Jan 172016
Christine Bleakley Wedding Dress

Christine Bleakley Wedding Dress by Suzanne Neville

Here is a selection of luxury Wedding dresses and couture bridalwear from a selection of designers in the UK.

Bridal dresses made to order by the designer. High cost dream wedding dresses produced by expert hands. Expect many fittings and allow ample time to ensure every detail is attended to.

Donna Salado

Award winning Donna Salado has established an international reputation as one of the UK’s leading bridalwear designers. A couture service is available.


Johanna Hehir

Johanna Hehir is a London Designer specialising in made to measure wedding dresses and evening wear. They have a large selection of different wedding dress styles.


Melanie Potro Bridal Couture

Award-winning bridal wear designer Melanie Potro offers an exclusive collection of made-to-measure wedding dresses from her new London premises. 1930´s inspired wedding dresses. Daytime and evening appointments available.


Ritva Westerius

British fashion designer, Ritva Westenius produces wedding gown collections. A full couture service is available only at her London salon by appointment.

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Ritva Westenius Couture Bride


Sassi Holford

Couture wedding gowns from Sassi Holford, a combination of intuitive design and a made to measure service.


Suzanne Neville

A haute couture collection of dress designs including the renaissance collection, a fashionable and classic look for the modern bride.


 5:40 pm  Weddings
Aug 182011


Astley Clarke Jewellery

Astley Clarke Jewellery

Astley Clarke is only a few years old but has already established itself as a successful luxury online designer jeweller.

In addition to Astley Clarke’s online boutique, they also offer customers the opportunity to view their collections in person by appointment at Astley Clarke’s showroom.

Further to product and company growth this stylish and innovative e-tailer achieved huge recognition amongst industry peers when it was awarded Walpole’s prestigious ‘Luxury Brand Of Tomorrow’.

Astley Clarke currently showcases several established designers’ exclusive collections and in doing so it continues to grow in the luxury accessories field.

In terms of product offering no other online boutique has achieved the support of these following designers, offering consumers the best possible premium selection:

Among them are Arunashi, Bill Amberg, Carolina Bucci, Como Blonde, Dana Kellin, Dara, Flora Astor, Jordan Schlanger, Jordan Schlanger Diamonds, Kimberley Selwood, Linda Bonovitz, Lisa Stewart, Luminesce, Alex Monroe, Missoma, Monica Vinader, Nava Zahavi, Philippa Holland, Pippa Small, Robindira Unsworth, Roshini, Saffron Lloyd, Stefan Tomas, The Hudson Collection, Vinnie Day, Yossi Harari and Yummi Glass

Each purchase is beautifully packaged in Astley Clarke’s elegant lined blue jewellery boxes making every delivery synonymous with the new wave of luxury online shopping.

Astley Clarke has even sourced hand-made printed Japanese wrapping paper for gift purchases. Need something extra to add to your outfit or want to treat yourself here and now?

Astley Clarke delivers jewellery worldwide. It also offers a same day delivery service in London and will arrange delivery direct to you at home or at your desk.


 9:55 am  Jewellery
Dec 222010

meet women singles events ukAlways working tirelessly on your behalf, we at Toffsworld have been looking into what’s new and interesting for you single toffs out there. And we’ve been talking to singles club RSVP – a dating service that prides itself on being a bit different from the bunch. A look at RSVP’s quirky website offers an early insight: this is an organisation that likes you to know what to expect. All aspects of the RSVP experience are covered in comprehensive detail.

We spoke to RSVP Marketing Director Roland Stringer, himself a bit of a toff, if we’re honest. We asked Roland what makes RSVP so different. “Three things really:

1. Confidentiality. People come to us because they’re successful; they don’t want their photo and profile floating around in the ether for anyone to find.
2. Flexibility. Talking to our members, it’s clear that one of the things they value most about their RSVP membership is their ability to come and go as they please, if they meet someone special or get very busy at work. Because membership is for life, you can dip in and out whenever it suits you.
3. Opportunity. Finding the right special person is about maximising the opportunities to meet such a person. That means that we spend our days creating those opportunities. With RSVP, let’s say a gentleman joining RSVP today could (if he’s prepared to put the effort in) meet, maybe, 50 single ladies in a month. And it would be the same for a lady joining.”

