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The Flower Cellars

Covent Garden’s uber trendy Hospital Club has, for some time, been regarded as one of the capital’s leading creative hotspots and attracts supremely talented members from across the arts. From its stand-out ‘Creatives in Residence’ mentoring programme and onsite screening rooms to pop-up gigs from La Roux and concept club nights such as Avant Garden, the Endell Street hub has made a real mark on London’s artistic landscape. And now, The Hospital Club is curating exciting and unique blank-canvas space, The Flower Cellars. Rather than being limited to a venue with a ready-made personality, event organisers are increasingly being drawn […]

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Jonny Woo at Lovebox

Renowned London music festival, Lovebox, now in its seventh year, has invited Jonny Woo to host the main stage on Sunday 18 July. The festival will be headlined by Grace Jones and Woo will introduce acts from Hot Chip to Peaches. He’ll also be showcasing his experimental dance troupe, Maude Adams and All Those Children’ plus cult track ‘Drag Queen in A Coma’ and showing off a range of bizarre and beautiful fashion costumes from cutting edge designers GILES, Roksanda Illinic, Louise Gray, Alex Noble and Lyall Hakaraia. Gok Wan eat your heart out! A true star of London’s club […]

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Not Afternoon Tea

The OXO Tower Brasserie has just the thing if you fancy something a little stronger than an pot of Darjeeling of an afternoon. Not Afternoon Tea does exactly what it doesn’t say on the caddy! The new menu features a range of four tasting dessert plates, each paired with a matching cocktail. Working along the OXO Tower bar team, pastry chef, Penny Wabbit has created some seriously delicious dessert options. Her ‘Tea and Coffee’ – paired with a Grown Up Tea cocktail features red bush tea mousse, coffee and walnut cake kuala jelly, Earl Grey tea parfait and green tea […]

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The Masters

Anyone in need of a little fashion-infused culture? Threads: Six Masters of Fashion Photography is currently on at Diemar/Noble gallery and will be gone again come July 11th, so head along now to soak up some of the earliest and most sophisticated images in fashion photography. This breed of artistry can be attributed to Edward Steichen who, in 1923, was the first photographer commissioned to Conde Nast, where room was made amongst the traditional illustrations for his images.  When the German edition of Vogue was given an overhaul in 1929 illustration was scrapped all together and the fashion magazine as […]

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Meet the Giraffes!

Family friendly restaurant chain, Giraffe, is hosting a wild day out with its Family Fun Day at London Zoo on 22 August. Guests, chosen at random from those registering on the website, will receive complimentary entry to the zoo plus admission to a special private Giraffe’s enclosure complete with barbecue, drinks and plenty of entertainment to keep the kids out of trouble. In addition to the zoo’s family of real giraffes, there’s also a world-class collection of 750 species and exciting exhibits from Meet The Monkeys in the Gorilla Kingdom to The Animal Adventure in the new Children’s Zoo. In […]

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The Union St Urban Orchard

A collaborative project put together by The Architecture Foundation, Bankside Open Spaces Trust, ProjectARKS and the Wayward Plant Registry (phew), The Union Street Urban Orchard has well and truly sprung offering an urban retreat across the heights of a smoggy London summer. Situated in SE1, the community garden and orchard is transforming a disused site in Bankside, with a host of activities and projects taking place this weekend. Ever wanted to keep bees in the city? Explore the possibilities of algae as energy? Or maybe learn the vital process that turns apples into cider, whatever your natural calling there will […]

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The Evoque, by Beckham

In case today’s showbuz news has passed you by, Victoria Beckham has taken the role of Creative Designs Executive at Range Rover, her first task being the interior design of the new, compact baby of the group, the Range Rover Evoque. Mrs Beckham has been flexing her design talent over at her own fashion label, and indeed showed off a slinky nude dress of her own creation at the Range Rover 40th Birthday party at The Orangery at Kensington Palace last night. Range Rover is a brand whose prestige and exacting quality equate to a certain level of status -so […]

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Courvoisier Revolutionary Spirit 2010

Bastille Day marks the start of Courvoisier Revolutionary Spirit. Renowned food and drink experimentalists and Courvoisier’s Future 500 members, Bompas & Parr take over Belgrave Square, London to create a journey through  the history of food. Visitors will be able to wander through the spectacular five-floor Georgian townhouse from a medieval banquet all the way to 21st century molecular gastronomy! The jellymongers promise to push the boundaries with extraordinary culinary delights including giant sugar sculptures, flooded dining rooms and dinner in the belly of a dinosaur based on the 1854 Iguanodon banquet. This interactive experience will offer guests a feast […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Nozomi Bento

Ritzy Japanese restaurant, Nozomi, in Beauchamp Place is a real destination for a glossy and glamorous Knightsbridge clientele. The 200 cover raised ground floor restaurant complete with panoramic glass atrium serves all the usual suspects executed to perfection plus its own unique take on the subject from Salmon skin rolls to Wagyu beef tataki and King crab salad with white asparagus and black truffle to Foie-gras terrine marinated with ume plum wine and sake on a lotus root crisp. In the evening set menus start at a reassuringly expensive £59, however, there's a new lunchtime offer on gorgeously presented black […]

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Tyrrells Vegetable Orchestra

To celebrate the launch of their ‘Harvest Celebration’ Garden at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show, Tyrrells Potato Chips will be introducing a special performance at the show from The Tyrrells Vegetable Orchestra of Great Britain – the first of its kind anywhere in the UK! Tim Cranmore, Head Musicologist at Tyrrells has created a range of instruments made entirely out of vegetables, which include drums made out of pumpkins and parsnips, a carrot recorder, courgette and pepper trumpets and a carrot xylophone, amongst others. Tim has recruited musicians from the Royal Academy of Music to perform with the special […]

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Missoni Kuwait

With the first opening in Edinburgh now a firm fixture on the UK landscape, the second installment in the Missoni Hotels chain is due for an autumn launch in Kuwait (the new Dubai don’t you know!) Housed in the capital city’s Symphony Centre development, the 18 floor, 169 room Hotel Missoni Kuwait promises free wifi and movies and better still – complimentary minibars and laundry service! The site will overlook the Arabian Gulf and also feature a Six Senses Spa and a large outdoor pool and terrace. And with rates starting at around $220 – that doesn’t half sound like […]

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Studio East

We’ve had Pierre Koffman on Selfridges rooftop and Frank’s Campari Bar atop a rather more urban Peckham multi-storey, but Studio East Dining, Carmody Groarks’ collaboration with Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bristrotheque fame, tops the lot with its breathtaking 360 degree views of the capital. The temporary dining room is perched 34m above ground atop what will eventually be floor nine of the multi-storey car park for Westfield Stratford City – Europe’s largest shopping centre. Flack dubs it “The Rolls Royce of pop-ups,” and let’s face it, he should know. In addition to the East End hub that is […]

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