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A few weeks ago, a friend who lives in Brentford took me on a walk around the area to show me the redevelopment that has taken place. I have to say that Brentford – in a sort of no man’s land between Hounslow and Chiswick, below Ealing and across the...read more
Guest blog: Zumbura...read more
London’s Best Christmas Trees and Decorations...read more
Well, you're about to get fat with all the Christmas goodies, so why not kick off the indulgence early this year? Free to attend and with a dizzying range of chocolatey produc...read more
Ladie, there's a new workout in town and it's one you'll want to know about. Fear not, there's still time to get into that all-important New Year's Ever party dress...
Are you (like me...) a victim of failed personal training, unused gym membershi...read more
What do you get when you cross a reindeer, a snowman, a rugged mountain man and a heroine on a quest across snowy landscapes? Only the perfect movie to get you in the mood for...read more
Having taken my daughter to the NPL’s fabulous “Protons for breakfast” series of lectures a few years ago I managed to sign up for tickets to the first Christmas Science Lecture (suitable for kids from 10 years old) – presented in conjunction with In...read more
There is not much that gets me depressed, however, the Barbican area in London comes close. I visited it a few times, but I never liked it. Ofcourse there are people who love the area, but I try to avoid it. But there is one reason for me to visit th...read more
There’s so much out there! Lucky for you we’ve rounded up our pick of the best nights for New Year’s Eve....read more
Jude Law has received great praise for his depiction of Henry V in Shakespeare's great play of the bloody horrors of war and the turbulence of a land in crisis. Catch Jude's s...read more
This Monday evening I was extremely lucky to be invited to the British Fashion Awards at the wonderful Coliseum; undoubtedly the highlight of the British fashion calendar and certainly something worth getting dressed up for. I made myself a dress to ...read more
Boutique model agency MiLK Management has launched its new #meetMiLK campaign this week, shot by the inimitable Rankin and featuring a host of well-known faces.
Founded by former model Anna Shillinglaw in 2011, MiLK understands no two models are ...read more
If you thought it was all spin and no skill then you are very wrong indeed. Head to East London's top table football venues... watch, learn, take on the best... and become a c...read more
The ACE Hotel, where Hoi Polloi is located, is one of a group of stylish, celebrity-endorsed hotels, having originated in hipstervilles Seattle and Oregon, back in the days when it was possible to be both cheap and chic. Now they have branches in dow...read more
When it comes to shopping, Lamb’s Conduit Street is a destination of some repute. It isn’t as well known for its pubs but if you’re looking for something with a little more action than The Lamb (a great pub in its own right) then The Perseverance is ...read more
Just before we get on to the Christmas gift stuff for other people, just ONE more post about what I want to buy myself. Just one...
Also, I must apologise that the last three posts of mine have all been a bit, er, pink. What can I say? It's my fav...read more
Enjoy a magical winter in Spitalfields as we revel in the season, with sounds old and new. In the area’s iconic and hidden spaces, discover early masterpieces, contemporary mu...read more
Oh God. It's December. Christmas is three weeks away and I haven't bought a single present. I essentially have left myself one weekend in which to do all Christmas shopping and preparation as I am trotting off to Paris in two weeks' time and the week...read more
There are some American foodstuffs Londoners undoubtedly need in their lives (Lucky Charms, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts, Kraft Mac n Cheese…) and the menu at Strip Bar & Steak may soon be joining that list.
London’s latest import from across t...read more
In the backlands of North Greenwich, residing in the shadow cast by the Holiday Inn Express, there lives hope. Hope among the B&Qs, Odeons and Pizza Huts of Greenwich Shopping Park. This hope comes in the form of Szechuan cuisine from the aptly named...read more
Everyone likes to drink in an old pub now and then and they don’t come much better looking than The Champion. It’s all in the name. None of that, ‘I could have been somebody, I could’ve been a contender’ talk, this pub is a straight-up champion of tr...read more
We get it… wolves, lairs, ‘packs’, House of Wolf is keen to create a bit of a brand for itself and by layering up the hype and heaping on the buzz, it kind of works. Before visiting this Upper Street house of fun, there were some preconceived notions...read more
There is lots to see in London, but also in the area there is lots to see. One of my favorite places to visit is Windsor Castle. You can get there either by coach or train. The train is faster, but expencive. Windsor itself is a lovely little village...read more
Aida isn’t my favourite opera but it sure went down well with my friend who’s an opera newbie and needed cheering up. Especially as opera remains one of those things that still merits a little dressing up. You can still get lost in music.
