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Kensington Gardening Club

So many of us dream of having a beautiful garden, but fresh-air starved Londoners are often lucky if they have even just a small patch of ‘green’.  Following a makeover last year, the Kensington Roof Garden is to be the base for an exclusive Gardening Club to be launched on Sunday. About 100ft above street level in the heart of the borough, the venue is home to 1.5 acres of beautifully themed gardens. With views across London’s skyline, they boast fully grown oak and fruit trees and a flowing stream, with fish and resident wildlife including the infamous flamingos, set amongst the three […]

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A Load of Waffle

If you ever suspect that politics was just a load of waffle – well you’d be right!  And to prove it, Bompas & Parr have put their own inimitable spin on the May election. The Parliamentary Waffle House opens for business on April 20 and each item on the menu will have a variation corresponding to one of the three major political parties.  Orders will feed directly  into a live action swing ‘o’ meter that gages the mood of hungry diners voting with their stomachs. The installation mirrors the perpendicular gothic style of Charles Barry’s Houses of Parliament, the portcullis […]

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Beauty Icon

Estée Lauder is celebrating 50 years of trading in Harrods by release an a collectible compact. This beautifully hand-enameled timepiece captures the essence of these two brands combining rich, regal colours of navy blue and gold. Filled with the wonderfully classic Beautiful solid perfume it is the ultimate keepsake to cherish for years to come. Only 300 are being produced, so these are seriously collectors’ items. Their anniversary is an opportunity to honour the brand’s heritage, celebrate the present and look to an exciting future…look out for further events throughout the year from Estée Lauder, celebrating 50 years in the […]

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Michels Joins Savoy

The former Hilton Group chief executive Sir David Michels is thought to have joined the board of the Savoy's  hotel's holding company. The 5 star hotel which closed in December 2007 for refurbishment, confirmed that the reopening of the 268-bedroom property has been delayed even further until September. "There is no one reason for the delay, but once work started on the property the building was found to be in a far worst state than was previously expected," said a hotel spokesman. The original budget for the refurbishment is thought to be around £100m, but due to the condition of the property it is believed to […]

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Revolution in Kensington

It’s all change in W8 and we’re not just talking about The Independent. Kensington’s Wholefoods Market (beneath Mr Lebedev’s ever expanding empire) is finally coming of age with a “proper” restaurant from Shoreditch destination Saf and The Mall Tavern up the road has re-emerged as a shiny new gastropub thanks to the inimitable Perritt brothers and rising gastronomic star Jesse Dunford Wood. Since opening in east London’s Curtain Road back in 2008, Saf has led the way in pioneering a new kind of vegan and vegetarian dining experience. Chad Sarno, hailed in the US as ‘the naked chef’ due to […]

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Argent Provocateur

If you’re in the market for some new jewellery, may we suggest you give Argent of London a try. The company is known for its originality and timeless quality, inspired by history but coming in at affordable modern day prices. The enamel egg pendants inspired by Carl Faberge are a perfect example. Available in various stand-out colours and crafted from 24ct gold on sterling silver, with a splash of Swarovski crystals, the jewels are a nod to Russian nobility and are designed in St Petersburg. Prices vary depending on your choice of material, from around £130 to upwards of £3000 […]

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G & Tea at The Langham

Following an 80m refurbishment, the top London Hotel has also added a bit of a new spark to some of it's menus.  This month is your last chance to have a 'G & Tea' in the Palm Court, where the hotel's 'tea sommeliers' have worked with Beefeater 24 and mastered an afternoon tea package inspired by the distillery's new super-premium-gin.  So it's an afternoon tea with a gin and tonic, but the concept goes a little deeper.The tea has been flavoured with gin botanicals, whilst  Beefeater gin is also comprised of a rare combination of teas. The 'Tea' also comprises […]

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The Red Room

Since the smoking ban, that venerable London tradition of the cigar lounge is proving rather hard to come by.  So, it’s always a boon to discover a new venue for your puffing pleasure. Welcome to the Red Room, the exclusive members’ club located beneath renowned casino, Les Ambassardeurs Club.     Open to a stagger-inducing 4am (or 6am by private appointment), there’s live music at the weekend, classic cocktails and a light international menu prepared by order by the Red Room’s chefs. However, the real draw of membership is that no holes barred direct access to the casino’s spectacular open-air […]

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Launch of Lazy Bastard

For those ‘Lazy Bastards’ the ultimate slouch chair is now available exclusively at the Conran Shop.  The chair is filled with polystyrene balls like a beanbag, but also has arms, a back and legs. A beanbag sits and fits like a glove. The polystyrene bead filling adjusts to any sitting position. Bertjan Pot combines the casualness of a beanbag with the comfort of a lounge chair.  Lazy Bastard allows for extra comfortable sitting as its seat is higher and fitted with armrests. The specially designed fabric gives the beanbag chair a relaxed look and touch that will particularly appeal to […]

Fashion & Beauty

Chanel Les Pop Up

The allure of Chanel has been undiminished for almost a hundred years. Their cosmetics are on every girl’s wish list and this Summer they are about to bring out another outstanding range of products. Global creative director, Peter Philips, introduces ‘Les Pop-Up,’ the Summer limited collection, and with colours inspired by seaside views it is sure to be another hit sell out. Designed to make you think of fun filled summer days, the range features Soleil tan de Chanel, a moisturising bronzing powder which gives a natural and lasting radiance, so that from the beach to evening drinks you will […]

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Starlite Urban Drive-In

Ok we know cars are supposed to be the spawn of satan but if heaven is a tube carriage on the Victoria line then we’ll happily see you in hell with the top down. At the Volvo Starlite Urban Drive-In to be precise.     Vauxhall no longer has the monopoly on cool automotive events. Jumping on the band (or should we say station) wagon is Volvo which is supplying a fleet of 20 cars for the project which launches on 1 July at Brick Lane’s Truman Brewery with a star-studded premiere followed by public screenings of Eclipse (the third […]

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The Peak Health Club & Spa

The attention to detail is what makes the exclusive Peak Health Club & Spa one of London’s premier health and beauty centres. Situated on the ninth floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, the palm trees, soft lighting and spectacular views of the city make you feel you’re in a ‘haven away from home’. Voted ‘Top Ten UK Day Spa 2008’ by readers of Conde Nast Traveller; the health club has state-of-the-art facilities, including a fully equipped gym and aerobics studio, sauna, steam room, golf simulator, awarding winning Spa and a 20 metre indoor swimming pool. Feeling tired and in need of some indulgence, I […]

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