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Christmas at The Corinthia

Looking for somewhere to enjoy Christmas in the capital … ? Look no further than The Corinthia Hotel. But why, you ask? Many reasons, we answer. Firstly, the kind Corinthia people have set up a festive Afternoon Tea for us all to enjoy. Sevred in the chic Lobby Lounge, under the beautiful Baccarat crystal 'Full Moon' chandelier, tea-goers will have their pick of delightful British produce: free range bronze turkey with chestnut stuffing finger sandwiches, creamed Innes goats cheese … along with various cakes, warmed scones and mince pies. Corinthia Festive Afternoon Tea £35, Laurent-Perrier Afternoon Tea £45, Louis Roederer Brut Rosé N.V. Afternoon Tea £53 per […]

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2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Every year I’m stunned by the sublime images of nature displayed at the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition, held at The Natural History Museum. Showcased in a stunning array of phenomenal natural splendor, the photographs are like looking at scenes from another world. Somehow, a group of gifted photographers catch breathtaking moments of green magic which are utterly mesmerizing. Action shots, still shots, wildlife shots and landscape shots invite the viewer to step into a world away from the City  – and marvel in awe. This years winner, Daniel Beltrá won with his ‘five breathtaking aerials and […]

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DeLonghi Concession at Harrods

We all enjoy good coffee. Frankly, we all need good coffee. But where to get it? Well, make your way to the twinkling and magical building that is Harrods this Christmas, and you won’t be disappointed. For inside, De Longhi – master Italian coffeemakers – have set up their very first concession. Inside the De’Longhi coffee bar, which will sit within the Harrods’ brand new Tea and Coffee Room, shoppers will be allowed to get up, close and personal with the popular brand: touching, inspecting and trying out high-spec coffee machines and sample the vast array of hot beverages the multi-taskers […]

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What The Dickens at Barts

We all know it as the Chelsea speakeasy whose 1920s American paraphernalia and booze-out-of-teacups make it the reveller’s perfect hidden secret. But to honour the season of good cheer, Barts is to transform itself into a ‘Dickensian Dreamland’ … Be greeted by staff dressed up as the characters of Dickens’ legendary festive tale, A Christmas Carol, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Ebenezer Scrooge … while enjoying all the mulled wine and mince pies on offer. And in case you’re stuck for the lyrics of famous festive carols when they begin to be played out from the musical corner of the bar, […]

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Andaz Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are certainly getting imaginative this year. We’ve already seen Selfridges’ £18,000 calendar cabinet filled with mini-me versions of shoes by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson and Love Magazine’s effort featuring mini flicks of models Lindsey Wixson, Douzen Kroes and co getting down to All I Want for Christmas and Santa Baby but now for something we can really get our teeth into. Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street has collaborated with designer Eyal Burstein of Beta Tank to create an advent calendar table piled with vintage tea cups and bowls capturing the essence of […]

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KIN

Clerkenwell’s Leather Lane may have a few similarities to the Khao San Road of Bangkok but today it’s getting another in new restaurant, KIN (meaning ‘eat’ in Thai), serving up street foods from across Asia. The genesis of the idea came after founder Kwok Tang discovered he had a gluten intolerance whereupon he and his wife and business partner began to investigate the benefits of Vietnamese cuisine which is gluten and wheat free. We’re talking a delicious mix of Pho, Chicken Katsu Curry, Pad Thai and Green Curry – most of which is also available to take away. Banh Mi, […]

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We wish you a Lanvin Christmas

There’s nothing like the annual tradition of Claridge’s uber fashionable tree to tell us that the festive season is well and truly underway and although it was officially erected at the end of last month, it was properly christened this week with a star studded Christmas party. Guests including Sir Paul Smith, Gordon Ramsay, Tallulah Harlech, Mary Charteris, Emilia Fox, Fergus Henderson, Mike Figgis and, of course, Alber Elbaz downed pomegranate and mulled apple cocktails  and feasted upon parsnip and chestnut croquettes, turkey and ham pies and mini gingerbread houses while being serenaded by pianist Rosey Chan. The 20 foot […]

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Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail

Christmas is lovely: everything is green, gold and red. This year, it’s also pink. Pink? I hear you shriek. Yes, pink … The Drunken Monkey in East London – renowned as much for its wondrous array of Dim Sum, as it is for its Kung Fu setting -is helping urn a few things on its head this Christmas. On their long and popular cocktail list, the festive ones down at the Shoreditch locale have produced a special ‘Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail’ especially for all you hardcore revellers. What’s in it? ’50ml Pink Pigeon, 25ml Freshly squeeze orange juice, 15ml Fratello hazelnut, Dash of […]

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Stuart Semple for Amnesty at Boxpark

From floating 2000 Happy Clouds above the Tate Modern to make us all feel a bit better a couple of years ago to his brilliant comic-book-meets-social-commentary pop art canvases, artist and Aubin Gallery director Stuart Semple is always on message. And now he’s lending his talents to Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign. He’s created a series of prints on sale at Amnesty’s pop-up retail concept in Shoreditch’s newly opened Boxpark bearing the slogan, Shine a Light the Whole World Over. “It’s a lyric from Diana Ross’ Chain Reaction,” he told me, “each of us can do something that shines […]

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Del Aziz

Clapham’s really been upping its culinary game of late with Soif and The Rookery opening only last week. And now Eastern Mediterranean restaurant group Del’Aziz is launching its sixth site and serious South London hub bang in the middle of Clapham Old Town. Just like its sister sites, Del’Aziz in Clapham has been designed by Shaun Clarkson with warm rosy and saffron tones and wooden and copper features throughout the restaurant, bars, deli-café and gift shop. The restaurant and main event will be open from 7am until 11pm at night. Breakfasts and brunches feature muesli and Greek yoghurt and Berber […]

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