagram and you’re sure to find some styles that aren’t for you – red and black stripes don’t suit everyone, we know that (as do they) – but Bleach employs the best and most adventurous colourists, who know what it means to work with every colour. If you’re considering going blonder, dark purple or just want to have a temporary wash of pink then we really must insist that you look no further and pop along to one of Bleach’s three salons.

Where is it?

There are three to choose from – Brixton (195 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9), Soho (2 Berwick St, Soho, London W1) and the original outpost in Dalston (420 Kingsland Rd, London E8)

www.bleachlondon.co.uk

2. Blue Tit London

Why is it so brilliant?

Disclaimer: this reviewer loathes getting her hair cut. Dentist? Fine, get her in the chair. Blood test? Cool, bottle up her blood. But hairdressers? Well, hairdressers are her downfall (you can thank their industry standard metric system whereby an inch really isn’t an inch at all for that).

But, BUT… she liked the guys over at Blue Tit! Her time in the Crouch Hill salon was nothing short of joyous. The salon is cool, but not pretentious – think laid back Brooklyn loft vibes. She was handed tea on arrival (served in these stone mugs from Trouva that she immediately purchased afterwards for her house), plus a soothing head massage that put her at ease ready for The Big Trim.

Luckily, Blue Tit Crouch Hill manager and partner Chris knows what an inch really means, so in-between reveling in their shared love of the early noughties Milton Keynes punk scene (niche), she got an actual TRIM. Not a newly acquired bob. Also, he’s thinking about getting a salon dog very soon. So if that’s not a reason to go back, she doesn’t know what is.

Where is it?

Or should we say, where isn’t it? Thankfully, these boutique salons can be found across London, from Dalston to Portobello to Topshop Oxford Circus. Find your closest one here: https://www.bluetitlondon.com/salons/.

Call them up, or they have a handy ‘last minute booking’ button on the website, that lets you check availability for same day appointments.

3. Taylor Taylor London

Why is it so brilliant?

The flagship Shoreditch salon is well known for being, well, nothing short of awesome, really. Most of the senior stylists and colourists have been there for yonks and will always recognise you and say hi, so you’ll always feel part of the club. Loads of celebs are regulars here, so you might even spot an A-lister while you’re sipping away at your bar-grade espresso martini’s – on tap BTW. The main washroom is one of the most tranquil places you’ll ever have your head washed (and massaged). It’s a moody, bouji, golden palace of dreams and you may well find yourself drifting into a snooze, as it’s that zen. Their chic sister salon lies West in Portobello and is known for perfecting polished glossy styles K-middy would seriously approve of. For top-ups and brilliant blow-dries, you’ll want to swing by their Soho spot – on the 3rd floor in Liberty. All complete with complimentary cocktail bars. DREAMY.

Where is it?

Shoreditch (137 Commercial St, London E1), Notting Hill (309 Portobello Rd, London W10) and in Liberty (Regent St, Soho, London W1B)

www.taylortaylorlondon.com

Best hair salons in London – Central

4. Hershesons

Why is it so brilliant?

Well to put it simply, it’s so much more than a place to go and get your hair cut. The 5,000 sqft space on London’s Berners Street is the ultimate beauty destination. The hair gurus have paired up with some standout beauty brands, like Sunday Riley – offering facials, DryBy nail bar – THE people to see for subtle nail art and long-lasting manis and pedis, Ministry of Waxing, Dr Barbara Sturm, The Light Salon and Suman Brows, to offer their customers a completely 360° approach to the salon-experience. Why stop at a blow dry, when you can get everything done all under one roof?

The new space is quite different from their old salon on Conduit Street, which they were based at for 26 years. Gone are the muted marble tiles, separate sections for colour and cuts and simple ‘Daniel Hersheson’ lettering above the door. This time there are hints of jade green and turquoise, seats dotted allover and a neon lit up ‘Hershesons’ sign on the glass door. It’s industrial chic meets Elle Decor. It’s #interiorgoals at every corner. Even the staff have had a slight upgrade, they’ve swapped their starch black uniforms for Reebok trainers and J.Brand tops.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s a seriously tasty cafe where you can either grab lunch or if you’re a freelancer, while away hours on your laptop. There are little nooks everywhere, where you can grab a magazine – there’s a full, and very varied range available – and just take some for yourself.

