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Art Spas for The Mind

Forget book clubs, it is all about art clubs this year with the introduction of The London Art Studies Lecture series at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge and Koffmann’s at The Berkeley. The series has been created to provide art lessons to those of us who do not have the time to sign up for a lengthy course but want to learn in a fun and sociable way- meaning your lunch break is about to get a whole lot more exciting. And don’t worry, actual artistic skill is not a pre-requisite with the classes focusing on art history as opposed […]

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A beaver lands in Chelsea

When we heard that Chelsea was about to welcome a Beaver Lodge, a few things ran through our mind, lastly that it might be a new mountain cabin themed bar and dance saloon. Well it is, and once we had stopped flapping about innuendos, the online cowboy hat shopping began. Already tipped to be the next hot Sloanes hang out, the 7th venue from The Inception Group will boast all the homeliness of North American mountain retreats. Think cowhide, furs and a toasty wood burning stove plus the odd grizzly bear, moose heads for company and, of course, the ever […]

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Golden Tickets and Christmas Cheer at Aqua

Whilst we would normally urge our readers to avoid Oxford Street at all costs over the Christmas period, we might have found something that might just tempt us there, all thanks to aqua London, who have put on a delightful Christmas spread this year. Yes, if you are feeling a little bit of shopping fatigue, make sure that you gain your energy by heading to aqua kyoto, where you can enjoy their Festive Fuel menu. The menu has been especially designed for those of us feeling a little bit nervous when it comes to the shops, and it will certainly […]

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Our Guide to… The Best Designer Christmas Trees

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the capital, the Christmas lights are up, Michael Bublé can be heard everywhere you go and there is the sweet smell of mulled wine in the air. With the Norwegian fir taking pride of place in Trafalgar Square last week, we decided to get into the Christmas spirit by rounding up some of the most beautiful Christmas trees that are gracing the city this year. From gingerbread tree’s to winter wonderlands you will certainly find some tree-nspiration from these picks, leaving you feeling ready to tackle your own! For the […]

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The Return of The Grill at The Dorchester

If you can think way back to May you may remember that  The Grill at The Dorchester shut its doors to give it a complete refurbishment – that’s the interior, menu and team. Fast forward a few months and there is a new young team with Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix at the helm and a new look created by Bruno Moinard. What’s he created is a timeless, sumptuous restaurant; it’s almost like sitting inside a copper teapot – if you can imagine, a mix of bronze, zinc, mirrors, copper and butterscotch leather chairs and a rather marvellous chandelier. On […]

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The Return of The Grill at The Dorchester

If you can think way back to May you may remember that  The Grill at The Dorchester shut its doors to give it a complete refurbishment – that’s the interior, menu and team. Fast forward a few months and there is a new young team with Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix at the helm and a new look created by Bruno Moinard. What’s he created is a timeless, sumptuous restaurant; it’s almost like sitting inside a copper teapot – if you can imagine, a mix of bronze, zinc, mirrors, copper and butterscotch leather chairs and a rather marvellous chandelier. On […]

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BRGR.CO Chelsea

Forget those ‘golden arches’, SW3 has just acquired an altogether superior burger joint with the opening of BRGR.CO on King’s Road this week where a dedicated team of Brgrologists, Lettuce Analysts and Grill Sergeants are already hard at work. Hand-made each morning using the best cuts of 28-day-aged beef from the very posh Duke of Buccleuch Estate in South West Scotland, burger snobs can bite into three classic choices: 4oz, 6oz and 8oz – served deconstructed allowing them to build the burgers as they so desire with side orders featuring Parmesan truffle fries (just don’t call them chips), made with […]

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The Start of the World’s End

Time for a quick history lesson, back in Charles II time (that’s the mid -17th century) there was a tavern on the Kings Road called The World’s End, giving its name to the surrounding area, (the name then spread, think the World’s End up in Camden) a pub was then built there in 1837 with the same name that was said to be the perfect gin – palace. Fast forward to now and it’s reopening as World’s End Market. It’s the second opening from Anatoly Parkhomchuk and Ruslan Ugarov, following the success of The Crystal Palace last summer.  With a […]

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The Berkeley launches Pret-a-Portea

Taking the classic afternoon tea and giving it a Pret-a-Porter fashion makeover, the Berkeley is launching a special Pret-a-Portea throughout winter. With nods to fashion icons like the Diane Von Furstenberg’s 40th Anniversary of the iconic wrap dress and Moschino’s quirky ‘Yellow M’ handbag recreated with a blood orange Victoria sponge swathed in red quilted chocolate both fashionistas and foodies alike will falling in love with the kitsch new tea. Other big names one the plate include Dolce & Gabbana’s whimsical night owl with blackcurrant bavarois and star anise pannacotta savouring the designers’ Sicilian forest fantasy, Valentino’s mini dress chocolate […]

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Beijing Comes to Harrods

Harrods is bringing Beijing to Knightsbridge in the shape of Chai Wu, a new, modern Chinese restaurant opening on the fifth floor of our favourite luxury department store. Whilst it might not be the real thing, the promise of duck wraps alone is enough to settle our curiosity. And with a menu created by Bihu Xie and overseen by Executive Chef Ian Pengelly, the UK’s leading expert in Asian cuisine, we cannot wait to get ordering. As everyone knows the best Chinese’ are those shared by friends and with the menu filled to the brim with dim sum, beef wagyu […]

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Zaika reopens after complete refurbishment

Sitting proudly at the top of Kensington High Street you might recognise Zaika, from the outside at least, as inside there has been a complete refurbishment which extends to the entire staff and management. The former bank makes for a stunning and striking venue with its high ceilings and marble features, the long bar betrays its first purpose with cash register shaped features running along the back of the bar which separates it from the main dining area. It is definitely worth taking a moment to pull up pew at the bar to enjoy their impressive selection of cocktails and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Zaika reopens after complete refurbishment

Sitting proudly at the top of Kensington high street you might recognise Zaika; from the outside at least as inside there has been a complete refurbishment which extends to the entire staff and management. The former bank makes for a stunning and striking venue with its high ceilings and marble features, the long bar betrays its first purpose with cash register shaped features running along the back of the bar which separates it from the main dining area. It is definitely worth taking a moment to pull up pew at the bar to enjoy their impressive selection of cocktails and […]

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