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Missoni Kuwait

Right now, the fashion pack maybe somewhere between Milan and Paris but this week sees the launch of Missoni’s second hotel and it’s slightly further afield: Kuwait to be precise! Located close by the main shopping area of Kuwait City overlooking the Arabian Gulf, the 18 floor property is part of adjacent luxury boutique shopping emporium, the Symphony Centre. It’s designed by Missoni creative director Rosita Missoni and boasts richly patterned and vibrantly coloured interiors with oodles of those trademark prints. Rosita took inspiration from the brilliant blues and sparkling beaches of the Arabian Gulf and the resulting colour palette […]

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Spuntino

They’ve kept us waiting on tenterhooks for a while but finally former Caprice Holdings Ops Director Russell Norman and partner Richard Beatty will launch Spuntino, the third in the Polpo triumvirate, in March of this year in Soho’s Rupert Street. Spuntino means little snack in Italian and just like the Polpo original and offshoot Polpetto above The French House, the namesake restaurant will serve up the small plates you might find in a Venetian Bacaro. However, where Spuntino parts company with its Italian brethren is that its small plates will fuse its traditional Italian fare with influences from down-town New […]

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Leadenhall Market

You may just think of Leadenhall Market as being a cool place to shop in the heart of the City – where better to get your fix of high street classics Jigsaw, Reiss and Hobbs than beneath the market’s historic vaulted arches? However, the stunning space also plays host to fun events throughout the year and becomes available after hours for private or corporate hire for up to 600 guests! Leadenhall Market has its roots in the first century AD with a basilica and forum and has since become home to a poultry market, beef market and herb market – […]

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The Langham’s Chuan Spa

The fact that traditional Chinese medicine is acclaimed for its ability to harmonize body and soul and enrich personal happiness and fulfilment goes a long way to explaining why China is the largest single market in the world. This month, The Langham is launching Europe’s first Chuan Spa which promises to be an oasis in the heart of London. Interiors are inspired by a traditional Chinese garden – perfect for nurturing your Jing (life force), Qi (vital energy) and Shen (mind and spirit) and therapists will use energy flows, basic elemental forces and the influence of hot and cold to […]

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Zenna

Dean Street’s Red Fort is going underground with the launch of the brand new Zenna Indian style cocktail bar that mixes the hottest cocktails with the coolest lassis. Descend a stairway lined with bronze water vessels filled with floating flowers and twinkling candles and prepare for a zenned out experience. We’re talking azure blue walls, plush blue velvet stools, silk-upholstered gold chairs, Italian tiles and Oriental rugs with a centrepiece bar entirely covered in shimmering metallic discs.An exotic cocktail list choc full of cardamom, lemongrass and ginger features the Coriander & Lychee Daquiri with Chairman’s Reserve Rum, fresh lime, lychee […]

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Hotel Bulgari

Italian luxury goods house, Bulgari doesn't just sell a great line in glittering baubles (perfect for Valentine's Day hint hint) but, like Armani and Missoni, it has also branched out into the luxury hospitality world with gleaming hotels in Milan and Bali plus a restaurant, café and chocolate boutique in Tokyo. But now Bulgari has set its glamorous sights on our capital and plans be the first luxury label to open a hotel in London next year. We can't wait! We hear that the group has ear-marked the site of the former Normandie Hotel in Knightsbridge and following a lavish […]

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Backing British

The start of this year sees new launches from two very different yet ethically aware and resolutely British success stories. Both Byron and Tsuru Sushi were born in 2007 in Kensington and Bankside respectively. Byron has just launched its thirteenth site on Charing Cross Road and Tsuru Sushi is to open its third branch in St Paul’s this month. Tsuru Sushi is a progressive Japanese mini chain committed to quality and sustainability. This ‘Leon’ of Japanese food sources much of its produce from the UK ensuring that its Shetland Island salmon is sustainably farmed, its yellow fin tuna is line-caught […]

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Wyld

There’s a new club in town and trust us it’s going to be Wyld! Yes, Wyld is launching at the eagerly anticipated W Hotel in Leicester Square on 14 February to co-incide with the grand opening of the hotel. It’s a collaboration between W international and Matt Hermer and Paul Deeming’s Ignite Group behind Eclipse, Bumpkin and royal favourite, Boujis in South Kensington. The club takes its name from Sir John Wyld and promises to live up to the spectacles laid on by the outrageous Victorian entrepreneur – albeit with a contemporary rock ‘n’ roll twist. Amsterdam designer house Concrete […]

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Hush

Tis the season to be both romantic and fashionable in London! Valentine's fever is encroaching swiftly upon us, and with thoughts turning to exact plans for the big day of all things pink and heart-shaped, here's an idea for anyone desperately seeking a dinner venue. Drawing on its beautifully chic Mayfair setting, Hush Restaurant has launched its Valentine's Menu, set at £45 per head and featuring some fantastic concoctions upon arrival – the Cupid's Arrow, shot through with violet liqueur and elderflower cordial and topped up with Taittinger, and First Love, a heady mix of vodka, passion fruit, port and […]

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The Corinthia is taking reservations

The launch has been put back more times than we can count but it has finally been confirmed that the world's ninth Corintia hotel is launching in April. And this time we know it's true as it's taking reservations! That's all 294 rooms of it including , 43 luxurious suites – some of which are located over two-storeys inside the turrets of the historic Victorian building with their own private lifts and terraces. There are also two restaurants and a bar. The Northall, promises the best of British artisanal produce with a leaning towards raw, seasonal and sustainable ingredients and […]

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Experimental Cocktail Club

Recently opened in Gerrard Street in the heart of Chinatown is the eagerly anticipated London outpost of that Parisian nu-classic, The Experimental Cocktail Club. Founders, Romée de Goriainoff, Olivier Bon and Pierre-Charles Cros, who are also behind the French capital’s Curio Parlor and the Prescription Cocktail Club have translated their stylish brand of Gallic cool to the mean streets of Soho. Set over three floors of a restored Georgian townhouse, the ECC is accessed by an anonymous black door which, more than likely, will take a bit of finding. Then atop a staircase you’ll enter a Parisian speakeasy world of […]

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Fox & Grapes

Lyon born chef Claude Bosi of Hibiscus fame is branching out from his sought-after Mayfair eatery, with Wimbledon gastropub, Fox & Grapes. The new venture is a collaboration with brother Cedric and former sous chef at Hibiscus, Patrick Leano. Cedric previously ran Claude’s former pub, The Bell in Yarpole – nearby the village of Ludlow where Hibiscus itself was born. Patrick has worked with Claude’s team for two years and was previously with Eric Chavot at The Capital in Knightsbridge. The Fox & Grapes will be dedicated to cooking the very best of what’s in season and the opening menu […]

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