Essentially, what we have here people is a really cool and smart hangout that you’ll walk into and won’t want to leave.

Where is it?

29 Berners St, London W1

hershesons.com/hershesons-berners-street

5. SALON64

Let’s take a look downstairs..What’s your favourite seat?

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Why is it so brilliant? 

Salon 64 is slick. It looks more like a cocktail bar than it does a salon. Which is why we highly recommend you go and hang out there and while away a couple of hours, getting ready for a night out. There’s actually is a cocktail bar – which serves their own branded coffee during the day and harder drinks at night – so you’re always be suitably refreshed. (You can even just pop in and get a coffee before work – no blow-dry necessary.) The workstations are in a circle formation that surround these insane fire pits that make you feel like you’re at Hollywood party in the 70s. In the best possible way. You’ll struggle to spot the back washes, as they’re hidden behind panel doors, out of the way of the aching cool bar area. Each styling table has it’s own lift up mirror and charge point, so you’ll never be caught short before heading out.

Once your hair is done, there are a set of bar stools and more workstations by the door, which have smaller mirrors and area to do your make-up. There’s even a secret VIP room, with it’s own entrance. If that doesn’t make you want to go there, we don’t know what will.

The salon very much falls into the emerging breed of salons, which offer so much more than your standard cut and blow-dry. You can actually hire the whole thing for a big event too. Hen party heaven.

Where is it?

Slap bang in the middle of Soho at 14 Bateman Street, W1

www.salon64.co.uk/book/

Best hair salons in London – East

6. Ralph & Rice

Why is so brilliant?

In 2018’s woke climate, more and more customers are demanding eco services and products. So it’s no surprise that Anita Rice & Dan Ralph saw a gap in the market for a sustainable hair salon that offers both. Stocking only Davines – a brand that prides itself on it’s green approach to haircare (it uses natural renewable energy to power its offices and plants and uses as little plastic as possible), the salon also steer clear of using towels (which would use too much water for their liking) and instead have chosen to use recycled and recyclable paper towels, as well as offering customers a discount if they bring back their plastic packaging for refills of products

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the treatments don’t deliver though – they have an SPF treatment that protects and restore hair back to it’s former bouncy, hydrated glory.

Where is it?

Tucked down a cobbled street just off Brick Lane. It surrounded by really cool boutiques that you’re sure to pop into on your way back to Shoreditch High Street Overground station.

12 Cheshire Street, London, E2

www.ralphandrice.com

The best hair salons in London – South

7. Paul Edmonds at Battersea

Why is it so brilliant?

It’s difficult to decide which bit of Paul Edmonds new Battersea Power Station outpost we like the best. It could be the incredible stylists, who’ll do exactly what you knew you wanted, but weren’t exactly sure how to describe it. It could be the horizontal backwash beds, which are quite frankly the best in London. We’ve never, ever, had a comfier hair wash. Why hasn’t anyone else got these?! It might even be the rose gold loos that are so wonderfully fabulous, that you deem it appropriate to consider it for your master bathroom at home? Or could it be possibly the Champagne bar that also acts as the reception? Because you never know when you might want to quaff a few glasses? In all honestly, it doesn’t matter which bit is our favourite, because there are so many incredible parts to it that you’ll coming here.

Where is it?

Battersea Power Station. Well not technically inside it, but right next to it in the new schnazzy complex.

Battersea Power Station, 3 Circus Road West, London SW11

www.pauledmonds.com

The best hair salons in London – West

8. Larry King

Why is it so brilliant?

The Larry King salon has plenty of features that sets it apart – an Instagram-ready powder room with a mountain photo backdrop, a rose gold cocktail station and a strictly Dyson-only hairdryer policy – something Larry tells me he’ll never ever go back on. And let’s not forget the selfie hot seat with perfect lighting and the Huawei 360 degree hair selfie option, allowing you to film your treatment and learn to perfect your own styling techniques.

