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Preppy Pop-Up

Will the appeal of the Prep ever wane? The charms of America’s blue-blooded East Coast continue to attract a strong Brit audience, and now one if its finest purveyors – the house of Mr. Hilfiger – has set up shop in the heart of Covent Garden. Not for long, however – Hilfiger is on a ‘Prep World Tour’, which is currently installed at the East Piazza but will be departing swiftly for Milan come May 15th. The shingled, shuttered beach house landed in style on Friday with a star-studded party attended by one of our own best of British stars, […]

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A jewel at The Crown

Summer’s here and all the long lunches in the countryside that come with it and as luck would have it, Heston Blumenthal’s newest pub, The Crown at Bray has just opened its brand new south facing garden. This open-air ‘jewel in The Crown’ (sorry but we couldn’t resist that one) features well-spaced picnic tables around a large grassy expanse with a low hedge dividing the seating space and the generous open lawn – perfect for a spot of croquet. But if you want to watch the local world go by the historic 15th century hostelry you can always sit out […]

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The Tea & Coffee Festival

We’ve been hooked on coffee for years, and tea is quite the vogue afternoon refreshment, so it was only a matter of time until fans came together to throw themselves a festival. The Tea and Coffee Festival runs this weekend at the Southbank Centre thanks to a host of exhibitors and participants showing off the best in hot drinks and the all-important accompanying snacks. Kicking off on Friday afternoon, the festival offers (among other things) a Japanese tea ceremony, a tutored tasting, and a coffee roasting demo with java purists Dark Fluid. Saturday starts with a Chinese tea masterclass, and […]

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The Gilbert Scott

    The wait is finally over and Marcus Wareing’s new restaurant The Gilbert Scott launches today.  Set within the newly renovated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, The Gilbert Scott will occupy the original entrance hall and coffee room seating 120 in the restaurant and a further 52 in the bar. Fans of Marcus’ eponymous two Michelin starred restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley (Best Overall Restaurant in the 2011 Harden’s Restaurant Guide) will love the original yet familiar menu that pays tribute to the historic nature of the building and serves up a myriad of great British classics. Interiors have […]

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Design for D&G and Kylie Minogue

Ok aspiring fashion designers. If you didn’t apply for Project Catwalk because you didn’t fancy being ripped to shreds on reality tv, it’s time to have yourself a Gok Wan moment. Dolce & Gabbana need a new injection of creative talent and guess what, it could be you! The dynamic duo are renowned for collaborating with Kylie Minogue – most recently on the costumes for herAphrodite Les Folies tour and now, together with the diminutive princess of pop, they  are scouting for new designers and running a global competition where entrants must create a t-shirt for Kylie inspired by her […]

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Real Food Festival

Tomorrow sees the beginning of the Real Food Festival at Earl’s Court celebrating food and drink that has been sustainably and ethically produced and it’s packed to the brim with 500 of the finest artisan food producers chef theatre and cookery school. Visitors can expect to see top chefs including Giorgio Locatelli, Jason Atherton and Valentine Warner, get involved at the Real Food Cookery-school, get hands-on experience at butchery and artisan food workshops, pick their own tea in a Cornish botanical garden, keep the kids entertained in the Taste Experience tent and learn all about cheese, wine and chocolate with […]

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Savage Beauty

You’ve seen the dress (both of them to be precise) but now it’s time for the main event. No not the Royal Wedding (been there and bought the bunting on that one) – we’re talking the launch of Savage Beauty at The MET’s Costume Institute in NYC. Last night saw the museum’s Gala Benefit with Daphne Guinness getting dressed live in the window of Barney’s but tomorrow sees the opening of what is surely the exhibition of the millennium celebrating the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. The exhibition will feature one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from the […]

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Bloom

This month SW6 is getting a bright and breezy all day drinking and dining destination in Fulham Palace Village. Bloom bar café and kitchen will be serving up signature brunch and bowl food alongside a delicatessen selling artisan breads, foodie treats and gifts plus freshly prepared take-home dishes coming soon from the Bloom Chef. In keeping with its name, Bloom’s spacious front terrace will be planted with a drift of flora and fragrant herbs for a relaxing café feel and one reflecting the heritage of the landmark Fulham Palace Garden Centre opposite. Interiors are all bare brick features and simple […]

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Pimms O Clock

One wedding doesn’t make a summer but the royal nuptials have got the season off to a cracking start. And with a whole host of splendiferous summer occasions in the offing from  Kate Moss and Lily Allen’s weddings to Wimbledon, Henley and more, we’re sensing a lot of Pimm’s o’clocks in the offing… Move over Karl Lagerfeld for Diet Coke, Pimm’s has got into the current patriotic spirit and teamed up with Sainsbury’s to produce a rather fabulous limited edition bottle boasting a patriotic Union Jack emblem. And what’s more, anyone buying one of these exclusive little numbers can celebrate […]

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Firmdale Film Club

Movie buffs have a real treat in store this summer courtesy of Firmdale Hotels. You might already know that The Soho Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel  – plus the Crosby in NYC for the jet-setters amongst you – each has its very own luxuriously appointed state-of-the-art screening room. And now, at the weekend the’ll be operating an exclusive Film Club with a happily inclusive members’ policy –  open to everyone from hotel guests to members of the public.  Take lunch, dinner or a Champagne afternoon tea at the hotel restaurant and follow it up with the movie […]

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An Artisan Easter

We’re not sure whether we should eat these or display them on the mantelpiece but this year’s Easter collection from Artisan du chocolat is almost worthy of a spot at the Tate Modern.     We’re loving the pretty peony designed Wrapped Up egg filled with a selection of liquid sea salted caramels, the colourful red and blue Speckled Eggs in layered dark or white chocolate and the limited edition Ceramic Egg – imprinted with an illustration of a growing cocoa pod. Chocolate bunnies spray painted in candy hues with edible ink will certainly give Lindt’s golden rabbit a run […]

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The Royal Wedding

Not snagged an invite to the royal wedding? Don’t worry you can still celebrate in style at one of London’s top hotels with no intrusive paparazzi snapping away at your hat and without your mobile phone being confiscated at the door. Brunch at Brown's Brown’s Hotel will be serving up a delicious Royal Wedding brunch at HIX at the Albemarle. Head chef, Marcus Verberne, has created a sumptuous menu featuring quintessential British cuisine set to charm any Royalist from Hix cure De Beauvoir smoked salmon with scrambled eggs to eggy bread with smoked Orkney bacon and crème fraiche. Guests are […]

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