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Wagamama Up for Sale

According to reports Wagamama is looking at putting the business up for sale for up to £250m. Lion Capital is understood to be taking another look at selling the company after cancelling a flotation on the stock market three years ago as the credit crunch worsened, according to the Sunday Times. Wagamama has grown to 66 outlets in Britain and 39 restaurants in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, having been founded by Alan Yau in 1991. It recorded a pre-tax profit of £12.8m on sales of £98m in the year to April 2009. Lion bought a majority stake in […]

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Pretty Green

It isn’t all singing and song-writing at the Oasis camp – Mr Liam Gallagher has officially entered the fashion arena with his new pop-up store on Carnaby Street for his already established label Pretty Green. The brand offers knitwear, suits, coats, jeans and outerwear taking on classic tailoring details in the cuts and fabrics. Pieces are priced from £45 for a t-shirt to £675 for a premium coat. Influences are drawn from the social and arts scenes of the 1960’s, and are closely monitored by Gallagher himself, who works alongside London tailor Nick Holland to ensure every piece is sharp […]

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Now Street Food

City analysts have long been touting China as the future and now it seems they may have to extend their philosophy to the country’s street cuisine as well. Now is a new Chinese street food concept store at Liverpool Street Station purveying steaming hexagonal baskets of freshly cooked dumplings, buns and rolls to grab and go. Inspired by the street stands of Southern China, lunch sees chive and coriander dumplings and chicken won ton soup jostling with salads, prawn balls, seafood sticky rice, hoi sin duck rolls and chocolate and chilli mousse to finish. Grazing options include seaweed prawn crackers […]

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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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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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ADR: Beyond

It is truly the age of The Fashionista. Since Mr Schuman and the lovely Garance started publicising the most stylish people on the planet, a new breed of icons has been created – and Anna Della Russo is top of that list. The editor of Japanese Vogue has gained quite a cult following in recent times, thanks to her inimitable street style and her brazen, outspoken statements made to the press. Next on her agenda is the launch of her own perfume, Beyond, which was announced on her blog this week. The charming website which is every bit as stylish […]

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Company Perks

Fresh from the success of his first solo venture, Table No 1 at Shanghai’s brand new Waterhouse Hotel, Ramsay protege, Jason Atherton is partnering up with Compass Group’s corporate dining arm, Restaurant Associates, to develop a series of bespoke restaurants. The former head chef at Maze will join the likes of Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Gary Rhodes and Tom Aikens, all of whom are involved in collaborations with the group. Atherton will work with Restaurant Associates’ existing clients, serving the chef’s own style of food with ingredients tailored to the needs of individual companies from banks to media agencies […]

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London Licked

‘One scoop or two’ is so last season. Traditional ice cream outlets are undergoing an epic makeover with three new ventures in the capital guaranteed to get us excited come rain or shine. The Chin Chin Laboratorists in Camden is Europe’s first nitrogen ice cream parlour, Spitalfields' Le Bouchon Breton is launching Le Palais du Glaces and renowned chocolatier, William Curley has introduced an artisan dessert bar in his Ebury Street store. Inspired by the likes of Ferran Adrià and Heston Blumenthal, former city broker, Ahrash Akbari-Kalhur and his wife Nyisha Weber gave up their jobs two years ago to […]

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Pringle Day of Record

Pringle was once a British fashion great, pleasing royalty and Middle England alike with its natty argyle prints. In recent years the factories located at Hawick in Scotland have suffered the wrath of recession like the rest, but this August the brand will be making a steadfast effort to remind the British public of Pringle’s finest days – and inspire confidence in its future. The brand is appealing to all to bring forward any scraps of Pringle history to launch the Day of Record, taking place on August 12 at the Hawick factory. From sweaters and twinsets to random memorabilia, […]

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Fulton at Smythson

The last big thing at Smythson was the Erdem collaboration, taking the designer’s notorious patterning skills and applying them to the most fantastic selection of leather goods and stationery. Next up this October is a new venture with Holly Fulton, who became known after her work at Lanvin for her sleek and modern interpretations of Art Deco. Fulton’s designs will adorn a range of notebooks and diaries using a palette of black, aqua and pale yellow, lined with white silk and printed with black geometric shapes, whilst the clasps are chunky pieces of faux diamond. The designer herself said of […]

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