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Armani Dubai

Take two adages: Italians do it better and Dubai does it bigger and you’ve got the Armani Hotel in world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa. Officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by fashion maestro Giorgio Armani and Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, the new venture is nothing short of monolithic. Occupying concourse to level eight and then further levels 38 and 39, the hotel featuring 160 guest rooms and suites, eight restaurants, a spa and exclusive retail outlets, offers sweeping views of the UAE’s first city. Giorgio Armani has lived and breathed the project for the last […]

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Tanqueray TEN at Harvey Nichols

The May Bank Holiday weekend heralds this year’s terrace installation at Knightsbridge Mecca, Harvey Nichols. The collaboration with Tanqueray No. Ten Gin promises to be summer’s ultimate martini experience with cocktails served from a special black chrome drinks trolley. Styling is sleek and monochrome with white chairs, black tables and black and white photography while the Art Deco shape of the brand’s bottle is reflected in the terrace’s cut glass candleholders. The signature Fifth Floor Martini Cocktail is underscored with hints of grapefruit and chamomile, however, why settle for just one when you can have three? Try the Evolution of […]

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The Real Food Festival

If you’re a fan of the fresh farmers produce, then The Real Food Festival is for you. Last year’s event attracted almost 20,000 visitors, 94% of whom rated their visit as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. So check it out  from May (7th – 10th) and become a part of the biggest showcase of the very best authentic produce assembled in the UK, giving you access to an audience of thousands of passionate food-lovers as well as targeted trade who are looking for producers The Real food festival  is packed with things for the whole family to enjoy – including top chefs such as Raymond Blanc […]

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On Your Marks

It may be the ultimate twenty-first century revolution of the classic treasure hunt – and an indicator of a major new trend sweeping the fashion footwear world. As any twitter or Foursquare users will well know, Jimmy Choo is in the process of ‘CatchaChoo’, a scavenger hunt around the capital’s hottest nightspots, restaurants and stores, with the prospect of picking up a pair of their coveted new designer trainers. In typical Choo style, these are not the old faithfuls that will inevitably find themselves pounding a treadmill. In keeping with the sports luxe trend which swept the summer season’s catwalks, […]

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Louis Vuitton iPad Cover

It was only a matter of time wasn’t it…? We’re already getting emails with that tell-tale ‘sent from my iPad’ signature so it stands to sense that luxury label Louis Vuitton is straight into the game with a little something in which to keep your new toy safe and warm. The ergonomic shape of the cover means that your iPad will slide in and out instantly – protected all the while by a microfiber lining. Launching on 15 May, it will be available in two canvas lines: Monogram (created in 1896 by Georges Vuitton a cool half century before the […]

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Chiswick House Gardens

If anything ushers in the summer then it's a visit to a divine stately home. We're happy to report that the £12 million restoration of Chiswick House Gardens, birthplace of the English Landscape Movement, stands to be completed in the middle of June. The regeneration of the gardens has been a long time coming: six years of blood, sweat and tears – four of fund-raising and two of hard slog on the site. It’s the result of a massive collaboration between English Heritage which manages the house, the Borough of Hounslow which owns the gardens. Together they established The Chiswick […]

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Pacifica in Hampstead

It’s not often you find somewhere which manages to tick every box but Pacifica Day Spa seems to do no wrong and their recently launched Hampstead branch is testament to this. The well-situated salon is brimming with delighted customers who shower Kathleen Granados, the owner, with words of praise and gratitude when leaving, so much so I am keen to begin to my treatment as soon as possible to find out what all the fuss is about. Their ‘Yummy Mummy’ treatment includes the signature facial and a manicure or pedicure. Lasting just over an hour, it’s the ultimate treat for […]

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Bloomsbury Big Top

The wait is almost over for canvas fans who have been counting down the days for the summer swathe of wedding marquees, festival tents and tepees. However, if your nostalgia started setting in from around the Christmas party season last year, it’s time to act right now. Roll up for the Bloomsbury Big Top. Cunningly disguised as a giant circus tent, The Bloomsbury Big Top is a spectacular multi-purpose events space, in the reassuringly urban Coram’s Fields in the heart of Central London. Pitching up for the months of November and December 2010, this versatile venue is guaranteed to be […]

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S.Pellegrino Restaurant Awards

S.Pellegrino pulled out all stops last night for the 2010 World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards. The ceremony took place at London’s celebrated Guildhall which, despite the best efforts of the Icelandic volcano, was packed to the rafters with the great and the good from the international restaurant scene. The ‘list’ is the result of an extensive poll of the world’s most celebrated chefs, renowned food critics, leading restaurateurs and jet-setting gourmands who make up The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.  Comprised of 806 members, each selected for their expert opinions, they divided the globe into 26 geographical regions, each of […]

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Butterdrop Cakes

Watch out Hummingbird, there is a new kid on the block – Satski Gamble, who used to be a baker at New York’s divine Magnolia Bakery in New York.  Satski has set up a cake business ‘Butterdrop’ which runs just outside of London, from Red Velvet to Coconut Meringue , all the edible cupcakes  are just mouth watering.  The birthplace of the cupcake craze has taken over, they are now a must at all events, parties and weddings. Satski has made cupcakes for the TV show “Sex And The City” and birthday cakes for Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Meryl Streep and George Soros, to […]

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Pescheria Mattiucci

Welcome Pescheria Mattiucci.  This new fishmonger come restaurant opened only last month in Blenhaim Crescent and is fast becoming a favourite of all the locals. Mattiucci’s operates as a fishmonger with a small daily selection of fish prepared by Diego for in-house dinning. The place has lashings of Italian charm. The small shop on Blenheim Crescent is decked out in blue and white with partially tiled, partially whitewashed floors and walls.  There are no tables so diners perch on blue plastic fish barrels using ledges that hug the walls and window.  Prices are very reasonable  Lunch with two with wine […]

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Wolf and Badger

Recently opened design hub Wolf & Badger seeks to nurture new talent by offering discounted rental space in a shop that would otherwise be totally unaffordable to them on Ledbury Road.  The brainchild of local art impression Samir Ceric and bag designer Zoe Knight. For as little as £35 a week emerging designers across the fields of fashion, accessories, jewellery and product design receive a beautiful shop space, their own e-commerce page and an in valuable know how from the team. The designers also get 90% of the profits from sales of their pieces, giving young design talent a leg […]

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