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Moroccan Charm at La Mamounia

 
As one of the most celebrated hotels in the world, La Mamounia needs no introduction, the iconic Morrocan haven originally opened its doors in 1923 and has since remained at the forefront of luxury attracting the world’s elite.
 
Situated in the heart of the vibrant Marrakech, La Mamounia is just moments away from the famed Jemma el-Fnaa square and historical Koutoubia Mosque and is surrounded by a stunning 17-acre garden.
 
Having undergone a major revamp under the lead of world-renowned Jacques Garcia, the hotel reopened in September 2009 oozing with palatial design and sheer opulence. La Mamounia has 135 decadently designed rooms and 71 suites, six of which are Signature suites all bringing together an authentic mix of Moroccan flair and aesthetics.
 

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French & American Brasserie at Counter Vauxhall

Nestled under the arches of Vauxhall Station, you’ll find COUNTER, an all-day bar & brasserie that draws its inspiration from America and France.

On the face of it, you’d have to say that it’s a rather strange combination that doesn’t really go together, but this isn’t ‘fusion’ cooking, it is two separate menus; the breakfast & brunch menu getting the American influence, while the French inspire the all-day menu. Now that makes much more sense!

The front-of-house staff are welcoming and knowledgeable, and the whole experience is just that little bit … different. And that’s before we get to BackCOUNTER (described as COUNTER’s naughty little brother).

It starts with the venue itself, said to be the longest bar in London thanks to it taking up a whole archway – approximately 60 metres long. Decorated with comfortable booths, mirror adorned walls, brass fittings and reclaimed Teak flooring, it is rather beautiful, in a non-hipster cool way. But what of the food?

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Wine and Dine at 28°-50°

Located in the heart of Mayfair, 28°-50° is a Wine Workshop and Kitchen, a ‘wine & dine’ bistro owned by the successful team behind the Texture restaurant group. The Maddox Street venue is the newest addition to the award-winning group, backed by Michelin starred Chef Patron/Owner Agnar Sverrisson.

As you’d guess from the description, 28°-50° specialises in all things wine related and prides itself on having one of the most unique wine lists in London, with Head Sommelier Clement Robert MS putting together an impressive list which changes every three months.

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Dazzling Jewels at Merola London

Merola Jewellery is somewhat of a cult, the iconic jewellers have specialised in the finest fashion and costume jewellery since 1984.

Originally an institution on Kensington Church Street, the store now resides on the fashionable Fulham Road just moments away from Theo Fennel, Chanel and Stella McCartney.

Offering a curated selection of avant-garde pieces alongside vivid and bold creation with fancy stones, Merola’s array of unique and eye-catching designs is an edit by the store’s founder, Maria.

Beautiful semi-precious stones and a fun play on vintage jewels take inspiration from the some of the finest jewellers in the world, and the innovative designs give the discerning client a unique and stylish choice when it comes to choosing a piece that stands out from the crowd.

Attracting an A-List clientele, regular shoppers in the Merola boutique have included Rod Stewart, Jodie Kidd and Rihanna.

Prices range from £95 to £5,000

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Dazzling Jewels at Merola London

Merola Jewellery is somewhat of a cult, the iconic jewellers have specialised in the finest fashion and costume jewellery since 1984.

Originally an institution on Kensington Church Street, the store now resides on the fashionable Fulham Road just moments away from Theo Fennel, Chanel and Stella McCartney.

Offering a curated selection of avant-garde pieces alongside vivid and bold creation with fancy stones, Merola’s array of unique and eye-catching designs is an edit by the store’s founder, Maria.

Beautiful semi-precious stones and a fun play on vintage jewels take inspiration from the some of the finest jewellers in the world, and the innovative designs give the discerning client a unique and stylish choice when it comes to choosing a piece that stands out from the crowd.

Attracting an A-List clientele, regular shoppers in the Merola boutique have included Rod Stewart, Jodie Kidd and Rihanna.

Prices range from £95 to £5,000

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Domaine Les Crayères

Set in the heart of the Reims countryside, Domaine Les Crayères is a world renowned hotel within the setting of a stately home, all nestling in seven hectares of verdant, lush parkland.

Built in 1904 by the Marquise de Polignac, the home has played host to some of the world’s most prestigious showcases, including the world’s first aviation event in 1909. It continued to be a family home right through the decades until, in 1983, it was reinvented as a luxury hotel that celebrates the Art de Vivre (the art of stylish living).
The name of the hotel comes from the underground network of passages that the house is built upon; Crayères literally means a cellar dug into chalk.
With just twenty guest bedrooms, exclusivity is almost guaranteed, although of course, people do travel for miles to sample some of the two Michelin-starred cuisine that is offered in the gourmet restaurant ‘Le Parc’.

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Chai Wu's Festive Menu

Harrods of Knightsbridge are world famous for what they offer; a destination venue that is synonymous with high quality, good living and the finest food.
Located on the fifth floor of Harrods, Chai Wu is very much part of that global success.

Chai Wu offer a blend of contemporary and traditional Chinese cuisine, served in a restaurant designed to incorporate all five elements that are crucial to the Chinese philosophy: wood, metal, water, earth and fire.

The team at Chai Wu have over thirty years of experience in catering for high-end events, from corporate heavyweights, charity fundraisers through to society weddings, their service offers a collection from Harrods, delivery to the venue or even a team of chefs at an event to create their perfect blend of Pan-Asian cuisine.

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QP LDN's Eden Brunch

It seems only yesterday that QP LDN were celebrating their relaunch with a host of celebrity guests, vintage Aston Martin’s, champagne and paparazzi. But that really was just the start.

Drawing inspiration from the infamous brunch parties of the modern art scene in New York and Miami, QP LDN recently announced their ‘Eden Brunch’ event; a fantastic blend of Perrier Jouet champagne, live musicians, DJ and fashion designs from iconic design houses such as Stella McCartney and Dolce & Gabbana, with of course, the collections being fashioned by beautiful models.

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Italian Glamour at QP Lounge

This September saw the re-launch of the Mayfair-based Quattro Passi restaurant.

Now more informal and relaxed, even the name has been revamped into something a little less formal; QP LDN.
The ethos behind the restaurant is to serve fresh, high-quality ingredients and inventive Italian cooking beautifully presented in a relaxed and vibrant setting. It does that and more.
The ingredients are flown in daily from Italy, and under the direction of two Michelin-starred chef / owner Antonio Mellino and his two sons, Raffaele and Fabrizio, the restaurant serves culinary delights based on the cuisine of the Amalfi coast.

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Dine The Night Away Circus Style

CIRCUS is London’s premier destination cocktail bar and cabaret restaurant; it draws on the rich inspiration of its location to bring an eclectic mix of pan-Asian cuisine, theatre, cocktails and of course, circus style.

It’s housed in London’s Covent Garden, the site was originally Coulson’s Garage & Stables, home to many of the animals that performed in the West End shows of the time, shows that boasted ‘whirling dancers’ and ‘swarthy figures’.

In keeping with the mystique, there are no neon lights, signposts or billboards advertising the location, just a solitary black steel door that teases you into wanting to know more; what could possibly be located behind such a plain yet mysterious façade?

The answer is anything but plain; entertainment ranges from acrobatic performances right through to the divinely named ‘Kitty Bang Bang’ – the “whisky-soaked, fire-breathin', chopper ridin’ Princess of British Burlesque”. Gosh.