Okay, now you’re scaring us. 50?

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“Yep, or maybe more. Don’t worry; you don’t have to have dozens dates! As well as introducing people one-to-one, we run over 50 events for our members every month – from dinners and dances to activity weekends and extreme sports. Go to a few of those as well as your one-to-one introductions and you’ll soon meet dozens of other singles. In fact, we’ve opened up a handful of our singles events for non-members, so any single person can get an idea of what they’re like; come along and see what it’s all about.”

Right, but most singles have a social life already, don’t they? Why would they want to come to RSVP’s events?

“I take you back to the word ‘opportunity’”, counters Roland. “Your social life hasn’t yet found you a perfect partner, so if you want to meet someone, you need to create opportunities that allow you to do so.”

singles events ukBut it’s time we’re all short of, surely? How are busy professionals going to be able to find the time that all this will take?

And they’ve even got an answer for that: “We invented the RSVP Dating PA concept for precisely this situation. Our Platinum members have a dedicated Dating PA who looks after their dating life; because you always talk to the same person, they get to know you – what you like; what you don’t. They pick your introductions, propose you to members you’ve been introduced to, cherry pick new members for you as they join. It just takes a lot of the time-consuming stuff off you, but you still have a great time meeting new people.”

January is a great time to go dating, with lots of people joining dating services across the country, and especially RSVP, who say it’s their busiest month of the year. And with a fantastic range of events over the winter and into spring, there are some great reasons to do something about your single status now.

So, if your New Year’s Resolution is to make an exit from singledom, be sure to mention Toffsworld when you get in touch with RSVP

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 10:57 pm  Lifestyle & Leisure
May 092010
Royal Ballet School

Image from the Royal Ballet School

Arena di Verona

Seasonal ballet performance information for this amphiteatre in Verona, Italy with online ticket purchasing capability. Performances of Carmen, Aida, Turandot, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.


Ballet DancerBallet.co.uk

This site is about all things ballet and dance in the UK.

A magazine section contains the latest reviews, interviews, pieces on ballet history and columns by choreographers.

Information can be found on all their principal dancers including: Darcy Bussell, Alina Cojocaru, Leanne Benjamin, Federico Bonelli, Alina Cojocaru, Jonathan Cope, Mara Galeazzi, Johan Kobborg, Marianela Nunez, Ivan Putrov, Tamara Rojo, Viacheslav Samodurov, Jamie Tapper, Inaki Urlezaga, Zenaida Yanowsky, Miyako Yoshida, Carlos Acosta, Roberto Boll, Adam Cooper, Anthony Dowell, Sylvie Guillem, Nicolas Le Riche, Roberta Marquez, Irek Mukhamedov, Michael Nunn, Daria Pavlenko, Wayne Sleep, Kevin Thomas, William Trevitt, Sandra Conley, David Drew.


Balllet Dancer

Ballet Companies

Over 2000 links to ballet and dance companies all over the world.

As well as running it, Dick Heuff spends much of his time promoting ballet and dance.

This is a commendable website for effort and accuracy and well worth a visit.


Birmingham Royal Ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet offer a schedule of high cabilbre performances of a diverse repertoire at venues across the country.



Charleston Ballet Theatre

South Carolina’s premiere professional dance company recognized for an ecclectic repertory of modern dance. A member of DanceUSA and funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, this Summer shool is on every young dancers wish list


Chelsea Ballet

Chelsea Ballet was founded by former Ballet Rambert Artiste – Thelma Litster. Thelma died in May 2002 and the group is now run by her daughter, Louise Hudson. It is a group of Amateur dancers of varying abilities, that meets once a week to rehearse for two major productions each year and many smaller scale shows performed at residential homes and hospitals.


