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Restaurant Review: The Cedar, Maida Vale

IT IS always interesting to peruse the walls of certain restaurants, and what the proprietor has chosen to hang on them – some like to exhibit ...

Review: Corinthia Hotel London

  IT'S BEEN five years since the five star Corinthia London on Northumberland Avenue first opened its doors to the public - a grand Victorian ...

Silent Pool Gin showcase

THIS week, in a subterranean bar inside Southwark’s Hixter Bankside restaurant, I had the pleasure of sampling for the first time both Silent Pool ...

Gloria Kennedy London. Perfumed Candles Editions 1 & 2

Gloria Kennedy London. Luxury Perfumed Candles

Gloria Kennedy has made Wellbeing and Home products for private customers for decades from luxury soy wax candles, organic soaps, room sprays ...

The Last Man on the Moon 2014 USA / 2016 UK, Documentary, Eugene Cernan

Film Review: The Last Man on the Moon

Because a person's real life is not as narrative-friendly as a movie, a documentary about that person is always a little bit more of a challenge to watch, ...

The Club, Film Review, The Catholic Church, Chilean, subtitles, 2015

Film Review: The Club

I liked this movie because of its multi-layered approach to storytelling. Along with its engaging primary story there is a secondary broader narrative; ...

Casanova Prosecco showcase

Casanova Prosecco showcase

                      PROSECCO lovers might have heard the ...

Shared desk space London

A Day In The Life of London’s Coworking Spaces

The sound of typing ripples through the room, washing over the group like waves. An air of hushed concentration hangs above the rows of gently bowed ...

Restaurant Review: Kettner’s Brasserie

  THERE’s always something special about visiting an old restaurant – not just 'old looking' but genuinely venerable, as is this Soho ...

50 Shades of Grey Film Premiere London

50 Shades of Grey – Film Premiere

What: 50 Shades of Grey – Film Premiere (London) Where: Leicester Square, London When: February 2015 Who: Dakota Johnson, James Dornan, EL James ...

Barry's Bootcamp fitness

Review: Barry’s Bootcamp

It happened at the dinner table. Someone mentioned spinning. The words started tumbling out. “Well you see it’s exactly like Barry’s. Except, it ...

Carom restaurant review soho london

Restaurant Review: Carom

  On Soho’s Wardour Street in the heart of the West End sits an Indian restaurant that ticks boxes most others don’t tick, most ...

Ristorante Frescobaldi, Mayfair, London

Review: Ristorante Frescobaldi

I was once given five minutes by a friend at a bar to come back with a free drink, after a brief conversation where he assumed I could have ‘anyone’ ...

The Interstellar – Film European Premiere

What: The Interstellar – Film European Premiere (London) Where: Leicester Square, London When: October 2014 Who: Matthew McConaughey, Wes Bentley, ...

Collars & Coats Gala Ball 2014

What: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual world-famous Collars & Coats Gala Ball returns for a spectacular night of entertainment and ...

Review: The Balcon Restaurant

What: The Balcon Where: 8 Pall Mall, London SW1. Off Trafalgar Square. Part of the adjoining 5 Star Sofitel Hotel at 6 Waterloo Place, but the good news ...

Restaurant Review: Bengal Clipper

You can usually estimate a restaurant’s qualities and popularity from the calibre of celebrity patron it attracts – indeed many venues like to ...

The Imitation Game: Premiere. BFI 2014 London Film Festival

What: The Imitation Game Premiere opens the BFI London Film Festival 2014 Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, ...

Maison Bohemique AW14/15 collection

Who: Maison Bohemique opens first pop-up store in London What: They describe themselves as a ‘Russian demi couture label’ Style: Flamboyant, a ...

The Gastronomical! Guide to… Fabulous Food

The debut novel of sisters Claire Bosi (Hibiscus Restaurant) and Petrie Hosken (Broadcaster), ‘The Gastronomical! Guide to… Fabulous Food’ is a ...

Love Rosie: Film World Premiere

What: Love Rosie – Film World Premiere (London) Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse, Cecelia Ahern, ...

Review: Dolphin Tale 2

Dolphin Tale 2 exudes the same home-spun storytelling and charm as its predecessor which begs the question why this feel good family movie wasn’t ...

