What's New on AIL
OK, so those passionate Italians may not be able to do reliable autos or incorruptible political figures but Mama Mia can they ever do cold, sweet, sumptuous gelato?!...read more
Bargain hunters, brace yourselves; later this week sees as sample sale to rival all others as, for three days, Amanda Wakeley takes up residence at The Music Room on South Molton Lane.
With an exclusive range of samples, bespoke pieces and previo...read more
When I was a kid, Wimbledon Common was a regular haunt. Sometimes we took the bus to The Green Man at Putney Heath and at other times we started our long walk at Roehampton. But yesterday, in the rain, we took the 93 bus from Putney Hill and got off ...read more
Back to your roots... or the concrete streets or whatever... The Doctor's Orders celebrate their 10th Birthday at The Book Club this weekend and they'll be spinning a chronolo...read more
When the weather is grim during the summer holidays, parents flock to the cinema. So yesterday I went along to see the latest film from Disney Pixar – Inside Out. In essence, it is about the main emotions – joy, sadness, disgust, fear and anger – liv...read more
We'd sell our granny for a good pud. And so we must confess that we're now onto granny #362 because we've had to make our way through a heck of a lot of great desserts to brin...read more
Lazy drizzly Sundays like today were made for afternoon tea, particularly with the introduction of the new Fashionistas tin from Biscuiteers.
The bigwigs of the London biscuit scene have teamed up with fashion writer and style guru Alice Naylor-Le...read more
A new blow dry bar has opened its doors in London this month, offering hair and brow services in a fun and luxurious setting. The concept of aer is simple - blowdries, brows and beauty all undertaken with precision, care and speed.
More than just ...read more
There's a new trend afoot this summer for a workout with a view, as the craze for rooftop yoga sweeps the capital. Get these three in the diary and start your day with the sunrise!
Sky High Yoga at Sky Garden
Taking the downward dog high and migh...read more
I seem to have developed something of a love affair with Boden shoes in the last year or so (am I getting...old...?) so apologies if I'm repeating myself, but have you seen their new drop? The British brand has been seriously upping its footwear game...read more
Since moving to Clapham just over a year ago I've been seriously impressed with the calibre of beauty buffs in the vicinity. From the amazing waxer at the end of my street to the award-winning hairdressers around the corner, it seems this pocket of S...read more
Global gourmet street food is served alongside a premium bar and cocktail bar with craft beers, cider, specialist Urban cocktails, international wines, prosecco and champagne....read more
I spent a delightful hour surrounded by happy children and their parents and grandparents today. There’s really nothing better than listening to small children giggling.
Most parents will know this book – so no risk of being a spoiler.
Before the...read more
Dreamy British brand Needle & Thread is one that's been on my radar for a while, but not in my wardrobe - until now.
Working with artisans in India and the UK, the beautifully embellished pieces are handcrafted to perfection and loook MUCH more e...read more
Croatia's Haven for Art Lovers
Croatia may have developed a reputation in recent years as the new Ibiza, sun-drenched music festivals on pristine island beaches the new must-do for fun-seekers, but for those looking for something altogether more rel...read more
Don't let this week's drizzle get you down; summer is still here - it's just having a couple of days off. Promise. With holidays to Ibiza and Lisbon still to come, I'm only just starting to get summer-ready. My thoughts this week are turning to a few...read more
Surely up there with perfectly undone beachy waves in everyone's list of favourite winning summer hairdos, there's something intrinsically holiday-worthy about a good braid.
Launching this summer in collaboration with master braider Joel Benjamin ...read more
Taking residence in London’s Bedford Square Gardens, twenty five of London’s most exciting bars gather beneath the green canopies of London’s largest private Georgian Gardens ...read more
Those famous purveyors of perspex, jewellery brand Tatty Devine are tapping into London's creative juices with the launch of their new workshop space at their flagship store on Brick Lane.
With two party packages available, either on Saturday aft...read more
Every so often something comes along that fills you with fashion lust; this week I fell head over heels for the new Hepburn Collection from Radley.
With the opening of the Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon exhibition at the National Portrait ...read more
Good design is more than mere utility. It's something beautiful, it's something practical and it's available in 7 shades that will all work perfectly in your lounge....read more
There's no denying that there's something a little bit different about a night on a roof terrace when the evening sun is out. So grab your glad-rags and make plans for a night...read more
Fashion's having a love affair with My Little Pony at the moment, and the latest addition to Selfridges' Contemporary Floor (Level 3) this week is a pop up shop from Fyodor Golan featuring their AW15 collection.
A giant rainbow welcomes customers ...read more
The 2 Michelin star, Notting Hill restaurant adds yet another trophy to the already heaving award shelf, for an incredible fourth year on the trot....read more
This production of one of Britain’s favourite First World War novels (by Sebastian Faulks) is nearing the end of its three year tour – it finishes at the end of this week at Richmond Theatre.
The set is a war-torn town that doubles as the front li...read more
One of my all time favourite brands, Tiffany & Co. will mark the opening of its new boutique at Selfridges with a brand new installation titled “Fifth & 57th”, named after the corner where Tiffany’s iconic New York flagship is located and known aroun...read more
Is your child an aspiring doctor or dentist? Or are they planning on being a fire or police officer? Maybe they are inspired by fashion or excited by cars?
Kidzania at Westfield London gives them a chance to experience life in their chosen career,...read more
After the 15 minute walk from the bustle of Camden Town, me and my teen daughter were not impressed with the long queue that confronted us when we arrived at 610pm for our sunset safari at London Zoo on Friday evening. And even less so when instructe...read more
The latest action blockbuster to hit our screens is Survivor, a post-9/11 caper starring Milla Jovovich. She plays an American woman working for the US embassy in London who becomes a fugitive from the law and the target of Pierce Brosnan’s assassin....read more
Although it’s traditionally been known as a hub of transport and industry, King’s Cross is surrounded by a surprising amount of wildlife. A team of smart Finnish architects have designed Viewpoint, a typically Scandi-looking floating islan...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
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
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
It looks like a 1950’s greengrocer from the outside - complete with Covent-Garden-Flower-Market-esque alleyway alongside it - but this is no traditional pub relying on retro looks for its customers. The Green Man is a lively boozer in a sleepy part o...read more