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The Hybrid Facial at Michaeljohn

Michaeljohn has been established as one of London's finest salons for decades, with it's flagship salon in the heart of London's Mayfair, a further two salons have since opened in Knightsbridge and Belgravia. As part of the continued growth in the future of the company and in bid to remain at the forefront of innovation, Michaeljohn has now introduced a bespoke facial in collaboration with Dr Costas Papegeorgiou.

The hybrid facial is the latest treatment to take the beauty industry by storm, the ground breaking treatment is designed to rejuvenate the skin over five processes. Performed by the famed Hayley Carr, the procedure is non evasive and takes place in the luxurious setting of the Albemarle spa and salon.

Resurfacing through hydradermabrasion prepares the skin to receive different light hybrid and radiofrequent waves which in harmony break deep down into the skin to produce collagen and encourage the growth of new cells.

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The Iconic Shepherd's Of Westminster Reopens

Shepherd's Of Westminster has recently reopened and the iconic restaurant is now better than ever before. Situated on Marsham Street, Shepherd's sits proudly amongst the fabulous apartments of Marsham Court and is one of Westminster's hidden gems.

Over the years, this legendary haunt has played host to a whole array of politicians and office workers alike, many of whom were known to frequent Shepherd's (and still do) almost as though it was a second home.

Since the rebirth, head chef Paul Croasdale, formerly of Berners Tavern has reinvented the menu along with the likes of Owen Williams amongst a staff of star studded chefs. Taking inspiration from classic British cuisine, one can expect starters to range from a beetroot salad to the very popular chicken liver parfait which comes served with a treacle brioche.

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Male Grooming In Mayfair at Gentlemen's Tonic

Gentlemen's Tonic has established itself as the go to destination for men's grooming, world renowned, the group have locations in London's Mayfair, Kings Cross, Hong Kong and Dubai. the flagship salon in Bruton Place is home to a traditional barbershop and also offers a variety of tailored grooming services for the discerning gent.

As the name may suggest, Gentlemen's Tonic was one of London's first spas dedicated exclusively to the ever demanding needs of men and the word 'tonic' was incorporated into the title to symbolise the restorative side of the business. With it's impressive Mayfair location spanning over two floors, the company has always been at the forefront of the industry and has even produced an exclusive line of products (The Pre Shave Oil is a personal favourite of mine) available at it's salons.

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Woman Crush Wednesday Club

A new concept to empower women has taken Wednesday nights by storm. The Woman's Crush Wednesday Club sees a celebration of women working in industries such as fashion and media over dinner in some of London's top restaurants.

Founded by Jessica Patterson of JPR Media, the club has already hosted the likes of Dior, Fendi and Ralph Lauren. Jessica's PR Agency uses the catchphrase 'PR that packs a punch' and this is apparent through the innovative groups of women invited to the club on a weekly basis.

The networking dinners are set to continue and over the past three months have been hosted at venues such as Rififi and The World's End Market.

www.jprmediagroup.com

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Facials With a Glow By Pevonia at The Peak

Constantly at the forefront of luxury skincare, Pevonia has established itself as one of the finest brands in the industry and now, they have collided with London's premier spa, The Peak to offer a selection of bespoke treatments.

The most popular service is the renowned Prescriptive Facial, tailor made to each individual's needs the facial is designed achieve instantly visible results over a course of treatments. Pevonia's concept of using only natural ingredients in products makes the treatment unique and safe for all skin types and ages. Expert therapists undergo intense training to enable them to assess the skin both by lifestyle and psychically to use the right products and techniques during treatment.

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Indian Fine Dining at Benares

Benares isn't quite like any other Indian restaurant, since 2003 this stylish haunt has sat proudly in the heart of Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. The brainchild of Atul Kochhar, Benares has retained a Michelin star since 2007 and offers diners a modern take on Indian fine dining set against an elegant backdrop.

Atul Kochhar was originally born over India and took rise to fame when he moved to London in 1994 to open Tamarind. By 2001 he had won his first star as head chef at the famed restaurant, he left in 2002 and started his own venture in 2003 by opening Benares.

Moving away from the stereotype of an Indian restaurant, Benares is in a league of it's own. The restaurant and bar are actually upstairs and the decadent interior exudes old school glamour. A staircase leading into the main bar is overlooked by a main water feature and this is a centrepiece of the entrance hall and lounge area.

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Burgers With a Flair at Big Fernand

Given it's huge success over in France (8 restaurants have opened since 2012) it was only a matter of time before Big Fernand landed in the UK. The unique concept of combining French gastronomy with the classic hamburger is the brainchild of founders Steve Burggraf, Alexandre Auriac and Guillaume Pagliano.

Originally launched in Paris, Big Fernand is a workshop giving diners the ability to order bespoke burgers cooked to their exact requirements. The Parisian affair brings a sense of sophistication to the fast food burger industry which is becoming increasingly popular in Central London with the arrival of new mid market burger chains.

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The Albany's Fresh New Look

I'd been eagerly anticipating the revamp of The Albany for a while now. The charming pub sat on the corner of Great Portland Street has become a landmark in it's own right and has always been a haunt for the locals and office workers alike.

Since reopening the pub has been given a makeover and its interior is now slightly more modernised whilst keeping with its traditional cosy feel. Plush chandeliers adorn the ceilings of the main pub floor and tones of blue and grey throughout make it feel vibrant and stylish.

A whole new floor has been introduced in the basement cleverly named 'The Other Place'. Currently a little gem to those in the know, the vibe downstairs is old school hip and trendy. Think concrete walls with music posters and and neon lights and this hidden underground space comes to mind. A more intimate setting than upstairs, small booth seating makes this a great shout to catch up with friends too.

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Ten Minutes with Tatiana Tektova

Being such a male dominated industry, I was eagerly anticipating the opportunity to meet Tatiana Tektova. As the owner of Open Aero, she has established one of the leading businesses within private aviation and quickly become one of the most powerful women in this highly competitive field.

Tatiana’s joyful presence is somewhat endearing and I found myself warming to her. A graduate from Moscow State Linguistic University, her many accolades include her impressive master’s degree in linguistics and an MBA in aviation from her time spent in Austria.

By 2011 she had created her now become empire, Open Aero. Using her 10 years of experience within the industry, Tatiana’s company provides its discerning clients with a bespoke service sourcing everything from helicopters and yachts right through to luxury accommodation and entertainment.

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French Dining Reaches New Heights at Galvin's

Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton Park Lane, Galvin at Windows offers stunning panoramic views of the London skyline. The Michelin starred restaurant has been established since 2006 and offers French haute cuisine with menus designed by Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Joo Won.

From the moment you enter the elegant world of Galvin's you are immersed into a world of 1930's glamour which is captivated throughout the interior of the bar and dining space. With Fred Sirieix as the general manager, it's no surprise that Galvin's is renowned for it's unrivalled service and the restaurant was even featured in it's own documentary back in 2012 focusing on the hospitality of the business.