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Kensington Gardens first allotment

Kensington Gardens have just opened their very first allotment since the Second World War, complete with 6 hens as permanent residents. Built on an old store yard, the area will be maintained by volunteers as well as being used as a resource for school children, who will be encouraged to get their hands dirty and even take home some fresh produce.  The Royal Parks have also maintained a vegetable patch for NO 10 Downing street. So they are in good company.

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Boardroom Yoga

Following a former incarnation as a tequila shooting PR executive with an enviable roster of drinks industry clients from Cazadores to Ketel One, flame haired firecracker, Ali Gunning realised that the human spirit lay deeper than the worm at the bottom of the bottle. Having practised yoga as a hobby for some time, she decided to take the plunge in earnest and travelled to India where she has spent months honing her art with leading gurus at the sub-continent’s top ashrams. Now back in the smoke, she’s determined to spread the love and share her new-found zest for life with […]

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Louis Vuitton latest Campaign

Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new campaign which is set to create a real stir! The campaign features a star line-up of Christy Turlington, Natalia Vordinova and Karen Elson. Shot by Steven Meisel in New York, it’s the label’s Vuitton’s most ladylike yet. “The strength of Louis Vuitton is its almost magical ability to reinvent itself every season,” said creative director Marc Jacobs. “Last season was all about the idea of the New Age traveller. This season was a manifesto for beautiful, ladylike clothes. Two different collections, two different campaigns, but one Louis Vuitton.” In keeping with the ultra-feminine, sophisticated […]

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An Indian Summer

Two additions to the capital’s Indian dining scene are making waves from Kingston to Hampton Court! The UK’s Kerala Group is augmenting its portfolio of nine Southern Indian restaurants with the brand new Cocum in Hampton Court and up-and-coming Kingston destination, Roz ana, has launched a clever tiffin picnic service. Situated on the stylish, boutique filled Bridge Road, the group’s most recent opening takes pride in its authenticity and captures the aromas and fragrances intrinsic to the region of Kerala with a nod to the Ayurvedic concept – promoting wellness through ‘pure’ingredients. Choose from classic vegetable dishes including Mango Pulissery […]

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Goldfish City

Is Geoff Leong on a mission to take over London with his modern Chinese and Taiwanese fare? We reported in March that the entrepreneur had reopened Hampstead celebrity favourite, Goldfish following a massive refurb and expansion. And then last month he launched a Bayswater outpost of China Town staple, Leong's Legends and now Goldfish City is opening this summer and promises a unique new Chinese brasserie style experience in the heart of London's Square Mile. An authentic dim sum trolley of steamed, aromatic parcels will certainly make a working lunch a speedy affair. But in addition to emerald green spinach, […]

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Swap or Sell – Big Wardrobe

Around 25% of the clothes we wear remain un-worn.  However trendy website www.BigWardrobe.com aims to convert unwanted clothes, shoes and bags into someone else’s favourite items – or back into cash! A bonus for eco warriors as well as those on a budget. Big Wardrobe offers the opportunity to Swap or Sell (or both) pre-loved items – from Gucci, Stella McCartney and Marni through to Miss Sixty, River Island and Top Shop. It makes light weather of finding items to swap with but also offers members the opportunity of selling if they would prefer the cash. From the Home Page […]

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S.Pellegrino Meets Missoni

Drink in style this summer, Italy’s iconic brand S. Pellegrino has partnered with world famous Italian fashion house Missoni to design a breath taking limited edition bottle. Exclusive to Selfridges stores nationwide from the 1st July 2010, the bottle epitomises the Italian lifestyle – flair, finesse and the ‘finer things in life’. The S. Pellegrino Missoni limited edition, marks the start of new project ”Italian Talents”, which will see the time-honoured S. Pellegrino bottle entrusted to a different Italian designer each year. This year, Missoni has unleashed his creativity on the iconic S. Pellegrino label, which has been reinterpreted to […]

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Beer Genie

Against all odds, England is still (somehow) in with a shot at the World Cup. And the new Beer Genie website that hit the net in May with its facts and trivia on, well, beer, is doing its level best to encroach upon what little time the world’s football fans are devoting to their desk jobs! And if you need any proof, the site’s geek department has been keeping a watchful eye on traffic and shhhh, the ISPs of the companies frequenting its pages. So, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Nationwide, Legal and General, Royal Bank of Scotland, Société Générale, PriceWaterhouse, Bank […]

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Noel Fielding at Maison Bertaux

Soho’s Maison Bertaux – London’s oldest cake shop and patisserie is all set to showcase a stunning new art exhibition from multi-talented comedian, Noel Fielding. Fans might be more accustomed to watching him strut his stuff on cult shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Mighty Boosh but Fielding has way more strings to his bow – art being one of them and this is actually his second exhibition! The first was greeted with much critical acclaim but this event promises to be more high profile still and Serge from Kasabian has even devised an original piece of […]

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St John Leicester Square

Fans of Fergus Henderson’s nose-to-tail dining will soon be able to totally immerse themselves in the experience. Together with business partner Trevor Gulliver, Henderson has leased the former Manzi’s restaurant and hotel off Leicester Square and come the autumn will relaunch it under the St John umbrella following a massive refurbishment. The Michelin-starred St John first opened in Smithfield in 1994 with more casual sister restaurant, St John Bread and Wine following in Spitalfields nine years later. The partners’ third establishment will comprise a restaurant and bar set on the ground and first floors while the upper floors will be […]

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