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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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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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Catch of the day

As London gears up for the release of Sex & The City II, Little Venice is preparing for a US themed launch of its own which will see a little slice of The Hamptons pop up in Maida Vale for six months and Islington’s fro-yo scene is benefitting from an eco-friendly makeover. The nautically themed Summerhouse situated on the banks of the canal looks for all the world like a Long Island beach house. Sibling to First Restaurant Group’s popular Waterway restaurant next door, this seasonal gem is the perfect place to sport Breton stripes, preppy deck shoes, an oh […]

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Mews of Mayfair

Discovering a new after work destination which although you’ve passed it by numerous times you’ve never really grasped its true potential, gives you the same rather smug feeling of satisfaction that comes from shopping your closet and finding a perfectly on-trend combo you’d completely forgotten you’d bought! I almost don’t want to share Mews of Mayfair but that would be as selfish as concealing the existence of a new Marc Jacobs. Founded four years ago by London entrepreneur, James Robson, it’s tucked away in Lancashire Court betwixt the shopping Meccas of Brook Street and New Bond Street. I stopped by for […]

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Mews of Mayfair

Discovering a new after work destination which although you've passed it by numerous times you've never really grasped its true potential, gives you the same rather smug feeling of satisfaction that comes from shopping your closet and finding a perfectly on-trend combo you'd completely forgotten you'd bought! I almost don't want to share Mews of Mayfair but that would be as selfish as concealing the existence of a new Marc Jacobs. Founded four years ago by London entrepreneur, James Robson, it's tucked away in Lancashire Court betwixt the shopping Meccas of Brook Street and New Bond Street. I stopped by for […]

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Beauty Goes POP

POPbeauty is an independent family run British label launched in 2002 by Sara Strand.     The rebellious little sister to Pixi, founded by real life sibling Petra, POP is just one of Sara’s creative endeavours – she’s also a make-up artist and musician. And for the last six years she has been dividing her time between creating and designing new innovative products for the line and writing & performing her own music. I caught up with the glamourous if jetlagged redhead – she decamped to LA last year – at Hush Brasserie for a girlie gossip on her whistlestop […]

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Tea with a twist

Since the release of Alice In Wonderland tea parties have gone down like a storm in a tea cup. And like the film, the quirky and innovative bar located in the heart of Shoreditch, The Hoxton Pony, offer tea parties with a twist. Cocktails and British food are the essence of the tea party, which can consist of up to five people. Sounds like nothing new but the cocktails are rather special.  Made and reserved in the revolutionary contraption invented by owner Gerry Calabrese, the cocktails come in self cooling jars, designed so that people can share their drink with no need for ice. The cocktails are natural and organic, made […]

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Mint of a Party

With faceless corporations increasingly out of favour, it pays for a global superbrand to harness social media and tap into the underground scene. Instead of concentrating on the bigger picture, it’s all about microcosms, microsites and building affinities with local scensters. And Nestlé’s new campaign for after dinner mints, After Eights is the result of some inspired thinking by advertising agency J Walter Thompson. Its new tv ad, Jim’s Place, is set at the secret supper club of the legendary Jim Haynes.   American by birth, the academic, bon viveur, and doyen of the literary and theatrical scenes of London, […]

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Elephant Parade

An Elephant in the room is generally a rather difficult to ignore yet socially unacceptable subject to broach over breakfast viz everyone knows that xxx has just been fired, has 6 months to live or has been left by her husband for another man.  However, ignoring a micro herd of painted baby elephants designed by heavy-weights of the fashion and art worlds is pretty impossible, which, as it goes, is kind of the idea. I attended the breakfast launch of Elephant Parade 2010, an initiative to raise awareness and cash for Elephant Family, a charity dedicated to ensuring the survival […]

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Cartier Polo Dubai

If you thought the Cartier Polo held at The Guards Club, Windsor was uber-exclusive then you ain’t seen nothing til you've experienced the Middle Eastern version, The Cartier Dubai Polo Challenge. Usually famed for going one bigger than anyone else – you’ve just got to look at the spanking new Burj Khalifa to get the idea – Dubai’s answer to the Guards Club event is a boutique little number of just 500 elite invited guests who were all treated to a sumptuous luncheon and afternoon tea in between matches. It certainly beat our usual picnic – even one from Fortnum […]

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