The salon’s real unique selling point however has to be its vibe, with friendship at its core. From celebrity regulars (Zayn Malik, Jamie Dornan and Poppy Delevingne to name a few) to Kensington locals, everyone is in on the action, bringing along dogs, partners and friends to sit and enjoy the homemade signature strawberry tarts while waiting for highlights to develop. It’s like one long, relaxed and inclusive drinks party – hosted of course by Larry who circles the room, giving everyone a bit of love.

Where is it?

The salon is in South Kensington – just a stone’s throw from the tube station, but don’t worry it’s also an Uber hotspot if you need a car home to protect your freshly styled locks.

34-36 Harrington Road, London SW7 3ND

www.larryking.co.uk

 

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The lesson Michelle Williams is passing onto her daughter from Heath Ledger is something we all need to learn

The lesson Michelle Williams is passing onto her daughter from Heath Ledger is something we all need to learn


She ‘never gave up on love’.

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When you find people who unconditionally love and accept you for who you are, they leave a handprint on your heart that time, distance and even death can’t erase. For Michelle Williams, one of those people was Heath Ledger and it’s a difficult lesson that she’s continued to try and pass down to their daughter.

In an honest and mostly heartbreaking interview with Vanity Fair, Michelle Williams revealed that she had experienced a kind of ‘radical acceptance’ from her former husband. In the years that followed Heath Ledger’s death and as she raised their daughter Matilda Rose Ledger on her own, Michelle made sure her daughter understood just how special that was.

She said, ‘I always say to Matilda, ‘Your dad loved me before anybody thought I was talented, or pretty, or had nice clothes.’’

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Even though Michelle revealed ‘never gave up on love’, she spent the next ten years looking for something that came close to scratching the same surface. And thankfully, the Brokeback Mountain actress has found it with singer-songwriter Phil Elverum – who she just married in a secret ceremony. She revealed that her relationship with Phil, whose previous partner passed away of cancer, was ‘very sacred and special’.

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She said, ‘Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship, but Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something. Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment. I parent to let Matilda feel free to be herself, and I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free.’

After everything that Michelle and her family have been through, we’re so thankful she’s finally found freedom and love ten years on from Heath’s death. Everybody deserves to be loved the same way Michelle has generously shared she has been: fully, unapologetically and by somebody who will help carry your baggage over the threshold.

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I have found the best place to get a spray tan in London. And I’ll fight anyone who disagrees.

I have found the best place to get a spray tan in London. And I’ll fight anyone who disagrees.


You can apply all the best fake tan you can get our hands on, follow the fake tan tips to a tee and even know how to remove fake tan if things go wrong. But sometimes all of that just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes a special event, like a birthday party, a wedding or a hen do (which is what I needed to be bronzed for), calls for the best spray tan in London.

Luckily, I have found the place and the person.

If you want to look the most tanned and most toned (isn’t it wonderful that tan has the most incredible slimming effect?!) you’ve ever been, then you need to head to Piccadilly straight away and book in with James Harknett at the Away Spa.

You’ll find the spa on the 6th floor of the W Hotel. Here’s a fun fact – the hotel smells just like chocolate because it sits on top of M&M world. YUM. As ever with W Hotels – it’s a party hotel, filled with tourists hoping to enjoy a good time in London, but the spa is a completely different story – it’s calm and serene. This is where you’ll find James. Lovely friendly James.

James has the most incredible ability of making you look like the best version of yourself, armed only with a his spray gun. Walking into his little tanning room, you’re surrounded by pictures and notes of thanks from the celebrities that he’s tanned – from Geri Halliwell and Emma Willis and to David Gandy and One Direction (scream!) – so you know you’re in good hands. There’s also a framed signed photograph of the Princess of Pop, Kylie Minogue  – one of his idols. The other is the Queen of Pop. Get him onto this subject and you’ll be amazed to learn that he has the largest collection of Madonna memorabilia in the world.

