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Beer & Food

When it comes to finding a suitable beverage to complement our meal, it usually involves wine and the advice of a sommelier. Beer was traditionally limited to the local boozer and ordering a pint to go with a meal at a posh restaurant was considered, well, a trifle gauche. However, with an increased interest in hops and barley, fuelled not least by the increased popularity of microbreweries, it’s all change at the taps. French heavyweights such as La Gavroche and Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons have offered patrons beer menus for some time, but now an increasing number of the capital’s […]

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Pampered in Pink

Tired of the vital commute to the beauty parlour?  Well…The Simply Fab Company is a mobile beauty spa that brings this luxury in a pink frenzy conveniently right to your front door.  In the fight against breast cancer The Simply Fab Company (SFC) has combined forces with Cancer Research UK to launch the Pink Pamper Party! If you are planning a hen party, a corporate event or a girlie night in, any night of the week, the SFC can be there to throw a Pink Pamper Party!  Each guest can spoil themselves with a 30 minute treatment of their choice.  […]

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Hendricks Horseless Carriage

  Thanks to the likes of Frank’s Campari Bar in the Peckham badlands and The Bombay Sapphire Dusk Bar at the rather more salubrious Somerset House, we’re now pretty familiar with the pop-up concept.  New to the circuit is The Hendrick’s Horseless Carriage of Curiosities, from the team behind Hendrick’s Gin and it’s setting up shop for four days from October 1st in London’s Manchester Square opposite The Wallace Collection.  The beautifully restored 19th century wooden train carriage houses a mad scientist’s lab, eccentric bar and dining room filled to the brim with an evolving collection of oddities including Europe’s only collection […]

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Summers Swan Song

Next weekend in Paradise (no-less), the ‘Final Fling’ event sees stars of dub step, reggae and a hybrid of electro/funk/house, warm up audiences ahead of the widely acclaimed vinspired Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi.  Just as you thought you could hang up your glow sticks this event is set to get your juices flowing all over again.  Following a string of gigs around the country Final Fling is the finale before the ultimate festival set around the magical Lake of Malawi next month.  The festival aims to promote tourism in Malawi, which is vital to many developing countries economies […]

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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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I do at Henry Holland

    The fashion pack descended on London’s magnificent Guildhall for a wedding themed extravaganza inspired by Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour’s fictional matrimony in November Rain and stomping the divots with Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. The Duke of Wellington statue plus a star-studded front row including Agyness Deyn with that newly blackened hair, Little Boots, Pixie Geldof, Alexa Cheung and Alex Turner, Estelle and even GMTV’s Lorraine Kelly all watched Holland’s Spring Summer 2010 collection sail down the catwalk or should we say the aisle. And it was one heck of a ceremony.  Holland proved he can do […]

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Domestic Heritage at Eley Kishimoto

    Famously quirky Brixton husband and wife duo, Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto took us, according to the helpful printed explanation of their collection  “beyond the chintz” and  into  “a clashing of visual references in the home environment,” which, while boding well for (any) Ikea fans in the audience, was a bit of a worry for detractors of Scandinavian utility. But while the first up nautical inspired prints and blouson sleeves were all fine and dandy they didn’t really gel with the rest of the collection.  But enough with the belly-aching.  Said rest of collection was right on the […]

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La Roux does Dando

      For those smug (I’ve got Vogue’s back catalogue from 1982) sorts who reckon they’ve a complete grasp of the LFW lexicon and can explain all the different show categories … (On site at the BFC tent as in Paul Costello, off site as in Sass & Bide, off site at the Fashion Factory in conjunction with Red Bull as in PPQ, off site in the Topshop exhibition space as in Christopher Kane, OnOff at 180 The Strand as in Pam Hogg, Vauxhall Fashion Scout as in William Tempest … just in case you were wondering) … with […]

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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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New fragrance from Jo Malone

    It’s the last hurrah of summer from the olefactory world of Jo Malone.  The brand’s new fragrance, Vanilla & Anise transports the wearer off to the floral valleys of Madagascar and captures the extraordinary and fleeting moment when one spots a vanilla orchid blossoming at day break.  This is practically the floral equivalent of the holy grail as the fragile cream and white flowers found on the vanilla vine only appear in in ones or twos in the early morning and seem to vanish again by the afternoon. Vanilla & Anise entices the senses with its top notes of Sicilian […]

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Young Masters

  These days we are forever taking an old classic and putting a modern spin on it. The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary gallery, will be showing two off-site exhibitions simultaneously in Kensington and East London, showing off some of the modern art world’s finest new talent, each inspired to twist the established aesthetic of the Old Masters. The Young Masters exhibitions feature photography, installation, and some more traditional painting, referencing the historical canon through technique, or imagery, or subject matter. The result is a series of pieces which are uncanny, ironic, and often amusing, all of which demonstrate […]

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