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Street Combat Fighting Lessons

If Bikram bores you, the gym is monotonous and you’re keen for exercise with a bit more kick…street fighting combat fitness classes could be just the thing to speed up your life. The one on one 1 hour sessions held at The Mission Personal Training Studios are taught by personal trainer and ex-bodyguard Andy Macdonald and his team. Incorporating self-defence, Thai-boxing, kicking boxing and martial arts as well as weapon work into the workout, it’s no wonder this is considered an intensive cardio workout too. So, if self-defence lessons have ever appealed, it’s worth heading down to Old Brompton Road […]

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Cour-Tea-San Delight

Lingerie designer Modern Courtesan will be hosting a slightly different afternoon tea each month. Revamping the Metropolitan bar into a sensual boudoir with the help of interior designer Madame Sera, the event will be a ladies only seduction class. Designed for Hens, from 2-4pm, you will be entertained by guest speakers who will offer words of advice and interest in the world of burlesque.  Guests speakers so far have included Stephen Bayley on his book ‘Woman as Design’ and erotic accessories designer JimmyJane to name but a few.  There will also be a performance by true blue burlesque darling Roxy […]

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Scarlett Fever

Scarlett Johansson will be taking the position of her Vicky Christina Barcelona co-star Penelope Cruz as the face of Spanish clothing giant Mango. Quick to follow up her success as the model featured in the new Dolce & Gabbana make-up campaigns, Scarlett has been shooting for Mango wearing a combination of leopard print and tight-fitting black, her hair cut shorter and worn more dishevelled. The photographs were taken in Los Angeles by Mario Sorrenti, and are yet to be released. A spokesman for the high-street chain told WWD that Scarlett was “perfect” for the job, thanks to her “extraordinary personality, […]

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Planet Hollywood

The Planet Hollywood brand has been huge since its conception in the early Nineties, and is now back on the social radar thanks to a huge new redevelopment of the Haymarket venue. The new restaurant and bar will have a modern contemporary feel thanks to design by Jonathan Manser of The Manser Practice, whose previous works include the Waldorf Hotel, Sketch, and the W Hotel Group. The open-plan venue makes use of its huge ground-floor windows and compliments the light with exposed brickwork and natural woods, whilst decoration is mainly in the form of movie memorabilia which will be constantly […]

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Suwha

Freshly launched online website Suwha is the new chic invention from London designer Suwha Hong. Praised for her innovative and unique style, the clothes are tailored with striking detail and are aimed at the “adventurous, thoughtful and stylish” client. Her first collection was leapt upon by all big fashion magazines and has already been seen on Elle Macpherson and Jodie Kidd. The next collection looks like it might set pulses racing again with straw hats, soft tailoring and ruffles featured highly throughout. The site is filled with distinctive capes and jackets using the best quality fabrics and materials. It’s worth […]

Fashion & Beauty

Paul Edmonds UPR

Finally, a treatment for the unnatural blondes amongst us that works.  The Ultimate Protein Rejuvenate treatment is the latest rescue for your locks.  Specifically designed for Paul Edmonds, the bespoke repair remedy works on rebuilding the hair so that it is revamped from the inside as opposed to the quick fixes normally found in salons.  Then again, Paul Edmonds isn’t the usual salon and the new UPR is just another example of their trump cards. The secrets behind the treatment are the Persian Katera plant, the amino acids and vegetable protein which are smoothed over the hair.  All of these […]

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Gilgamesh Hawkers Market

This summer the Camden Pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh is set to open a food market on Monday nights. For one night only the usual Babylon restaurant will turn into an authentic hawker market, popular throughout Asian countries. The giant venue will be decorated with Chinese lanterns and will have a variety of different stalls, with food ranging from Dim Sum and Peking Duck to Curry and even Sushi, allowing you to sample all the different wonders of Pan-Asian cuisine. Famous throughout Asian countries, the hawker markets have been a vibrant and popular meeting place for hundreds of years bringing friends and […]

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Culture

Y-Front Goes Female

For the first time in the company’s 75 year history, Jockey, the pioneers of the legendary Y-Front, are expanding into the female market. WIth their current status as global best selling underwear brand, and spokesmen and poster boys like David Beckham, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, it was arguably only a matter of time until women worldwide demanded some of the Jockey action. The new ranges for women follow the established ethos of fine cotton and microfibres, flattering cuts and natural and understated comfort, all of which have made Jockey the company they are today. There will be five ranges […]

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Fashion & Beauty

Reflexions Reflexology

Tucked right underneath the building of 250 Kings Road there is a very humble looking beauty salon. However do not be put off by the décor, there are currently renovations underway and it certainly isn’t a reflection of the quality of the treatment. Although a novice with reflexology, this being my first, it’s easy to see why this seems to be such a popular treatment to have. The benefits are numerous, including restful sleep, removal of aches and pains as well as improving eczema and asthma. Reflexology aims to open up energy pathways, relieving tension and working on soothing different […]

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Empora.com

Could Net A Porter be quaking in its Pedro Garcia boots? Empora.com is setting out “to change the way we buy clothes online.” Designed to give you an effortless shopping experience Empora.com lets you browse items by style, colour and cut of the UK’s favourite fashion labels and boutiques for both men and women. Mixing high end fashion with affordable high street Empora.com enables users to create a style specifically for them. Designers such as Chloe, Marc Jacobs and Twenty8Twelve are placed alongside Diesel and Accessorize making shopping even easier. Yet with new fashion websites appearing at all angles it […]

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Anyone for Tennis?

Now there’s no excuse not to pick up that tennis racquet. Luxury luggage designer Alison van der Lande has created an ultimate chic new tennis bag that’s sure to be a winner. Made from soft Italian leather and using traditional craftsmanship, the bag is light and easy to carry. It has an extra front zip pocket for tennis balls and accessories and a detachable shoulder strap and comes in two sizes, a standard for two racquets and an extra large which fits in four. Since her launch in 2004 van der Lande has captured a strong celebrity following and her […]

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Sitting in a Tree

  Dating agencies far too often get bad press – but it appears that the awkward, contrived situations most commonly feared are now over, thanks to bespoke matchmaking service Sitting in a Tree. Far from a blanket approach, the three Cupids behind the company select only ten percent of their applicants, and take the time to really get to know their clients so that their pairings are perfectly tuned. Their attitude is casual yet focused, centering the conversation around tea-and-cake meetings and avoiding the formalities of profiles or check-boxes as may be found at other companies – dates will undoubtedly […]

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