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Bureau Club Opens

Tucked away in the heart of Soho, Bureau Club London is a Private Members’ bar and boutique nightclub bringing together established names and bright young things from all over the capital and beyond. Launching officially in October 2008, the intimate venue operates as ‘members’ only in the truest sense of the word. Gone are the rigid door policies, velvet ropes and burly bouncers: instead the gates to its sumptuous surroundings open with the touch of your membership card on a discreet, hidden door. Bureau Club’s in-house technology registers which members are in the House, automatically adding your preferred music to […]

Culture

Born to Shop

Charity Retail Trust Launches “Born to Shop” Charms The principal charity of the retail sector has collaborated with the range Born to Shop to create four different charm designs.  The charms have been created to work with anything from handbags to mobile phones and the designs include miniature handbags and shoes in either purple or sparkly pink.        House of Fraser, Harrods and Beales have signed up to stock these collector’s item charms and Browns of York is soon set to follow.   Retail Trust is aiming to educate both the shopper and retailer with the suggested donation of […]

Culture

Masquerade

House of Masquerade For four nights only, a temporary fashion space from Absolut Masquerade and fashion illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve will be launched.  The room will be transformed into a giant treasure trove, including a walk-in dressing up box filled with vintage clothing and accessories from Mint going on sale.  The joint collaboration with Absolut Masquerade means that there will also be a cocktail bar serving Absolut Vodka throughout the evening and if that wasn’t enough to sway your decision, there will be a stylist on hand to help guests with their fashion options as well as Absolut Masquerade gift […]

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Now Or Later

Now or Later. Obie-Winner Christopher Shinn’s topical play is aptly set on the night of US presidential election results.  It centres around the President’s homosexual son, John, played by Eddie Redmayne, who has potentially disrupted his father’s chance of winning the election due to some pictures on the internet.  As John sits in a hotel room, the story, where John attends a “naked” party thrown by a left-wing female student at his Ivy League college, begins to unfold.   John, outraged by her suppport for a Muslim student group, proceeds to attend in a Mohamed costume.  The scandalous photos are taken […]

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Umberto Giannini

Umberto Giannini Spa Rituals Range Umberto Giannini, a hair care brand created by the award-winning British hairdresser, has launched Spa Rituals, a luxurious new hair spa-treatment range. Each product is infused with a medley of natural Italian inspired ingredients such as fig, olive oil, thyme and rosemary, and its blend of carefully chosen oils are renowned for their therapeutic benefits. With the creation of the six new products, ranging from detoxifying shampoo to overnight hair moisturising balm, Umberto Giannini has added a new dimension to hair care.  The new line joins Umberto Giannini’s growing range of hair products, including its […]

Fashion & Beauty

Jo Malone

Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne is the latest new fragrance from Jo Malone.  Inspired by the diverse and delicate blending of Thai Cuisine, the exotic scent is created from citrus fruits, aromatic leaves, flowers and spices.     The new perfume was pioneered in Thailand and although at first it may sound unusual, the art of fusing cooking and carefully combined perfumes has been a long tradition in the Far East. The end product is a captivating and sensual fragrance. Although this perfume would suit both men and women, being heavy on the cedar, some women might […]

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Openings & Launches

Character & Cocktails 2008

Grey Goose is once again celebrating Character with its Grey Goose Character & Cocktails 2008 public party in London on Thursday 23 October 2008. Following the sensational success of last year’s Grey Goose Character & Cocktails party, Grey Goose is joining forces with David Furnish and the who’s who of the celebrity world to create their dream home bars and cocktails in benefit of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year Grey Goose Character & Cocktails is back with a dazzling list of celebrity guests from the world of fashion, art, design and jewellery including: David Furnish, Patrick Cox, Theo […]

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Charity Open Ball 2008

Kate Kennedy Charity Ball If you are heading up to Aberdeen over the next few weeks, the Kate Kennedy Club is hosting the Charity Opening Ball at University of St. Andrews, an event that has become one of the largest and most prestigious black tie events in Scotland. Blending old and new, Michael Woods, one of the UK’s hottest DJs and producers, will perform with his latest Out of Office act against the stunning medieval backdrop. Other performers include DJ James Matthews and The Brent Flood. The Opening Ball is in support of Home Start, a local Fife charity which […]

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Some tips for the Office

Dreaded office ‘team building’ generally consists of an organisation of Secret Santa (or ‘oh god, bloody secret santa’). For those of you fortunate to be unfamiliar with this Christmas office routine, I will enlighten you. Each person picks a name out of a hat of a member of the office. The person you pick is who you have to buy a Christmas present for- usually with a £5 budget. Great- go wild. £5 restricts you to something pretty rubbish from a petrol station. Or something naff from Primark. So rule number 1 is to not get at ALL excited when […]

Openings & Launches

Our Christmas Guide

It’s time to think about your Christmas 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 do not fear. The Handbook have given you some helpful hints to reduce your work load, having carefully selected some of London’s best venues to host a party. No one wants their office party in the Bucking Bronco cowboy themed bar, nor do they want to be in a sweaty karaoke haunt……… So whether you're looking for an exclusive […]

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The Moet Room

Even though Gareth Pugh has decided to set his next show at the Paris Fashion Week,  he has not abandoned London altogether.  He will be collaborating with Moet and Chandon  in creating the interior for the fourth season of The Moet Room. The 26-year-old budding British designer, whose fashion pieces mix bondage-fetish and gothic-glamour, has created a quiet sanctuary for VIPs to take time out away from the frenzy of the fashion shows. On the collaboration Gareth said: “It’s very interesting to be able to translate what I am doing on the runway into an interior space. The Moët Room […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Donna Karan

Chaos Donna Karan is relaunching its iconic “Chaos” perfume.  Brought back by popular demand, the spirited cult-classic was discontinued in the early 2000s but had a band of avid followers who helped this legendary scent reach almost mythic proportions and fought hard for its return.  So now it’s back and it’s to the all important question. Has Karan managed to recapture exactly the same distinctive woody, spicy fragrance of the original?  First reports from the devotees  appear to indicate it has – though there are suggestions that it may be  just a little lighter.  One disappointment though seems to be […]

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