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Back in May we brought you the news of Clerkenwell’s Giant Robot, Jonathan Downey’s follow up to his much missed East Room which was destroyed in a fire earlier this year. Buoyed up by the success of this new android of a bar and restaurant, Downey’s Rushmore Group has just launched the second instalment round the corner in Farringdon’s Turnmill Street. Redhook is a rather lovely seafood and steak house in an old drill hall and warehouse conversion with a 70 seater dining room that looks out onto St John’s Gardens. It’s New Orleans meets NYC in style with exposed […]

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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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Vauxhall Motors Bowls Club

It’s time to dust off that flat cap that’s been nestling at the back of your wardrobe and don your best pair of this season’s brogues. Vauxhall Motors who brought us Vauxhall Skate and Vauxhall Ice Skate is preparing for the next instalment. Its summer extravaganza sees a one day only pop-up bowling club when Brick Lane will be transformed into a professional standard bowling club! Guests can expect to find a traditional bowling green with a serious twist. Bowlers will be greeted by a multi-coloured club house, psychedelic English country garden flowers a bandstand and, of course, some stylish […]

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Frae Notting Hill

Notting Hill-Billies bemoaning the lack of their own fro-yo emporium are in for an ice cold treat. Camden Passage favourite, Frae, is opening its second branch at number 47 Notting Hill Gate. Denizens of W11 can now feast on delicious 100% fat-free, low calorie, organic frozen yogurt fresh from the farm and free from additives or preservatives. The yogurt is packed full of live pro-biotics and active cultures and weighs in at just 83 calories for a small pot and comes in either Natural or Green Tea flavours. However, with topping combinations such as FRAE RED (natural frozen yogurt with […]

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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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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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Ping! (Pong)

This summer, 100 ping-pong tables will pop up across the capital from Soho Square to Westfield Shopping Centre, Tate Britain to the British Library and St Pancras International to Heathrow’s Terminal 3.  Marked ‘Stop and Play’, the tables will be installed for four weeks for all to enjoy.  Bats and balls are supplied! Ping! has been created by Sing London, the participatory arts organisation that produced last year’s Street Pianos Project. Supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Innovation Fund, Ping aims to get a million more people playing more sport by 2012 and is delivered in partnership with […]

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Peel House

Just as companies from airlines to paper manufacturers offset their carbon footprints by planting trees, so too must upscale property developers do their bit for the collective good and knock up a bit of social housing. In fact, local authorities often stipulate that they do so in order to secure planning permission for more lucrative commercial propositions. However, while a Barratt designed affordable housing project is one thing, a Candy and Candy version is quite another! And so to Peel House, the former police training centre in Pimlico. This is the affordable housing contribution from Project Grande, the group behind […]

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Bizarre Bazaar

Fancy dress fans are in for a real treat this summer. Quirky fashion stylist, Olivia Rigg, has just launched Bizarre Bazaar, a giant travelling dressing-up box packed to the brim with the most spectacular array of costumes. Olivia’s vast collection of expertly sourced vintage finery together with her own bespoke creations had became way too plentiful to manage, so what’s a girl to do? Some might open a shop or hire store but Olivia threw caution to the wind and took a wholly different route. Her nomadic spirit saw her appropriating the family horse box and converting it into a […]

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Boardroom Yoga

Following a former incarnation as a tequila shooting PR executive with an enviable roster of drinks industry clients from Cazadores to Ketel One, flame haired firecracker, Ali Gunning realised that the human spirit lay deeper than the worm at the bottom of the bottle. Having practised yoga as a hobby for some time, she decided to take the plunge in earnest and travelled to India where she has spent months honing her art with leading gurus at the sub-continent’s top ashrams. Now back in the smoke, she’s determined to spread the love and share her new-found zest for life with […]

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