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Pinta 2011

Pinta 2011

Last year’s Pinta saw the launch of the first annual Latin American art fair in Europe at Earls Court. Already established in New York, Pinta’s aim was to become a regular fixture in the London art calendar, so it’s thrilling to see them back for a second year along with their zesty lime green logo, still as […]

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Health & Beauty

Fish Spa at BodyHeat

Fish Spa at BodyHeat

The practice may have been banned in 14 states in the U.S., but even a fishy statistic such as this, wasn’t going to stand between me and a good pedicure. Heading to the blue UV-lit basement of BodyHeat on the New King’s Road, I was ready to have my feet nibbled by scores of […]

by × May 25, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Dare to Wear: Glass Dresses by Diana Dias-Leão

Dare to Wear: Glass Dresses by Diana Dias-Leão

A recent visit to Liverpool led me to one of my favourite art galleries – the Walker  – housing a treasure trove of paintings and sculpture from the 13th century to the present day. The gallery is particularly strong in European Old Masters, British eighteenth-century art, Victorian painting and sculpture […]

by × May 18, 2011 × 2 comments

Arts & Culture, Home Page

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

The Aesthetic movement prized the importance of art and beauty above all else and swept across fine arts, decorative arts, literature and interior design. Its key figures included Whistler, Burne-Jones, Rossetti, Leighton, William Morris and Oscar Wilde. The Cult of Beauty at the V&A has gathered together many of its masterpieces […]

by × May 15, 2011 × 0 comments

Travel

Garden Tour & Wedding Celebration Champagne Tea at Highgrove

Garden Tour & Wedding Celebration Champagne Tea at Highgrove

This week I visited Highgrove House to take a long overdue tour of the private gardens of their Royal Hignesses The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Situated near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, Prince Charles purchased the house in 1980 and after his marriage to the then Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, the couple raised William and […]

by × April 28, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

Friday 15 April 2011, marks the ninety-ninth anniversary of the sinking of  RMS Titanic. During her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City with 2,223 people on board and a cargo full of ostrich plumes, shelled walnuts, books, perfume, velvet and cognac, she hit an iceberg four days into the crossing at […]

by × April 15, 2011 × 0 comments

Food

Highgrove Shop

Highgrove Shop

The nearest village to my Cotswold country cottage is the lovely seventeenth century market town of Tetbury, famous not only for its plethora of antiques shops, but also due to fact that HRH The Prince of Wales lives just around the corner at Highgrove. Since Prince Charles opened the first of the Highgrove shops here in March 2008 (the second recently opened in Bath), the increase in visitors to […]

by × April 12, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Author Heads by Sam Knowles

Beyond Ourselves at The Royal Society

Beyond Ourselves is a fascinating new exhibition staged in the dramatic surrounds of The Royal Society. At first it’s difficult not to become overly distracted by the spectacular Venetian style marble hall – a fitting home to the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence – or the glass cases crammed with ancient artifacts belonging to the world’s most […]

by × April 7, 2011 × 0 comments

Food

Prestat Celebrate the Royal Wedding

Prestat Celebrate the Royal Wedding

The countdown to the Royal Wedding is now officially underway and Prestat – Chocolatiers to Her Majesty the Queen – are flying the flag with the launch of their new Union Jack Box. A bespoke selection of five truffles are presented in a fabulously contemporary and unashamedly patriotic box.   To celebrate the […]

by × March 23, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Birdman by Dick Fowler

Beast at Pangolin London

Last week I attended the opening of Beast at Pangolin London. A wonderful gallery situated in Kings Cross that is purely dedicated to exhibiting sculpture. Housed within a light and spacious development designed by Dixon & Jones called Kings Place, Pangolin London offers visitors a rotating programme of sculpture exhibitions as well as […]

by × March 20, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Time Out Film Club

Time Out Film Club

British cinema classic Don’t Look Now has been chosen as the film to launch the new Time Out Film Club at Cineworld Haymarket on 22 March with actor David Morrissey hosting the exclusive one-off screening. This will be Time Out Film Club’s first ever event and kicks-off a series of exclusive […]

by × March 14, 2011 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Pioneers of the Downtown Scene

Pioneers of the Downtown Scene

Last week I attended the press viewing of Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s at the Barbican Art Gallery. This is the first major presentation to examine the experimental and often daring approaches – from dancing on rooftops to cutting fragments out of abandoned buildings – […]

by × March 7, 2011 × 0 comments