Dance USA

Dance/USA was created in 1982 to advance the art form of dance and ballet across the United States. They have a distinguished board and membership as well as lots of advice for aspiring dancers and teachers of dance.


English National Ballet

As a flagship company for the nation, English National Ballet presents an extensive touring schedule at home and abroad. We employ the best of British and international talent: choreographers, dancers, designers, musicians, rehearsal staff.



Guttenburg Ballet

The Goteborg opera offers a wide range of opera, ballet and musicals running throughout summer and late into the winter when they often tour Sweden and across Europe. You’ll have to find the English link.


Hamburg Ballet

Hamburg Ballet, also known as the Hamburg State Opera Ballet was established in 1678. The company offers many unconventional stagings of some of the classics.



Morphose is a new cutting edge classical and comtemporary ballet company that first premiered at London Sadlers Wells in 2007.

Founded by New York City Ballet by former resident choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon and the former City Ballet principal dancer, Lourdes Lopez.


New york city ballet

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world.

The company’s site offers repertory and dancer information and online ticket purchasing.

Currently focusing on Nutcracker, which continues to run through 2009, seats are still available and can be purchased online along with The Dancers Way and Copelia



Northern Ballet Theatre

A leading classical dance drama company, the Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds is taking first class dance to a large and diverse UK audience in addition to a fast-growing network of new supporters overseas.


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is widely acclaimed for its classical ballet masterpieces as well as innovative explorations of contemporary dance.


victor hochhauser

Victor Hochhauser

Victor and Lilian Hochhauser have regularly brought the Bolshoi and Kirov companies to London.

They have promoted a galaxy of musicians including David and Igor Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya, the Borodin Quartet, Emil Gilels and all the leading Russian orchestras, as well as composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky and Moise Weinberg. Their winter tour of the UK is now online.


royal ballet school

Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School train and educate classical ballet dancers for The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and other top international dance companies.

To this day, The Royal Ballet School attracts leading ballet dancers from across the UK and Internatinally.

Under the Music and Dance Scheme (MDS) pupils receive the best training available to develop their talent, along with a good academic education, whatever their background may be.


Sadlers Wells

A modern website for a modern ballet and contemporary dance company. Current features include Edward Scissorhands and The Snowman. Keep checking in as the variety changes regularly



Sansha was one of the first dance shoe makers on the web and now gives you the possibility of ordering its ballet shoes on-line.


School of American Ballet

The School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, was founded in 1934, and is the preeminent ballet academy in the United States today.


Scottish Ballet

Sleeping Beauty Scottish Ballet
Scottish Ballet, Sleeping Beauty

Originally formed in 1957 the Scottish Theatre Ballet now stages approximately 100 performances each year to over 90,000 people at home and abroad.

A spellbinding take on the classic fairy tale with an inventive twist, as only Scottish Ballet can!


Teatr Weilki National Opera

Poland’s grandest opera and ballet institution for over 160 years, Teatr Wielki – National Opera hosts major world opera and ballet classics.


The English National Ballet

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Sleeping beauty from the English National Ballet

The English National Ballet tours throughout the UK and the rest of the world performing great favourites such as Swan Lake, Giselle and The Nutcracker.


USA International Ballet Competiton

This is one of the world’s most prestigious dance events. The USA IBC, is a two-week “olympic style” competition where tomorrow’s ballet stars compete. Approximately 100 competitors from around the world will compete in the next event in June 2006.


Virginia Ballet Theatre

Virginia Ballet Theatre is building on a tradition begun over 40 years ago when Gene Hammett founded the Norfolk Civic Ballet to promote regional ballet, to train young dancers and to provide a center for creativity in the arts.


Vaganova Ballet School

Elite School of Russian Ballet, many famous graduates including. Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Situated in St Petersburg, Russia.


 10:07 pm  Art
Jan 292007
learning to sail uk

Learn to sail in the uk

Learn to Sail. Royal Yacht Association approved courses in the UK, Ireland and Baleriac Islands.

