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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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Love Chocolate Love Diamonds

Gold schmold. Diamonds and chocolate have always been a girl’s best friend so this new collaboration between Chocolate and Love and boutique jeweller Diabloms is truly a match made in heaven. The two have teamed up for the ultimate carat and cocoa treasure hunt in which one lucky winner will receive a stunning one carat cut diamond worth £10,000! With only 5,000 bars in circulation, between now and 14 December 2011, four special diamond tickets have been concealed in four Crushed Diamond chocolate bars. Find one of them and you’ll be invited to an exclusive event at Harvey Nichols where […]

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Hawksmoor Guildhall

They say that three’s a trend and that’s certainly true where Hawksmoor is concerned. Continuing from the success of the Spitalfields original and then the follow up in Covent Garden comes Hawksmoor Guildhall opening next week in the City of London. The largest venture to date for owners Will Beckett and Huw Gott, Guildhall is a restaurant, bar and private dining room comprising 160 covers situated in the shadows of the Guildhall itself. The owners have again collaborated with interior design and architecture studio Macaulay Sinclair. Solid mahogany panelling is made from Natural History Museum specimen cabinets, the bar front […]

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Thank You Thursdays

Purse strings are tight this year – but the friendly folk down at St Christopher’s Place can sympathise. In fact, they don’t just sympathise – they’d like to reward you. Head to the quaint little corner off Oxford Street every Thursday during the month of November, and you’ll be met with treats. An example: on the very first Thursday (3rd November),  St Christopher’s Place will officially switch on its Christmas lights display, which will resemble giant light reflective silver spheres that will illuminate the surrounding buildings. After that, late-night shoppers will be ‘thanked’ with Christmas Carols, and nearby shops Ghost and […]

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Fornata

The team behind Mayfair’s popular Babbo Italian restaurant have just launched Fornata, in London’s Kingly Street. The name derives from the Italian word ‘forno’, meaning oven and the restaurant’s exposed kitchens form a focal point amidst a rustic interior inspired by southern Italian lemon groves that transport the diner into sunnier climes. Chef Douglas Santi and his kitchen team oversee both Babbo and Fornata and the menu has an emphasis on oven-cooked dishes from Southern Italy that lend themselves to sharing. In fact, the importance of the oven can be traced back to village life of Roman times, where villagers […]

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Bubbly bar for the Old Vic Tunnels

Did you know? The Old Vic Tunnels are looking for a new ‘concept’ bar – and they’re asking YOU to draw it into life. By the end of this week, the The Old Vic Tunnels Underground Artists Scheme will have hopefully received a winning idea by an emerging, talented designer, after having encouraged just about anyone to come forward and flex their artistic muscles on their new project. The deadline on this offer closes on 28th October. The bar will take inspiration from the ‘creative heritage’ of bubbly makers, Veuve Clicquot (with whom the cavernous tunnels under Waterloo Station have joined […]

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Winter at County Hall

The mercury’s dropped and you’re probably already looking forward to the return of Eggnog Lattes. But you might want to try a different sort of tipple once the pre-Christmas parade comes to town: the Winter Cocktails at the Marriott County Hall Hotel. From December 1st, the baristas will be treating their guests to the likes of … The Victorian Cocktail,  a blend of Hendrick’s gin, fresh pineapple, lemon juice, Elderflower syrup, peppermint and lemongrass tea for £9.50, The Georgian Cocktail, a mix of Tanqueray gin shaken with Elderflower syrup, oranges and Chamomile tea for £9.50, and so on. If that […]

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Grayson takes the Maison

We loved the Tracey Emin exhibition at Louis Vuitton’s Bond Street Maison in conjunction with her show at the Hayward Gallery earlier this year and now it’s the turn of Grayson Perry. The new installation coincides with the Turner Prize winning artist’s The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum combining his own works with objects from across the museum’s collection and exploring themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture. Centrepiece at Vuitton is a LV trunk – ornately adorned with images of […]

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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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A starring role for The May Fair Hotel

Kicking off the 55th BFI London Film Festival today is a silver screen spectacular from The May Fair Hotel which boasts a serious filmic heritage harking back in the 1950s when it was owned by Elstree Studio founders the American Danziger Brothers. The venue is transforming its famous facade with screens into a giant movie theatre, hosting midnight shows and serving up silver screen inspired cocktails and gourmet popcorn. On Friday 21 October all hotel guests will be invited to watch a complimentary cult classic at midnight in the hotel's luxury 201-seater theatre but everyone can get a piece of the action […]

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The Balcon

Fashion Week may be done and dusted for another season but later this month, The Balcon, a grand brasserie with a Coco Chanel twist will be arriving this side of the channel in London’s Pall Mall. Headed up by Head Chef Vincent Menager, who’s worked under Frédéric Anton (Le Pré Catelan, Paris), Albert Roux, Alain Dutournier (Café Faubourg, Paris) and Alain Ducasse, the all-day menu will combine both classic French and British cooking styles and ingredients. In addition to breakfast lunch and dinner, think, morning tea and savouries, both French and English afternoon teas, and a Charcuterie Bar with its […]

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