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Chocolates Fit for a Queen

Chocolates Fit for a Queen

Prestat’s hand-finished chocolates have been part of the Royal Family’s private and public life for decades – sailing round the world on the Royal Yacht Britannia and being much sought after at state banquets. There is no better nor more regal introduction to Prestat’s choclates than their opulently packaged Jewel […]

by × September 21, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Coutts Bank and London’s Theatreland

Coutts Bank and London’s Theatreland

Coutts & Co has a long history of supporting the performing arts and has looked after the financial affairs of many past clients connected with the arts. Past clients have included Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Chopin and Berlioz. The Coutts family were always  great fans of the stage. In fact links between […]

by × September 19, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Goldeneye, Jamaica

Goldeneye, Jamaica

“Paw-paw with a slice of green lime, a dish piled with red bananas, purple-star apples and tangerines, scrambled eggs and bacon, Blue Mountain coffee – the most delicious in the world – Jamaican marmalade, almost black and guava jelly. As Bond, wearing shorts and sandals, had his breakfast on the […]

by × September 19, 2010 × 0 comments

Food, Health & Beauty, Travel

Luxuries of Goa

Luxuries of Goa

The fabled palm-fringed coastline lapped by the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, also known as the ‘pearl of the orient’ is finally living up to its lustrous label. The word Goa was once synonymous with hedonistic holidays; a reputation which began in the 60’s with the first influx of […]

by × September 16, 2010 × 0 comments

Travel

Haute Living

Haute Living

Fashion designers never cease to inspire us with their latest collections, but now their well tuned ascetic is no longer assigned to the catwalk. Hotels all over the world are realising that bland design, no matter how luxurious, will simply not cut it anymore. People who frequent top hotels want […]

by × September 16, 2010 × 0 comments

Health & Beauty, Travel

Napo Wildlife Centre

Napo Wildlife Centre

Burgundy droplets spoiled the shiny surface of the Swiss Army knife, as its constant stabbing motion caused a trickle and then a positive flow. The blood was rare and despite the oppressive humidity, we had to work quickly using a sully-free container to avoid contamination. Blood from a Drago (Dragon) tree […]

by × September 2, 2010 × 1 comment

Food

Cake Boy

Cake Boy

Life is currently extra sweet for Master Patissier Eric Lanlard and his Cake Boy emporium based in Battersea Reach. A successful coffee lounge; a thriving Cookery School; his own TV show: Glamour Puds and now an exciting collaboration with renowned shoe designer Patrick Cox. Cake Boy is no ordinary coffee […]

by × August 30, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Von Ribbentrop’s Watch

Von Ribbentrop’s Watch

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself the owner of a watch that once belonged to Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitlers friend, fixer and Nazi Germany’s Foreign Minister? I asked the same question of my friend, writer Laurence Marks (The New Statesman, Birds of a Feather) at a dinner party last weekend and discovered an ingenious way […]

by × August 27, 2010 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

A Tribute to Ray Lowry and The Clash

A Tribute to Ray Lowry and The Clash

  Recently I was invited to an auction in aid of the Ray Lowry Foundation at the funky Idea Generation Gallery in Shoreditch. Manchester-born, Lowry began his career drawing for publications like Punch, OZ, NME and Private Eye creating a cult following for his illustrations and cartoons. Most famously he designed […]

by × August 16, 2010 × 0 comments

Food, Travel

Chocolate Museum, Bruges

Chocolate Museum, Bruges

“The waterfall is most important! It mixes the chocolate! It churns it up! It makes it light and frothy!” This may be Willy Wonka’s secret recipe for delicious chocolate, but just what is it about Belgian chocolate that makes it so irresistible? My research led me to Bruges; home of […]

by × August 8, 2010 × 0 comments

Travel

The Grove’s Russian Christmas Preview

The Grove’s Russian Christmas Preview

I was recently invited to stay as a guest of  The Grove in Herfordshire for an exclusive preview of their Russian Christmas. The luxury hotel and spa, situated in Chandler’s Cross, is otherwise known as London’s cosmopolitan country estate due to its close proximity to London and a convenient three minute drive from the M25. The sheer grandeur of […]

by × August 1, 2010 × 3 comments

Health & Beauty, Travel

Hotel Des Trois Couronnes & Charlie Chaplin Museum, Vevey

Hotel Des Trois Couronnes & Charlie Chaplin Museum, Vevey

Built in 1842 as a small palace, the Hotel Des Trois Couronnes glistens on the shores of Lake Geneva. Nestled next to the historic old town of Vevey this grand old dame of belle époque elegance has unrivalled magical views of the lake and the Alps.  I have been fortunate to […]

by × July 31, 2010 × 0 comments