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The Icecreamists

The Icecreamists is a boutique ice cream brand, newly launched with a pop-up installation in Selfridges department store. Brainchild of Matt O’Connor, it is, in his own words, “the Roald Dahl of ice cream” – fluffy on the outside with layers of darkness beneath the surface. Being the maverick founder of Fathers for Justice, O’Connor is clearly not a man to shy from controversy. He likes pistachio flavour ice cream, dislikes Ben and Jerry’s “because it’s owned by Unilever but marketed as if it’s still a cute little boutique brand run by two groovy blokes,” and is, perhaps, a little […]

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Blues ‘n’ Qs

As another music festival ridden summer of love draws to a close don’t hang up your ‘I’m with the band’ t-shirt just yet. London’s bars and restaurants are playing to a groovy new beat and this autumn it’s all about the music. The Blues Kitchen, set to feed body and soul alike, is the latest venture from Steve Blonde and Riz Shaikh of Paradise and Old Queen’s Head fame. Open til late every night and until 3am at weekends, diners can expect an unrivalled selection of Rhythm & Blues with a storming line up of live bands featuring both new […]

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Style TV

Square your Balenciaga shoulder pads, there’s a new kid on the online fashion block and it means business. For too long, the web has been dominated by the likes of sales driven portals like Net-a-Porter while online versions of magazines such as Grazia have been slow to embrace the medium of web tv. So it’s been left to pop svengali Simon Fuller, whose collaboration with top fashionista and former Net-a-Porter buying director, Sojin Lee has spawned FASHIONAIR.com, an online-tv fashion hybrid set to overhaul our online wardrobes and radically change the way we engage with online retail. A beta version […]

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Go West

The East End has been monopolizing our club scene for too long and a sea of new autumn openings proves that when it comes to glamour, West is definitely best. So mothball the grunge and dust off the designer threads, you’re in for the ride of your life. September’s big opening is the re-launch of much missed St James’s Street members’ destination, Aura which is sure to up the area’s ante after hours. It’s been taken over by airline mogul Tony Fernandes, Gumball Rally entrepreneur Jonny Dodge and Supper Club owner Alberto Barbieri and promises a sophisticated yet technically advanced […]

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Cut loose at Cable

Back in the day of smiley faced acid house parties, Danny Rampling’s London Bridge Shoom Club was the destination for metropolis-bound ravers whose morning milk was the closest they fancied getting to a cow-pat. But fast forward 20 years of post rave and nu-wave and the Noughties club kids are reclaiming Southwark as their manor once more. Old railway arches lend themselves perfectly to ‘underground’ dance venues – just look at Vauxhall, Clerkenwell and Shoreditch – but until May of this year and the emergence of new superclub, Cable, Bermondsey Street was more of a bridge and tunnel pit-stop than […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Aqua London

  You better get ready for some seriously cool, seriously chic and a seriously amazing experiance. Aqua restaurant group is coming to London. It has already shaken up Hong Kong with 10 high-end restaurants, the Michelin-starred Hutong among them. Their first project outside China will open this autumn atop one of London’s most iconic buildings, the former Dickins & Jones department store on Argyll Street. Designed by the Group’s owner and managing director David Yeo Aqua London’s mission is to revitalise dining in London by blending ‘cutting edge cuisines and über-chic interiors.’ David Yeo: “Our team is very excited about […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

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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Reading Matters

Electronic books downloaded on our i-phones may indeed be the future but Londoners are going retro with a fashionable resurgence in the written word. From Celia Birtwell designed book jackets to Angela Hill's pop-up designer book shop (until 29th Aug) in the hip St Martin's Lane Hotel, bookworms have never been chicer. Literary love-ins are even fusing with more traditional evening pursuits and events such as cult author, Patrick Neate’s Bookslam at Notting Hill's Tabernacle –rumoured to have Generation X-er, Douglas Coupland coming down in September – are gaining momentum. Book clubs too are shedding their spoddy image with restaurants […]

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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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