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A Night at the Museum

  Ok we know it’s only October but the shops have got their Christmas goodies in already so thoughts are turning to the annual company shindig.  Last year – shock horror –  event planners going bust struck a sour note with revellers so this time around four of the industry’s most respected names have joined forces to provide some festive fun that the credit crunch has no danger of spoiling.  The Science Museum, Finishing Touch, Party Ingredients and Firebird Events – are using some 180 years of combined experience to present “A Night at the Museum” throughout the month of […]

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Oxjam

Previous years’ incarnations of Oxjam took place in Oxfam’s Dalston store on London’s now uber destination of Kingsland Road.  This week, however, saw four sell out secret gigs performed in the charity’s Tooting branch.  And though I’m not entirely sure that T’Broadway has quite the same kudos as its east end affiliate, it does boast a Primark – not to mention 99p eye-brow threading – which surely counts for something.  Only 100 tickets were sold for each night but the gigs certainly put Mary Queen of Shops’ efforts at Save The children to shame.  With blackout curtains in place from […]

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Sonia Rykiel for H&M

Another designer has jumped onto the High street bandwagon. Last week it was Christopher Kane for Topshop, now Sonia Rykiel is designing for H&M. This winter will see the Parisian ‘Queen of Knits’ take on a new genre, this time stepping into the world of lingerie and accessories. The collection is set to launch in 1,500 H&M stores worldwide, as well as Sonia Rykiel’s major boutiques around the world. This will be the first time that H&M will see a designer foray into lingerie and accessories. Known for her hallmark of individuality, Rykiel describes her designs as “la demonde” (unfashion). […]

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Bubbles at Altitude

The bubble in your champagne glass may be more significant than merely 'going to your head'!  A recent study released on Tuesday by Dr Liger-Belair and Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin of the Institute of Ecological Chemistry and Molecular Biogeochemistry in Neuherberg found that the tantalizing little bubbles create the multifaceted overtones to your golden glass of delight.  The study also found that the type of glass used to serve champagne plays a vital role in ensuring the correct release of bubbles, in order to deliver the many complexities found in the little bubbles. In 2010 Champagne Taittinger Balloon will take these findings […]

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Paul Smith for Evian

  Water has long been a fashionista’s beverage of choice, when she’s not quaffing champagne that is!  Evian has always championed the fashionable collaboration and got into bed with Jean Paul Gauliter last year with a bottle that even boasted its own launch party in Paris complete with an aquatic ballet display!  This time around, it’s the turn of British design icon, Paul Smith.  Known for his sense of fun and optimistic attitude, Paul Smith has partnered with Evian to launch a new Limited Edition bottle that signifies energetic youth and style. Beautifully adorned with vibrant swirls of colour which […]

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News to dine out on

Excitement is mounting for the start of the inaugural London Restaurant Festival. From October 8th – 13th the cream of the capital's gastronomic talent will be showcasing their wares with a cornucopia of fun events across town. Renowned three Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Koffmann's return to the kitchen with a pop-up Tante Claire atop Selfridges department store has had his army of fans salivating since the announcement earlier this year. Factor in that he's also invited a stellar selection of his former protégées – including Eric Chavot and Tom Kitchin – to guest chef and it's no surprise that tables for […]

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HUB

When the globe’s hottest fashion weeks roll around once again, it is hard not to look forlornly at one’s closet and feel inspired to dig a little deeper, and to engage in a bit of a style overhaul. Arguably most inspirational are the fresh young things showing at Graduate Fashion Week, taking trends and techniques straight from the streets and whacking them on the runway. But we are busy folk – few have the time, or indeed the funds, to chill at Dover Street Market and watch the new deliveries pour in. So it comes as a pleasant surprise that […]

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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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Deformed-Transformed

  Art and science generally sit as far apart as the mathmos and the Goths in a US high school canteen but for once, or at least until October 3rd, they are perfectly fused in the SW1 Gallery.  Veteran sculptor, John Pickering whose hands are deformed by rheumatoid arthritis has collaborated with his god-daughter, emerging painter Rebecca Ivatts for a ground breaking new exhibition.  Pickering’s intricate and finely wrought installations see mathematical equations transformed into spatial sculptures.  Described as a modern day alchemist, he hews his work from algebraic principles using the geometrical Principle of Inversion to generate numerical sequences […]

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Cloud 9 Weddings

    Altitude 360, an amazing riverside venue, set on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower, is now fully licensed to host the wedding of your dreams!  With its stunning panoramic views of the London skyline and the capital’s most famous landmarks, including The London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, it’s set to be top of all discerning wedding lists.   With its chic, modern décor, the venue provides a blank canvas for a wedding day that will be like no other.  Bright white marble floors and jet black leather furnishings are sure to set off your wedding […]

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