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The Langham’s Chuan Spa

The fact that traditional Chinese medicine is acclaimed for its ability to harmonize body and soul and enrich personal happiness and fulfilment goes a long way to explaining why China is the largest single market in the world. This month, The Langham London is launching Europe's first Chuan Spa which promises to be an oasis in the heart of London. Interiors are inspired by a traditional Chinese garden – perfect for nurturing your Jing (life force), Qi (vital energy) and Shen (mind and spirit) and therapists will use energy flows, basic elemental forces and the influence of hot and cold […]

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Venosi

Soho stalwart Luigi Venosi has decamped to the heart of Chelsea to launch a brand new Italian restaurant bearing his famous name. Amalfi born Luigi has worked in the industry for 40 years: at Don Luigi’s he played host to famous faces from Frank Sinatra and Mel Brookes to Dolph Lundgren, James Bolan and Franco Zola! His new eponymous venue on Sloane Avenue features clean lines, clever use of mirrors, vintage photographs and exposed brickwork. Luigi has joined forces with son Gino as head chef and the restaurant is all old school charm and hospitality with simple, quality cooking exacted […]

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KOZA at W

W Hotels are having quite a moment thanks to their hot new London opening. With restaurant Spice Market, nightclub Wyld, and the stunning new architecture regenerating tired Leicester Square, it would seem that W could do no more to inspire us to check in. Well, we forgot one other additional charm to the line-up. The W hotel shop is the exclusive purveyor of a new line of travel accessories called KOZA, the brainchild of Sinje Lesemann who cut her teeth in the fashion world at Clements Ribiero. Her luxurious collection ranges from £30 – £600, and includes bags, clutches, wallets […]

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The Hypnotic Shop at Browns Focus

Supermarkets have long been employing surreptitious tactics to get us to spend more on our weekly shop. Ever wondered why staples such as bread and milk are positioned furthest from the entrance. QED. But now designer boutique Browns Focus is getting in on the act. Starting today, the store will use hypnotic techniques to induce customers to spend more with a crafty new initiative entitled Hypnotic Shop. It has tapped sensual artists Bompas & Parr who will deploy an array of strategies to touch people’s subconscious to get them to buy. Window shoppers will be encouraged inside via a window […]

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Sundays at Blacks

Once, the only way to get into Black’s was to befriend a member but since the end of last year the private club has opened up to non-members for some rather special Sunday lunches been prepared by top chefs and famous foodies including Bill Knott and Rose Prince. But this Sunday 20 February, food writer, amateur chef and son of… tom Parker Bowles will be rolling up his sleeves and taking to the kitchen to whip up a fabulous feast – Mexican style. However, guests won’t be dining of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Tom (with the help of a […]

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Zenna

Dean Street’s Red Fort is going underground with the launch of the brand new Zenna Indian style cocktail bar that mixes the hottest cocktails with the coolest lassis. Descend a stairway lined with bronze water vessels filled with floating flowers and twinkling candles and prepare for a zenned out experience. We’re talking azure blue walls, plush blue velvet stools, silk-upholstered gold chairs, Italian tiles and Oriental rugs with a centrepiece bar entirely covered in shimmering metallic discs.An exotic cocktail list choc full of cardamom, lemongrass and ginger features the Coriander & Lychee Daquiri with Chairman’s Reserve Rum, fresh lime, lychee […]

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LV Amble

The superbrands are certainly tapping into the smartphone market. Chanel has long been a little app of luxury on my dashboard, and now Vuitton are joining their Parisian compatriots with a lifestyle application called Amble. The concept is simple – a digital travel diary, made for the discerning jetsetter. Vuitton already carved a niche for themselves within the travel industry with their much-loved City Guides, shortlisting the most-wanted destinations and locations across the globe. The guides have now been digitalised, and are available to buy in full through iTunes, although Amble provides free addresses and shortened content to its users. […]

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The art of conversation

What you haven’t booked Valentine’s Day – shame on you! Never mind. Here’s a way to save face and score extra brownie points for originality. The Sanderson’s Suka restaurant is hosting a Valentine’s Day evening with a difference where you can brush up on your smalltalk skills courtesy of The School of Life’s Conversation Dinner. In an age of digital communication, the art of conversation is an oft forgotten skill but tonight’s event is a masterclass in flirting, pillow talk, discussion and debate all designed to make love last or even help you to find your perfect match and The […]

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Courtship Clinic

Last minute call for Valentine activity! And fear not, independent guys and girls, this one’s for you. The Hendrick’s Courtship Clinic ends its brief stint at Selfridges at closing time today, providing romance-challenged Londoners with a chance to revel in a bygone era of etiquette, chivalry, and old fashioned niceties. Hosted by Dr Humphrey Sixwivs and Mrs Isabella Forlornicate at the Gordon’s Bar on the First Floor, charm-seekers will get a complimentary lesson in the very correct manners in how to woo a mate, and a chance to knock back a cheeky Hendrick’s and tonic. Plus, should you be so […]

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Hotel Bulgari

Italian luxury goods house, Bulgari doesn't just sell a great line in glittering baubles (perfect for Valentine's Day hint hint) but, like Armani and Missoni, it has also branched out into the luxury hospitality world with gleaming hotels in Milan and Bali plus a restaurant, café and chocolate boutique in Tokyo. But now Bulgari has set its glamorous sights on our capital and plans be the first luxury label to open a hotel in London next year. We can't wait! We hear that the group has ear-marked the site of the former Normandie Hotel in Knightsbridge and following a lavish […]

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Rosettes for Dego

“Dego, the new Italian restaurant and degustation bar on Great Portland Street may be only three months old but it’s already been rewarded with two AA rosettes and is fast becoming a mecca for lovers of authentic Italian food and wine. The street level urban-style bar serves high quality wines by glass, freshly cut charcuterie and unusual cheeses while the a-la-carte restaurant downstairs is all timeless elegance in black lacquer and leather-textured mosaic tiles. Food takes its inspiration from Vicenza and Venice in North East Italy and head chef Dario Schiavo interprets classics Ravioli di zucca, taleggio e amaretti as […]

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Bill Cunningham New York

He’s the fashionisto who made street style a key component of any respectable fashion magazine, and whose success has spawned a thousand imitators. Far from a simple photographer, this social anthropologist has turned chronicling aesthetic trends into an art-form, producing a wealth of beautifully low-key shots of influential figures as they go about their daily lives. Enter Mr Bill Cunningham, the infamous New York Times photographer who has long been the toast of New York Fash society and can count amongst his biggest fans and friends legendary names such as Anna Wintour, Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller. The time has […]

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