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Marcus Levine, sculptor and unwitting specialist in the human physique, is due to introduce an entirely unique approach to sculpture at a new exhibition on London’s famous Cork Street. At times using over 50,000 nails, this highly skilled and multifaceted artist meticulously translates his ideas onto large white wooden panels. By hammering the nails in at varying heights and distances, Levine is able to create a number of distinct tones, and to manipulate the intensity of his contours. Abstract in theory, yet figurative in reality, the majority of Levine’s ‘nail sculptures’ are extraordinary representations of the human form. Aware of […]

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London hotspot Almada Radiates New York cool

Carlos Almada arrived in London five years ago, with a vision to create a venue with New York style for international trendsetters. Since then,  Alamada has successfully built Automat, one of Mayfair’s hottest eateries. He believes “It’s all about New Yorkers” and judging by his success, he’s not wrong. The Steak Tartare, Mac & Cheese, and the best imported Nebraska USDA grade beef in Automat has whetted London’s appetite, for ‘Almada’, Carlos’ new fine dining silver service restaurant. Beautifully designed in style that can be described as Murder on the Orient Express meets Frank Lloyd Wright and ’30s Palm Springs, […]

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Anyone for Squirrel

Animal lovers look away now! We’ve just heard that The Valiant Trooper pub in Aldbury, Hertfordshire has a brand new menu with top billing going to Local Ashridge Squirrel Braised with Leeks & Thyme Gravy & Served on Mash.     Head chef, Steve Mason, grew up in rural Hertfordshire and enthuses:  “We felt it was time to ‘bring back the old’ and make it ‘the new’!  We want our customers to rediscover England’s country food, so we’re re-introducing cuts of meat and fish that deliver terrific flavour and something just a little bit different!” We townies may wince but […]

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One Day Without Shoes

In an effort to bring attention to the impact a simple pair of shoes can have in a child’s life, TOMS Shoes announces its third annual One Day Without Shoes campaign and encourages everyone worldwide to go barefoot on April 8th. Barefoot events around the world from Venice to Little Rock, Dubai to London have already been planned, with more in the works. On April 8th communities and individuals will be spreading awareness about the importance of shoes in parts of the world where children’s feet are exposed to debilitating diseases.  So many of the world’s children in developing countries […]

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Park Terrace

Following hot in the footsteps of Min Jiang, the tenth floor restaurant within the Royal Garden Hotel on Kensington High Street, comes new eaterie Park Terrace, launching in early May. The restaurant will cater to all, split into three sections offering à la carte British cuisine alongside a more informal lounge area, plus the obligatory bar featuring an extensive mix of spirits, beers, and contemporary and classic cocktails. The ground floor location gives great views out across Kensington Park Gardens, and the restaurant will focus heavily on locally sourced ingredients, with executive chef Steve Munkley at the helm. Menu highlights […]

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Harvey Nichols Hub

If you stopped by Hanover Square on March  18 you might have been forgiven for thinking the festival season had started early, not only was it statement jacket weather at last but there was a large Will Broome decorated motor-home aka the Harvey Nichols Hub decamped bang in the middle of the garden and a plethora of silver balloons fluttering in the spring breeze.   Yup Harvey Nichols was on tour. The four day roadshow celebrated the Knightsbridge store’s brand new fourth floor of fashion and lifestyle. We feasted our eyes on the celebrated girly Sneaker Wall inside – a shoeaholic’s dream of limited edition […]

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Butterflies and Goldfish

It’s Japanning in Notting Hill this month with the launch of itsu and Hampstead’s modern Chinese Goldfish has expanded into a brand new supersize aquarium. Our favourite itsu chain has just opened for business in fashionable Notting Hill and with 1950’s chandeliers, vintage Las Vegas neon lights, enlarged film posters and quotes by Muhammad Ali, Portobello regulars will be floating on air like butterflies. Julian Metcalf’s largest venue to date features a ground floor restaurant with three conveyor belts and capacity for 92 diners. Super healthy Asian influenced dishes include Spicy Tuna X-Ray Roll with line-caught yellow fin tuna, Langoustine […]

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BOKKS

Everyone has been there – the sense of panic and impending doom before a big birthday, wedding, anniversary etc., when it is imperative to attain the perfect gift and yet, when you need it most, inspiration runs dry. Enter BOKKS London, the ultimate in bespoke gifting services. With connections drawing on over 100 of the globe’s most coveted brands, from Prada to Harry Winston, stylish signature packaging and perfect delivery organisation, BOKKS is making headway in the market to bring style-conscious patrons the very best in gifts. BOKKS prides itself on its consultative capacity, offering not only personal shoppers but […]

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The Bentley London

The Bentley London Waldorf Astoria Collection has launched a brand new concept in hotels, offering the entire building to patrons for private hire, thus catering for the most dignified and exclusive of groups. The elegant and established hotel situated on Harrington Gardens, SW7, has long been the choice of accommodation for groups of visiting politicians and ambassadors, and the new venture reflects the recent desire of such parties for bespoke, self-contained and secure venues. The hotel will assign a 'Head Guest Ambassador' to each party taking over the hotel, whose task it is to manage all requirements and to coordinate […]

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Chantecaille New Nano Gold

Have you ever wondered how the French have for so long monopolised the world’s perception of female beauty? For years women have questioned, is it their diet, their fashion, genuine poise or in fact….their skincare and cosmetics? Chantecaille, the leading French beauty range has been hyped as the holy-grail for women and might be about to give us our answers. Their latest concoction and addition to the nano gold range is the new firming treatment. Anti ageing, hydrating, wrinkle reducing, may be a familiar advertisment but this is practically the small print on their new firming cream. The product contains stem […]

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Mothering Sunday Hampers

Harvey Nichols have always produced famously delicious hampers, from cheese selections to weekend picnic baskets they never fail, and this time they might be about to save us again. As Mother’s Day creeps closer and closer and interesting and new ideas evade us, Harvey Nichols have created the Mother’s Day Hamper. Coming in an elegant white wicker basket, The Harvey Nichols’ hamper is full of sumptuous treats. From pink grapefruit marmalade and mouth-watering strawberry jam to their own English breakfast loose-leaf tea, the hamper is an ideal present to wake up to on Mothering Sunday. There are even clotted cream […]

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Primavera 2010

With Fashion Week but a memory, we turn to Primavera 2010 offerings with a more gastronomic bent. From Italy’s fashion capital of Milan comes the Alvaro Group’s Pollen nestled in Vogue House territory just behind Hanover Square and Cielo on New Burlington Street does it for the Sardinian contingent. At only 29, slick Italian entrepreneur Livio Bisterzo is still a spring chicken but the founder of ultra fashionable Maddox Club and men's skincare range Kyoku, is certainly not one to let the grass grow under his feet. Recently named one of the most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard for […]

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