He starts by asking you why you’re getting a spray tan – because, just like an outfit, each occasions requires a different look. Once you’ve decided how light or how dark you’re going, you get your kit off (apart from a lovely pair of paper undies) and pop into the little booth. Then the show really starts. James doesn’t just stand in front of you and blast you with the brown liquid, he performs what can only be described as ‘a rhythmic tanning dance.’ His arms move gracefully from left to right as he ensures every inch of you is bronzed to perfection.

Once he’s finished, you’ll look and feel a million dollars. (Which is marvellous considering it costs £50.)

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At my hendo, everyone commented on how healthy I seemed and how natural the tan looked. Which is all you really want from the best spray tan in London isn’t it?

Book in now, by calling 020 7758 1071.

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MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body

MEET THE PUKKAS: In which Anna and Matt discuss the hairless wonder that is the male Love Island body


Is Love Island a nadir for modern masculinity, or the beginning of a super-advanced next phase, wonder Matt Farquharson and Anna Whitehouse?

In this week’s #TrueRomance column, Anna Whitehouse and her husband Matt Farquharson are getting side-tracked with the life-sized Action Men peacocking their way across our screens on Love Island, to ask, what does it all mean for the mere mortal men?

He says…

By Matt Farquharson

I haven’t been to a gym since 2006, when I was last single. Fearing a lifetime of female rejection, and concerned about my addictions to Playstation, Quavers and continental lager, I went every lunchtime to run, grunt and sculpt my physique from ‘30-year-old professional snooker player’ to ‘25-year old professional golfer’. Three weeks after my relationship with Anna began, my visits dropped to nought. My physique has since settled at ‘41-year-old semi-professional lawn bowls enthusiast’.

But I have recently found myself quietly fascinated by the bald and shapely pecs of the men of Love Island, and wondered if I must make more effort. Their physiques are a marvel: like life-sized Action Man figurines but dipped in Ronseal and finished off with symmetrical facial hair applied with a marker pen and protractor. And the show’s greatest impact may be on the world of cosmetic dentistry. Each set of nashers looks like a vicar’s collar. Or like there’s a daily routine that involves brushing, flossing, and a fresh application of Tipp-Ex.

So I’ve come to wonder if these men are the future: if they are what all men will look like in 20 years, or if they’re simply outliers – so ego-beaten by billboards of well-toned men in their pants that their self-worth is dependent on the plumb-line-perfection of their ‘happy trail’ (the thin line of body hair running from belly to junk).

‘If I was suddenly single, would my doughy countenance and body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?’

I am at once admiring of the effort they’re putting in and also appalled at just how much effort they’re putting in. Is this how men should be now? If I found myself suddenly and surprisingly single, would my doughy countenance and free-form body fluff mark me as a ‘swipe-left’ for all time?

It’s been said that my mini-generation – born between the late 70s and mid 80s – may be the most useless yet. We are the first generation that doesn’t know how to fix anything mechanical, and the last generation that doesn’t know how to code anything at all. But we may also be the last to resist manscaping and pectoral implants and I, for one, support the cause.

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She says…

By Anna Whitehouse

It was a rogue nasal hair that nearly stopped Matt and I sealing the deal. It was our third date and I felt very strongly that he was the answer to many matters of the heart. Then I snogged him and felt that wayward follicle brush my upper lip and went cold and wanted him to leave.

Fast-forward 12 years, two kids, a mortgage and a Nasal Strimmer 2000 and we are golden. I decided that I was, perhaps, being a little rash in that moment and it was nothing a little coiffing couldn’t fix. To be fair to the man, I drunkenly shaved my upper arm in 2001 and to this day it feels like an old kitchen broom when you brush against me. So we are, in many ways, folically quits.

But what’s a little hair among friends? A huge, stubbly issue if you look to Love Island for an insight into male pruning. How anyone breathes without fear of a bald ball sack escaping its Lyrca lodgings is a question at the forefront of my mind. The smiles alone are blinding and representative of significant dental investment.

