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Its a kind of magic …

  Some call it voodoo but we call it JuJu.  This hip new Chelsea hang out, owned by celebrity pairing Lee Chapman and Leslie Ash and designed by Martin Burdnizk, creative force behind The Club at the Ivy and St Pancras Grand, has just clinched the coveted accolade of ‘Best New Bar’ in the  2009 London Club and Bar Awards. And with Chelsea Ice Teas and Pornstar and Expresso Martinis on the cocktail menu, Pan Asian Tapas to soak them up and enough champagne to make you forget your own name, it’s easy to see why.  Live music from 9pm […]

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A return to glory

Anyone can eat out these days, and we do – frequently! In fact with the pace of London life rivalling that of NYC, we’re becoming increasingly New York in our eating habits too and just like Sarah Jessica Parker’s SATC alter ego, Carrie Bradshaw, we’re more likely to use our ovens as extra wardrobe space as opposed to actual cooking. But as restaurants come and go there still remain those stalwarts of the London landscape where dining is still an experience guaranteed to excite even the most jaded of palates. Having undergone a sympathetic interior restoration, The Criterion has recently […]

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Augmented Reality

We recommend that any technologically-savvy reader gets down to the Nokia flagship store on Regent Street this weekend to experience the first ever Augmented Reality Exhibition in the UK, completely free of charge. Until 12pm on Monday all customers are invited to take a journey into the world of the new Nokia N97, which uses revolutionary technology known as Augmented Reality, blurring the line between reality and the computer generated graphics which appear to jump right out of the screen. The latest device has been modelled and approved by  British legend and tech enthusiast Stephen Fry, and features a easy-to-use […]

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Body Works West

Behind Westbourne Grove, in the quiet mews of Lambton Place, lies a hidden sanctuary for Notting Hill beauty bodies. Body Works West encompasses everything you’re after. The gym itself is full of the latest gadgets; with Pilates and dance equipment- perfect for stretching and core muscles- to private rooms for personal training, or the main studio with running, lifting, cycling machines galore. But, for the days when you just want to relax there is also a sauna, Jacuzzi or swimming pool. Yet, the best thing about Body Works West is the limited membership. It’s not a packed out muscle flexing […]

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Courtside Style

What a week for Andy Murray. The current star of British tennis has undergone a transformation of late, from a tempestuous teen to the King of Queen’s Club to Wimbledon’s new poster boy. Murray caused a media commotion yesterday when he unveiled the sophisticated Fred Perry whites which he will be sporting for the two week championships, commencing Monday. The kit consists of tailored white shorts and and a white crested polo shirt, with a cream cable-knit V-neck to ward off the English chill. It’s quite a step-up on his usual sporty attire, and draws great comparisons with Roger Federer, […]

Culture

Yummy Mummy

Calling all Yummy Mummies, are your child’s clothes letting you down in the style stakes? Well, from November of this year help is at hand, thanks to Miss McCartney and her growing empire. Yes Stella is the latest fashionista to cave to the cuteness of baby apparel, and has teamed up with American high street giant Gap to produce an affordable limited line for kids. The mother-of-three will be drawing on her own life experience, as well as her time at the top of the fashion food chain to create a new way “for customers to be able to participate […]

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What lies beneath …

Bermondsey’s Fashion & Textile Museum has just launched it’s brand new exhibiton: Undercover – The Evolution of Underwear. The exhibition tracks the progress of our smalls from the first ever patented bra designed by Mme Gaches-Sarraute in 1915 right through the ages, taking in the bandeau garments worn by 1920s flappers, the Lana Turner 'sweater girl' trend of the 30s, the bullet bras worn by 1950s Hollywood starlets and, of course, the 90s Wondabra with all it’s “Hello boys” connotations. There’s a section dedicated to modern day versions as well with covetous creations by La Perla, celebrity endorsed ranges by […]

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Volstead speakeasy

The recession is spawning a host of speakeasy style joints all eager to capitalise on the current Prohibition vibe but Volstead is the real deal and history buffs will clock that it’s named after Andrew Volstead, the American Republican charged with enabling the National Prohibition Act of 1919. Set behind a suitably anonymous doorway on Swallow Street, just a stone’s throw from the bustling Piccadilly Circus, it’s easy to imagine that you’re entering a louche Scott Fitzgerald-esque drinking den as you descend the stairs to the intimate basement venue. The chameleon of the scene, it captures the general zeitgeist to […]

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Storyteller

The Artist is a Storyteller……. Telling the story in an alternative way is Celina Teague’s quest. This Wednesday (17th June) her new exhibition opens and be expected for a journey into a galaxy never imagined fall of passion and brilliance.  Her works have a way of immersing one in a world bursting with colour, fantastical creatures and an endless thread of wild stories. They are so mesmerizing that one could stand for hours transfixed by the magic of her paintings. ‘What motivates my practice is a desire to bring story-telling back to painting with the purpose of exchanging information that relates to cultures, […]

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A Weighty Issue

Editor of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman has joined the ongoing media debate about superskinny models with a harshly-worded letter to the biggest names in the fashion industry, The Times reported today. The newspaper quotes Shulman on the current phenomenon of “jutting bones and no breasts or hips”, with models handed the msot “miniscule” of sample sizes to wear for shoots. Shulman claims that the wares modelled for high-fashion shoots have become “substantially smaller”, and yet the supercharged pace of the fashion industry means that turning down the samples equals missing major trends and consequently losing audiences. She goes on to […]

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