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Cartier Polo Dubai

If you thought the Cartier Polo held at The Guards Club, Windsor was uber-exclusive then you ain’t seen nothing til you've experienced the Middle Eastern version, The Cartier Dubai Polo Challenge. Usually famed for going one bigger than anyone else – you’ve just got to look at the spanking new Burj Khalifa to get the idea – Dubai’s answer to the Guards Club event is a boutique little number of just 500 elite invited guests who were all treated to a sumptuous luncheon and afternoon tea in between matches. It certainly beat our usual picnic – even one from Fortnum […]

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Monsieur M and Petrus

Say bonjour to Monsieur M, new Thai Vietnamese fusion joint currently cutting a dash in the former Shoreditch Town Hall and welcome the retour of the fêted Pétrus in Knightsbridge’s plush Kinnerton Street. With all the hype surrounding Nuno Mendes’ Viajante opening at Town Hall Hotel in the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, we shouldn’t overlook another new-comer to the East London dining scene, Monsieur M. The restaurant was founded by Marc Bringmann whose business trips to Asia during his career in the IT industry gave him the idea for a substantial change of direction. Bringing a whole new dining […]

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Butterflies and Goldfish

It’s Japanning in Notting Hill this month with the launch of itsu and Hampstead’s modern Chinese Goldfish has expanded into a brand new supersize aquarium. Our favourite itsu chain has just opened for business in fashionable Notting Hill and with 1950’s chandeliers, vintage Las Vegas neon lights, enlarged film posters and quotes by Muhammad Ali, Portobello regulars will be floating on air like butterflies. Julian Metcalf’s largest venue to date features a ground floor restaurant with three conveyor belts and capacity for 92 diners. Super healthy Asian influenced dishes include Spicy Tuna X-Ray Roll with line-caught yellow fin tuna, Langoustine […]

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BOKKS

Everyone has been there – the sense of panic and impending doom before a big birthday, wedding, anniversary etc., when it is imperative to attain the perfect gift and yet, when you need it most, inspiration runs dry. Enter BOKKS London, the ultimate in bespoke gifting services. With connections drawing on over 100 of the globe’s most coveted brands, from Prada to Harry Winston, stylish signature packaging and perfect delivery organisation, BOKKS is making headway in the market to bring style-conscious patrons the very best in gifts. BOKKS prides itself on its consultative capacity, offering not only personal shoppers but […]

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Primavera 2010

With Fashion Week but a memory, we turn to Primavera 2010 offerings with a more gastronomic bent. From Italy’s fashion capital of Milan comes the Alvaro Group’s Pollen nestled in Vogue House territory just behind Hanover Square and Cielo on New Burlington Street does it for the Sardinian contingent. At only 29, slick Italian entrepreneur Livio Bisterzo is still a spring chicken but the founder of ultra fashionable Maddox Club and men's skincare range Kyoku, is certainly not one to let the grass grow under his feet. Recently named one of the most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard for […]

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Grace Kelly at The Connaught

Live out those screen siren fantasies at the Connaught Hotel this spring. To coincide with the Grace Kelly exhibition at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Mayfair hotel is paying tribute to the movie legend with its Grace Kelly Style Icon Weekends. The iconic hotel was once the actress's London home and many of the staff still vividly remember her extraordinary presence as she floated about the renowned establishment. Guests can kick off their kitten heels in The Connaught's elegant bedrooms while viewing such movie greats as To Catch a Thief, High Society and Rear Window. Additionally, a specially created […]

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DVF for Claridges

Ok, we know you can't actually wear an hotel but this is surely the next best thing. Much-lauded fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg who reinvented the wrap-dress for a whole new generation is set to unveil her first interior design project. In June of this year, the esteemed fashionista will launch a series of rooms and suites at Claridge's Hotel. Her signature style of iconic prints and bold colours is the perfect fit for Mayfair's Art Deco landmark and with original pieces of furniture to boot, the collaboration is sure to be the talk of the town! Furstenberg is a […]

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The New Superchefs

Whether it’s political or palate-cleansing, every few years, we need a good old shake up. And the new superchefs on the capital’s culinary scene are doing just that. The rise of Mark Hix is showing no bounds as he opens his new destination HIX Restaurant & Champagne Bar at Selfridges department store and Bruno Loubet is back from an eight year spell down-under with his brand new Bistrot at The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell. Last year it was a pop-up by Pierre Koffmann but Selfridges’ 2010 offering is a real keeper. Yes Mark Hix is going fashion forward and adding […]

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The Rembrandt

Connoisseurs of the old masters and hotels alike will be blown away by The Rembrandt’s timeless tradition and ornate Edwardian architecture. This 194 bedroom establishment is located at the exclusive South Kensington end of Knightsbridge – a stone’s throw from luxury shopping destinations Harrods and Harvey Nichols and cultural destinations of The Royal Albert Hall and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The Rembrandt's second-to-none style and luxury packs one serious punch. Bedrooms boast flat-screen tvs and free wi-fi and for some real decadence, some even have in-room Jacuzzis – perfect for either a romantic weekend away or simply to indulges […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

7.30am, Pizza East

As we stumble through the memories of our student days peopled by unsuitable boyfriends, unspeakable amounts of alcohol and cold pizza for breakfast we find ourselves wondering if a great deal has actually changed save higher tolerance levels, worse hangovers and more expensive shoes to trash… But back to that pizza. Nick Jones' Pizza East is making the Shoreditch walk of shame a whole lot more bearable. As of Monday morning, the venue will be open for breakfast daily from 7.30am during the week, and 10am at the weekend. And star of the show is the newly invented Rolly – […]

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