‘Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day?’

Where are the guys who consider pork scratchings one of your five a day? I can’t remember any ‘blokes’ (a term that’s edging out of the courting dictionary) from my youth being concerned with ripped chassis or immaculately tweezered eyebrows. More than anything, I want the Love Island men to all swim in the pool, eat ice creams, play ping-pong and ease up on the preening and carefully posed reclining.

While I have all the time in the world for a programme centred predominantly on pristine bikini lines and even spray tans, it can’t come at the cost of, well, fun. As I found, a little erroneous hair can, in fact, go a long way.

Anna Whitehouse and Matt Farquharson are the authors of Sunday Times bestseller Parenting the Shit out of Life, published by Hodder & Stoughton

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Your ultimate summer cocktail

Your ultimate summer cocktail


Chin-chin.

Summer is officially here! And here at Marie Claire it’s most definitely our favourite time of year. Beach holidays, music festivals, bbqs, long evenings and even longer nights – what’s not to love? If your anything like us your biggest conundrum come the weekend is finding the perfect balance between sunbathing and socialising. And well we can’t tell you the optimum ratio to maximise tanning hours and seeing your friends we can tell you which cocktail you should be enjoying whilst doing both!

Our tipple of choice? Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka. With it’s uniquely aromatic ingredient, bison grass, perfectly complimenting the hot summer temperatures any drink you choose to make with this will be soft on the palette and delicate in flavour.

Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka is part of a 500-year-old history, with each bottle’s blade of rare, hand picked bison grass enhancing its unique provenance and flavour. Cool, right?

And the cocktails you need to be making with it. We’ve selected our two favourites – simple, classic and totally refreshing you literally can’t go wrong…

Zu-Cooler

Apple ZU

Ingredients
50ml Żubrówka
100ml traditional pressed cloudy apple juice
Squeeze of lime

Method
Fill a highball with ice, add all the ingredients and stir. Garnish with a few slices of apple and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon to tickle your tastebuds.

Apple-Zu

Zu Tonic

Ingredients
50ml Żubrówka
100ml quality tonic water
2 lime wedges

Method
Fill a highball with ice, add all the ingredients and stir. Garnish with an un-squeezed lime wedge. Perfection!

So what are you waiting for? Refresh and impress your friends with these ultimate summer cocktails.

 

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Your ultimate summer cocktail

Your ultimate summer cocktail


Chin-chin.

Summer is officially here! And here at Marie Claire it’s most definitely our favourite time of year. Beach holidays, music festivals, bbqs, long evenings and even longer nights – what’s not to love? If your anything like us your biggest conundrum come the weekend is finding the perfect balance between sunbathing and socialising. And well we can’t tell you the optimum ratio to maximise tanning hours and seeing your friends we can tell you which cocktail you should be enjoying whilst doing both!

Our tipple of choice? Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka. With it’s uniquely aromatic ingredient, bison grass, perfectly complimenting the hot summer temperatures any drink you choose to make with this will be soft on the palette and delicate in flavour.

Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka is part of a 500-year-old history, with each bottle’s blade of rare, hand picked bison grass enhancing its unique provenance and flavour. Cool, right?

And the cocktails you need to be making with it. We’ve selected our two favourites – simple, classic and totally refreshing you literally can’t go wrong…

Zu-Cooler

Apple ZU

Ingredients
50ml Żubrówka
100ml traditional pressed cloudy apple juice
Squeeze of lime

Method
Fill a highball with ice, add all the ingredients and stir. Garnish with a few slices of apple and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon to tickle your tastebuds.

Apple-Zu

Zu Tonic

Ingredients
50ml Żubrówka
100ml quality tonic water
2 lime wedges

Method
Fill a highball with ice, add all the ingredients and stir. Garnish with an un-squeezed lime wedge. Perfection!

So what are you waiting for? Refresh and impress your friends with these ultimate summer cocktails.

 

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This is why Meghan Markle’s shoes are always too big for her

This is why Meghan Markle’s shoes are always too big for her


No, she’s not just bad at shoe shopping.

