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The Perfume Diaries

Cake Boy aka master pâtissier Eric Lanlard has certainly been busy of late. Not only has he hooked up with shoe veteran Patrick Cox for the duo’s new culinary venture, Cox Cookies and Cake, he’s also in cahoots with Harrods Georgian Restaurant and created some deliciously scented tea time treats  to celebrate the iconic store’s Perfume Diaries exhibition. Six stunning pastries, cakes and miniature puddings have been infused with prominent perfume notes from the classic rose, violet and spice to the more unusual bergamot and lemongrass. We’re craving Vendome, a chocolate slice named after the famous jeweller. It’s infused with […]

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Trafalgar Rocks

Come London Fashion Week, The Trafalgar Hotel is making the most of its key location (a VERY short cab ride from Somerset House) and will be laying on all manner of cool events from its own Aveda spa for frazzled fashion editors and exhausted models alike to catwalk performances as well. To celebrate, the Rockwell Bar’s mixologists have devised a new cocktail menu entitled Taste the Trends – a tantalising, fashion-led menu of stylish cocktails and sweet treats. Taking inspiration from the key looks for A/W10, drinks combine the powerful and dominant flavours of rich brown spirits and an elegant […]

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Pho Soho

Look on the bright side. September may mark the start of autumn but at least it means we’re one step closer to being able to wear our new Shearling. September also marks the opening of the fifth branch of cool Vietnamese chain Pho in Soho’s Wardour Street. The company, founded by Stephen and Juliette Wall, back in 2005 has also just hired Tim Mills as its head of operations. The former executive of pâtisserie chain, Paul, is set to help grow the business to a whopping 20 strong chain over the next five years – both in London and further […]

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Hel YES

Fans of the BBC’s Great British Waste Menu will love Hel YES, the new temporary restaurant from The Finnish Institute that’s popping up in N1 for two weeks during September’s London Design Festival. The 120 cover restaurant, bar and exhibition space has the idea of foraging at its core. It’s the brainchild of executive chef, Antto Melasniemi, known for his Helsinki concept restaurants, Atelje Finne and Kuurma and the Cat & Mutton gastropub here in Broadway Market. “I’m interested in food as a social phenomenon and as language. Rather than being a very technical chef, I enjoy working with conceptual […]

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Bertie returns to London

Good news for those shoe lovers, from September Berties will be opening on South Molton Street and in Covent Garden.  A dedicated team of designers have revitalised & refreshed the brand. The new collection features an edgy urban look with distressed leathers, stacked heels and cleated soles. The celebrated wedged brogue and creped sole hiking boot are contemporised through the strong universal trend of androgyny. The new concept store is an eclectic mix of metropolitan style within the framework of an East End loft apartment. Features include a denim wall, show lace chandelier and wrapped leather cash desk .

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Corinthia Hotel New Details

It's exciting news in the hotel industry, Corinthia Hotels has just  released details about its £270m five-star luxury hotel in central London, which is expected to open early next year. The Corinthia Hotel London, currently under construction in what was the original Metropole Hotel from the 1880s and subsequently part of the Ministry of Defence, will be the group's ninth hotel. In addition to two restaurants, a concept cocktail bar, boardroom meeting facilities and a refurbished grand ballroom, the hotel will have 294 bedrooms, including 45 suites. The average room-size will be 45sq m and the two-bedroom Royal Suite will […]

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Bar Battu

Once just a thoroughfare between Bank and St Pauls, Gresham Street is now becoming quite the destination in its own right. Hot on the heels of The Anthologist, the first of Drake & Morgan’s new concept venues, comes Bar Battu. Set for a 4 October opening, BB (not to be confused with a certain reality TV show) is the brand new venture from restaurant entrepreneur, Simon Binder. The European style wine bar and bistro will count London’s posh Guildhall as a neighbour. The site of the former Molloy’s restaurant is currently being transformed by Mackenzie Wheeler architects behind Adam Street […]

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Bazooka!

This year, London’s inaugural Anti Design Festival will run parallel to the traditional event. To celebrate, Redchurch Street’s Aubin Gallery, the new Stuart Semple curated exhibition space atop Aubin & Wills’ destination store, will stage the first ever exhibition of Bazooka, a trailblazing commando style cell of radical French illustrators. The group, founded by renegade draftsmen, Loulou and Kiki Picasso, shot to infamy in the summer of 1977 when they were invited to art direct French newspaper, Libération. They subverted every inch of white space, often sending it to print at the last minute so their plans couldn’t be foiled. […]

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Chelsea Hotspot Papillon Closes

It’s bad news for those Chelsea french food lovers, hotspot Papillon Brasserie has closed, with owner Soren Jessen exploring the possibility of selling the restaurant. The move comes after Jessen, who also owns One Lombard Street in the City, was refused planning permission to extend the restaurant. “We have had a number of tremendously good years at Papillon, and I wanted to develop the site for an exciting new and more casual concept,” Jessen said. “Once we realised it wasn’t going to be possible at the Papillon building, we regretfully took the decision to look elsewhere for the perfect site. […]

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Aqua Kyoto Bento Boxes

To celebrate London Fashion Week, the  skilled Japanese chefs at aqua kyoto have created a delicious, low fat and high energy bento box to recharge and energize the most frantic of fashionistas. The Bento Box boasts a unique selection of some of the world’s healthiest Japanese dishes. Head Chef Jordan Sclare has carefully selected ingredients known for their extraordinary health and cosmetic benefits. For example,  Salmon and Tuna Sashimi high in omega 3 and fatty acids, essential for developing and maintaining healthy skin.Miso soup with seaweed is low in calories, seaweed also promotes healthy, glossy hair. Conveniently situated off Regent Street, aqua […]

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