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Let them eat cake

As the nights of winter draw in, our good resolutions involving salads, juices and negative calories have gone south along with the sunshine. Our melanin deprived bodies are craving comfort food like never before and we want to have our cake, eat it and then go back for seconds. Fortunately, with the opening of three new luxury bakeries, this shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. Launching on Connaught Street at the end of the month is Cocomaya Bakery from the team behind London’s gorgeous chocolate emporium of the same name. Brainchild of Agent Provocateur founder Serena Rees, fashion designer […]

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House of St Barnabas

Mention Soho and members’ club in the same sentence and we’re generally talking Soho House but now global private members' club and concierge service, Quintessentially, has launched Quintessentially Soho at The House of St Barnabas, a charitable pop-up members’ lounge in the gorgeous eighteenth century Grade I listed Georgian building that stands at number 1 Greek Street. The House of St Barnabas has been providing shelter and support for the capital's homeless since 1846 but Quintessentially Soho will hold court at the venue for three months hosting events including a Halloween bash with the people behind The Secret Garden Party, […]

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2 become 1 at Aqua

Japanese and Spanish cuisine have to be two of the hippest dining trends in London at the moment though up until now no one has thought to bring them under the same roof. But behind an unassuming black doorway on Argyll Street and a ride up an elevator to the fifth floor, you’ll find just that, aqua nueva – Spanish tapas and fine dining and aqua kyoto – contemporary Japanese, plus, of course, stylish cocktail bar, aqua spirit. Aqua is Singapore born David Yo’s new super restaurant set atop the former Dickins & Jones department store. The Cambridge educated Yo, who in his […]

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Bubbles at Altitude

The bubble in your champagne glass may be more significant than merely 'going to your head'!  A recent study released on Tuesday by Dr Liger-Belair and Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin of the Institute of Ecological Chemistry and Molecular Biogeochemistry in Neuherberg found that the tantalizing little bubbles create the multifaceted overtones to your golden glass of delight.  The study also found that the type of glass used to serve champagne plays a vital role in ensuring the correct release of bubbles, in order to deliver the many complexities found in the little bubbles. In 2010 Champagne Taittinger Balloon will take these findings […]

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Wish You Were Here

You say tometo we say tomato but shopping is a great equalizer! The Big Apple is coming to London town. This is the second phase of the Wish You Were Here initiative, a unique exchange between London and New York which sees 30 independent boutiques from the hippest neighbourhoods on both sides of the Atlantic trading places. From October 3rd, a celebrated slice of The Big Apple’s Lower East Side will descend on London’s Newburgh Quarter (8 Newburgh Street and 3 Lowndes Court) following a reciprocal visit to the US last month. Both districts are renowned for their vibrant mix […]

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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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LFW 2009

The twenty-fifth anniversary of London Fashion Week is destined to be a star-studded affair – not least due to its brand new home in the historical Somerset House – a fitting location for the grand scale six day fashion extravaganza. According to Harold Tillman, chairman of the British Fashion Council, the move will take the event into “a totally new era”. And what a line up! Buoyed by homegrown talent, Matthew Williamson and Burberry’s decisions to return to their roots, a whole raft of designers who usually show in New York, Milan and Paris, have chosen to air their Spring/Summer […]

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New Gaucho

There’s a new prime Argentine steer in the Gaucho fold and having opened for business last week, it’s currently residing in Charlotte Street, one of London’s premier gastronomic meadows. Gaucho Charlotte Street, a 130-cover basement dining restaurant – will continue to serve up its enduringly popular menu of ceviche and grilled Argentine steak. Gaucho beef comes only from young steers that have feasted on the lush, rich grasses of the Argentine pampas and their meat is so tender it has been likened to a cross between veal and beef. And the aging process – between four to six weeks – […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Dining at Quilon

Such was my excitement at dining at Quilon, one of London’s finest Michelin starred Indian restaurant, I found myself committing the equivalent of gastronomical fraud in checking the menu before I’d even set foot in its stylish interior. As we sipped on our mango bellinis, I found myself smugly looking at my dining partner as she obviously struggled to choose from the plethora of delights on the menu. It turns out I needn’t have worried as our extremely attentive waiter offered us the opportunity to sample Chef Sriram Aylur’s finest instead of sticking to the traditional three courses. A complex […]

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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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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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Life Through a Lens

They say that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame but selected Londoners are now getting a whopping 23 days of celebrity at the Getty Images Gallery. A brand new exhibition entitled, Londoners Through a Lens, opens at the Gallery on August 14th through September 5th. Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed show, London Through a Lens, which brought us images of our city’s landmarks, this exhibition focuses on the people of London, from the film stars such as Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn to the street vendors that make our city great. The exhibition features a wide-ranging and […]

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