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SUMMER EDITION 2015

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS


THROUGH WORD OF MOUTH

MAKE THE
MOST OF
THE REST
OF SUMMER
In and Out of the city with WOM

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Welcome to Word of
Mouth Magazine!
Word Of Mouth is a new community lifestyle magazine, jam-packed with the latest deals, whats on
listings, local info and practical advice, provided to
help you stay in the loop with your community, find
local and support businesses and share what matters
most to you.
WOM MAG is also the best place for independent
businesses to start a buzz in their neighbourhoods,
by simply advertising their services via our online
community pages. We know that most small business have little or no time to capitalise on most online marketing platforms, the online market is far
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even share how your customers feel about what you
offer. Our aim is to advertise your local business
through WORD OF MOUTH using the social media toolkit to essentially create for you a new market
place by reaching your target audience online.

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A BRIEF
HISTORY OF
CRYSTAL
PALACE
By Lily Niu

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Named after The Crystal


Palace originally built in
1851 (a majestic glass and
iron structure finished
for The Great Exhibition
in Hyde Park), Crystal
Palace Park now homes
the remnants of the moved and
reconstructed Penge Palace.
With the palace and its grounds
becoming a hub for entertainment,
education and even sporting events (20
F.A. Cup Finals were held there from
1895-1914), its damage on multiple
occasions including strong winds and
fires has since seen the site become a

major London public park.


In 1954, the same year as The Crystal
Palace was moved and became Penge
Palace, a train station was built in the
area along with new terraced housing
surrounding the park grounds.
Today, Crystal Palace area spans five
boroughs: Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth,
Lewisham and Southwark. Home to
a thriving business and residential
community, a patch dubbed the Crystal
Palace Triangle (consisting of Westow
Street, Westow Hill and Church Road)
boasts a lively atmosphere and features
an eclectic mix of Victorian and
contemporary housing styles.
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BEAT
BACK TO
WORK BLUES
By Lily Niu

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We might live in a temperate city


amazing as it is, London very rarely rings
true in boasting all four seasons in a
clear cut way but now that summers
almost over, the itch for a holiday has
never been greater! If youve been lucky
enough to have been on an exotic escape
(or two), youll know theres nothing
trickier than touching down at Heathrow
yet again with nothing but exaggerated
black cab fares and miles of traffic to
mentally cope with. Not only that, but
youll have to beat the jetlag and drag
yourself back to work too! While some
feel refreshed and return to work clear
headed and happy, others are certainly
dreading the inevitable ease into what
feels like a monotonous work-life
routine. Depending on the pressure and
level of tension felt within the work
environment, coming back to real life
can be a challenge in itself.
To help soften the tiredness that comes
with bringing home the bacon once more,
weve rustled up some tried and tested
methods thatll see you through until the
festive season begins!
Work to live, dont live to work make
this your mantra and not only will your

day-to-day experience vastly improve,


you might actually surprise yourself by
beginning to enjoy your everyday work
tasks, however big or small they may
be! After all, sometimes a job is quite
literally just a job; not the be-all or endall.
Make plans outside of work for the
evenings, the weekend and even your
lunch breaks. Falling into a routine of
home then work, work then home is easy
but by breaking up habitual tendencies,
you have something to look forward
to and feel much more stimulated as a
result.
Understandably, not everyone has
the luxury of having a job with sociable
hours. For night shift workers and those
in hospitality for instance, long working
hours and a frequently rotating schedule
can leave you exhausted and in need of
good rest. If going out is simply too much
to bear, have friends and loved ones
come to you or even better, maintain
a tidy home sanctuary in which you
keep to yourself! This could be a room,
your sleeping area or even a comfortable
armchair.

