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Gilgamesh- Eat yourself beautiful

Wave goodbye to needles and knifes, Gilgamesh has the latest beauty fix – on a plate! Acclaimed Head Chef Ian Pengelley is proud to unveil the ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ menu at Gilgamesh, available from February 2011, featuring hot Japanese food trend collagen. The benefits of protein to the human body have long been recognised by scientists, with collagen in particular being hugely popular with individuals wanting a more youthful and flawless skin. In recent years, Japanese women, who are known as being amongst the most image-conscious in the world, have taken the use of collagen one step further, by increasing […]

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Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic quickly became one of the hottest iPhone apps last year as photography reinvented itself as the hottest artistic medium to sweep the streets of Hipsterville. Using the generic mobile camera as its base, the app shoots square photographs which can be adapted with filters to give a vintagey, retro feel to your snaps – perfect for those days when you simply cannot be bothered to haul around your charity shop bargain Polaroid. The app’s popularity has spawned an entire era of modern photographers who use the lo fi technology to produce some pretty spectacular shots. A blog was created […]

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The Alma Hotel comes to Wandsworth

The Alma, a popular landmark pub in leafy Wandsworth has just unveiled 23 boutique-style bedrooms, along with a refurbished dining room and pub, transforming it into a coaching inn for the 21st century.  Whilst still very much a neighbourhood pub, The Alma now offers stylish, modern and luxuriously appointed rooms with quintessentially English charm. Just like the coaching inns of old, The Alma will provide a relaxed home-from-home for locals and visitors alike, with eating, drinking and lodgings all under one roof.  Think of The Alma as a boutique-style hotel without the attitude – a place with a welcoming pub […]

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2 for 1 at Beaufort House

Beaufort House scooped Best Members' Bar in London at last year's Club and Bar Awards for its three floors of home-from-home comforts taking in a laptop loan service, cinema screenings, backgammon tournaments, private meeting rooms and a 3am licence – all included in a membership deal so reasonable we're not going to print it in case we spark a riot. Check it out here instead www.beauforthousechelsea.com But if you want to get a taste for the place without the commitment, Beaufort's street level brasserie restaurant is open to the public and running a great 2 for 1 offer on weekday […]

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Chabrot

Calling all Francophiles! Launching this week in the bijoux Knightsbridge Green is Chabrot, an authentic ‘bistro du coin’ in the heart of London. The venture is the brainchild of operations director Yann Chevris (Nahm, Nobu London and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon), Michelin starred chef Thierry Laborde, wine expert Philippe Messy and celebrity florist Pascal Lavorel who have been friends for over a decade. The intimate 65 cover restaurant is set over two floors with interiors featuring the signature lighting of the traditional bistro and monochrome photography depicting scenes of rural France. Head chef Thierry Laborde (L’Oranger, Le Gavroche and Le […]

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Cirque in the City

If you work in the City and fancy a little lunchtime entertainment to go with your sandwich then head over to Broadgate’s Fulcrum for twelve o’clock sharp tomorrow, Tuesday 1 February. Normally confined to The Royal Albert Hall, the brilliant Cirque du Soleil is taking its evolution themed Totem show to the streets of London for a one-day-only eye-popping pop-up performance. Totem traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Inspired by many founding myths, the show illustrates the evolutionary progress of species through a spell-binding acrobatic language. But […]

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BRIT Watch!

Christmas comes two months late in the land of celebrity gifting and the Golden Globes nominee goody bag did sound a trifle disappointing this year though featuring low end designer handbags filled with those ubiquitous L’Oreal products. However, The BRIT Awards are injecting some much needed bling into proceedings with performers, presenters and artists each receiving one of 60 limited edition watches specially produced for the occasion by luxe Swiss watchmaker, Raymond Weil. Even if you’re Cheryl Cole and it’s got your face on it, there’s only so much Elvive a girl can wear after all so the glossy haired […]

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Royal Tee

It’s the beginning of the end, republicans. With only 3 months to go until Royal Wedding Fever reaches its climax, the supermarket big guns are now stepping up their merchandising game to really get the masses onboard. Enter Sainsbury’s first release, the prototype Royal Wedding t-shirt emblazoned with the cutesy nursery rhyme slogan, “Kate & William sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G” (cue appreciative or dismissive noise, as appropriate). Sainsbury’s reps noted the need for “affordable keepsakes”, and the £10 tee available in stores across the nation is the “perfect way to honour the momentous occasion and guaranteed to be the […]

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Amanda Wakeley at The Dorchester

Come 2 February, London's Dorchester Hotel is going to be even more stylish than usual. In advance of her London Fashion Week show on 22 February, Amanda Wakeley will be showcasing her current spring/summer 2011 collection on a rather exclusive runway. The hotel's Promenade will become a delicious cakewalk where guests joining the hotel for afternoon tea will be treated to a runway performance in addition to the habitual pastries and scones. View the collection over a glass of bubbly and post show, backstage will come to you in the shape of a private audience with the designer herself who will […]

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Galoupet

Following on from recent success stories like Gauthier Soho, Mews of Mayfair and L’Etranger incorporating restaurants with off licence elements, comes new contender Galoupet in Knightsbridge’s smart Beauchamp Place. It’s owned by the proprietors of the award-winning Chateau du Galoupet vineyard in Côtes de Provence and somewhat unsurprisingly features an onsite wine store. Vychith Heuang Praseuth (Asia de Cuba and Sake No Hana which he launched in 2008) will join as General Manager. Food is slated as drawing on Mediterranean and Asian influences (without mention of the F word), however, with chef Chris Golding (Zuma in Knightsbridge, Nobu Berkeley, Nahm […]

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