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Tribute to McQueen

Alexander McQueen’s death has robbed the fashion world of a unique talent. The first book post Alexander McQueen’s death is due for release today Friday the 7th May. Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation is a 128-page chronicles McQueen’s life from childhood to his final collection for A/W 2010. It is indeed difficult for a 128 page book to do McQueen’s talent justice-but the book certainly helps his memory live. According to the Telegraph, the book includes 120 photographs which help to “demonstrate how McQueen’s vision eclipsed mere ready-to-wear and how he struggled and sought to define fashion through complex […]

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New Hotspot Viajante

Viajante the latest in fine dining has recently opened it’s doors.  Situated in the imposing grandeur of Town Hall, Viajante is a mecca for food-lovers. Designed by award-winning architects, Rare, and featuring installations from fashion and lighting designers as well as some of the East End’s most brilliant young artists, the restaurant forms the perfect setting for an exquisite series of courses.Viajante creates perfectly balanced tasting menus for up to 40 covers. Choose from between six, nine and twelve courses to experience the full range of chef Nuno Mendes’s dazzling cuisine. Head chef Nuno Mendes has devoted the last two […]

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Dishoom

Whether or not you’re familiar with Gregory David Roberts’ popular novel, Shantaram which extols the virtues of Old Bombay’s Café culture you’ll love Dishoom, the imminent new addition to Covent Garden’s up-and-coming St Martin’s Courtyard development. The team, made up of entrepreneurs Adarsh Radia, Amar Radia and Shamil Thakrar and partnering design gurus, Gorgeous Group, was inspired by the Irani cafés of Old Bombay and Dishoon brings the concept of those vintage establishments bang up to date with a twenty-first century twist. The actual word Dishoom is the name for the Bollywood sound effect produced when a hero lands that […]

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SATC2 at The Dorchester

Just in time for the release of Sex and The City 2, London's swanky The Dorchester hotel is offering a Girls' Weekend package styled around the fashionable foursome and what's more if you book over selected Bank Holidays, they'll even through in a second room for free! Priced from £425 per room, the package includes a veritable cornucopia of stylish treats. The hotel concierge will brief nearby Harvey Nichols on each guest's style preference and on arrival at the Knightsbridge shopping Mecca, a personal stylist will be on hand for the ultimate in store experience. Remember girls, Halston's situated on […]

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Gelato Mio World Cup

At last we’ve found a good reason to get excited about the World Cup – 32  reasons to be precise! London ice cream parlour, Gelato Mio, is launching a World Cup Flavours range with each representing one of the 32 countries competing. Rooting for England is the totally fat free Pimm’s flavoured sorbet, Italy fans can opt for a scoop of Limoncello, it’s Pastel de Nata for Portugal, Papaya for Honduras and lovers of all things USA will dig the suitably decadent Peanut Butter flavour. But it doesn’t stop there. Gelato Mio founder Carlo Del Mistro isn’t afraid to get […]

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Jamie Oliver & Fabulous Feasts

Naked chef Jamie Oliver is branching out into the events catering market with the launch of a new company called Fabulous Feasts. The new business will bring together Oliver’s unique approach to food, the company will be run by Glen Chadwick and the team behind event catering company Chilli Pepper. Chadwick and Oliver share a passion for food and believe in the great experience they can offer guests at any event. The pair are focussed on bringing cooking to a new level. Jamie Oliver currently runs nine Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the South of England and Cardiff, with a further six sites […]

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Portobello Spring Festival

In the wake of ‘All Saints-gate’, Kensington and Chelsea Council is getting together with Portobello and Golborne Market stallholders for a bridge-mending Taste of Spring Festival next weekend and on 7 and 8 May, the markets will host a celebration of spring’s best gastronomic produce. Following in the footsteps of January’s successful Festival of British Roots, The Spring Festival will see a number of foodie events in and around the markets featuring celebrity chefs, food bloggers and local traders. Outdoor kitchen stalls will feature live demonstrations from celebrity ‘Rude Boy Chef’ Aaron Craze of Market Kitchen using ingredients bought in […]

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Zandra Rhodes New Collection

  Zandra Rhodes, Britain’s most celebrated designer who arguably put London on the Fashion World Radar, returns in April with a new diffusion leisure collection for the fashion savvy set. This highly anticipated collaboration with uber-chic fashionista Noelle Reno offers staple shapes in super-fine European jersey, carrying exclusive prints from Rhodes’ incredible archives. This fashion alliance harnesses Rhodes’ pioneering punk 1970s vibe and Reno’s eye for high-end finishing and young, fashion-driven shapes. A pre-launch collection will be available in April at select high-end British retailers. Harvey Nichols is leading the way with a patented Z by Zandra Rhodes fully automated […]

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The Milroy

Until now, the gorgeous No.5 Hamilton Place has only been accessible to members of Les Ambassadeurs Club, one of London’s oldest and most prestigious private members’ institutions. However, new restaurant, The Milroy promises to give the capital’s diners a glimpse into previously unchartered territory when it opens for business later this month allowing non-members to book in for lunch. No. 5 Hamilton Place was built in 1810 and standing on the site of one of Henry VIII’s hunting lodges, has, at various times in its history, belonged to some of the country’s most distinguished families including the Marquis Conyngham and […]

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Pizza on the Park

London jazz buffs are up in arms at the imminent closure of Hyde Park Corner’s renowned  Pizza on the Park music venue which is slated for 18 June when development will commence to turn the historic building into a boutique hotel. For over three decades, the venue has hosted performing greats including George Melly, Scott Hamilton, John Dankworth , Cleo Laine and even Mica Paris. But it’s not going out without a fight and the final three week season is billed as a serious swan song. The line-up includes US cabaret singers – Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Akers and Steve Ross […]

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