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Ormonde Jayne New Store Opening

Ormonde Jayne which offers an exlusive range of perfumes for both men and women,  celebrates its tenth and most exciting year with the launch of the new flagship boutique in world famous Sloane Square, London this month. Ormonde Jayne’s third and newest address in London is 192 Pavillion Road (site of the old General Trading Company) and like the first boutique in Old Bond Street, it neighbours with Tiffany’s, Cartier & Links of London.

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Dego Restaurant- Great Portland Street

Appearances can certainly be deceptive and none more so than in the case of this wonderful osteria nestled just off Great Portland Street. On the surface one could be forgiven for mistaking this as another modern European restaurant for the Oxford Street masses. However, underneath the slightly cold exterior lies a restaurant that did more to re-kindle my love of good, quality Italian cuisine than the plethora of clichéd Italian restaurants I have frequented over the past few years. Dego is fronted by Massimo Mioli, a sommelier who comes from a family of Venetian restaurateurs. His passion and enthusiasm for […]

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Tapas Revolution

Visitors to Westfield shopping centre are in for a culinary treat next month when Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy opens his Tapas Revolution – the first in a series of Madrid-style all day tapas bars planned throughout the UK. Formerly head chef El Pirata Detapas, Omar, who was trained by Ferran Adrià of the renowned El Bulli, has been described by Gordon Ramsay as the ‘Antonio Banderas of cooking’. Omar sources his ingredients from small farms all around Spain and coffee has been blended to replicate his favourite from his local barrio in Madrid. The interior features a 50 metre pewter […]

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Christmas at Dishoom

Landed with the task of organising the office Christmas do? Troubled by sheer numbers to find seats for, and undoubtedly a clash in tastes and definitions of “a good time”, it’s not an enviable task. Take refuge this winter at Dishoom, London’a Bombay café that has handily expanded this yuletide and has the necessities of a group event nailed. The newly opened lower ground floor has large booths and free-standing seating that can be configured to your event’s needs, with the whole area available to hire, offering a seated capacity of 70. The menu has been conveniently adapted too for […]

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Christmas at Alain Ducasse

A few years ago, someone decided to take a stand against the notoriously lacklustre Christmas cracker – after all, a paper hat can only have limited entertainment value. The result was a new market niche for the ultimate in luxury crackers, beautiful gilded creations that hide infinite possibilities for teeny tiny supergifts. In the case of masterchef Alain Ducasse, the crackers on offer at his three Michelin-starred restaurant at the London Dorchester are the hiding place for a range of his most coveted and well-guarded recipes, including his infamous Rhum Baba. Foodies won't be the only ones rejoicing, as three […]

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The Bobbin

New addition to the Clapham scene is the midnight blue Bobbin pub from Alex Corbett and Jonathon Burford, the team behind Battersea’s The Lighthouse and The Roundhouse in Wandsworth. It’s hidden away from the main drag on Lillieshall Street a smart residential enclave of handsome Georgian houses. As cute as a button – or a bobbin for that matter – the cosy bar and restaurant areas see banquette seating upholstered in thick luxurious plaid and two roaring fires. Shelves are laden with board games and cookery books and colanders filled with giant seasonal vegetables make for an unusual touch. Additional […]

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Brugal Rum Comes to Covent Garden

  For those of you in need of a strong drink Brugal Rum is bringing a true taste of the Caribbean to the capital this November, introducing the city to the laid back style of its homeland and splashing some of its Dominican spirit across the city. Taking inspiration from the Dominican Republic’s thriving street art culture, street artists from London and beyond are taking part in a live event in Covent Garden, where locals and visitors can watch the art come to life before their eyes. Three giant columns will appear in the square on Saturday 27th November, and […]

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Skate at Somerset House

Today sees the launch of Skate at Somerset house presented by luxury jewellery Tiffany & Co. This season there’s a brand new collaboration in place with the English National Ballet and Big Dance. Join the Somerset House Skate School, grab a lunchtime ice ballet workout way better than schlepping to the gym, skate to the strains of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker or join the fun after hours with the Friday and Saturday nights with live with live DJs from Ministry of Sound and Eat Your Own Ears. On more solid ground, Tom’s Skate Lounge, the from  Tom Aiken will serve an […]

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The Write Stuff

For anyone who’s partial to a good horoscope now and then, you will understand my fascination with graphology, a.k.a. what your handwriting says about YOU. Is it really true that you can draw messages on your life from the way you scrawl on a page? Fanatics and sceptics alike should head on down to Smythson this Thursday for an in-depth discussion with the people at Yard-o-Led to indulge in a little soul-searching. The legendary New Bond Street stationer has long been the preferred supplier of celebrities, politicians and trend-setters worldwide, and has seen quite a revival since Samantha Cameron took […]

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There’s been a Cactus Blue shaped hole on the Fulham Road for some time but happily it’s finally been filled with the much anticipated Eighty Six, newest venture from young entrepreneurs George Adams and Charlie Kearns. London born Adams has already made quite an imprint on the cities of Oxford and Bournemouth with his Kukui tiki clubs – not to mention Coco club out in the glamorous winter playground of Verbier. Kearns who has a family background in the wine industry will take on the role of general manager and look after the drinks side of the business too. Design […]

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