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Happy New Year of the dragon

Welcome to the year of the dragon – in Chinese astrology one promising powerful therapeutic waves of change and wisdom combined with a deeper level of collective understanding. So in the spirit of acquiring some extra wisdom and shifting some cellulite I checked out Marylebone’s brilliant Chi-Yu spa. My therapy of choice was the Deep Tissue & Remedial Massage with the amazing Noriko which promised to help release muscle tensions and stimulate blood circulation and her slow deep pressure strokes using juniper and geranium oils were massage music to some shamefully sedentary gluts. The spa’s holistic approach means they can […]

Culture

The Pink Runway

Are you sad that all the sartorially-wise have moved their sashaying dresses and bouffant hair to Milan? Don’t be. The capital is still very much dancing to the London Fashion Week tune. For example, at Covent Garden’s Circus, the party is most definitely ongoing. Head to it in the next few days, and waiting for you will be a ‘Pink Runway’: a delicious rum cocktail with flavours of pomegranate and pineapple with a dash of ginger beer. Made with Pink Pigeon vanilla rum – the spiced rumis named after the rare and endangered bird which originates on the island of Mauritius […]

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Gleneagles Spa

Set in 850 acres of dramatic Scottish countryside, with one of the most coveted golf courses and home to Andrew Fairlie’s 2 Michelin star restaurant, Gleneagles really has it all and that’s before you’ve mentioned the multi award-winning spa… As soon as you enter the spa you know you are in good hands.  Upon arriving you feel like you have dipped into a sanctuary situated in the beautiful Perthshire hills.  With a selection of rooms in which to unwind, either naturally lit courtyards with plants and calming water or darker relaxation rooms with beds, blankets, magazines and a selection of […]

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The May Fair Spa Summer

In the five years since its grand renovation, The May Fair hotel has acquired a fair few fans. This summer, it will undoubtedly be grabbing a handful more when its May Fair Spa introduces a trio of luxurious treatments especially suited for battling summer's dehyrdating excesses. First up is the hour-long Milk and Honey wrap, a hydrating treatment which includes a full body salt scrub, followed by a wrap consisting solely of nourishing 'milk & honey'. (£99) Next? The Vitamin C Infusion Facial and Hand Treatment, one which helps lighten pigmentation, reduce the appearance of fine lines and brightens skin. (£99, 1 […]

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Culture

Hats of fun at Peter Jones

While the rain continues to pelt down, it may not immediately feel like summer. But this week, Peter Jones, the Sloane Square department store, will be going out of its way to help remind us of the time of year? For launching tomorrow is the Millimania Exhibition, a pop-up display that will boast a range of never-seen-before antique royal hats, including, among others, two bonnets once designed for Queen Victoria. The exhibition will also herald the start of Peter Jones’ ‘Hat Academy, a summer-long set of 1 hour one-to-one consultations, aimed at helping this season’s race-goers select the perfect hat. “The ‘Hat Academy’ offers shoppers guidance on […]

Culture

SHOP at the Savoy

Five star hotels demand five star service (and we're not just talking dinners and bellboys). Freshly back on the London scene, The Savoy has created an extra special retail service for both guests and Londoners alike, that brings the most exclusive elements of shopping in the capital into one supremely useful package. Shop at the Savoy has been deemed the ultimate 'SHOPcierge' experience, offering a full menu of services throughout the hotel, be it in the exclusive brochure, on the televisions, in the 20 showcase windows around the building. SHOP's quarterly collections of the most beautiful items London has to […]

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Hotel Bulgari

Italian luxury goods house, Bulgari doesn't just sell a great line in glittering baubles (perfect for Valentine's Day hint hint) but, like Armani and Missoni, it has also branched out into the luxury hospitality world with gleaming hotels in Milan and Bali plus a restaurant, café and chocolate boutique in Tokyo. But now Bulgari has set its glamorous sights on our capital and plans be the first luxury label to open a hotel in London next year. We can't wait! We hear that the group has ear-marked the site of the former Normandie Hotel in Knightsbridge and following a lavish […]

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Openings & Launches

Winners at Sketch

Last minute Christmas shoppers would do well to stop off the at the new pop-up Sketch cafe at the Royal Academy of Arts, the gallery's very fashionable collaboration with Pierre Gagnaire to co-incide with the GSK Contemporary exhibition ' Aware: Art Fashion Identity'. Every week there's £450 worth of Mawi jewellery up for grabs. So, before you dig into your patisserie, check the underside and if you find a golden sticker, it's your lucky day as you can exchange it for a beautiful piece from a selection of necklaces and bracelets from the brand beloved by Alexa Chung and Cheryl […]

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Openings & Launches

John Galliano for Claridges

  For the second year running, John Galliano for Dior will be designing the Claridge's Christmas tree. 2010's whimsical creation, entitled Under the Sea, will feature sparkling silver leaves, pink coral, sea horses, fish, anemones, starfish and jelly fish all glinting like gem stones. Says the Dior supremo, "The majestic beauty of Claridge's Art Deco interiors never fails to inspire me [..]. I wanted to create an underwater fantasy." He continues, I hope we create something as sumptuous as its setting and this inspires a truly luxurious escape and a very festive season at Claridge's." The tree will be unveiled […]

Fashion & Beauty

Man in Black

Even though he was a man of few words, Paul Newman in his prime would have made a good spokesperson for men’s grooming brand Jack Black, whose authentic, effective, and handsomely packaged products for the guy’s guy don’t need much selling.  The latest addition to their line is a rugged fragrance that evokes the ideal American man – an effortlessly attractive, cool, and deeply masculine bloke whose taste isn’t swayed by trends.  “I wanted it to be utterly unique – nothing mass or predictable – and to bring the man of today to life through scent,” said perfume savant Jerome […]

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SATC2 at The Dorchester

Just in time for the release of Sex and The City 2, London's swanky The Dorchester hotel is offering a Girls' Weekend package styled around the fashionable foursome and what's more if you book over selected Bank Holidays, they'll even through in a second room for free! Priced from £425 per room, the package includes a veritable cornucopia of stylish treats. The hotel concierge will brief nearby Harvey Nichols on each guest's style preference and on arrival at the Knightsbridge shopping Mecca, a personal stylist will be on hand for the ultimate in store experience. Remember girls, Halston's situated on […]

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Culture

Rachel Trevor Morgan Hats

If you want to turn heads, nothing works better than a great hat. And nowhere is this more apparent than at the races, where sky’s the limit as far as eye catching creations go. So as this summer’s sporting social season draws nearer, it’s time to see who’s got the top hat. This years Investec Derby Festival, held at Epsom Downs Racecourse, is providing the perfect opportunity to help get your eye in the hat game. Rachel Trevor Morgan has been designing hats for Her Majesty The Queen since 2006 and has been appointed as the ‘Official Milliner’ for this […]

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