Review: The Athenaeum Hotel

Welcome To Your London Home The Athenaeum is one of London’s best kept secrets - definitely the jewel in the capital’s crown. Situated in Piccadilly ...

MULTIPLIED Art Fair

What: MULTIPLIED, the UK’s only art fair dedicated to contemporary prints and editions Where: Christie’s South Kensington When: Open to the public ...

Leaders of the Pack: LFW SS15 Bora Aksu

I have always maintained that the biannual fashion weeks tell you one thing the minute we hit the catwalks: which brands are the leaders, and who, the ...

Summertime Gladness: The Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London

This summer, the word "rooftop" was bound to vibrato across every Londoner's voice. "But have you been to the rooftop at Selfridges yet?" competing ...

Stunning greenery at Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons

Review: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

In need of no introduction is Oxfordshire’s home of gastronomy, two Michelin starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons by Raymond Blanc OBE. In fact, ...

GQ Awards 2014 Royal Opera House

GQ Awards 2014 – all the photos

What: GQ Awards 2014 Where: Royal Opera House, London Who: ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan, Mackenzie Crook, Benedict ...

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Horst: Photographer of Style

Exhibition - Horst: Photographer of Style Victoria & Albert Museum, London 6 Sept 2014 – 4 January 2015 Not to be missed… Horst: ...

Whisky Socials at The Athenaeum every last friday

Whisky Socials at The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments acclaimed Whisky Socials take place on the last friday of every month. It’s a great chance to sample drams from ...

spectra lights out 100 years WW1 Ray of light over the Thames

spectra Lights Up London

spectra was an inspired addition to the ‘Lights Out’ initiative to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. spectra is a fantastical ...

Restaurant Review Zumbura

Restaurant Review Zumbura. First impressions, what a fantastic little place with wonderful subtlety and detail in the decor. I’m convinced this is lost ...

Book Review: A London Pub For Every Occasion

This book thoughtfully and creatively lists 161 pubs in 22 unique sections. Each section is tailored towards a different whim or fancy, from pubs for ...

The Olivier Awards 2014

  What: The Olivier Awards 2014 Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Tom Hiddleston, Kristin Davis, Book of Mormon, James McAvoy, Lesley ...

The Quiet Ones. Film Premiere, Leicester Sq., London

  What: The Quiet Ones. Film Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Laura Haddock, Olivia Cooke, Rory ...

Holland & Holland – Umang Hutheesing SS14 collection

London's influential fashion and luxury leaders descended on Holland & Holland's legendary showroom in Mayfair's elegant Bruton Street to be dazzled ...

Noah – Film Premiere

  What: Noah - Film Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Jennifer Connelly, Director; Darren Aronofsky, Emma Watson, Ray ...

Muppets Most Wanted: Film Premiere, London

  What: Muppets Most Wanted: Film Premiere Where: Curzon Mayfair, London Who: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Ty Burrell, Ricky Gervais, ...

Captain America – The Winter Soldier: Film Premiere

  What: Captain America - The Winter Soldier:  Film Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson, ...

Coffee table book: The Perfect Gentleman

  English Luxury recommends... The Perfect Gentleman. The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London. Written by James Sherwood, with ...

Coffee table book: Savile Row

  English Luxury recommends... Savile Row. The Master Tailors of British Bespoke Written by James Sherwood • Foreword by Tom Ford “if I ...

Launch: The Clink Restaurant, HMP Brixton

The Clink Charity opens the doors of The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton – the charity’s third training restaurant. The Clink Restaurant at HMP ...

Restaurant Review: Asian Room at Novikov

Novikov is not a Grand Slam tennis player nor a principal dancer at the Bolshoi. Both were gems offered to me by a comedic doorman at a gambling ...

Marcos Marin – Icons

Gallery Elena Shchukina is delighted to present Icons, the first UK solo exhibition of Monaco-based Brazilian artist Marcos Marin. [caption ...

Dramatic London Skyline

Large parts of middle and southern England have been at the mercy of the gods for the last month with record breaking rainfall ensuring thousands of ...

Allan Forsyth: Vivid Light

Gallery Elena Shchukina is delighted to host new and recent works of Scottish artist Allan Forsyth. The photography-based exhibition runs from 6 February ...

Restaurant Review: Moti Mahal

MOTI Mahal is one of the frontrunners of London’s higher-end Indian restaurants, adding a needed touch of class to a cuisine that has been sorely ...

