Category Archives: Luxury

Rare Champagne + La Dame de Pic Four Seasons Hotel 10 Trinity Square London

Lotto and Cavagnole and Faro and Lansquenet Writing in Edwardian Architecture, Alastair Service describes the host building and its place in the architectural lexicon: “The commission for the Port of London Authority building was won in a competition of 1912 … Continue reading

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The Shard + Shangri La Hotel London

Curtins Closing The last hurrah. Armed with a camera, a lust for life and a lack of vertigo, it’s all about a 26 second ascent to the 34th floor of The Shard, roughly halfway up the UK’s tallest cloudscraper. The … Continue reading

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The House of Lavender’s Blue + Filmography

The Tapestry of Dawn “Your house is so cinematic!” Film Director Stephan Pierre Mitchell “This is a museum! When you wake up that’s how the house makes you feel.” Model Yasmin Jamaal “Creativity is creativity.” CEO Big Deal Films Dhanny … Continue reading

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XU Tearoom + Restaurant Soho London

Tea Total As dedicated fully signed up staunchly supportive loyal members of the Taiwanese Tea Appreciation Society, we were duty bound one wintry Saturday afternoon in Taipei Soho to dip and sip our way through the tasting menu and brew … Continue reading

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Printemps Paris +

Spring We’ll always have printemps Printemps.

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Elisabeth Visoanska + Place des Vosges Paris

Fortune Favours the Few She may have one of the hottest addresses in Paris (Place des Vosges is of course Henri IV’s early 17th century grande projet of arcaded shops with residences above fronted by four palatial façades set around … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Montparnasse Paris

Positive Capability The 14th Arrondisement hosted the vanguard of 1920s avant garde Paris. Writer Alice Toklas called it “the city of boulevard bars and Baudeloire”. Poet Guillaume Apollinaire went further: “a quarter of crazies”. Marianne Faithfull now calls it home, … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Jardin des Tuileries Paris

Come on Gloria   And are you quite pleased to see the Jardin des Tuileries? As ever snappy, Nairn’s Paris states, “The eastern end, next to the Louvre, is a mini Versailles of formal planting: the western end, next to … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Rue de Rivoli Paris

A Boulevard of Dreams and Things “We met at the little bar across the place from Dior’s called the Fontaine-de-something and had one – two – three Champagne cocktails on my expense account. Then we had lunch.” Shamrocks and Unicorns, … Continue reading

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Hôtel Charles V + St Paul Le Marais Paris

De Temps en Temps Continuing the bookending theme of a year well spent: Easter in George V, Christmas in Charles V. The former, westward upstream of Notre Dame; the latter, eastward downstream. One, extrovert art deco; the other, discreet Swedish … Continue reading

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Paris + Autumn

Coucou Loulou Frou Frou Paris was a dream that autumn, a beautifully drawn dream.

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World Boutique Hotel Awards 2019 +

The Four Score Nations Robin Sheppard, Co Founder of Bespoke Hotels, calls it, “A star studded, must attend, essential date in the world’s perpetual calendar.” The ninth World Boutique Hotel Awards takes place, as ever, in Merchant Taylors’ Hall in … Continue reading

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Sir Simon Milton Foundation Gala Dinner + The Nine Kings Suite Royal Lancaster Hotel London

Lots of Fun The first charity ball of the season interlocked the party circuits of London life. After being bagpiped into a drinks reception flowing with Champagne Irroy and Bergerie de la Bastide 2015, Robert Davis MBE, Chairman of the … Continue reading

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The Jetty Restaurant + Harbour Hotel Southampton

The Munificence and Counsel of Steel Magnolia Surrounded by a sea of sails, Harbour Hotel itself is tiered like a mega yacht, ship shape, a frozen avalanche of balconies cascading down to the pier. HGP Architects’ expansive use of glass … Continue reading

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No.50 Cheyne Chelsea London + Iain Smith

Chelsea Arbour So, 50 is the new brasserie. After a nine month rework, our favourite Chelsea haunt is up and running again. Sprinting even. It came at a price: a cool £3 million. Money well spent though: Lambart + Browne … Continue reading

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