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IKEA afloat

This Friday 14 September, IKEA is transforming Regent's Canal into a floating night market, offering visitors an exclusive look at the textiles and products in the new global inspired IKEA range while making like they’re kicking back in Bangkok! Expect all the sights, sounds and smells of an authentic floating market plus vibrant curtains, cushions and lot’s more. You’ll be welcomed to jump aboard a punt boat to take a trip around the canal and there’ll be a whole raft (sorry) of surprises. Oh yes, and, of course, plenty of time to plan your very own 60-minute make-over. 38 Graham […]

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Babington House Wedding Open Day

It’s a scary thought but the wedding planning is already underway for next year so with impending nuptials in mind, check out the Babington House Wedding open day on the 29th September. It promises a great opportunity to experience everything the house has to offer. The 18 acre estate dates back to the Georgian period and the House, nestled in the midst of rolling hills, offers a perfect setting for a traditional country wedding with a bohemian twist. Guests are invited for a full tour of the site, to experience some of the facilities and also sample the seasonal menu. […]

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Bibigo

Bibigo Bar and Dining is a healthy, fresh, authentic and contemporary Korean restaurant just arrived in Soho last week. It’s owned by CJ, Korea’s biggest food company and there are already several restaurants across Korea, Singapore, China and the United States but the London venue is the first in Europe. The menu has been created by Leo Kang, one of the judges of Masterchef Korea (Zuma, La Tante Claire and Gordon Ramsay in both London and Dubai) while head chef in Kim Yong Hwan (Roka, Zuma). Signature lunchtime offering is assemble-to-order Bibimbap, Korea’s national dish – a bowl of rice […]

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Lanvin Bubblegum

Ok so Alber Elbaz hasn’t quite joined forces with Hubba Bubba but he HAS collaborated with Ladurée Macarons to design the most gorgeous box for the Parisian confectionary marque’s new bubblegum flavoured treats. They say that a delectable air of childhood surrounds those with a soft spot for sweets and never a truer word could be said of the Lanvin creative director. It is this whimsical spirit that inspired his sketched faces of the long-lashed lovelies decorating the Ladurée packaging– all accessorised to the max of course. A bright red pop of grosgrain ribbon adds a final touch of style […]

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The Ampersand Hotel

Newly relaunched for autumn is The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. The 1888 built hotel is being touted as London’s original boutique hotel and has been given a new lease of life for 2012 with 111 individually styled bedrooms and balconied suites, splashes of contemporary art, a ground floor patisserie and a vaulted destination cocktail and dining experience. Classic English heritage meets a contemporary interior with restored original Victorian features visible in all areas from high ceilings to gargoyles. Guests enter a kaleidoscopic world with a design aesthetic inspired by the surrounding museums – The Natural History, Science and Victoria […]

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The art of Swatch

If you’re gearing up for Frieze’s annual art fest next month you can get ahead of the curve and buy into the new Swatch & Art collaboration launching this week. The latest designs draw inspiration from the world of tattoo art in collaboration with French tattoo artists Tin Tin and Emmanuelle Antille. And if you’re curious as to their fashion pedigree, they have inked Jean-Paul Gaultier. You get the picture. But you won’t find any naughty Damien Hirst-esque butterflies here. Rather black and white printed dragons, multi-coloured snakes and these blue and black prints more reminiscent of delicate china than […]

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Byron Craft Beer

What would help wash down a particularly delicious burger? Why, beer of course! At least, that's what the brains behind Byron thought ahead of this very week, the one which sees the chain's launch of its new craft beer list.  Some of the few that are available at your nearest Byron are… Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Kellerweis, the Hawaiian Longboard and Racer 5 IPA from California. All the regulars will still feature, so if you're a fan of the Camden Hills lager, Brooklyn Lager and the Byron Pale Ale, all is certainly not lost. Bottoms up! www.byronhamburgers.com/

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Counter Culture at Fortnum & Mason

There’s a new concept in dining at Fortnum & Mason: The Counter Culture offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the finest seasonal selections from the fresh counters, paired with a choice of wines from Fortnum & Mason’s celebrated cellar.  Before being seated at the 14-cover Atrium, diners take a tour of the Food Hall counters where they can pick from the Buyers’ Choice of the Season (mix and match with two, three or five items).  Choose from charcuterie options including Highgrove lomo and Suffolk salami and  the stores’ signature specialities such as Hen Scotch Eggs and Royal Game Pie from […]

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Delano Marrakech

Is Marrakech being primed to take over from Ibiza as the jet set’s party destination of choice? Well, with the opening of the Delano Marrakech this month – a partnership between Morgans Hotel Group and Moroccan entrepreneur Ahmed Bennani and Hivernage Collection, that might just be a yes. The new location has been designed by Jacques Garcia with an opulent interior blending precious marbles with sumptuous velvet. Ceilings in the lobby are of hand-carved wood and a central rotunda is surrounded by an intricately patterned Moroccan design. The 71 room hotel features 27 luxurious suites and 44 deluxe guest rooms. […]

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Whisky at JW Steakhouse

JW Steakhouse are having an incredibly giving September, for its restaurant and bar have named this month, 'Jack Daniel's Month'.  But what does that exactly mean? Well, the restaurant's very own Jack Daniel's Single Barrel has acquired great popularity since it launched earlier this year, and to celebrate it, Jack Daniel's month will be bringing JD-inspired food items to the JW Steakhouse menu, while also being the inspiration behind a menu full of JD cocktails. Then there's an added bonus if you happen to be called either Jack or Daniel: there's a complimentary  cocktail in it for you.  One of […]

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Celebrity Chefs at Quaglinos

Have you found somewhere to watch the Paralympics yet? Well, look no further than revered and delicious restaurant, Quaglino's.  What could be more tempting: every time Team GB pick up a gold in any event, the kind people at Quaglino's will be offering a complimentary glass of champagne for all the necessary celebrations. There will also be live coverage, all day long, of all the fun and games being had over in East London. There are other reasons to visit the celebrated Mayfair restaurant in the coming weeks, however.  From 24th September, cheese will be taking centre stage. Jonathan Dupont, […]

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Trees for Cities

Designer Markus Lupfer has created an exclusive, limited edition T-shirt in support of urban tree planting charity Trees for Cities. The bold, playful design has been printed onto 100% organic cotton with 90% reduced CO2 footprint, to make sure they are fully environmentally friendly. Says Markus, “Trees are such an important part of our urban experience so I am delighted to be part of Trees for Cities' 2012 Tree-Athlon, helping to raise awareness and funds for more trees to be planted in inner city environments all over the World.” The T-shirt will be given to all participants of the Tree-Athlon […]

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