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Photo-Me by Philippe Starck

Say goodbye to bad passport snaps with the brand new Philippe Starck designed Photo-Me photobooth. The creative maestro has turned his attention to automated photobooths, helping to create a new generation of machine incorporating augmented reality guaranteed to turn the humble photobooth into a veritable creative studio. In addition to Starck’s elegant design (it even had its own launch party at the Saatchi Gallery last week), the booth is equipped with a high resolution 32″ touch control screen, heating (just in case you feel the urge to strip off) and state-of- the-art camera technology that automatically adjusts to users’ heights. […]

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Party Pan Am style

As we fasten our seatbelts for the BBC’s Pan Am to hit out screens, a brand new hostess with the mostess service is hitting the land of hospitality. Let us introduce you to Troli Doli – a fleet of female (and male) models pushing airline trolleys and prepared to cater to you (almost) every whim. When you hire this season’s answer to Butlers in the Buff, and they’ll glide around your party serving up a choice of hot or cold beverages – though we suspect there’ll be a bit more call for the latter –  plus anything else that takes […]

Openings & Launches

Carom

D&D Restaurant group behind such London stalwarts as Bluebird Chelsea, Launceston Place, La Pont de la Tour and Quaglino’s is launching its first Indian restaurant on Wardour Street on the site of the former Meza. Following the success of a pop-up programme featuring star turns from the likes of Michelin star winner, Atul Kochhar and The Modern Pantry’s Anna Hansen, contemporary restaurant and lounge bar Carom will specialise in regional Indian cuisine. Carom is named after an Indian spice (and a game but more of that later) and will offer a suitably spicy menu based around a sharing concept with […]

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Individual Liberty

If you’re looking for a pre-Christmas exhibition to stumble across in London, look no further than this one in SE1. From 4th November, artist Alex Roberts introduces ‘Individual Liberty’, a poignant set of work which celebrates ‘fearlessness’. The City of Bath Art College, Reading University and London College of Printing graduate, is a supporter of Time to Change, a campaign which breaks down the unhealthy stigma attached to problems of mental health. “By capturing individuals’ characteristics and placing them in the spotlight, Roberts’ portraits are candid insights into the worlds of others, and compel the viewer to contemplate what beauty really is,” says […]

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Oh, Muddy Hell!

If you thought it was all quintessential glamour and high-end comfort at Mayfair’s Dukes Hotel, think again. Ok, well, it is those two things most of the time, but tonight, things will be a little different inside the quaint and perfectly-hidden London hotel. Alessandro Palazzi, the effervescent Italian bartender, will be making some changes to his timeless Martinis (don’t forget that it was at Dukes where James Bond creator Ian Fleming was said to have coined the phrase, ‘Shaken, not stirred’). Instead of his traditional tipples, he’ll be concocting a ‘Muddy Hell’ – which is made of Strega Liqueur (Strega in […]

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A Chocolate Festival

Need an excuse to over-indulge your chocolate habit? Here’s one. From 9th to 11th December, the Southbank Centre will be hosting its very own Chocolate Festival. Amid the various mouth-watering stalls (from which one can buy and sample), a series of free tutored talks and tastings given by culinary expert Valentina Harris, will also be on offer for chocoholics within the Chocolate Cookery Theatre. On Saturday 10th, on the ‘Masters of Chocolate Day’, the Festival will be bringing together London’s top chocolatiers to help teach professional cookery techniques and recipes in order to put together homemade gifts. For £5 a head, apply […]

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The Most Decadent Supper Club In Town

Voluptè is usually described as ‘a world of decadence and delight – a place to escape, unwind and be entertained’. But what could it possibly be if this supper-club-cum-burlesque-and-cabaret venue offered just that little bit more? This November, its regulars are set to find out. Voluptè (located near Chancery Lane) is launching a quintessential British staple: Voluptéa, or in other words, afternoon tea. While diners tuck into their fine teas, finger sandwiches, buttery scones, and so on, rest assured that Voluptè’s finest ‘burlesque beauties’ Ginger Blush and Miss Rose Thorne, will be trying their hardest to compete with your attention. Voluptéa is £42 per person. […]

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Armani Hotel Milano

Next week on 10 November sees the grand opening of Milan’s Armani Hotel – or Armani Hotel Milano to be precise and while it may not have made it in time for Milan Fashion Week, we suspect it didn’t want to share the limelight with anyone! With its big brother opened in Dubai last year, in world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa tower, this younger sibling has a lot to live up to but with a premium address in the famous Manzoni 31 building, bang in the centre of the Quadrilatero della Moda – aka the city’s shopping district – […]

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Pie and a Pint in Chiswick

Ever heard of Movember? You have now. The Devonshire Arms pub in Chiswick will be celebrating Movember – an event which raises awareness about men’s health issues over a whole month – by joining up with Spitfire Ale. A ‘Spitfire Pie and Pint’ menu will run from 1st – 30th November, and it’ll essentially consist of a range of pies specially created by head chef David Faunch. On the menu? Chicken and Leek, Steak and Oyster and Skate Cheek and Langoustine, and so on. As an official partner of Movember for 2011, Spitfire has launched a limited edition ‘Mo’ bottle, […]

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Sanderson goes street

We're used to pop-up restaurants and pop-by food carts but now the good folk at Sanderson's Suka restaurant are launching an authentic 'pop-up' street-food menu to capture the energy and flavours of the Malay scene with prices to match. Ok so we're exaggerating a little here but when it comes to top notch cuisine, dishes at £8-£15 a pop are practically free! Available for a limited time only, the menu takes diners and would-be adventurers on a culinary journey through the street-food capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Tawau. Dishes are served in typical Malaysian sharing style with lunch options […]

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Luna & Curious at Sanderson

Shoreditch Aladdin's Cave of a boutique, Luna & Curious has taken up a permanent residency at the Sanderson purveying an eclectic mix of homewares, jewellery, art and accessories. It is run by collective Rheanna Lingham, Kaoru Parry of welovekaoru and Polly George who make a talented trio of jewellery designer and quirky ceramicists with a passion for British design. Kaoru and Polly's English fine bone china is created by artisans in Stoke-on-Trent using increasingly rare manufacturing traditions in the ceramic industry and Rheanna's exotic feather jewellery is hand-dyed in her Kent studio where iridescent green beetle wings are also turned […]

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Mishkins

From the birth of little Beak street Bacaro, Polpo, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty were onto a sure fire winner. Now, following three further variants on the theme – Polpo, Polpetto above The French House, the more casual da Polpo and Spuntino in Rupert Street – will open fifth instalment, Mishkin’s next month. Set in the heart of London’s Covent Garden like da Polpo, Mishkin’s promises to bring a slice of the East End and New York’s Lower East Side to London’s West End and is described by Russell Norman himself as “a kind of Jewish deli with cocktails”. Norman, […]

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