Category Archives: Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires + La Mansión + Elena Restaurant

Perennials | Alias Graceful Harrods closed in 1999. Praise be then for that other stalwart of longstanding luxury still standing, the standing tall Four Seasons. This being exclusive Recoleta, a Beaux Arts mansion of seven hotel suites around a black … Continue reading

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UCO Restaurant Buenos Aires + UCO Hotel Buenos Aires

In a State of Flux Since when did the midday meal consume the day? It’s impossibly hot so why not. A long languid lazy lunch lounging in the garden of one of South America’s leading restaurants. UCO is named after … Continue reading

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Algodon Mansion Hotel Buenos Aires + Gerhard Heusch

High Flyers, Adored  Thankfully the money’s kept rolling in (and out) so it’s another suitcase in another bedroom. Stretching a rainbow tour of beauty. The art of the possible. Rest assured, not any old bedroom. Suite dreams in Buenos Aires’ … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Lavender’s Blue

Luxury Has a New 

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris + La Cour Jardin

Up and About in Paris and London | Garden of Eatin’ | Another Political Party We fill the lacuna  Lunch where? Paris. C’est le weekend. We’re Ivy’d out midweek although the Soho and Tower Bridge Brasseries’ zucchini fritti and truffle … Continue reading

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Finnstown House Kildare + Lord Lucan

Hey Good Lucan Heir today, gone tomorrow. Around 3,000 Irish country houses have “done a Lord Lucan” (the not so lucky 7th Earl) and disappeared over the last century. Finnstown House in his erstwhile squiredom ain’t one of them. It opened … Continue reading

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Tate Britain + Rex Whistler Restaurant Jazz Lunch

The Riding on the Wall Tate Britain is the quieter relative of the extended family. Tate Modern has Herzog + de Meuron’s sexy ziggurat with its brilliant incidental installation (Watch Rich People In Their Apartments). Tate Britain has James Stirling’s … Continue reading

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Masterpiece London Preview 2017 + Iván Navarro

Defining Moments Everyone is here, every age is represented, from now to antiquity. The Oxford Dictionary needs to update its current definition of masterpiece: “a work of outstanding artistry, skill or workmanship”. Add an upper case M and it becomes, … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Ashford Castle Mayo

King Cong | More Mayo Please | Glory Days Aunt Margaret’s maxim was, “Never stay anywhere not as grand as your own home.” And she’d an Asprey account and Trüggelmann dressing room. Lavender’s Blue’s take is, “Life’s too short to … Continue reading

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Drummonds Bathrooms + Chelsea Design Quarter Party

Summertime King’s Road Chelsea is bookended by kings of retail. At the Sloane end is Peter Jones, considered “the most civilised place in London” by Sir John Betjeman. At World’s End is Chelsea Design Quarter where Drummonds Bathrooms resigns supreme. … Continue reading

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