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Prix Emile Hermes

Oh Hermès. If your handbags weren’t enough, and your fabulous French heritage a mere aside, then the Fondation d’Enterprise Hermès may just take the biscuit. The philanthropic and innovative underbelly of the fashion house has recently released details of its second major design award, the Prix Emile Hermès, which honours creative new designers whose work demonstrates true understanding of preservation and conservation of the Earth’s resources. The competition is open to all who believe they can create an object – a thing, any thing – that is both innovative and sustainable. The creations must be in line with the competition’s […]

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Shadow Catchers dining package

As if you needed an excuse to take in the V&A’s brilliant new exhibition, The Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography! Chic Knightsbridge restaurant, BQ Brasserie is joining forces with the museum to offer a special ‘culture and culinary’ package in which you can view the exhibiton and enjoy a three-course lunch or early dinner at the brasserie for £28.95 per head. The exhibition features ingenious and hauntingly beautiful works by five international artists: Pierre Cordier, Susan Derges, Adam Fuss, Garry Fabian Miller and Floris Neusüss. For the last 20 years they have been challenging the assumption that you need a camera […]

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Glo Glo’s

Not satisfied with rejuvenating King’s Road’s Eight Over Eight and owning a roster of hip eateries from first UK venture, Cicada in Clerkenwell and Notting Hill’s E&O to the Great Eastern Dining Room and XO in Belsize Park, restaurateur Will Ricker has just moved into the bar scene with the launch of Glo Glo’s on Shoreditch’s Great Eastern Street. Designed by Michaelis Boyd behind Soho House Berlin and the slightly nearer to home, Pizza East, décor is modern with luxurious leather finishes, a pewter bar and a colour palette of orange and teal. It’s the glowing ceiling panels that will […]

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A Zombie ate my Cupcake

The brilliant Lily Vanilli aka Lily Jones is surely the Gareth Pugh of cakes. The graphic designer turned baker has fashioned marzipan insects for a film project of the late Alexander McQueen; blood and gore cupcakes created for London Fashion Week; ?Lady Gaga? themed canapés for Elton John?s White Tie & Tiara Ball and a wedding cake for Henry Holland. Her newest project is: A Zombie Ate My Cupcake, a graphic horror comic meets cookbook – just in time for Halloween – featuring recipes for macabre cakes in the form of ingeniously crafted vampires, skulls and humban hearts. We’re loving […]

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Bougie Macaron & Tea

It looks as if macarons could well be the new cupcakes. The Ladurée Parisian tea room in Harrods has recently been joined by the first stand-alone Pierre Hermé pâtisserie in Lowndes Street and now there’s a new pretender to the pastel throne with Bougie Macaron & Tea opening up its first café and shop in Covent Garden’s Opera Quarter. The company was launched online by Frenchman and self-confessed macaron obsessive, Jean Nedelec and his Bougie Macarons are made to a traditional recipe, handed down from his grandmother. There are three main ranges: Classic, Seasonal and Unique but Nedelec has also […]

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Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia

Purveyor of fine smelling goodies Jo Malone is ready for the festive season with a gorgeous new scent to see us through the season. The new fragrance is English Pear & Freesia, made to capture the essence of autumn, and is loaded with key notes of King William Pear – its initially crisp beauty mellowing to a warmer scent – and White Freesia, with its fresh green fragrance. Woody Patchouli adds an earthy undertone to the sheer concoction, which can be worn alone or layered with others in the patented beauty of Fragrance Combining, an exclusive concept found at Jo […]

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Maison du Chien

Bumpkin’s ‘attic’ space is opening its doors to cabaret pioneers Medium Rare once more. The coolest garret in Notting Hill has just relaunched for a new season of pop-up eating, drinking and entertainment and promises an eclectic blend of the weird, wonderful and supremely talented accompanied by a ‘British tapas’ menu from ex-River Cafe chef, author and eco-warrior Rory Spowers. Doors open at 7pm for Doggie cocktails with dinner following at 8pm and the show hosted by impresario Mat Whitley and the almond-eyed Poodle Percy-Davis commencing at 10pm followed by Chris Sullivan and Dan Lywood, on the decks til the […]

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Aces & Eights

Life has dealt the residents of Tufnell Park a great hand in the shape of Aces & Eights. The new bar and live music venue is the latest venture from Irish entrepreneurs, the Donnelly brothers, Niall and Patrick behind such rock stalwarts as Slim Jim’s Liquor Store and the Crazy Horse. The 160 capacity 1950s style dive bar is decorated with a mix of band tour posters and saucy shots of pin up models. Expect a soundtrack that’s rock ‘n’ roll through and through with Led Zepplin, The Stones and Thin Lizzy right up there on the playlists of the […]

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Marcolini Choloate Haute Couture

The month long fashion circus may have drawn to a close but it’s made way for a rather sweeter kind of couture. Allow us to introduce a new online store from Belgian chocolatier, Pierre Marcolini. He claims to have invented the concept of ‘haute couture chocolate’ and is the only chocolate maker in Belgium to personally oversee the whole production process from cocoa bean to the finished article. Marcolini’s E-Boutique allows chocolate gourmets to assemble their own bespoke boxes by choosing trays from his permanent or ephemeral collections and slotting them into a virtual chest that bears close resemblance to […]

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‘Public’ Nightclub opens

The capital's latest night club impresario, Guy Pelly, is launching his debut solo venture in London’s King’s Road! His brand new Public night club in Chelsea will open its glamorous doors in December and we can’t wait! Pelly tells us there’ll be a dedicated fancy dress room complete with a photo booth from Booth Nation in which revellers can immortalise their creations, a VIP area designed like an old world sweet emporium and even carousel horses to ride on the dance floor. Set on the corner of Lots Road in a former antiques warehouse, the much anticipated boite will sprawl over […]

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