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Beach Blanket Babylon

Some men (lets start on a traditional and somewhat sexist note) choose to take a first date to a flashy, overpriced venue; perhaps a hotel bar, a staggeringly expensive restaurant possibly filled with bankers, their dates and all of their respective pinstriped friends. While impressive this is not always the ideal way to romance your chosen paramour. Beach Blanket Babylon, although ostentatious in dcor, is a fantastical place full of mysterious passages and dark nooks to seduce your date. And it is worth the money. The roaring lions head, as you walk in, is magnificent; the lighting emitted from the […]

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Gilgamesh

Trying to find a different night out in London can be pretty challenging.  Every restaurant seems to blend into another and the rise in the popular Pan Asian cuisine such as, the impeccable head-girl of restaurants E and O, proves difficult for the humbler sorts to hold their own against However, hidden incredibly well in the stable yard of Camden is something that you definitely won’t be expecting on a Monday night.  Gilgamesh is a mix between a Buddha bar chain and a leisure centre.  Upon arrival you go straight upstairs by escalators and enter a movie set of the […]

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Mirko Guida

Il Bottaccio is set to open the doors of its Grand Gallery ballroom, a magnificent 300 square meter space, to celebrate the UK debut of feted contemporary Italian artist Mirkò Guida. “Dreamore”, a showcase of Mirkò’s most recent creations includes his signature large-scale cubist inspired paintings – 7 canvases – and his more recent foray into the hand-painted ceramics genre – 4 objets d’art will be on display. Accompanied by a live ceramics atelier by the artist, the show will be open for a limited-time only closing November 26th before heading stateside to the Museum of Modern of Art. A […]

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How to Organise a Xmas Party

No one has ever put together a successful party with just the aid of ‘Google’. Fact. So if you are that unfortunate person deemed sensible and mature enough to organise the Christmas party this year, do not fear. We have put some helpful hints together to reduce your work load. Once you have the budget from your Boss, the first thing you need to sort is the venue. ‘Where’ is key. No one wants their office party in the Bucking Bronco cowboy themed bar, nor do they want to be in a sweaty karaoke haunt. It’s best to think sophisticated. […]

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Girard Perregaux

Following the success of the ww.tc Financial, Girard-Perregaux is launching a new addition to the ww.tc family. The ww.tc Shadow, with its predominately black features and ceramic case, is the most imposing and technically dynamic model in its class. The ww.tc Shadow's imposing 43 mm black ceramic case is the fruit of a long and meticulous manufacturing process. Its perfectly homogeneous texture gives it some appealing assets: extreme hardness (1500 Vickers, much higher than steel, at 600 Vickers) i.e. good wear resistance, while also being particularly light and wearable. Indeed, ceramic is considerably lighter than steel, and barely heavier than […]

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Kumo Knightsbridge

New bar Kumo opens its doors to London’s fashionable social set. The achingly cool Kumo, situated in the glamorous Beauchamp Place in Knightsbridge oozes opulence and sophistication. Whether it be the cutting edge interior, the deliciously adventurous cocktails, or the minimalistic Japanese cuisine, Kumo Knightsbridge is the place to be seen this winter. Interior design duo Theo Theodorou and Valerie Bechtolshiem were inspired by Japanese culture as seen in Kumo’s rich, luxurious fabrics and colours. This Eastern influence is evident throughout every inch of the intimate setting whether it be the blood-red silk walls, the gold lights, the handcrafted Lotus […]

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Tamarind Mayfair

This Indian restaurant, set in the heart of Mayfair has just entered its 14th year. With endless praise on their website, the Michelin starred restaurant has been hailed as one of the most sophisticated Indian restaurants in London. So how did it measure up Alfred Prasad, their head chef is renowned for his ever-changing Southern and North-West Indian menu. However, despite there being ample choice available the result was still nothing different. To start with we ordered the Jhinga Ajwaini Tiger prawns and the Lasooni Pasliyan Grilled lamb cutlets marinated in olive oil with spiced aubergine. While nothing was dissatisfactory […]

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Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot is opening its first Champagne Bar and Boutique at Harrods. With an enviable location on the 1st floor amongst the international luxury fashion labels, the unique venue promises to become a hot spot for champagne lovers and Clicquot admirers. Shoppers can relax while sitting on the contemporary angular leather bar stools and enjoy the “front row view” of the international fashions. For a more private or prolonged stay, the intimate lounge area designed with chic grey and yellow tones and glass topped tables creates a perfect environment to contemplate a purchase while enjoying a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. […]

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Paramount

Paramount members bar and club, occupying the top three floors of Centre Point in the heart of London’s West End has officially opened its doors. The full members’ club, lounge, bar, restaurant and private-hire events space, designed to offer patrons exceptional facilities, service and produce in an unquestionably spectacular setting is conceived and overseen by Pierre Condou who honed several years of experience at Bistrot Bruno, L’Odeon restaurant and Century Club on Shaftsbury Avenue. Bringing together a wide variety of individuals to eat, drink, relax and exchange ideas, Paramount aims to bring together a wide range of London’s leading influential […]

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Movida Re-Opens

Despite the credit crunch MOVIDA are bringing back the esteemed Cote d’Azure designer Samy Chams to give the club a £2.5million spectacular facelift. Built within the vaults of the famous London Palladium Theatre, on the historic Argyll Street, W1, it’s raw brick arches and original features have been meticulously restored, creating a timeless, elegant and international atmosphere. Chams has kept this atmosphere for the re-build but has dramatically changed the flow of the club, removing & relocating all bars and significantly removing the restaurant to introduce the new VIP evening cocktail lounge MO*OD. MOVIDA’s interior and unique atmosphere is captured […]

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Just St James

The newly converted Just St James used to be the most expensive bank in London and following its revamp the building remains impressive.  Its ornate interior which contains sweeping staircases, marble columns, raised terrace seatings and large balconies is certainly aimed to impress the business client and with its extensive menu they have catered for all tastes. From Butternut squash soup to braised ox tongue and foie gras there is an eclectic mix of starters available.  For the main course too, there is an equally wide selection, ranging from Dover sole and seabass to gnocchi.  I would highly recommend the angus fillet steak which came with an […]

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Gucci Collection

Make a permanent mark: Help save children’s lives. Gucci has announced the launch of the white Tatto Heart Collection, together with a landmark advertising campaign – both devoted to the company’s unique global partnership with UNICEF. Award-winning musical artist Rihanna will appear in a unique international advertising campaign to highlight the 4th annual Gucci Campaign to Benefit UNICEF. The ad campaign will run worldwide in December 2008 and January 2009 publications and will feature key pieces from the Tatto Heart Collection dedicated to UNICEF. Since 2005 Frida Giannini, Gucci’s Creative Director, has designed an exclusive annual collection to support UNICEF’s […]

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