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Man in Black

Even though he was a man of few words, Paul Newman in his prime would have made a good spokesperson for men’s grooming brand Jack Black, whose authentic, effective, and handsomely packaged products for the guy’s guy don’t need much selling.  The latest addition to their line is a rugged fragrance that evokes the ideal American man – an effortlessly attractive, cool, and deeply masculine bloke whose taste isn’t swayed by trends.  “I wanted it to be utterly unique – nothing mass or predictable – and to bring the man of today to life through scent,” said perfume savant Jerome […]

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Mick Rock Retrospective

Get up close and personal  with ‘the man who shot the seventies’ and check out the new retrospective from the legendary Mick Rock at London’s Idea Generation Gallery (11 November – 16 January). Rock launched his career in 1972 when he photographed an unknown David Bowie and never looked back. Always in the right place at the right time, he became Bowie’s official tour photographer and went on to shoot scenesters from The Ramones to Blondie and Talking Heads. “Curiosity and circumstance drew me into the flame of rock n’ roll,” says Rock.  Indeed his work captured the essence of […]

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North Road

René Redzepi, isn’t the only Dane in the restaurant world. Christoffer Hruskova has already made a name for himself on the London food scene with his innovative Fig restaurant in Islington and now he’s taking his menu to new Clerkenwell site, North Road on St John Street. Although his cuisine is firmly rooted in Scandinavia, ingredients are UK sourced from hand-dived scallops and langoustines from the Scottish coast, lamb from Cumbria and beef from Galloway. Christoffer involves himself in every step of the culinary process, picking elderberries which he then pickles, smoking bone marrow or foie gras and curing meats […]

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Dior Illustrated: Rene Gruau

The beautiful Somerset House has raised its stakes yet again this winter, with not only the traditional ice rink on offer, sponsored by jewellery giant Tiffany & Co, but their latest fashion exhibit featuring the work of renowned illustrator René Gruau, which opens today. Gruau was a close friend of Christian Dior, and it is believed that his remarkable style demonstrate a special understanding of the very essence of the fashion brand. The bold and fluid lines of Gruau’s artwork influenced a while generation of fashion artists, the legacy of which is shown in the exhibition through collaboration with John Galliano, […]

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Dom Perignon and Andy Warhol

Dom Perignon the luxury champagne brand has changed their labels for the first time ever in homage to Andy Warhol.  These limited edition bottles, at a pricey but perhaps worth while £120 each make for a cool, fun twise.  Available in Selfridges Food Hall and Harrods. www.harrods.com www.selfridges.com

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Ninety Eight

Previously available only for private hire, Kath Morrell’s Ninety Eight bar is throwing open its glamorous doors to all and sundry – or all and sundry who arrive looking super hot that is! This hidden gem secreted on the the lower floor of grand period building Morrell House on Shoreditch’s Curtain Road is a haven of the deliciously kitch where adults can unleash their inner child among its train sets and oodles of sweets. Enjoy a salon theatre performance or a vintage and reassuringly alcoholic tea party. The cocktail team is led by Dan Hutchins-Read and focuses on infusions and […]

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The Chesterfield

Chepstow Place has landed itself a brand new gastropub that fuses the classic English pub experience with the cuisine of the East. The Chesterfield is the latest offering from First Restaurant Group, behind Pimlico classic, The Ebury, Maidavale’s Waterway, the Clerk and Well, Harry Morgan’s and Park Lane celebrity mecca, Tamen Gang. Occupying part of the building that houses London stalwart, Assaggi, It’s decked out with wooden floors, plush leather armchairs in rich claret hues and a long mahogany bar. This cosy feel extends to the upholstery style wallpaper and then an outdoor terrace at the rear is heated to […]

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V&A Dundee Design

For those of us more accustomed to the South Kensington location of the V&A, the choice of Dundee for their first outpost beyond London came as quite a surprise. Plans are now in action for the River Tay-side venue, with the architectural design having been chosen by the board. Run as a competition, it was Japanese architect Kengo Kuma  & Associates whose plans wowed the judges with his design. Fighting off 120 firms in the process, Mr Kuma’s vision will become reality by 2014, when the V&A plans to open its £45m development. The judging panel was made up of […]

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Felder Felder turn interior designers

With the  property market taking a tumble, it helps to be creative when you’re punting a new development. So when it came to drumming up stylish interest in the Henson building, his new luxury Primrose Hill development, Robert Soning director of Londonewcastle, enlisted the Felder sisters Annette and Daniela to design his show apartment. The industrial style living room  features a signature Felder Felder studded metal wall and a sofa upholstered in the fire print featured in the duo’s SS10 collection. The building takes its name from Muppet creator, Jim Henson as it originally housed his famous puppets. The one […]

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The Folly launches

Hot on the heels of catch-all City venueThe Anthologist, comes The Folly on Gracechurch Street. But this 13,200 square foot, 500 cover venue is certainly no error of judgement on the part of Drake & Morgan. Like its nearby sister venue, it features a large bar, kitchen, deli, flower shop and private dining rooms. The ground floor also boasts a snug library and then below stairs in the basement is a further bar, atmospheric private vaults that are perfect for tastings and an exciting evolving pop up shop – its first incarnation is rumoured to be Pop Champagne. Designed by […]

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The Owl & the Pussycat

Redchurch Street, Shoreditch’s new fashion and design hotspot, can now boast its very own boozer The Owl and the Pussycat complete with a smart new first floor restaurant. Set in a Grade II listed building which dates back to the late 17th century, new owner 580 Ltd, behind The Fellow in Kings Cross and Camden’s The Lock Tavern, has ensured it retains the place’s historical character and have restored it to its former glory with vintage furniture and original features. There’s also a lovely back garden – a veritable boon for the industrialised area. Chef, Nick Leonard’s restaurant menu features […]

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The Preacher at The Brickhouse

Now admittedly this feels ever so slightly wrong but hey, we wouldn't expect anything less from those crazy kids at The Brickhouse – we're heading for Halloween after all! Until 31 October, extreme cabaret crew, Cirque Des Ombres, is in the house with three times world record holder, Preacher Muad'dib taking centre stage. This year, he was selected by Alice Cooper as the winner of the nationwide Britain's Got Freaks talent competition. Want to know why…? Well, Preacher's signature act is balancing a lawn mower on his chin. During which stunt, diners are invited to throw vegetables into the rotating […]

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