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Best Places to

LIVE IN SOUTH LONDON

By Lily Niu

hether youre new to London or have made the decision


to move boroughs, finding the right neighbourhood
has its own set of challenges. To make the decision
making process just a tad easier, weve lined up some of
the best places to set up home in South London. From
lively locales to stress-free suburbia, life south of the
river offers plenty to working professionals, families and
students alike!
Brixton With property and rental prices in
Shoreditch getting steeper by the minute, Londons
hip creatives have migrated south to Brixton. Packing
a whole load of bang for your buck if you go down the
Help to Buy route, first-time homeowners can revel in
grabbing a good deal given Brixtons numerous links
to not only central London but to the rest of South
London too. Home cooks can stock up on fresh fruit and
veg from Brixton Market while bars and clubs hosting
all-night events will sate even the most hard core party
goers.
Crystal Palace Yet another area which has seen a
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sudden influx of families and young professionals in


recent years, Crystal Palaces ascent to becoming one
of South Londons best neighbourhoods stems from
its spacious Victorian properties, the National Sports
Centre and of course, Crystal Palace Park.
Peckham Undergoing regeneration, Peckham has
become a popular choice for investment by property
developers; first-time home buyers are spoilt for choice
with plenty of new-build apartments in this increasingly
trendy area.
East Dulwich With yummy mummies roaming the
streets [with pushchairs] by day and young professionals
taking to Lordship Lane by night, this leafy residential
hub is a kitsch and out-of-the-way sanctuary for anyone
needing some serious rest and relaxation on their
days off. Just down the road from Dulwich with train
links to London Bridge via Peckham Rye, this trendy
neighbourhood boasts everything youd require within
walking distance; were talking Sainsburys superstore,
GP practice, schools, library, bars, cafes and boutiques!

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FITNESS
APPS
By Lily Niu

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With or without ever really looking into it, we all know


that drinking tea is good for us. Whether its a morning
cuppa with milk and two sugars or enjoying a cool, ginseng
tea on a hot summers day, weve all been programmed to
understand that tea, more so than any other hot beverage,
offers a healing touch in more ways than one.
Nike Training Club This ones
been a star of the fitness app circuit
since its launch and even now, Nike
Training Club ranks among the best for video workouts.
Featuring over 60 workouts from 15-minute body toners
to hour-long sweat fests, users can take advantage of
this free training tool to earn rewards such as exclusive
exercise videos from bona fide athletes!
7-Minute Workout Dont have time
to sit around raking through dozens
upon dozens of varied exercises to
try out? Kick lethargy in the teeth by
keeping things sweet and simple; 7-Minute Workout is
available free from App Store and Android and boasts
12 high intensity bodyweight exercises. Giving 7-Minute
Workout a go might seem quite tough to exercise
newbies but youll be glad you gave this a try.
My Fitness Pal With both young
and old singing this ones praises, this
calorie counter/food tracker cuts through
any excuses regarding what and how
much youve eaten each day. Monitoring
not only your nutritional intake, the My Fitness Pal

community has grown tremendously since its launch


and even allows access to supportive networks of likeminded individuals.
Blogilates Official App Created by
fitness vlogger Cassey Ho from across
the pond in sunny Cali, the Blogilates
Official app features what her fans love
most about her unique POP Pilates
exercises; frequently updated workout videos set to the
hottest chart toppers with plenty of motivational cheer!
Unconventional as her workouts may be, Casseys social
media fitness empire has grown to encompass a legion
of loyal POPsters who swear by POP Pilates for weight
loss, toning and strength training.
Speedo Fit Water lovers should
take advantage of Speedo Fits
swimming goals tracker and transform
aimless lengths with technique
improving challenges. Not only
does the apps pool finder point you
towards the nearest place to take a dip, you can let your
competitiveness run free by sharing the stats of your
latest swim with a friend!

