PPR-founder François Pinault buys $32 million home

François Pinault, founder of luxury conglomerate PPR, has just paid $32 million for a historic mansion in the Chelsea neighborhood of London. It was designed, according to The Telegraph, in 1868 by Philip Webb, the ‘Father of Arts and Crafts architecture.’ It also has triple-height ceilings. The house was previously owned by Professor Bernard Nevill … Continued

Versace for H&M London shoppers to meet Donatella

Donatella Versace will be in London to officially launch the Versace for H&M collection when it goes on sale on Thursday, November 17. The Versace creative director will welcome shoppers to the British capital’s flagship store on Regent Street at around 9am tomorrow morning. The 43-piece collection finally reaches some 300 stores across the globe … Continued

Manolo Blahnik opening Liberty store

Manolo Blahnik has announced a deal for British department store Liberty to sell his footwear as of spring 2012. The UK currently only has one exclusive outlet at the designer’s store on Old Church Street in London’s exclusive Chelsea neighborhood. Situated on Regent Street in the heart of London’s shopping district since 1875, Liberty boasts … Continued

Sony Personal 3D Viewer hits Harrod’s in London

Sony‘s Personal 3D Viewer has gone on sale a couple of weeks early at Harrod’s, one of London’s most iconic stores. Sony’s HMZ-T1 feature two 0.7 inch, ultra-small high definition colour OLED displays (1280 x 720), giving the impression of a 750 inch 3D cinema screen. Audio is supplied through two ear pieces, and the … Continued

The Ledbury named the best restaurant in the UK

For the second year running, London restaurant The Ledbury has been named the top restaurant in the UK in the National Restaurant Awards 2011. Helmed by Aussie chef Brett Graham, the two Michelin-starred eatery has been on a continuous winning streak in the past few months. Monday night’s win follows in the heels of the … Continued

London 2012 Olympics MINI special edition

Mini has unveiled its new London 2012 special limited edition models to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games. The cars are available only in colors matching the Union Jack flag: Chilli Red, White Silver, or Lightning Blue. The mirror housings and roof are slathered with the logo for the 2012 Olympics, and a tiny Union … Continued

2012 London Olympic Tickets Most Expensive In History

The price of tickets for the 2012 London Olympics will be the priciest ever sold in the game history, simply because the process of selling tickets is now different. One of the differences is if you are interested in seeing all of the ceremonies like 2012 opening or closing ceremonies with four A-rated events, then … Continued

Dining out? Restaurant Dos & Don’ts

Is it rude to tweet about a luscious treacle tart at dinner? Or take a phone call when your starter is being served? It’s an issue that has London divided in a Zagat London Restaurants survey released Wednesday that asked respondents to weigh on the issue. According to the 5,500 diners answering the survey, 53 … Continued

Boutique hotels in London to boom

The number of boutique hotels in London is set to soar over the next few years, a new report has predicted. London, which will host the 2012 Olympic Games next year, could see the number of design-led hotel rooms double by 2013, adding some 2,544 rooms to the market. Hotel consultancy HVS London predicted this … Continued

Zagat’s Picks for the Top Restaurants in London

The most popular restaurant in London as chosen by Zagat readers is a grandiose café-restaurant with towering pillars and sweeping archways that was formerly a car showroom and now serves high tea and coq au vin. The 2012 London Restaurants Survey includes the ratings and reviews of 1,187 restaurants in Greater London as voted on … Continued

Rémy Martin XO and Louis XIII Cocktail at Claridges

The Claridges bar in Mayfair has launched a new and unique cocktail which combines Rémy Martin XO Excellence and the King of Cognacs Louis XIII. Created by Claridges Bar Manager, Denis Broci, the “Fleur de Lis” mixes Rémy Martin XO Excellence with dissolved sugar and a twist of citrus rind. Each cocktail is served in … Continued

Hotel suite for Jaguar lovers to open in London

It’s a suite that may appeal to only the most die-hard of fans — but one London hotel reckons it can cash in on love for Jaguar cars with a dedicated ‘Jaguar suite’. The Jaguar Suite at Taj Hotels 51 Buckingham Gate is a canny arrangement between the two companies, both of whom are owned … Continued

Box at London’s Albert Hall on sale for $900,000

A five-seat box at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall in London is up for sale for a princely £550,000 ($900,000), the estate agents said Tuesday. Harrods Estates described the box, which it is claimed contains the best seats in the concert hall, as the “ultimate gift” for a loved one. Although the same money would … Continued

London’s new high-tech hotel

A new hotel in London billed as among the world’s most high-tech is gearing up for its grand opening next week. The Eccleston Square Hotel is set to open its doors August 1, promising an urban cocoon with cutting edge technology inside a central London Georgian building. It is set to be the first hotel … Continued

Harrods opens shop at The Corinthia Hotel

Luxury department store Harrods has just opened it’s first ever hotel concession at London’s stunning new Corinthia Hotel. The beautiful boutique, nestled in the lobby at the heart of this five-star hotel, is illuminated by charming, modern blue and white chandeliers. White marble floors, high ceilings and glass adornments create a light and airy atmosphere … Continued

Thatcher’s famous handbag sells for £25,000

A handbag that once belonged to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was sold for £25,000 at auction at Christie’s in London Monday. Thatcher frequently used the black Asprey bag on important occasions, such as summits with then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during her 1979-1990 premiership. The former leader dubbed … Continued

Claridge’s named London’s top afternoon tea place

London’s luxurious Claridge’s Hotel is the winner of the Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea 2011 Award. Claridge’s has seen a recent shift in afternoon tea clientele as the hotel is frequented more and more by business men and women from the art, fashion and media world who book afternoon tea for their meeting as … Continued

Bonhams unveils design of new headquarters

Bonhams is to build a new international headquarters in London to provide the most advanced salerooms in the world. Designed by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the building is to be constructed on the site of the company’s current headquarters. Plans include the construction of facilities offering modern facilities while retaining the Art Deco facades on … Continued

Rothschild tiara sells for over £1 million in London

A dazzling pearl and diamond tiara once owned by a celebrated member of Britain’s de Rothschild empire on Wednesday sold at a London auction for £1,161,250. The bejewelled item belonged to Hannah de Rothschild, whom was at one time the richest woman in Britain and whom went on to marry dashing aristocrat and future prime … Continued