A modern day style icon, Meghan Markle is often hailed for her sartorial choices, from her love of Givenchy to her sold-out Mother jeans.

However, the duchess is often pictured wearing shoes that are slightly too large for her, something that seems strange given her otherwise sharp style.

If you thought her stylist just didn’t know her size, it turns out the oversized footwear is actually a well-thought out choice.

Royals and celebrities apparently often opt for larger shoes to avoid an ever-common foot ailment: blisters.

‘Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at av event or on the red carpet and it’s for one reason we can all relate to – to avoid blisters,’ fashion expert Harriet Davey told The Sun.

‘There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we’ve all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up.’

When you think about how long Meghan has to spend on her feet at public engagements, it makes total sense.

So how does she prevent the slightly too large shoes from flying off her feet?

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‘A trick of the trade is to stuff the toe with padding like tissue or cotton wool, and this can be taken out once they feel like they need a bit more room in their shoes.’

There you have it.

We’re thinking we’re going to do this at the next wedding we have to go to…

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Channing Tatum ‘definitely’ wants to star in Magic Mike UK but only after this happens

Channing Tatum ‘definitely’ wants to star in Magic Mike UK but only after this happens


(He has nothing to worry about, IMHO.)

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Some exciting news for theatre buffs and fans of the buff, Magic Mike Live is coming to the UK and it could be taking Channing Tatum with it. While he’s not currently set to star in the show, he said he’d definitely be up for it once he gets into ‘shape’.

The 21 Jump Street star implied that he wasn’t built enough for the role in an interview with The Standard, saying, ‘If I ever get in shape again then I’ll definitely do it. I got to go do a movie that’ll make me get in shape again and then I’ll do it.’

Cue raised eyebrows from us. He looks like he’s doing perfectly well to us to be honest.

Things bout to get real in London!

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Magic Mike Live has been running for a little while in Los Angeles and is based on the movie of the same name, which in turn is based on Channing’s own experience working as a stripper in Florida. As with the first Magic Mike film, the stage show opened to a lot of praise however it’s supposed to have surprisingly dark undertones.

Channing announced the West End stage show in on Britain’s Got Talent’s series finale. He played a little trick on the audience, as he had told the show he wouldn’t be around for a performance by Magic Mike Live cast.

However after the lads finished tearing their shirts off and grooving to Sail, the star stepped out from behind the screen to screaming applause.

He said, ‘These guys that you just saw perform here are from my show Magic Mike Live. But the thing is they’re not from the Vegas production. They’re from the London production.’

Naturally, the crowd went wild.

Tickets for Magic Mike Live are currently available online and start at £65. It begins in November and will be shown at the Hippodrome Casino in London.

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Lauren Child: ‘I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked when I was going to settle down and have a child.’

Lauren Child: ‘I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked when I was going to settle down and have a child.’


We sent our roving reporter Rosa, aged 7, to interview the Charlie and Lola author who was at Hay Festival to discuss her role as Children’s Laureate

Rosa interviewing Lauren Child over lunch at Hay Festival

Author and illustrator Lauren Child, 52, is the brain behind the hugely successful Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean, and Ruby Redfort series. Taking over from Quentin Blake as Children’s Laureate, she lives in North London with her eight-year-old adopted daughter, and her partner, Adrian Darbishire. On a sunny Saturday at Hay literary festival, where Child is one of this year’s headliners, the writer met our intrepid report, 7-year-old Rosa, to discuss feminism, creativity, and why she refuses to discuss her relationship status, over lunch in the artist’s restaurant…

