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Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen group and former Fifteen chef and nephew of Mick Jagger, Arthur Potts Dawson’s social enterprise, Acorn House may be the most high profile ventures to undertake the training of disadvantaged youngsters but now Thomasina Miers’ Mexican mini chain, Wahaca has partnered up with The Prince’s Trust. The group’s new Canary Wharf venture has been actively targeting young people living in the capital’s Centrepoint hostels with a two week course which marks the latest in an on-going programme. And now, seven unemployed Londoners have defied the credit crunch by scooping jobs at the restaurant. The course, which comes […]

Fashion & Beauty

Sophy Robson

If you ask any girl about town in London where they go to get their nails done nine out of ten will answer Sophy Robson. This is because once discovered it’s impossible to go anywhere else. Situated on the second floor of Fortnum and Mason, Robson has her own salon opposite Fortnum’s Beauty a la Carte. Perfectionist doesn’t even describe half of what Robson’s treatment involves. Combining both chiropody, polish and good conversation, Robson is leading the way in the nails world. Her speciality, the Medi-pedi, begins with the removal of dead skins and rough edges of your feet using […]

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Rococo Nails

Rococo Nails has been around for 15 years and although it has managed to achieve an enthusiastic following from the inside professionals, it has only just started to receive the same accolade from the public.  Finally everyone is beginning to see why Rococo has remained so highly respected in the industry. London based sister duo have incorporated both salon experience and fashion knowledge to produce a nail varnish which is hard wearing, glossy, quick to dry and also solvent free. At last there’s a nail varnish which is good for your nails. Coming in a huge range of bright and […]

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Nick Knight Live

We’ve all been aware of the uber-fashionable SHOWStudio Fashion Revolution exhibition going on down at Somerset House for a while now, alas it just got even better, if you can imagine! Nick Knight is currently shooting 100 of the fashion world’s hottest faces for a feature in i-D magazine, and far from being a secretive insider affair, the whole thing is being streamed online at http://www.showstudio.com/project/fashionrevolution/live/ Some of us dream of getting this sort of backstage access – it takes more than a tenuous link to an assistant, or indeed a cheeky smile and some banter. This is the absolute […]

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The Sony Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards 2009/10 exhibition opens at ART WORK SPACE at The Hempel Hotel, London on 19 January 2010.  The London stop is part of a global tour which has taken in prominent photographic institutions in New York, Toronto, Mexico, Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Running until 29 January 2010, the exhibition showcases photographs by the winners and finalists of the 2009 Sony World Photography Awards, spanning a variety of genres including fashion, architecture, advertising, sport and music, from across the world. Included in this striking exhibition will be images from winning UK photographers Edgar […]

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Leju jewellery

Colourful, vegetable ivory jewellers, LeJu, will be sold at the Royal Academy of Arts from 23 January – 18 April 2010 to complement the much-anticipated Van Gogh exhibition – the first of its kind to take place in over 40 years. Three of LeJu’s popular designs will be available for purchase: The Bubble necklace, the Flor necklace, and Polo earrings. The passion, creativity and vibrancy behind LeJu’s jewellery will be a perfect addition to Van Gogh’s own use of colour and complexity. When asked how the partnership came into being, LeJu’s Dutch-born designer Lenny Trines revealed, “LeJu jewellery is a […]

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Grace Jones and Chris Levine

A unique collaboration between icon, Grace Jones, and ground-breaking light artist, Chris Levine, is to be shown to the public for the first time at the Vinyl Factory Gallery in Poland Street, London. These exclusive portraits will go on show from 18 March until 01 April 2010. Chris Levine is a unique artist with a rare sensibility for the use of light. Renowned for his 3D and still images of iconic figures, ranging from Massive Attack to HRH Queen Elizabeth II, he has now gone on to create a series of stunning 3D holographic portraits of legend Grace Jones. Stillness […]

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Flavour of London

    Swanky London venue, The Kensington Hotel, which opened in April 2009 following a £20 million pound refurbishment, has launched an exclusive package to tempt food lovers to the capital for a festive weekend of shopping and fine dining.  Set across a line of Regency-style townhouses, this stylish 150 room pied-a-terre is located in the heart of South Kensington.  You’ll feel as if you’ve wandered into a giant jewellery box as you cross the velvet-lined entrance hall to reception and marvel at the elegant period drawing rooms complete with bay windows, working fireplaces, luxurious fabrics, parquet floors and original […]

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Culture

Celebrity Dress Hire at Topshop

With the party season upon us, many will be furtively hunting the streets in search of that festive head turning frock or flicking through their favourite glossies looking for inspiration while gazing enviously at the gorgeously clad stars. So, this season avoid that familiar sinking feeling that steals over you when you realise three girls are wearing the same not so ‘unique’ high street number, by paying a visit to Dress Me Up at Topshop in Oxford Circus.  In the run up to Christmas the likes of Kate Moss, Dita Von Teese, Sophie Dahl, Peaches Geldof and the fabulous dress […]

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Skinny Cocktails at Sushinho

  Those fearing the consequences to the line of their party frocks from those calorie laiden Christmas staples of egg-nog and mulled wine will be pleased to learn the secret of Chelsea’s party girls.  Before heading upstairs to it’s super secret VIP lounge, The pre-Raffles brigade head out early to Sushinho, King’s Road’s award-winning fusion eaterie.  In addition to its healthy Japanese Brazilian cuisine, the restaurant’s mixologists are now serving up a delicious new selection of cocktails that are high on luscious ingredients but low on calories! Going down a storm on the circuit is the Cherry Tea Martini, a beguiling blend of […]

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Pandora Jewellery

Danish Jewellery company Pandora are taking the UK by storm, offering beautifully handcrafted jewellery that inspires individuality and celebrates life’s unforgettable moments. Now, just in time for Christmas Pandora are opening their first Central London store on Oxford Street. Experience the beautiful selection of 18 carat gold jewellery, exquisite charm bracelets with the choice of thousands of encrusted individual charms and the premium LovePods collection for pure indulgence. The opening of Pandora Oxford Street store will offer you a chance to show a loved one how much they mean to you this Christmas by giving them a timeless yet modern […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Christmas at Paramount

If you've been itching to scope out Paramount, London's uber exclusive Tom Dixon designed members' club atop the Centre Point tower, now's your chance.  The venue is running an unmissable offer that's guaranteed to impress the most world-weary of guests.  For a limited time only, its exclusive Level 31 private events' space is available free of charge for Christmas lunch bookings.  Now admittedly, there's no such thing as a free lunch.  You do need a minimum of 30 guests at £95 a head but with a panoramic view of the capital form a 385ft high perspective – it'll buy you […]

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