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Healing Teas

HAWTHORN
By Lily Niu

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With or without ever really looking into it, we all


know that drinking tea is good for us. Whether its a
morning cuppa with milk and two sugars or enjoying a
cool, ginseng tea on a hot summers day, weve all been
programmed to understand that tea, more so than any
other hot beverage, offers a healing touch in more
ways than one.
But just how and why is tea so good for us,
exactly? Surely consuming vast quantities of
sugar throughout the day (all those teaspoons
do add up!) cant be THAT beneficial?
Luckily, English Breakfast tea is simply
black tea and even with the milk and sugar,
research has shown that it might not only
slow or prevent the growth of cancerous cells
but improve artery health too.
In this issue however, weve looked into
hawthorn tea. With the origins of hawthorn
berries stemming from within the continent,
the berries are mostly used for their
medicinal qualities in Austria, Germany,
Switzerland and of course the UK.
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants,
hawthorn berries as well as the trees
leaves and flowers can indeed create a
potent healing brew. Often used as a heart
tonic, hawthorn tea is believed to improve
cardiovascular function through increasing
oxygen and blood supply to the heart, thereby
aiding a persons overall blood circulation.
Additionally, its also helpful for those with
high blood pressure and high cholesterol. By
drinking hawthorn tea, levels of clogging

or inflammation within the arteries are


reduced; once again strengthening your
blood flow.
For women who are experiencing
menopause related hot flashes, hawthorn
tea has been known to ease discomfort and
even smooth over the occurrence of sudden
episodes!
Mostly, tea serves as a fallback for
relaxation and in this respect, hawthorn does
not disappoint! Calming nerves and keeping
anxiety at bay, hawthorn tea works wonders
by relaxing its drinkers without the dreaded
sleep inducing feeling they might experience
from other teas.
As for what active compounds are at work
when you consume hawthorn tea, the plant
and berries are rich in vitamin C (prefect
for those keen on improving their immune
systems) and contains vitamin A and some
B vitamins. Magnesium and potassium are
also present.
Keen on giving hawthorn tea a try? Find
it in your local health store such as Holland
& Barrett!

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Unmissable
EXHIBITIONS
By Lily Niu

AUDREY HEPBURN

Portraits of an icon
2 July 18 October, National
Portrait Gallery
Showcasing the life and work of actress
and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn,
this exhibition draws from her humble
beginnings as a chorus girl in the West
End through to her later life, in which
she dedicated herself to philanthropic work. Easily considered one of the
worlds most recognisable stars, Hepburns image carries with it a distinctness that is warm and classic through to
this day. Boasting over 70 images, the
photographic exhibition features famous
and rarely-seen prints from celebrated
photographers such as Irvin Penn, Cecil
Beaton and Richard Avedon, among
others.

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SHOES: PLEASURE AND PAIN

13 June 2015 to 31 January 2016, V&A

Advanced booking is recommended for this exhibition


showcasing the good, the practical and the downright
extremes of footwear the world over. With over 200 pairs
of shoes on display, footwear aficionados can revel in gold
embellished sandals from ancient Egypt to spiked leather
pumps by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood
from 70s Britain. Focussing on the transformation, status,
seduction, creation and obsession elements of footwear
throughout the ages, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is a must-see
for any design and history buffs.

DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2015

25 March 2016 31 March 2016, Design


Museum

Taking away this years Design of the Year award, Dan


Dongeun Huh and Donald Inghber of Harvard Universitys
Wyss institute were nominated by MoMAs Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D, Paola
Antonelli, for their Human Organs-on-Chips. Calling the
microchips lined with human cells the epitome of design
innovation elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept
and pioneering application, Antonelli highlights exactly
why we must all take in this arresting project.

AI WEIWEI

19 September 13 December 2015,


The Royal Academy of Arts

A short time-span for an exhibition though it may be,


cultural phenomenon Ai Weiweis taking over of the RAs
main galleries highlights his profoundness as one of Chinas most influential artists. Having become widely recognised in Britain thanks to his installation of sunflower
seeds at the Tate Modern back in 2010, Ai Weiwei has
created new works especially for his show at the RA.

