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Best Dressed 09

  Best Dressed lists for 09 is named by Vanity Fair and it’s quite a list. Brad Pitt managed to make it on there for apparently his love of accessories. We hope they are talking about his love for accessories like sunglasses and man-bags not his children. But we must say Angelina Jolie does make a rather good accessory for him. Unfortunately she did not make this years prestigious list. There were some first time names like actresses Penelope Cruz and Anne Hathaway who both made it onto the women’s list which is not always easy. Also to make the list […]

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Cloudy Bay

Hopefully it wont be a cloudy day for Cloudy Bay. New Zealand’s most popular export, Cloudy Bay Wines, is will be setting up home for two days on Parsons Green. The Cloudy Bay Shack is more then you think. Not only will you have the chance to sit back and relax while enjoying a crisp glass of Cloudy Bay Savignon Blanc but add a splash of summer to that with some delicious summer seafood. Seafood and a glass of wine, what more could one want. The pop up airstream shack will be where acclaimed chefs Nathan Outlaw and Neil Churchill will […]

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Night Beach

  Fancy spending some time on the beach but haven’t got the time to leave London? No worries, one nightclub has solved your problem. For the month of August one of London’s hottest venues Mahiki has decided to turn into a beach to celebrate the summer. Sand has been shipped in, literally, to create a beach in this A-list hangout. And because English sand or even European sand is just not quite good enough the 10 tonnes of sand has been imported from Hawaii. Paddling pools are rumoured to be making an appearance so if you happen to feel you […]

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Welcome to the Future

Spaces are the new watch-word for the capital’s cool-hunters. With pop-up events and happenings taking the place of more traditional exhibitions, brands are increasingly on the hunt for multi-functional venues in which to showcase their talent. The Future Gallery is just such a forum. This brand new white-canvas events space just seconds from Leicester Square, provides a key service for companies and individuals looking for something more than simply another shop front or bar. The incredibly versatile venue lends itself perfectly to all manner of events from product launches and VIP parties to fashion shows, sales and exhibitions – it’s […]

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Free Champagne at Kettners

Savvy Londoners aren't letting the credit crunch stand in the way of a good time.  If you've Champagne aspirations but a Chardonnay budget, then get over to Kettner's Brasserie post haste.  When you book dinner for six people or more, the restaurant will help get your evening going with a free glass of fizz per person in its famous Champagne Bar. Then with bubbles coursing through your veins you can enjoy delicious French inspired cuisine from new head chef,  Rufus Wickham who is constantly introducing a roster of seasonal dishes alongside old favourites.  The brasserie was recently shortlisted in the […]

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Chung for DKNY

With legs like hers who wouldn’t want her to be the face of their new jeans champaign. So hats off to Brit TV presenter  Alexa Chung as she lands herself her first major fashion campaign with DKNY Jeans. She is replacing Daisy Lowe who fronted the SS09 campaign for the the AW09 campaign that was shot by The Sartorialist Scott Schuman on the streets of New York.  Alexa Chung moved out to American earlier this year and it seems to have been a rather easy job for her to break to normally tough American market. And we are sure she will […]

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Skate Almighty

When getting dressed for an event called Skate Almighty one would naturally think that 4 inch heels and a mini dress was not what one should wear. Well, this was exactly what a number of the guests attending the opening of Nokia's Skate Almighty at Potters Field Park by Tower Bridge thought they should wear. So those dressed to impress rather then skate stood and watched as the rest of the guests whirled around to the the DJ sets. With the summer weather finally pulling through the evening turned out to be extremely enjoyable as everyone chilled out on the […]

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Make love to that lens

Roll up for celebrity photographer, Rankin's most ambitious exhibition to date, showing at East London’s hip Truman Brewery until September 18th. His first ever UK retrospective, this museum-scale exhibition covers a massive 22,000 square foot, and showcases over 600 diverse images taken from his archives. Rankin first came to prominence in the mid-nineties, when he co-founded the cult magazine Dazed & Confused with Jefferson Hack and quickly established himself shooting his Brit-scene contemporaries from Pulp and Blur to Madonna, Kylie, Kate Moss and even the Queen. His images break through the facade of his subjects' public persona and seek to […]

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Life Through a Lens

They say that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame but selected Londoners are now getting a whopping 23 days of celebrity at the Getty Images Gallery. A brand new exhibition entitled, Londoners Through a Lens, opens at the Gallery on August 14th through September 5th. Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed show, London Through a Lens, which brought us images of our city’s landmarks, this exhibition focuses on the people of London, from the film stars such as Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn to the street vendors that make our city great. The exhibition features a wide-ranging and […]

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Peckham prodigy

Earlier this year, Deptford was touted by Italian Vogue as the travel destination du jour so Frank's Campari Bar and Café, the new pop-up dining concept situated atop a multi-storey car park in Peckham sits in pretty illustrious company! Edgy fashion mavens are flocking in their droves to the new venue – even though the lift stops at floor six meaning they have to traverse the final stretch on foot! The tenth floor terrace is part pop-up café part art installation – the red tarpaulin-covered wooden structure is designed by Antony Gormley's daughter Paloma – and sits alongside Bold Tendencies […]

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A Berry Spirited Affair

The Drink Shop is going berry tastic with three brand new fruit infused spirits.   Boutique vodka brand, Hangar One has introduced Fraser River Raspberry Vodka using super rare Meeker berries all the way from Washington State and its deep pink colour and crushed raspberry aroma are tell tale sign it’s made from the fresh fruit through and through.  The Meeker crop is pre-sold in February before it’s even picked!  Mix up a killer cocktail or serve neat over ice. Next up is Belvedere Black Raspberry Vodka – coming hot on the heels of its Cytrus (lemon) and Pomarancza (orange) […]

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Eight Moorgate

We’re tired of scary members clubs with draconian committees and MI6 style questionnaires – come on guys, is it really necessary to submit us to the ignominy of writing something ‘interesting’ about ourselves (a question guaranteeing writers’ block in anyone but a complete narcissist) and automatically blackballing anyone with the temerity to be born with Mercury in a retrograde phase. Brand new members club Eight Moorgate only requires an £800 joining fee (plus £77 monthly levy) making it cheaper than a gym, infinitely more serviceable and with no compulsion to wear lycra unless of course you’re than way inclined! Hot […]

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