Why are you at Hay?
‘I get cross at the idea of putting everybody in boxes, of always wanting to categorise, because it shuts things down. I don’t love the idea that you have to be particularly talented or good at something in order to do it. As Children’s Laureate I’ve been asked to talk at Hay about things that are important to me. One of those things is creativity and the way it crosses over through seemingly different disciplines like art, maths, and science. True creativity comes when ideas collides.
My other talk is with mathematician Marcus du Sautoy who co-created my Ruby Redfort series [about a precocious 13-year-old spy]. In the books, I wanted to make the problems Ruby is solving really difficult, so I teamed up with Marcus, who created all the problems for the reader to solve. With Ruby Redfort, I wanted to write about a girl, because girls are not often allowed to headline books in the same way as boys. There is this idea that boys won’t read books with a girl in the title. I wanted to prove that you can have a lead who just happens to be a girl. It’s not about “girl issues”, it’s very much a thriller, but also Ruby is very clever. I didn’t want her to be clever and an outsider, I wanted her to be clever and popular so people would want to be her. I want to take away the idea that if you’re good at science and maths that you’re a geek. It’s actually a kind of superpower to be good at those things.
I also really wanted to write about a girl who was good at all those things I would have loved to have been, like maths; and who dares to say what she thinks without worrying what people will think of her. A girl who does what she thinks is right. We live in a very judgey world at the moment. Technology should be about the communicating of ideas; we have all these great devices which can be a power for good but I think they have become about limiting other people’s ideas and shutting down discussions.’

What are your hopes for girls like me for the future?
‘Well, I think as women we have a terrible habit of turning on each other. There’s a lovely bonding and friendship but I do think sometimes things can turn inwards and that can be our downfall. I have stopped reading those magazines that point out people’s flaws. Sometimes women do this more than men, and it’s very easy to do that. Now I try very hard not to. Beyond that, I’m always now counting how many women there are in leading roles, how many books by women there are that are not just seen as ‘for women’. The whole chick-lit label is so patronising. I greatly admire [Thelma and Louise actress] Gina Davies. Her movement in Hollywood is very quiet. She is arguing for 50/50 women on film-sets, and it’s one of those things we can actually achieve in order to make things more equal.
Also, until I had my daughter, I’ve lost count of how many times I was asked when I was going to settle down and have a child. It’s very painful when you’re trying for one. I’m also often asked about my relationship status and my age. I refuse to talk about my age, as if that has some bearing on my status, as if it somehow defines my work and where I am in my life. Also – and this might be controversial – but I would like the word ‘mrs’ to go, altogether. Why do we always have to state where we are with our relationships and men never do? My daughter has my surname and I feel very strongly that that is the way it should be.’

Who is the most important female voice right now?
‘One of the women I’ve admired so much in recent times is Michelle Obama, because she is so much a person in her own right, even when having to stand with someone like Obama – and she definitely stood with him rather than behind him – she was still so much her own personality with her own voice and opinions. She has had a lot flung at her, some really hateful stuff, but she is always rising above it and bearing it with so much grace, without ever sinking. I think how heartening that is, and it reminds me of the importance of doing that if you can. When someone writes something personal about you, you think “why bother to say that?” If someone doesn’t like my books, I can absolutely accept that. That’s fine. But when it’s personal you wonder why.’

What was your favourite children’s book when you were a child?
‘The Shrinking of Treehorn is a trilogy written by the American author Florence Parry Heide, and it’s the perfect match of illustrating and writing. It’s so beloved in America that they have a day dedicated to Florence. It was one of the first books I ever read as a child, it’s beautifully funny. It is also talking about something very important, because adults don’t always listen to children. My publisher in the US told Florence I loved her books and we started writing to each other. My one regret is that I never got to meet her in person before she died.
The second is The 18th Emergency by Betsy Byars. It’s about a boy who is terrified he is going to be beaten up at school. It’s about children talking but adults not really hearing what they’re saying. For a child things aren’t as simple as we as adults think it is, and because of that you often have to go through these things alone when you’re a child. For an adult, however much we want to, we can’t live our lives for our children. It’s a very profound message.’