It was g...read more
The walk from Richmond train station was vigorous, but as we were chatting the time passed quickly. As we waited to collect our tickets at Victoria Gate, the Salvation Army band played some jolly Christmas songs to get us in the mood.
A quick div...read more
Given that Vauxhall is right by the river, with brilliant transport links and fast access to the West End, it should have always been a property hot spot. But the spotlight hasn’t been aimed at this part of south London till recently, as for many it...read more
My eight year old companion and I arrived at Syon Park in West London around 6pm on Saturday evening to visit the eighth annual Enchanted Woodland illuminated trail at the home of the Duke of Northumberland. It was busy – there were excited children ...read more
Twickenham riverside is a popular haunt for dog walkers – even though there is a major redevelopment in progress at present. The Barmy Arms is a well-known summer drinking spot for dog lovers as there is a large outdoor area with fabulous river views...read more
She has been hailed as a patriotic heroine for defending Britons against the invading Romans, but she also exacted such destruction upon London that it took almost a hundred years to rebuild. We take a look at the woman who very nearly forced the Rom...read more
There's nothing cosier than cashmere when the weather turns chilly (i.e. now...) and though the classic grey is, admittedly, a mainstay of my winter wardrobe, it's nice to shake things up with a little colour once in a while.
Which is the main rea...read more
When making an important new handbag purchase it’s easy to be blinded by the many wonderful brands in Selfridge’s cavernous ground floor. Do you go classic Mulberry Bayswater? Save your pennies for a Louis Vuitton Speedy? Or stick with the tried and ...read more
Winter is most definitely on the way and with it comes a whole catalogue of beauty headaches, including permanently frazzled hair. The combination of cold winds, central heating and an annual winter dye job isn't ideal for glossy, healthy locks, but ...read more
So we're at the halfway point, midway through Movember and it's highly likely that your man's mo may be in need of a helping hand in the grooming department. Luckily those clever folk at Gillette have, for the second year, opened the Best A Mo Can Ge...read more
The first time we walked into The Elk in the Woods we thought we were walking into one of Camden Passages many luxurious boutiques. Turns out we were wrong. But oh how sweet it was to be wrong. Having taken our seats and perused the menu in this ‘lux...read more
Farringdon is a strange sort of place. In many ways it’s all about the history and the architecture but then there are the hip restaurants, clubs and all night bars that inhabit it. The Smithfield Tavern, like the eponymous market, belongs on the his...read more
It may be just another Fullers Pub on the face of it but The Star Tavern is so much more once you dive in. Maybe we’re alone here but we do like to take the odd stroll around the kinds of London neighbourhoods that epitomize the history of this city....read more
Franck Raymond’s name may not ring many bells, however for the last ten years he was the head chef at Mon Plaisir, London’s oldest French restaurant. Prior to that he won two Michelin stars at Le Marignac in Geneva, before coming to London to work wi...read more
It’s finally November, so forget what everyone else is saying – it’s completely appropriate to get in the Christmas mood. So whether you’re thinking about buying that tree or putting together your Christmas shopping list, I say GO FOR IT. And while...read more
Fashion in Motion shows at the V&A Museum have been going on for a number of years now, and I have had the pleasure of attending several in the past, however I wasn't prepared for the visual spectacle that was their most recent event.
When invited...read more
Who doesn’t love a story about a famous person getting too big for their boots? In the case of these stars that’s what happened when they put the day jobs to one side and decided to flex their entrepreneurial muscles. Here we present when celebrity b...read more
I have something of a fashion dilemma on my hands. I'm attending a Christmas wedding in Scotland, meaning whatever I choose to wear needs to not only be stylishly understated, but something that can work with opaque black tights and a fur coat so I c...read more
Smart celebrities know how the fame game works - one minute they’re on the cover of GQ wearing nothing but a snake, the next they’re collecting coupons to get 25p off their butter. So how can they avoid this descent into a frugal, anonymous existence...read more
Just like the movies
Hollywood frequently visits London, along with famous British film makers and art house directors. And who can blame them? With its beautiful parks and grand architecture it’s no wonder the city ends up in the movies.