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Plot to sell The Ritz

A plot to sell the Ritz Hotel in London was a "simple but well-targeted and ambitious scam", a court has heard. Conn Farrell, 57, Patrick Dolan, 68, and Anthony Lee, 49, are accused of trying to sell the landmark hotel in Piccadilly for £250m. The men "sucked in" their carefully chosen victims by offering them false promises of a deal described as "complete fantasy", Southwark Crown Court was told. All three deny conspiracy to defraud. Mr Dolan, of Philip Lane, Tottenham, Mr Farrell, of Cambridge Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, and Mr Lee, of Broad Lane, Goole, East Yorkshire, are accused of defrauding Terence […]

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WABI

Yes there is life outside of London. Really. And in testament to that fact, entrepreneur André Cachia and Nobu alumnus, head chef, Scott Hallsworth are launching a new contemporary Japanese restaurant called WABI in Horsham West Sussex. The name comes from the Japanese expression 'Wabi-Sabi'- meaning simple beauty and understated elegance and that's exactly the look they're going for. It's designed by  Zoe Hui's Studio 21 – behind the interior concept at, Beard Papa, proving that her repetoire extends way further ice cream sandwich bars. Scott spent six years at Nobu London, working his way up from Chef de Partie […]

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Occult Jam

No, it’s not seeing dearly departed Auntie Maud in a jar of Bonne Maman, Occult Jam is Bompas & Parr’s contribution to the Barbican Art Gallery’s Surreal House Exhibition. The exhibition is set to explore the power and mystery of the domestic house in our collective imagination and the first to explore the significance of surrealism for architecture with over 150 works from contemporary artists, filmmakers and architects from Salvador Dali to Rem Koolhass. But later this month, the dynamic duo of Jellymongers will launch their creepy condiments to be sold from the gallery shop. As one has come to […]

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Heston Blumenthal: New Name

Heston Blumenthal’s new launch at Knightsbridge’s celebrated Mandarin Oriental hotel is gaining momentum. The molecular gastronomist extraordinaire is lending his own name to the new venture which will be called Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Originally slated for a September opening, the launch has been pushed back to November when Heston is set to join New York’s Daniel Boulud who opened his eponymous brasserie in May. The hotel’s current Park and Foliage restaurants will be redesigned by interiors’ expert Adam Tihany and the result promises to be classic with that signature Blumenthal twist. With a menu reflecting Blumenthal’s passion for the […]

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Triumph Supports New Talent

In addition to supporting our prize assets, Triumph also supports emerging lingerie design talent of the future with its Triumph inspiration Award, now in its third successive year. The brief (sorry) is simple. Contenders must create a conceptual showpiece-set comprising of an under-wired bra and knickers. The global lingerie design competition is holding its UK finals on 10 June where the top 20 designers will get a chance to parade their handiwork before the UK winner is announced by the all star judging panel of Nicky Hambleton-Jones, Louise Redknapp, Charlie Anderson and Felder and Felder. The person responsible for the […]

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REN in Residence

They’ve already done it with uber-exclusive books and fragrances but now it’s the turn of bio-active skin care brand, REN, to take up a residence in the Front Room at fashionable St Martin’s Lane Hotel. Coinciding with the run up to the brand’s 10th anniversary, the Pop Up Shop will be open until the end of July to celebrate a decade of innovative skincare. Inspired by a Zen garden, it offers a haven of calm from busy Covent Garden and houses the complete skincare range. But better still, there’s also a concealed retreat for bespoke REN facials (£30 for 45 […]

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Michel Roux- A Million Pound Mirrors

Diners at Michel Roux Jr’s new Parliament Square restaurant will see it reflected through £1 million of rare antique mirrors from today. The six, including one once owned by William Gladstone, will become part of the biggest sale of antique mirrors. Ronald Phillips in Bruton Street, Mayfair, is hosting a sale exhibition of 90 items, dating from 1660 and worth an estimated £12 million. Each of the mirrors at the Westminster restaurant will be available to buy at the Ronald Phillips gallery from 9 to 29 June in what is expected to be the largest selling exhibition of its kind. […]

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Having a laugh

They say laughter is the best medicine but it seems that it also pays the bills. Comedy giant Jongleurs has announced that it is investing a further £2m into the business and will launch nine new clubs nationwide  later this year. The launches form part of a franchise agreement with Momo Leisure Ltd and will see new clubs open in Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Newcastle following the  opening of a successful Nottingham site back in April. And then, following the opening of London flagship, Sway in London’s Covent Garden in May – a joint venture with Novus Leisure Ltd, […]

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Garden of Eager

If Adam and Eve had stuck around after munching on that forbidden fruit, the world might have been a whole lot different – something like The Brickhouse‘s Garden of Eager perhaps. A new pop-up garden is sprouting in The Brickhouse’s outdoor terrace and it’s soon set to be bursting with forbidden fruit, sneaky snakes and crazy cocktails. The collaboration with Eager Drinks will transform its outdoor terrace into an Edenic escape this summer and promises to transport all comers into a weird, wonderful and twisted earthly paradise. Drawing inspiration from the drinks label’s quirky branding, designers have morphed the outdoor […]

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Louis Vuitton Unveils World Cup Case

  Louis Vuitton have just unveiled the travel case to hold the FIFA World Cup Trophy. Specially designed for the event, the travel case has been entirely handmade by a master craftsman in the workshop of Asnieres. This case has been unveiled in the presence of Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Yves Carcelle (CEO of Louis Vuitton), and also the supermodel Naomi Campbell.   A spokesperson for Louis Vuitton said. “This exceptional commission truly honours Louis Vuitton’s 150- year tradition of craftsmanship and savoir-faire. We are also delighted to be part of the great festival of football that the 2010 FIFA World Cup promises […]

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