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Jo Malone

Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne Sweet Lime and Cedar Cologne is the latest new fragrance from Jo Malone.  Inspired by the diverse and delicate blending of Thai Cuisine, the exotic scent is created from citrus fruits, aromatic leaves, flowers and spices.     The new perfume was pioneered in Thailand and although at first it may sound unusual, the art of fusing cooking and carefully combined perfumes has been a long tradition in the Far East. The end product is a captivating and sensual fragrance. Although this perfume would suit both men and women, being heavy on the cedar, some women might […]

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Our Christmas Guide

It’s time to think about your Christmas party….. No one has ever put together a successful party with just the aid of ‘Google’. Fact. So if you are that unfortunate person deemed sensible and mature enough to organise the Christmas party do not fear. The Handbook have given you some helpful hints to reduce your work load, having carefully selected some of London’s best venues to host a party. No one wants their office party in the Bucking Bronco cowboy themed bar, nor do they want to be in a sweaty karaoke haunt……… So whether you're looking for an exclusive […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Vendome Mayfair

Just off Green Park, close to Mahiki, should be the perfect spot for a nightclub.  However, this particular corner appears to be cursed.  It seems countless nightclubs have opened up home here only to be packing their bags soon after.  So will Vendome stand the test of time?  This will be their second venture, with another venue already in Walton Street but Vendome, although managing to create a successful line, seems to have failed with this one.  Off to an inauspicious start, everyone was left waiting while last minute technical difficulties were settled.  Ushered quickly to a nearby bar for […]

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Just St James

The newly converted Just St James used to be the most expensive bank in London and following its revamp the building remains impressive.  Its ornate interior which contains sweeping staircases, marble columns, raised terrace seatings and large balconies is certainly aimed to impress the business client and with its extensive menu they have catered for all tastes. From Butternut squash soup to braised ox tongue and foie gras there is an eclectic mix of starters available.  For the main course too, there is an equally wide selection, ranging from Dover sole and seabass to gnocchi.  I would highly recommend the angus fillet steak which came with an […]

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Sagatiba Cachaca

Cachaça, Brazil’s favourite spirit, is rapidly growing in popularity in the UK.  Made famous by the cocktail Caipirinha, it has won a new group of devotees among cocktail drinkers and Sagatiba is aiming to catch itself a slice of the growing market with the launch of its multi-distilled premium Sagatiba Pura. Although Cachaça is made from sugar cane like rum, it differs in taste and production as it is made up from fresh sugarcane juice that’s fermented and distilled whereas rum is usually made from molasses. Touted as having a fresher, livelier character, Cachaça dates back some 550 years and […]

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Ralph Lauren

They say you can’t put a price on love but Ralph Lauren has proved that wrong, with the launch of his perfume Love, at £2000 a bottle.  “Aimed at women over 25 with high spending powers,” Love comes in a gold-plated bottle and is undoubtedly Lauren’s most exclusive perfume. The super-premium Love joins the UK launch of Lauren’s Notorious, which hit the US market in the summer and has been hugely popular. Notorious derives its inspiration from the film noir actresses and the French model Laetitia Casta will head up its marketing campaign.  Love certainly carries on this attempt to revive old […]

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Dom Pérignon

Giving a quirky twist to tradition, the avant-garde artist Sylvie Fleury has teamed up with Dom Pérignon to create a limited edition of a pair of  crystal wine glasses to accompany their 1998 Rosé  champagne. Fleury is known for her sensational designs and collaborations with luxury fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel, and her design aims for light-heartedness rather than elegance, with each oversized wine glass featuring its very own hand printed lipstick motif. Each glass has been signed and numbered and forms part of the new Rosé Vintage 1998 gift set.   So if you feel like bringing a touch of […]

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Openings & Launches

Vendome Mayfair

September this year will see the launch of Vendome nightclub in Mayfair, located on the site that was formerly Pangaea. Following the success of the award winning Vendome, Walton Street, which won best new bar at the London club and bar awards 2008 consultant Freddie Frampton embarked on a design mission with the legendary and truly original interiors guru Paul Daly to resurrect the dance floor. Vendome has been created to induce patrons back on to the dance floor and revive the atmosphere of the clubs of old with people from all walks of life partying with abandon under one […]

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Space NK

With the credit crunch looming over our heads, this Christmas may not see us whisking off to our preferred exotic holiday destinations.  However, Space NK seems to have found the solution with a new range of four fragrances designed to take us on a global voyage.  The new perfumes are Tuberoli, Champaca, Jasamber, Santalrosa and are inspired by travel memories, from Lapland to Tuscany, of Space NK’s founder Nicky Kinnaird.  The collection joins the relaunch of Space NK’s signature fragrance Laughter, which was originally created in 1999. The five scents are part of the brand’s new focus on “clean” products, […]

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Dominos

If you think dominos are only for kids, you’re wrong. The classic game has been given a tinsel town makeover and the result, Hollywood Domino, is about to hit the market over here. Touted as having become a favourite to Hollywood’s A-listers, the twist is that this version is set around the film world. It allows players to become a Director of their own film and players build “Blockbusters,” “Sequel” and “Trilogies” as they battle it out for the “Oscar” domino. After 13 rounds of play, the winner is the player who comes in “under budget” on their movie and has […]

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Wine Wand

Stuck again for something to by that one person in your life who seems to have everything and anything they don’t have already they will soon or if they don’t have it then they definitely don’t want it. You know where I’m going with this. Well, I have a solution for the problem. The ideal Christmas gift, or any gift, for those who are impossible to buy for and enjoy wine, I give you the Philip Stein Wine Wand. I know what you’re thinking. A Wine Wand? Philip Stein who is a leader in mind-body wellness through frequency-based technology in […]

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Oasis A/W 08

Take one well known High Street clothing brand, add some very new talent, mix it all up with a sprinkling of Autumn/Winter 08 and what have you got? I’ll tell you. You have one very interesting and exciting new collection.Let me explain. Oasis, our well known High Street brand, is collaborating with The Royal College or Art, our very new talent, to design their Autumn/Winter 08 collection. The collaboration began as a competition set by Oasis to help support and reveal the talents of The Royal College of Art’s first year MA Fashion and Textile students. The competition – to […]

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