What's New on AIL
Even if opera isn’t your thing, I defy you not to be utterly enthralled with this production. The dramatic and heart breaking story of the naval officer Pinkerton who marries young Butterfly in Nagasaki and then leaves for America for three years bef...read more
She's been washing your wiffy undercrackers for years, so be sure to spoil her rotten. Here are some ideas for Mothering Sunday in London......read more
Last night's Oscars red carpet was a sight to behold, with frou frou frocks and glitzy, glamorous gowns, slinky sequins and dazzling diamonds everywhere you looked - the Academy Awards fash fest is undoubtedly every fashion lover's dream. Every year ...read more
Younger (though much larger) sister of Hoxton's Happiness Forgets, Original Sin has kicked off as it means to go on; expect world class cocktails mixed by the best and free po...read more
The regularly changing menu will see Ross Shonhan and his team getting creative again - with a selection of small dishes sure to please loyal fans of Flesh & Buns and Bone Dad...read more
We dog lovers don’t need an excuse to get muddy!
But if you’re a fitness fan (canicross or caniX– running with dogs – is an increasingly popular sport), looking for a new challenge or keen to help raise funds for Battersea Cats and Dogs Home you ...read more
Battersea Cats and Dogs Home has launched an awareness campaign to alert the public to the sad practice of back street overbreeding of dogs by unlicensed individuals. It has released a video showing how some dogs are forced to be mothers again and ag...read more
Do something in a good cause and have a shed-load of fun whilst you're at it. It's win-win! Take a look at some of the great charitable events in London over the coming months...read more
I’m reluctant to add to the extensive list of miserable reviews but I was at the cinema last Friday evening to see an early screening of the film of the book that had utterly underwhelmed me. The script was as poorly constructed as the book.
The a...read more
I've fallen head over heels for Charlotte Olympia's new capsule collection, launched in celebration of the new Disney film of Cinderella which, by the way, looks utterly magical.
The four pieces are available now to pre-order; a delicately Swarovs...read more
If you fancy a little something different for your afternoon tea, this month sees Michelin-starred Chinese dim sum teahouse Yauatcha, by the internationally acclaimed Hakkasan Group, celebrate Chinese New Year by forming an exclusive collaboration wi...read more
Wear and tear means when you’re jeans are done; well, your jeans are done. But alas, it doesn’t have to mean that anymore. Buy a pair of jeans from Swedish denim company Nudie...read more
Blossom, spring bulbs, bunny rabbits - all that jazz... we pick out the best goings on in London over the coming Spring months......read more
Unless you've literally been living under a rock, you surely must be aware of tomorrow's date. The media has been bombarding us with ideas for gifts/date nights/cosy restaurant at which to dine with your beloved/singles nights at which to drown your ...read more
Get produce from farmers and artisan foodmakers in London and surrounding areas delivered to your door in just a couple of days from a newly-launched online farmers' market....read more
If you're looking for something special this weekend but have left it too last minute for a getaway, London's first boutique-grand hotel, The Wellesley, is creating the ultimate love nest in Knightsbridge with an exclusive package for those looking t...read more
This is something of a departure to my usual frivolous fashion and beauty content, but something that is far more important and in this week of love a subject that's certainly close to my heart.
When I was 16 a friend of mine died of leukaemia,...read more
This is an interesting production of the famous satirical musical from the Theatre Royal Stratford East. A group of Pierrot players sing and dance their way through a surprisingly large number (over 40) of songs from the Great War era bringing humour...read more
...Baby, just say yes. Sorry, couldn't resist singing the Taylor Swift classic while I wrote this.
Just in time for the dreaded V-Day, a personal favourite of mine, Chloé has released its brand new fragrance, the irresistable Love Story. If you do...read more
It would appear that Boden has once again hit the sartorial nail on the head and come up trumps with yet another pair of shoes that are sure to be top of my shopping list this season. While I would love to wear my collection of high heels on a daily ...read more
I'm a big fan of a scented candle, firmly of the belief that more is more, but truth be told my propensity for Diptyque and Jo Malone would have me bankrupt if I didn't mix up purchases with less expensive brands.
Hence why I was thrilled to disc...read more
To celebrate its fifteenth year as Official Beauty Partner for the BAFTAs, Lancôme has announced the launch of its pop-up Style Suite at Selfridges, London.
Modelled on its Style Suite at The Savoy, the pop-up will be available from 5th-11th Febr...read more
Another new spring campaign hit the press this week, as TOPSHOP announced that Hailey Baldwin is the new face of its global SS15 denim campaign.
