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Wish You Were Here

You say tometo we say tomato but shopping is a great equalizer! The Big Apple is coming to London town. This is the second phase of the Wish You Were Here initiative, a unique exchange between London and New York which sees 30 independent boutiques from the hippest neighbourhoods on both sides of the Atlantic trading places. From October 3rd, a celebrated slice of The Big Apple’s Lower East Side will descend on London’s Newburgh Quarter (8 Newburgh Street and 3 Lowndes Court) following a reciprocal visit to the US last month. Both districts are renowned for their vibrant mix […]

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Sass & Bide does Urban Warrior

  Just like Renee Zellweger’s classic Jerry Maguire line, “you had me at hello,” that’s how it is with me and S&B.  From my first pair of buttersoft pale grey jeans, I was hooked.  And ten years on, Aussie designers and childhood friends, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton, have grown up and the brand which began life as an underground denim label, has evolved with them.  A celebrity following including Kate Moss and Kylie, Lindsay Lohan and Russell Brand (when he’s embracing his feminine side) under their belts, the girls stepped up to the mark with a stand out show […]

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Calling All Chocoholics

Amongst the myriad of fashion and design activities on offer in London over the next few weeks, chocolate lovers will be questioning whether or not to sneak a bite of their favourite bar.  However, they won’t be left wanting for long as the 11th December sees the Christmas Chocolate Festival returning to the Southbank Centre.  Whatever gets your taste buds going; chilli chocolate, truffles, great slabs of chocolate or a steaming mug of cocoa, there are dozens of stalls catering to a multitude of desires.  There is even something to satisfy those of you who have a less sweet tooth, […]

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Fashion Fuel

    Mentioning food during Fashion Week is tantamount to shouting  the word penis very loudly in a busy park (you’ll get this if you’ve seen 500 Days of Summer) but fortunately the nice people at Buddha Bar can feel our pain.  They’ve devised a new calorie specific ‘Fashion Fuel’ menu in honour of our bi-annual fashion frenzy and if you choose wisely you can chow down three courses for less than 500 calories or two for less than 300 if you want to look good in Les Chiffoniers leggings… And although it’s unlikely to set you up to run a marathon, it […]

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Saleroom Gold

Christie’s London will be inadvertantly hosting one of the hottest fashion events of the year in December, when they auction off the couture wardrobe of American socialite Anne Moen Bullitt. The lady herself was the holder of the the most extensive collection of 1950’s Balenciaga – enough to make the modern fashion collector weep – alongside a wealth of luxe Hermes classic handbags, Hattie Carnegie suits, and a splash of YSL. Anne famously had her fair share of marriages (quite the modern gal), including her relationship with Nicholas Duke Biddle, whose position at the US Embassy in Spain gave her […]

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LFW 2009

The twenty-fifth anniversary of London Fashion Week is destined to be a star-studded affair – not least due to its brand new home in the historical Somerset House – a fitting location for the grand scale six day fashion extravaganza. According to Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, the move will take the event into “a totally new era”. And what a line up! Buoyed by homegrown talent, Matthew Williamson and Burberry’s decisions to return to their roots, a whole raft of designers who usually show in New York, Milan and Paris, have chosen to air their Spring/Summer […]

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New Gaucho

There’s a new prime Argentine steer in the Gaucho fold and having opened for business last week, it’s currently residing in Charlotte Street, one of London’s premier gastronomic meadows. Gaucho Charlotte Street, a 130-cover basement dining restaurant – will continue to serve up its enduringly popular menu of ceviche and grilled Argentine steak. Gaucho beef comes only from young steers that have feasted on the lush, rich grasses of the Argentine pampas and their meat is so tender it has been likened to a cross between veal and beef. And the aging process – between four to six weeks – […]

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Feast on the Bridge

As part of the Mayor’s Thames Festival, Southwark Bridge is to be transformed into a communal ‘harvest supper’.  The street party atmosphere is created by Clare Patey, who leads a team of artist to make over the bridge into a bunting clad magical extravaganzer.  There is a wide range of activities on offer for all ages: the whole family can be entertained with apple bobbing from to helping to create the Beast of the Bridge… a beast shaped six metre long cake, which will be served up at 4pm! (Tim Mitchell) Although there are many Autumnal activities available such a […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dining at Quilon

Such was my excitement at dining at Quilon, one of London’s finest Michelin starred Indian restaurant, I found myself committing the equivalent of gastronomical fraud in checking the menu before I’d even set foot in its stylish interior. As we sipped on our mango bellinis, I found myself smugly looking at my dining partner as she obviously struggled to choose from the plethora of delights on the menu. It turns out I needn’t have worried as our extremely attentive waiter offered us the opportunity to sample Chef Sriram Aylur’s finest instead of sticking to the traditional three courses. A complex […]

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Blues ‘n’ Qs

As another music festival ridden summer of love draws to a close don’t hang up your ‘I’m with the band’ t-shirt just yet. London’s bars and restaurants are playing to a groovy new beat and this autumn it’s all about the music. The Blues Kitchen, set to feed body and soul alike, is the latest venture from Steve Blonde and Riz Shaikh of Paradise and Old Queen’s Head fame. Open til late every night and until 3am at weekends, diners can expect an unrivalled selection of Rhythm & Blues with a storming line up of live bands featuring both new […]

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