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The 25 Club

There’s a new style of gym in town…So say goodbye to your downward facing dogs, your crows and your pigeons, 2009 is bringing you Holistic gyms and 25 Club is pioneering the way. Combining physical workouts with a mental and healthy state of mind, 25 Club manages to give you a hard work out, unlike those gentle yoga stretches most of us are used to, whilst at the same time keeping a nurturing and caring approach to the fitness. With only 200 members, the gym aims for an exclusive hand-tailored approach. The cosiness of the club is heightened further by […]

Openings & Launches

Palm Jumeirah

"How do you have a party like this in these economic times?" It was a much-asked question for Colin Cowie, the event planner behind the biggest, most expensive launch party of recent years. The opening of the Atlantis hotel on Dubai's Palm warranted a celebration on an unprecedented scale, at an estimated cost of £15 million, with attendees including Robert de Niro, Agyness Deyn, Lindsay Lohan, and Kylie Minogue. Miss Minogue performed at the launch, for a rumoured fee of £1.5 million, whilst guests feasted on Middle Eastern mezze accompanied by flowing Veuve Clicquot. The glamourous event incorporated one million fireworks, set […]

Culture

Eternal Silver London

Eternal Silver London has provoked quite an excitement in the world of jewellery due to their use of Argentium 970-pure Silver instead of the more commonly known sterling Silver.  To the non jewellery gurus, Argentium produces a far shinier, stronger and harder finish than that of the Sterling Silver and means that the jewellery will maintain a bright white lustre while other lesser mortal Silvers start to dull.  The mastermind behind the idea is Simon Harrison and there’s little surprise in this, considering he has previously worked with the likes of Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Givenchy to name only […]

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Vivienne Westwood

Last week Dame Vivienne Westwood threw an exclusive fashion and music show party in order to raise money for NSPCC in the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall Palace. Together with London Musici, Vivienne Westwood hoped to raise £250,000 for the children’s charity. The evening was also the night to see the designer’s new Gold Collection, Chaos Point.  The icon wore an all over embroidery dress in green taffeta from the new Autumn/Winter 2008/2009 collection.  The night was filled with celebrities such as the Jagger sisters, Claudia Schiffer and Tracey Emin, deifying the designer by donning various Westwood designs.  However, the event […]

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Hit or Miss ?

Nick Valentine has created four floors of decadence, resulting in a trifle-effect.  Leaving no signs of the slightly bohemian kooky furnishings of its predecessor, the late 43 South Molton, Valentine has opted for a slightly “louder” club. With no expense spared Valentine, co-founder of the popular Cuckoo club, shows no evidence of being “crunched,” refusing to shy away from profligate décor.  Perhaps this is where it goes wrong? Python-skinned furnishings, peacock feathers, gigantic chandeliers, it’s certainly not a subtle approach, although some may succumb to the tongue-in-cheek venue. With a booming dance floor in the basement and four further floors, […]

Openings & Launches

Mirko Guida

Il Bottaccio is set to open the doors of its Grand Gallery ballroom, a magnificent 300 square meter space, to celebrate the UK debut of feted contemporary Italian artist Mirkò Guida. “Dreamore”, a showcase of Mirkò’s most recent creations includes his signature large-scale cubist inspired paintings – 7 canvases – and his more recent foray into the hand-painted ceramics genre – 4 objets d’art will be on display. Accompanied by a live ceramics atelier by the artist, the show will be open for a limited-time only closing November 26th before heading stateside to the Museum of Modern of Art. A […]

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How to Organise a Xmas Party

No one has ever put together a successful party with just the aid of ‘Google’. Fact. So if you are that unfortunate person deemed sensible and mature enough to organise the Christmas party this year, do not fear. We have put some helpful hints together to reduce your work load. Once you have the budget from your Boss, the first thing you need to sort is the venue. ‘Where’ is key. No one wants their office party in the Bucking Bronco cowboy themed bar, nor do they want to be in a sweaty karaoke haunt. It’s best to think sophisticated. […]

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Openings & Launches

The Double Club

Launched on 21st November, the Double Club project is the latest club to bring a difference to the London scene. Created by German artist Carsten Holler, Double Club is an old Victorian warehouse located just beside Angel tube station which holds a double identity. Designed to be a vibrant new public space, the club also unites both Congolese and Western contemporary music and culture. Set across three rooms, the bar, restaurant and dance club, Double Club has been divided into equal-sized Western and Congolese decorated rooms. The restaurant offers both Congolese and Western food, served on unique Congolese table cloths […]

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Reviews

Rejuvanessence

Caroline Josling's reviews could not be more glowing and there's little surprise to this as it seems Caroline might just have solved the enigma to youthful skin. Her rejuvanessence facial energy release is an in demand holistic treatment which works on releasing different tissues and muscles around the face. The gentle finger massage treatment lasts for one hour and twenty minutes and is the secret behind skin tone improvement and wrinkle diminishment. The treatment is set over six sessions and each one concentrates on a specific area of the face. Although signs of lines and wrinkle reduction are normally only […]

Reviews

Rejuvanessence

Caroline Josling's reviews could not be more glowing and there's little surprise to this as it seems Caroline might just have solved the enigma to youthful skin. Her rejuvanessence facial energy release is an in demand holistic treatment which works on releasing different tissues and muscles around the face. The gentle finger massage treatment lasts for one hour and twenty minutes and is the secret behind skin tone improvement and wrinkle diminishment. The treatment is set over six sessions and each one concentrates on a specific area of the face. Although signs of lines and wrinkle reduction are normally only […]

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Zadig & Voltaire

When this French brand opened up in Sloane Street two years ago, there was a sigh of relief. At last a slice of Paris had been brought to London. Now with successful retails in Westbourne Grove, St John’s Wood and Richmond, Zadig is aiming to build on that reputation and plans to open a handful more this autumn. Branded as the “affordable luxury” line with their chic and subtle, yet easy to wear collection, Zadig &Voltaire have managed to cater for a wide spectrum of ages. Founder Thierry Gillier is the reason behind the success, her approach of adapting to […]

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News

Angels

Saturday 6th December is a definite date for the diary. Angel Costumiers, the family dynasty now in its sixth generation supplying fabulous costumes to major motion pictures and TV productions, is hosting their Big Vintage Clothing Sale to make room for newly-acquired BBC resources. Held in the Angels Wembley warehouse, a 160000 square foot facility holding 8 miles of clothing rails, the Sale will be a bargain-hunter’s dream – items are not individually priced, but instead sold by the bag, a medium-size costing £10, a supersize going for £20. Indeed the bag can be filled with a huge variety of […]

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