The Monuments Men, Film Premiere, London

  What: The Monuments Men, Film Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, ...

Sensational Butterflies

The Natural History Museum are staging 'Sensational Butterflies', an interactive exhibition that allows you to wander among hundreds of the beautiful ...

Affordable Art Fair, London

Since 1999, the Affordable Art Fair has been challenging perceptions of the art world. You do not have to be a millionaire or an expert to enjoy art! This ...

Robocop: Film Premiere, IMAX, London

  What: Robocop. Film Premiere Where: IMAX London Who: José Padilha, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jennifer ...

Art – Nelson Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom

London’s Belgravia Gallery has extended the current exhibition which showcases its collection of powerful artwork by Nelson Mandela to commemorate his ...

Review: Luisa Omielan. What would Beyoncé do?!

Soho Theatre friday 27th december 2013 – saturday 11th january 2014. Bookings: Monday to Saturday. All ticket enquires: www.sohotheatre.com ...

Caviar delights at Novikov

Caviar has long been viewed as the delicacy of aristocrats, the “food of the Tsars”, so it is only fitting that Novikov Restaurant, which in 2011 ...

Mandela: Film Premiere, Leicester Sq, London

  What: Mandela. Film Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Simo ...

Hunger Games, Catching Fire: Film Premiere, London

  What: Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Film Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, ...

Gift: Roast. A very British Cookbook

  What's the big news? Marcus Verberne, Head Chef of Roast in Borough Market is publishing the restaurant’s first cookbook with Absolute ...

Thor. The Dark World: Film Premiere, Leicester Sq, London

  What: Thor. The Dark World, Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, ...

Saving Mr Banks: Film Premiere, Leicester Sq, London

  What: Saving Mr Banks, Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Tom Hanks, Mark Strong, Lily Allen, Emma Thompson, Ruth Wilson, ...

Locke: Film Premiere, Leicester Square, London

  What: Locke, Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Ben Daniels, ...

Gravity: Film Premiere, Leicester Square, London

  What: Gravity, Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Stars, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris, Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás ...

Only Lovers Left Alive: Film Premiere, Leicester Sq, London

  What: Only Lovers Left Alive, Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, ...

Drinking Buddies: Film Premiere, Leicester Sq, London

  What: Drinking Buddies Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Director Joe Swanberg, Anna Kendrick, Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, ...

Captain Phillips: Film Premiere, Leicester Square, London

  What: Captain Phillips Premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Paul Greengrass, Julien Fellowes, Terry ...

12 Years a Slave: Film Premiere, Leicester Square, London

  What: 12 Years a Slave premiere Where: Leicester Square, London Who: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Colm Meaney, Steve McQueen, ...

Restaurant Review: Olivocarne

Sometimes the idea of reviewing Italian restaurants is akin to comparing Brazilian footballers - they're all so damn good! So when dining at Olivocarne I ...

The Counselor: Film Premiere, Leicester Square, London

  Where: Leicester Square, London What: The Counselor premiere Who: Ridley Scott, Javier Bardem, Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Tom Hooper, ...

Restaurant Review: Balthazar, Covent Garden

It’s been the most hyped-up opening in London restaurants for many years - it’s as if someone has invented some new way of eating or dining. Yet ...

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Chavot

Back in the days when such things were permissible, your intrepid restaurant critic was dispatched by the FT to go to Cannes, where an English chef was ...

Restaurant Review: Yamal Alsham at Imperial Wharf

Central London riverside developments can sometimes be soulless places, and a windswept Imperial Wharf is no exception when the sun’s not around, no ...

Film Premières in London 2008-2013 part 1

Photographer Bernd Talasch has spent many a fractious evening navigating over-zealous security staff and clipboard waving PRs, not to mention the scrum ...

Roast hosts launch of Shekhar Bhatia exhibition

Acclaimed Borough Market-based restaurant Roast has selected the work of leading journalist, photographer and documentary maker Shekhar Bhatia for its ...

Restaurant Review: Tamarind, Mayfair

I remember 15 years ago going to the opening night of Tamarind, then the first and still one of only a few super-slick Indian restaurants in London. It ...

Restaurant Review: China Tang at the Dorchester

Confucius say: When opening Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, make it Kosher. And when opening one in Mayfair, make it halal. There are only two ...