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A Fashionable Feast

Bond Street has a brand new hangout for ultra fashionable foodies. Just opened for business in Fenwick of Bond Street is the elegant Bond & Brook which forms part of the iconic store’s three year expansion and beautification programme. In a make-over way beyond the capabilities of Gok Wan, a bespoke burnished pewter bar forms the centre-piece of a third floor destination venue that looks more like a concept fashion boutique than your average department store restaurant. Everything is white from the marble floors and walls right down to the tables and funky chairs and stools. There’s a separate area for […]

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Dita for Perrier

Cheryl Cole’s face transplanted onto our iconic Elnett cans might be seen by some as a little upsetting. What happens if / when she falls from grace as the nation’s current sweetheart into Kerry Katona style reality fodder…? However, when it comes to limited edition Perrier cans and bottles bearing the unmistakable image of Dita Von Teese – what’s not to like? Entitled ‘Paparazzi’, the collaboration is a tongue-in-cheek reference to fame and fashion and follows the brand’s reputation for stylish link ups from  Agnés b. to Paul & Joe. Says the queen of burlesque: “I love the mythic history […]

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Patrick Cox’s New Line

On September 1 – perfect timing for London Fashion Week, shoe meister, Patrick Cox is branching out into bakery with the opening of his brand new Cox Cookies & Cake together with patisserie supremo, Eric Lanlard. Now although we’d stop short of calling him a mummy’s boy, Patrick’s inspiration comes from mum, Maureen and childhood memories of Saturday mornings baking spent baking with her back in Canada when he always got to lick the bowl! Since he left home some 25 years ago, good old mum has been sending him large parcels of baked goodies to make sure he doesn’t […]

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Festive Fever

It might feel a bit odd to be drooling over exclusive stocking fillers and sampling Christmas puddings while wearing flip flops, however, the glossy magazines always plan their December issues in the very height of summer. And if recent weather conditions are anything to go by, winter’s not looking so far away, so you’d better get your skates on if you want to stay ahead of the pack. Take a leaf out of Vogue’s book and make sure you don’t miss the boat when it comes to planning your company’s festive celebrations. Novus Leisure’s fabulous London venues offer drinking, dining […]

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Anise Pop-Up

Yup you know it’s been a tough week when rallying the troops to attend the same watering hole requires a bit too much effort! But if you find yourself dissolving into tears on discovering that someone’s organised a breakout group heading to an alternative venue, it might just be time to book an appointment with HR. Unless there was another way… Ever wish that the bar would come to you? Well Devonshire Square cocktail bar, Anise, may just have the answer. The venue is inviting workers to pitch for a free pop-up to have Indian inspired cocktails made in their […]

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History Rewritten

Any attempt at rewriting history – whether it be from days of yore or that of more recent events – is generally considered a bit suspicious in a ‘Hitler was a lovely chap, really’ kind of a way. However, we’re all for reinterpreting the past if it makes things more interesting. Cue the speakeasy with twenty-first century know-how and governmental five-a-day directives that don’t make us yawn. The molecular mavens of the new Purl speakeasy cocktail bar have come up with a seriously modern take on the Prohibition-style watering hole. Purl is a new drinking den beneath a common or […]

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Touring Angels

Calling all film and history buffs – the legendary Angels of North London has created an official tour for all of those keen to learn a little more about their cavernous warehouses of fine costumes. Since it was established in 1948 Angels has won numerous Oscars and industry awards for Best Costume, so a tour is likely to evoke some notorious movie memories – or indeed give a sneak peek of things to come. The hour and half sweep of the venue gives a wide-ranging look at the daily life of the World’s Largest Costumiers, as well as pointing out […]

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D&G for Chelsea

Chelsea Football Club has just announced a new signing. But it’s not for a player – it’s a three-year partnership with Dolce & Gabbana! In addition to providing the formal club suits, the iconic fashion house will create a “Dolce&Gabbana Lounge” in the West Stand at Stamford Bridge and redesign the club’s main office reception. The collaboration was announced last night at a party at the club. The Italian brand has designed two outfits for the club: a three-piece suit in dark blue with a lion rampart crest on the pocket; and a pair of jeans, a Martini shirt, black […]

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Tompkins Canary Wharf Opens

Canary Wharf is bustling place , in the midst of it opens  new, luxury apartment blocks, indulgent spas and flash eateries a-plenty…..Enter Tompkins. Set on the ground floor of the Pan Peninsula, a new high-end development of swanky flats, this stylish New York brasserie is certain to appeal to the busy suits bustling about the area . The food, created by ex-Savoy chef Rory Lumsden is equally delicious. Based on the great steakhouses and brasseries of New York the menu includes classic brasserie fare such as Steak Tartare, Crab cakes and Shepherd's Pie. The huge space is multi-purpose and is […]

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Sanderson Take-Out Tea

Hmmm how do you top a Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel? Make it to go! Yup, the hotel's pastry chefs have created a fully transportable version that comes in a cute a layered carrying case with savoury and sweet options set on different tiers which can be addressed either in order or in topsy-turvy Mad Hatter  style! Top drawer features Finger sandwiches – ham on yellow saffron bread and smoked salmon on green spinach bread and next up are Traditional scones with clotted cream and jam and Victoria sponge as well. However the real stars are the more off-the-wall […]

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The Fridge Nightclub up for Sale

The Fridge nightclub in Brixton is back up for sale again after the firm that bought it out of administration decided to sell. Kingdom Entertainment Group bought the iconic nightclub, which was at the heart of the early 1980s New Romantic movement, in April. But the firm has now decided to place it back on the market “in order to concentrate on another business opportunity that has unexpectedly arisen in a separate sector”, according to selling agent Christie & Co. Christie & Co is looking for offers over £300,000 for the leasehold interest of the Fridge, which is available at […]

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Restaurants Against Hunger

World Food Day falls on 16 October and from 1 September to 31 October, hundreds of Michelin starred and independent restaurants, chains and gastropubs are inviting food lovers to fight world hunger simply by eating out. Over 500 restaurants will be involved including big guns: The River Café, Locanda Locatelli, Theo Randall, Zuma, The Cinnamon Club, Benares, Launceston Place, St John, Le Gavroche, Hawksmoor, Coq d’Argent, Roka, The Greenhouse, Konstam, The Modern Pantry, Café Spice Namaste and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Last year over £450,000 was raised for the charity – mainly through discretionary donations of between just 50p and […]

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