British Offshore Sailing School

The British Offshore Sailing School – Offers RYA approved sailing courses from beginner to expert. Charter, Racing and Cruises are also availiable. Hamble, Hampshire UK


Capital Sailing

London’s Premier Sea School and one of the countries top ten schools. We are based in both Central London and the Hamble (Solent). Capital Sailing gives you quality and luxury with more than a splash of adventure.


Menorca Cruising School

Menorca Cruising School RYA sailing courses in Menorca, Balearics, Spain.


Meridian Sailing

They follow the Royal Yachting Association system of certification and employ a structured method of teaching that takes students from complete novice right the way through to Yachtmaster. You can join this system at any level depending on your level of previous experience. Situated in Southhampton,  UK


East Anglian Sea School

East Anglian Sea School was founded in 1973, starting life as a small family business has since grown into one of the foremost sea schools in the country having trained over one thousand adults in 2005 alone, with an excellent reputation built on the quality of the training, facilities, craft and catering.


Five Star Sailing

Five Star Sailing is Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved sailing and powerboat school, race training centre, Yacht Charter business and provider of corporate events in the Solent.


Hamble School of Yachting

Hamble School of Yachting is the leading independent RYA sea school in the UK, specialising in RYA sailing courses, RYA motor courses and RYA powerboat courses. We offer the whole range of RYA courses from competent crew to Yachtmaster Ocean


KTY Yachts

K.T.Y.Yachts  pride themselves on their high standard of courses with the emphasis on practical experience.  All their trainers have a lifetime’s experience both on shore and at sea.

All courses can be supplied at their Training Centre located on the banks of the River Hamble near to one of the UK’s premier sailing locations.


Mustang Sailing

Based in central Sussex with a satellite centre at Sevenoaks. For yachtsmen located in Sussex and Kent they provide a quality alternative to travelling long distances for shorebased training.


Red Ensign

STCW95, STCW’95, stcw95 courses and RYA, Red Ensign Ltd provides a extensive array of safety training courses at our dedicated training centre in Cowes. All our instructors hold a range of maritime qualifications and have a wealth of experience.SUPER YACHT crew training facilities.


Sailing Logic Racing

They are a genuine race training centre that has courses and coaching at all levels. Their objective is to provide people with the opportunity to go racing and help everyone improve the standard of their sailing.


Stormforce Coaching

RYA powerboat training, sail cruising and motor cruising school offering beginner to instructor courses. We also offer First Aid, SRC, ISAF, Sea Survival, Dayskipper, Yachtmaster, Ocean Theory, Radar and Diesel Engine training. Stormforce Coaching is a fully recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre and member of the Marine Leisure Association (MLA).


UK Sailing Academy

Watersports and marine training for everyone, at every level, from beginner courses to professional training for commercial work to MCA Deck Officer and beyond. Whatever your age or experience, we have a training programme that can challenge you and improve your skills and ability. Cowes, Isle of Wight


Warsash Maritime Centre

Warsash Maritime Academy provides, training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and off-shore oil industries.

The Academy is an integral part of Southampton Solent University; a relationship that sets it apart from most competitors and is a major strength when developing education and training programmes.


 12:51 pm  Yachts
Jul 242006
Purita Hyam Wedding Cake

Purita Hyam Wedding Cake

If you’re looking for a specially designed wedding cake – here is a selection of 4 wedding cake makers to get you going…

Purita Hyam

Wedding Cakes made with pure chocolate, in white or dark chocolate either with a glossy, smooth finish or with chocolate curls. Exclusive designs, stunning fresh flowers, unparalleled flavours. Deliveries within the UK.


Helen Houlden
Classed as one of the Britain’s top cake designers by the leading wedding magazines, Helen Houlden specialise in cakes with the ‘oooh’ factor, with great attention to detail being her trade mark.

Colette Peters
Colette has delivered cakes throughout America, Europe, and the Caribbean and has created wedding cakes for many celebrities.



Exquisite Cake Design

David Cakes

David MacCarfrae is an internationally renowned and award winning cake maker, with many famous people and royalty among his clientele.


 5:01 pm  Weddings