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‘Life is not what happens to you but what you do with what happens’ Chelsea Clinton speaks to Marie Claire at Hay Festival

‘Life is not what happens to you but what you do with what happens’ Chelsea Clinton speaks to Marie Claire at Hay Festival


Women were rewriting the book at this year’s international literature festival. We sent our intrepid reporter Rosa, aged 7 (and her mum), to catch up with headliners Chelsea Clinton and Jojo Moyes

Chelsea Clinton speaking at Hay Festival 2018

According to recent analysis, women were better represented in literature in Victorian times than they are now. Academics from the universities of Illinois and California at Berkeley used an algorithm to examine more than 100,000 works of fiction dating from 1780 to 2007. Their research shows that there has been a decline in the proportion of female novelists from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.
It’s a sorry tale, but one that might come as a surprise to those attending this year’s Hay Festival, which took place from 23 May to 4 June in the bustling Herefordshire town of Hay-on-Wye. The world’s biggest literary event, which ends today, was swarming with female power-houses from across the creative, academic and political spheres, and around the globe. Key events including Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood in conversation with journalist and literary director of the Booker Prize foundation, Gaby Wood, and the hopefully-entitled talk ‘Is 2018 the Year of Women?’ suggest a happier arc for women in books.
And it is not just adult fiction where strong, independent women are increasingly being placed centre-stage. A swathe of powerful, and extremely popular, new children’s books – from Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo’s Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls to Chelsea Clinton’s She Persisted Around the World – are bringing female characters into a fresh new light. With this in mind, I brought my seven-year-old daughter Rosa – book-worm and shunner of all things princess-related – to this year’s Hay Festival to meet key female voices at this year’s event.

Chelsea Clinton

Rosa and Chelsea at this year’s Hay. Copyright: Charlotte Philby

Chelsea Clinton, 38, lives with her husband Marc, and their children, Charlotte, 3, and Aidan, 1, in New York City. She is vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, and a teacher at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She has written several children’s books, the latest of which She Persisted Around the World highlights the stories of 13 women who used their voices to stand up for something they believed in and changed the course of history in their communities. She spoke to Rosa, aged 7, about the representations of girls in literature.

Why are you at Hay?
I’m here for two reasons. I’m here to talk about a book I co-authored on global health governance, and I’m also here about two of my children’s books, She Persisted, and She Persisted Around the World, celebrating the accomplishments of girls and women, and amplifying the importance of persistence as a core value for us to become the people we want to be.

What were you like when you were 7?
When I was seven years old I loved to read a lot. I was just beginning to read chapter books and was reading a lot of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys… I also spent a lot of time with my very best friend Eliza. Our mothers met before we were born. I loved school and trying lots of things and I’m very grateful that my parents always supported that. If I could describe myself in one word it would be ‘curious’.

What is the most important lesson your mother has taught you?
My mother has always encouraged me and given me important advice. But the most important piece of advice came from my mother’s mother, who lived with us as she got older. She had a mantra and that is ‘life is not what happens to you but what you do with what happens’.
Our interview with Chelsea will appear in full in our October issue

Jojo Moyes

Rosa interviewing JoJo at this year’s Hay festival

Jodi Moyes is the bestselling author of Me Before You, which was adapted into a film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. A former newspaper journalist, she lives on a farm in Essex with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, their three children, three horses named Brian, Fred and Bill, their cat, Eric, and dog, Alfie.

Why are you at Hay?
I’m here to talk about Still Me, which is the third in a series of books about a woman called Lou Clark, which has been more successful than I could ever have dreamed of.

Who are you excited to hear talk?
I am very disappointed to miss Jilly Cooper, who I love so much. I once went to her house and had to be prised out at the end of the night because I wanted to be adopted by her.

What was your favourite book when you were growing up?
It was a book called National Velvet, which is about a skinny little girl called Velvet Brown who was a bit sickly but falls in love with a horse and decides she wants to take part in the toughest horse race so she cuts off all her hair to look like a boy, and then she wins the race. It’s not that she wants the money from winning the race but rather that she wants the feeling of winning something. I was once a skinny little girl who liked horses and when I read that book it reminds me that if you want it enough, you can achieve anything.

Who is the most important female voice for women right now?
The feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She has become a rock star across Africa, essentially. She is so wise and so profound and I could listen to anything she has to say. I love the fact that women across the world respond to her words.

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