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Planet Hollywood

The Planet Hollywood brand has been huge since its conception in the early Nineties, and is now back on the social radar thanks to a huge new redevelopment of the Haymarket venue. The new restaurant and bar will have a modern contemporary feel thanks to design by Jonathan Manser of The Manser Practice, whose previous works include the Waldorf Hotel, Sketch, and the W Hotel Group. The open-plan venue makes use of its huge ground-floor windows and compliments the light with exposed brickwork and natural woods, whilst decoration is mainly in the form of movie memorabilia which will be constantly […]

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Sanctum Soho Opens

And so the recession rolls on, and the hotel industry fights back. Warwick Street is now home to the ultra-special boutique venture the Sanctum Soho Hotel, the latest offering from Concept Venues' Mark Fuller. Fuller is known best for his legendary marks on London's clubland, with Red Cube and Sugar Reef making his name famous, and continuing with the ever-popular Embassy on Old Burlington Street. He has collaborated with the best of the best on the £10 million hotel, which sells itself on its clean yet quirky design and the highest levels of service possible. Sanctum offers a "whatever you […]

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Spendthrift Launch

Fu-sion 360 presents the launch of international label ‘Spendthrift’ by Falguni and Shane Peacock. Well established and highly regarded Indian design duo introduce their new womenswear collection to the UK this summer. Spendthrift blends Indian craftsmanship with high glamour to create a beautifully made and elaborately decorated soft Goth and rock chic collection. Couture designers Falguni and Shane Peacock are the dynamic duo behind Spendthrift. The celebrity designers love to dress their women in ultra-feminine and glamorous collections and having shown at numerous fashion weeks around the world including London Fashion Week for the last two years they are now […]

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Summer at The Mandeville

The deVigne Bar, at London's upmarket Mandeville Hotel, will be treating patrons to a new superhealthy yet delectable range of cocktails this summer. Director Claudio Grisorio has concocted a variety of fresh and organic drinks to tempt guests and the public alike, all of which weigh in at under 100 calories and so can be enjoyed by even the most calorie-conscious of customers. Grisorio has taken mixology to new levels in creating drinks that use interesting and diverse ingredients – the Skinny Dipper, for example, takes vodka, lime and ginger and adds further kick with a dash of cayenne pepper. […]

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The Handbook Birthday Party

Last week The Handbook celebrated their first birthday party. Held at the Valmont club just off the Fulham road, the evening was brimming with writers, designers and media kings. With such a successful turnout, the normally intimate Valmont was soon overflowing with guests dining on oysters and champagne. Address books were out and it was finally a chance for all the members and supporters to meet up and chat. With such an eclectic gathering there was plenty of lively discussion and useful networking. Ice sculptures, cocktails and short dresses all marked the start of spring and the revellers were keen […]

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The Handbook Party

Wednesday saw the suitably glamourous first anniversary party for The Handbook, an event attended by a swarm of fashionable Londoners held at Chelsea hotspot The Valmont Club, Fulham Road. High profile friends and supporters of The Handbook included tailor Oswald Boateng, Rob and Tom Aiken, young entrepreneur Marissa Montgomery, Guy Pelly, Chole Mansell and William Cash. The Valmont Club proved the perfect venue for the occasion, adorned with a sparkling ice sculpture of the company name and offering a range of fabulous cocktails, including the "White and Red" in honour of the company colours. The sublime catering was supplied by […]

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Ghost Bar

Here’s some news to get London’s club scene buzzing. The opening of another late night bar in Farringdon this spring has been announced. The bar in question is called Ghost and will share the graffiti chic theme of its counterpart in South Kensington but it has been reported will have a ‘more urban and edgier feel’ as it is located in the heart of the trendy East End. David Serlui, who worked to launch Aura nightclub and is one half of the partnership behind the Ghost brand says, ‘We are really excited to be opening another Ghost and this one […]

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No Love Lost

Last week saw the opening of new London exhibition No Love Lost at Eleven Fine Art gallery. What sets it aside is that this collaboration is by two women: both sisters to siblings, also in the spotlight, both talented with an edge. Daisy de Villeneuve and Natasha Law, sister to heartthrob actor Jude Law, first locked eyes at the V&A museum when mutual friend, society photographer, Merry Brownfield sauntered over and introduced the pair right at the end of the party. After this chance meeting Daisy made the first move and asked Natasha if she would like to join a […]

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Bermondsey Square

Further news of the opening of another stylish boutique hotel in London. Bermondsey Square Hotel has been described as ‘English with an edge’ and will be throwing open their doors later this month. With 79 designer rooms, four of which are loft rooms overlooking the capital’s skyline, this is surely one to ink into the address book. Bermondsey itself is becoming an increasingly trendy location as a staggering number of galleries, bars and restaurants now line the high street and soon, this independent hotel will be a welcome addition to the Bermondsey scene. Its foundations reside in the regenerated Square […]

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Topshop Hits NYC

New York City is waiting in anticipation for the launch of TOPSHOP/TOPMAN’s debut American outlet, due to open on Broadway April 2nd. US-based fans of the brand will be able to browse the store’shigh-fashion high-street collections in their very own flagship store, spilling over four floors, making transatlantic pilgrimages to the Oxford Circus destination a tale of urban folklore. Alongside the mainline collections, American customers will be able to choose from all the key collaborations currently available in the UK. The latest Kate Moss TOPSHOP collection for SS09 will launch on 2nd April, to coincide with the New York store […]

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Notting Hell

Anthony Worrall-Thompson has visited four of his restaurants to tell staff they are no longer employed. The celebrity chef has been forced to close down the restaurants due to mounting bills and bank Lloyd’s failing to come to his aid with a loan, resulting in his company being put into administration and having to let 60 of his employees go. In the wake of a financial crisis, the 57-year-old has managed to save two of his restaurants, the Windsor Grill and the Kew Grill and his shop the Windsor larder. But it is a no commiseration for the once smiley […]

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Sushinho

Chelsea restaurant Sushinho is to complement its exciting culinary offering with the addition of a fabulous new lounge bar, from February 12th, 2009. The new venture mixes Brazilian and Japanese flavours, reflecting the main theme of the original fusion venue. So many worlds away from the crowded streets above, the downstairs oasis, with its sensual lighting and Brazilian-inspired artwork, offers a bubble of respite from the bustling Kings Road. Bathe in the sweet mix of Samba, funk, and chilled Sao Paulo vibe, and kick back with a refreshing cocktail. Catch up with friends whilst enjoying the Japanese dishes infused with […]

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