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Maison Martin Margiela Paris

It’s one of the most classic hotel buildings in Paris, the height of French elegance. Teamed with one of the most innovative and pioneering European design houses, could this be the chicest interiors collaboration of the year? Maison Martin Margiela will be taking on the mighty renovation and interior design of the hotel Maison Champs-Elysées, which has stood in the heart of the city since the nineteenth century when it was built for the Duchess de Rivoli. Bernadette Chevallier from the Exclusive Hotels group for Maison Champs-Elysées said of the project, “We are aiming at a luxurious yet relaxed place […]

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Have a Juju Xmas

It's not only the early bird that snaffles the worm from the tequila bottle. Book your Christmas party at King's Road's fab Juju bar and you can secure the venue's private basement lounge for free and with no pesky minimum spend (Sun to Fri subject to terms). The area holds up to 80 people and boasts its own bar, luxurious booths and plenty of room for an iPod dock – or your own DJ for that matter. The space is also set up with Wi-Fi and a 6ft projector screen. A hand-crafted food and drinks menu starts at £20 a […]

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Inamo

Food is certainly an interactive experience at Inamo. Since it opened a couple of years ago, the Wardour Street restaurant and bar has been delighting punters with both its Pan-Asian cuisine and virtual menus alike. And now entrepreneurs Danny Potter and Noel Hunwick who originally met as undergraduates at Oxford University, have opened a second branch in Lower Regent Street named Inamo St James on the site formerly occupied by Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King’s St Alban. Just like the sister venue, menus are navigated via innovative table top projections and there are also games and changeable wallpapers to keep […]

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Larging it at the Langham

Guinness Book of Records at the ready, London's Langham Hotel is staking claim to London's largest gingerbread house. And while declaring yourself to be the largest anything in the hospitality world is like waving a red flag at a very large bull and tantamount to an invitation for someone else to go one better, we have to applaud them on their effort. The deliciously scented edifice unveiled in the hotel's Palm Court has been created by pastry chef Cherish Finden and her team (behind the hotel's Tea Guild award-winning Wonderland tea) is made of ginger biscuit bricks and tiled with […]

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Sketch at the RA

To coincide with its GSK Contemporary exhibition 'Aware: Art Fashion Identity' which examines how we use our clothing to communicate who we are (or want to be) to the outside world, The Royal Academy is staging a fabulous cafe in conjunction with Pierre Gagnaire's Sketch restaurant. The Parisian themed pop-up features a stage set interior designed by Andres Ros of the Maison Beton collective who, inspired by SS 2011 catwalk collections has collaborated with jewellery designer Mawi, queen of sunnies Linda Farrow, artist Dinos Chapman and Harper's Bazaar Magazine. The resulting fusion of fashion, art and food is good enough to […]

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Cocomaya comes to Pavilion Road

It’s good news for those with a sweet tooth! On the 13th December the team behind Cocomaya: fine chocolatier and artisan baker, will open a second stand alone boutique on Pavilion Road, SW1, and it’s sounding good. Owners Joel Bernstein, Walid Al-Damirji and Serena Rees have been working hard to create a beautiful environment in which to buy, or enjoy in situ, the exquisite chocolates, baked morning goods, artisan cakes and breads, and fabulous salads and light lunch options for which Cocomaya has become renowned.  With Christmas just around the corner,  Cocomaya Pavilion Road will stock a cornucopia of Christmas treats including […]

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Caviar House & Prunier

Caviar fans will rejoice at the reopening of their temple, Caviar House & Prunier, on London’s Piccadilly. Since its opening in 1993, the luxury emporium has sold the ultimate in haute food and drink from smoked salmon and oysters to champagne – in addition to its namesake sturgeon eggs of course. CH&P was the first company in the world to progress from caviar merchant to producer (it had the worldwide monopoly on Russian caviar back in 1917) and is the only UK retailer to produce its own caviar. It was also the first to produce caviar sustainably. The new flagship […]

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No. 92

We’ve noticed there’s an over-riding theme to openings of late and we don't just mean the fad for naming a venue by its door number. We're not sure if it’s a measure of the recession or simply one of owners becoming increasingly savvy to market forces but it seems that there’s a move towards the pooling of resources. But either way, shared addresses – either by separate bar and restaurant offerings under the same ownership such Brenhan Magee’s Brasa and The Broadway Bar and Grill and Cigalon and Baranais or those who simply share a building such as The Chesterfield […]

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The Courvoisier Dickens Punch Tour

Tis the season to be jolly, and it seems that Courvoisier is set to bring another revolutionary adventure to the chilly streets of London. So grab your overcoat, top hat and gloves and prepare for the coolest Christmas adventure, The Courvoisier Dickens Punch Tour. Charles Dickens and Courvoisier have always had a well-established relationship. It was recently established that a great stash of cognac was discovered in Charles Dickens’ estate, and he famously enjoyed the tipple, including cognac punch recipes in many of his literary works. To commemorate this, Courvoisier and Spark are hosting The Courvoisier Dickens Punch Tour this Christmas – […]

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Pirelli Calendar 2011

The notorious Pirelli calendar has been re-launched once again, ready for the coming year – and this time, Mr Lagerfeld was at the creative helm. The 38th edition of the calendar was presented to the world’s press yesterday in Moscow, and is modelled under the banner “Mythology” which reflects a passion of Lagerfeld’s. Drawing on the roots of classical civilisation, it features modern day models cavorting as gods, heroes and myths. Famous faces include catwalk favourites Freja Beha Erichsen, Daria Werbowy, Lara Stone and Erin Wasson, as well as acclaimed actress Julianne Moore who portrays the majestic role of Hera. […]

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John Galliano for Claridges

  For the second year running, John Galliano for Dior will be designing the Claridge's Christmas tree. 2010's whimsical creation, entitled Under the Sea, will feature sparkling silver leaves, pink coral, sea horses, fish, anemones, starfish and jelly fish all glinting like gem stones. Says the Dior supremo, "The majestic beauty of Claridge's Art Deco interiors never fails to inspire me [..]. I wanted to create an underwater fantasy." He continues, I hope we create something as sumptuous as its setting and this inspires a truly luxurious escape and a very festive season at Claridge's." The tree will be unveiled […]

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Samarqand

Recently opened in Marylebone is the beautifully named Samarqand. Focusing on the cuisine of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan as well as influences from neighbouring Russia, Mongolia and China, it promises to convert us to its delicious Central Asian cuisine in no time at all. The bar and restaurant has been launched by brothers Bek and Iska Narzi – originally from Tajikistan – who have between them a great pedigree spanning Milk & Honey and Bungalow 8 as well as being aficionados of Moscow’s world-renowned bar scene. Interiors combine minimalist design with traditional Central Asian artefacts and motifs plus a bustling […]

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