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Cazadores Dia di los Muertos

It’s official – Dia de los Muertos is the new Halloween.    Top tequila brand Cazadores took over The City of London’s new Bathhouse venue on November 3rd for an evening of agave treats without the trickery … unless you count the spirit’s devilish ability to worm its way into the sensible side of your brain before you’ve even got past the lime salted rim of your margerita glass.  Time Out’s best new venue tucked away in a graveyard off Old Broad Street proved an apposite location to celebrate The Day of The Dead.  However, the occasion was as far […]

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Kai Mayfair

Kai isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a master class in Chinese cuisine. In fact, the only hole I can pick in our evening was the menu – the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” couldn’t have been more apt. Thank goodness for the army of waitresses who guided me through an extraordinary variety of imperial delicacies. The Braised Abalone (sea snail) & ‘Kai Lan’ in a white truffle reduction was exquisite, which you would hope having been airflown from China and after 3 days of marinating. The Wasabi prawns, a speciality at Kai, were hot, cool, bitter, sweet […]

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Ginger Bread Wishes

Forget the toffee apple this bonfire night and instead sample the scrumptious new Ginger Bread Martini at The Mandeville!  This yummy cocktail was created exclusively for the deVigne Bar by bar manager Claudio Grisorio, made with vodka, orange curacao, honey and mulled with homemade gingerbread – the ideal winter warmer. The martini treat will warm the cockles of heart in more ways than one though, as £1 from every martini sold will be donated to Make-a-Wish Foundation UK. Make-a-Wish Foundation UK grants children and young people suffering from life threatening illnesses their wish, whatever that may be.  It might be […]

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Jewel in the Crown

With its opulent silk swathed spaces that traverse the globe from Moroccan Riad to Rajasthani Palace, at first glance, Jewel appears as reassuringly expensive as the gemstone department in Harrods. However, prices below many West End bars mean that those in the know are flocking here in their droves to experience the bar's premium offering and lower rates. Jewel virgins will be surprised yet gratified to learn that the majority of the wine list sits below £20 and starts at a recession busting £14.50 a bottle for South African Shiraz going up to the dizzying realms of £25 for sparkling […]

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Revel in Red with Nars

As Halloween is almost upon us, you’ll be out to enhance your spooky style. The Nars Holiday collection 2009 is celebrating 15 years of colour, and for instant vampish appeal look no further than their spellbinding nail varnish and lip pencils. For full pouts, “Pop Life” and “Toudra” are the lip pencils that should be fixed in every girl’s handbag. Pop Life, a nod to 80s King, Prince, is bright, bold holly red, while Toudra has a wine red hue to it. Long lasting, with a velvet texture and matte results, the soft pencils add a rich and strong finish […]

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Grey Goose Character Cocktails

  It’s that time of the year again and Grey Goose is launching its 2009 Character & Cocktails Bar for in aid of The Elton John AIDS Foundation. Participating celebrities who have turned their hands to home bar design not to mention each concocting their own cocktails to match, include the multi-talented Roland Mouret, Lily Allen, Lily Cole, Theo Fennell, Patrick Cox and Christopher Bailey.  Here’s an artist’s impression of Mouret’s Origami Bar which promises to be as much of a feat of  engineering as his super-flattering dresses but if you want to check out the real thing you’ll just have […]

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The Krug Room

London’s hotel haunt of choice, The Dorchester, has recently reopened the legendary Krug Room, the original chef’s table, following a full facelift which promises to bring new life to this landmark venue. The design of The Krug Room pays homage to its heritage, selling itself with its elegant luxury minus the luxe flashiness that too often parades itself in London clubs. Rich woods and soft lighting combine to make a chilled atmosphere offset by pieces of contemporary design and lighting – take note of the state-of-the-art liquid crystal glass wall which separates your party from a direct view of the […]

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Guerlain Idylle

Guerlain’s latest fragrance Idylle, which features the Bulgarian rose, has teamed up with Swarovski to create a limited edition of Idylle perfume adorned with crystallised Swarovski elements on the bottle. Idylle is the first perfume created for Guerlain by Thierry Wasser. He wanted to produce a new fragrance aimed at younger customers and used the Plessis Robinson rose as the star ingredient and accompanied this with white musk, freesia, lily of the valley, lilac peony and jasmine, to give the scent its rich, yet subtle, flowery quality. The newly launched golden bottle has been devised by up coming French designer, Ora-Ito, […]

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Gold Rush

The price of gold has risen for the eighth consecutive year, currently weighing in at about £659 per ounce and everyone wants a piece of the action. However, it's not just confined to the work-dodging Jeremy Kyle ad-break audience as there's nothing a posh person likes better than a bargain. Those who prefer not to mail off their 'unwanted gold' in handy resealable bags, have a number of more entertaining options. One such is Ounces to Pounds, the precious metal equivalent of Ann Summers which invites clients to host their own gold parties. The company only started out at the […]

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Beauty Boxes

Benefit’s latest limited edition sets, which have just reached stores, are causing more than just a stir amongst the beauty crowds.  The beauty boxes, “Glitz, Glam and Gloss”, “Powderazzi” and “Celebutante,” are each enclosed in quilted designed cases alluding to Chanel clutches and filled with the best bits of Benefit.  The “Celebutante,”  is an eight piece kit and contains everything you’d ever want in one bag.  Including high beam – a pink shimmer used to highlight areas of the face and body, benetint – a liquid red which is perfect for giving the illusion of a coquettish blush, lip gloss, lipsticks, eye […]

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Water On The Lens

Water on the Lens is a new photographic exhibition by underwater photographer and commercial diver Phoebe Rudomino.  The shots capture behind-the-scene images of underwater shoots for film, television, commercial and pop video and feature Keira Knightley, Sharon Stone, Jared Leto and Matt Lucas among sets from Elizabeth the Golden Age, Casino Royale and Da Vinci Code. The uniquely beautiful images were taken at the iconic Pinewood Studios which contains U Stage, an underwater Stage which houses a permanently filled water tank, holding 1.2 million litres of water and a water-filming facility.  Rudmino explains that “U Stage provides such a secure and […]

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ABSOLUT ICE

  ABSOLUT ICEBAR LONDON has been deep freezing and amazing its visitors by turn since opening in 2005 but for its latest transformation, the design team has dived deep into the dark, mysterious sub-aquatic underworld.  Now patrons are not just delivered into an icy polar realm, they are miraculously transported underneath the ice’s surface into the weird and wonderful subterranean land that lies beneath.  The designers have meticulously recreated scenes from an unfamiliar terrain.  Building on a tradition of ground-breaking creativity, visitors to the iconic venue could be forgiven for thinking that they were indeed plumbing the icy depths rather […]

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