COSMONAUTS: BIRTH OF SPACE AGE


Opens 18 September 2015, Science Museum

Telling the story of how Russias dream of space travel turned into reality, Cosmonauts is one for the entire family to
enjoy. With the most profound collection of Russian spacecraft to be shown in the UK, visitors can take in Vostok 6,
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FOOD

TRENDS

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STREET FOOD

When travelling, street food is an affordable


way to sample the delights of local cuisine that
even residents frequently enjoy after a days hard
work. Here in London, Street Feast and other
street food markets are a fun but overpriced
social experience more centred on cramming as
many #instafood posts on your friends social
feeds than anything else. If only this realisation
actually impacted our desire to go...

BRINNER

Brinner, as in breakfast for dinner, has long


been an unofficial feasting upon tasty brunch
dishes well past its intended consumption. Now,
huevos rancheros, frittatas and even full English
breakfasts are slowly making their way to dinner
tables everywhere.

WAFFLES:

Thisll be fun. Well stay up late, swapping


manly stories and in the morningIm making
waffles! said Donkey to Shrek. There arent
many who wouldnt be tempted by the thought
of waffles after a viewing of Shrek and luckily,
Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor of Heron Tower
is open 24/7 for, youve guessed it, duck and
waffle! Kensingtons Dirty Bones deserves a
well-earned mention for its chicken and waffles
dishcomplete with REAL maple syrup.

FERMENTED FOODS

One word: kimchi. This fermented vegetable


dish from Korea (eaten at breakfast, lunch
and dinner) has been creeping its way into
mainstream Western diets. With appreciation
for European staple sauerkraut generally on the
increase fermented Kefir and cabbage etc.
it looks like this health food trend might stick
around for some time.

BURGERS

Burgers theyre everywhere. From scoffing


down a McDonalds Big Mac to having them
medium rare at your local Byron who proudly
make, as they put it, proper hamburgers
these bad babies have taken over the hearts and
minds of self-proclaimed foodies. Just when you
think there cant be any more to it (a burger, that
is), Tommy Updegrove announces hes to partake
in Dalstons Mr Hyde National Burger Day Event
on August 27. His PYT Pick Your Topping
introduces American carnival food to Londons
burger lovers, allowing them to try burgers made
from doughnuts, deep-fried pizzas and breakfast
cereal. Looks like a new breed of burgers could
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Whats On

BANK HOLIDAY

WEEKEND
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Another two 24 hour tube strikes may be dulling the mood for
Londoners everywhere but thankfully, they wont be impacting the
eagerly anticipated August bank holiday weekend (we hope!). Being
treated to an entire THREE days off without striking out a days holiday
from your precious annual allowance can feel like an absolute dream
so dont waste it! To help make the most of your time off, here are a few
suggestions of what you, including your nearest and dearest, can take
advantage of around our capital
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL If youve never been, this is a must-go. A true Londoner has been to
this annual street festival celebrating the Caribbean community and culture AT LEAST once. Held on
Sunday 30th August through Monday 31st, make sure you check in for scrumptious Caribbean street
food, hot carnival sounds (Mas, pan and calypso bands will have you dancing til the early hours) and of
course, plenty of floats and costumes!
SOUTH WEST FOUR From Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th, Clapham Common will see the return of
this epic dance music festival. Boasting super-club sounds from Basement Jaxx, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim,
Hot Since 82 and more, prepare to spend your bank holiday basking in the delights of hot beats upon the
green in one of Londons most up-and-coming neighbourhoods.
FULL OF SPICE FESTIVAL AT KEW GARDENS Perfect for a family day out, Kew Gardens Full of
Spice festival draws visitors attention back to the origin of popular as well as exotic spices. Enjoy travelling around the gardens in makeshift rickshaws, creating your very own spice, learn the fascinating history behind turmeric and saffron, and of course, tasting spiced delicacies from a pop-up bread kitchen
and street food vans.
THE LINE A must-go for lovers of art and sight-seeing, The Line is a new sculptural trail leading those
on the walk from the O2 to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Along the way, take in the works of
Damien Hirst, Eduardo Paolozzi and Martin Creed. Kicking off from 12pm every day, this is a free event
born from a crowdfunding campaign which will see additional works by artists installed.

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