TOPSHOP Creative Director Kate Phelan comments; ‘The TOPSHOP denim collection is perfect on Hailey, s...read more
We've launched the mid-season update to our annual Ultimate Restaurant List, and there is plenty to get the tongues wagging......read more
Anyone who remembers the stress of choosing what sweets you wanted in the newsagent's on a childhood Saturday morning will want to be heading straight to Next this week to snap up one of their totally adorable Swizzel's Drumstick bags.
In keeping...read more
I admit that a cold virus, the chilly weather and my general dislike for tribute acts meant I was reluctant to go along to see Thriller Live which is now in its seventh year. But I’m so glad that I did. I left the theatre with a broad smile on my fac...read more
Those who have been craving her innate sense of style can look no further; international style icon Olivia Palermo has collaborated with Aspinal of London to design a Limited Edition Marylebone TechTote, creating the perfect bag to transcend seasons....read more
This winter is playing absolute havoc with my skin; the combination of terrible weather, drying winds and hydration-zapping central heating is a nightmare. Add to that the fact that at the ripe age of 30 I now appear to not only be getting wrinkles, ...read more
Cara Delevingne is everyone’s favourite model right now. It’s impossible to escape her – she’s on magazine covers and advertorials fronting campaigns for Chanel, Burberry and Mulberry; walking the catwalk for Topshop at Londo...read more
You may have noticed that London is becoming more and more like New York - just look at the number of diners and burger joints that have opened in the last couple of years. The city is also becoming home to a large amount of skyscrapers. Whether you ...read more
Seven South Place is the smallest Michelin-star restaurant in the UK but it is to be found in an imposingly large building, home to a suitably prestigious hotel (St James's Hotel & Club/). If this nineteenth-century edifice with its ornate turrets an...read more
He’s the godfather of UK hip hop, having spearheaded British rap since the mid-80s, first as part of London Posse before going solo and collaborating with people as diverse as Bjork, Roni Size and Dub Pistols. He’s also politically outspoke...read more
Any new quality restaurant opening in Tower Hamlets – not in trendy Brick Lane but unglamorous Bethnal Green – is worthy of attention and when the food there is an outstanding as The Typing Room’s you best scoot across town asap and relish the experi...read more
A restaurant in a basement is always suspect – subterranean, possibly claustrophobic, probably arches, bare brick – and Apero is not entirely innocent; a bit hard to find through the hotel and next to the spa but once you find the place, it’s a chee...read more
Tired from walking around Portobello Market in the unexpected hot sunshine, we ventured into this corner (of Kensington Park Road) restaurant which has those window-walls from which a few tables and chairs had spilled onto the pavement and which made...read more
London is no place for ‘backpackers’; it is expensive and lags behind the rest of Europe in providing the type of cheap accommodation that young travelers need to make their money stretch. However, one thing it does have is Belushi’s. The chain of yo...read more
Once upon a time before the 19th century, Leicester Square was a little like today’s Chelsea, patronised only by the wealthy. But then as happens in big cities all this changed, with the aristos moving out and the area falling into neglect until thea...read more
Charlie Hides is the diva impersonator that is taking YouTube by storm. His depictions of Cher, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Joan Rivers and Lady Gaga - who are more often than not feuding with each other - are not only hilarious but spookily...read more
Should one find oneself in the City of an evening or enjoying the trappings of St Paul’s at the weekend, one could do worse than pay a visit to The Happenstance. Situated right in front of the London landmark, the bar cum restaurant, part of the Drak...read more
Was I glad that I took one of my beautiful early twenties friends with me as I discovered that Apres is a place where the young, cool and well-off folk hang out. And whilst there were one or two after work types in suits, most seemed to be in chill-o...read more
Many years ago I worked on Chancery Lane and after a tough week we would escape into the depths of a former incarnation of Baranis. We loved the dark, cellar brick walls and hidden feel of the place and the intimacy of those cave-like private booths....read more
The question on everybody’s lips: just who is Charlie Wright? Well, Charlie Wright was an old boxing hero from the 1940’s and a local hero in these parts. And since his name was the nickname given to this bar anyway, when they needed a fresh start ba...read more
For those that like to boast about their bar experiences, whether by old-fashioned word of mouth or new fangled Instagramming, the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel will prove irresistible. Forget the history and the rumours of what famous patrons got ...read more