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Great Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard police station turned into luxury hotel

Great Scotland Yard

Great Scotland Yard, an historic landmark where London police once tried to solve the grisly murders carried out by Jack the Ripper, will be turned into a luxury hotel where rooms will cost a whopping £10,000 a night.

The building is set to undergo a major £50 million ($78 million USD) refurbishment that will turn London’s first police headquarters into an ultra-luxurious hotel property that will span seven storeys.

Opulent suites, two bars, restaurants, a library, lobby and entertaining room will occupy more than 92,000 square feet (8,550 square meters) of space.

Developers say they’ll preserve the building’s Edwardian Imperial red brick and stone facade as well as its name, The Great Scotland Yard, in order to build on the landmark’s storied history.

Inside, the decor will be “contemporary and stylish.” In addition to a five-star setting, the hotel will aim to attract guests with its rich history: It was here that, in the late 19th century, British police officers pored over notes and revisited the grisly murders committed by Jack the Ripper.

The station is also immortalized by novelists such as Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2017.

doitinlondon

‘Do It In Paris’ comes to London

doitinlondon

Chic Parisian lifestyle website Doitinparis.com is crossing the Channel to take on London. The UK capital will get its own bilingual version of the site, Doitinlondon.com, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reports.

The site will feature fashionable new openings and happenings in the worlds of fashion, beauty, food, drink and neighborhoods.

The launch comes six years after the French version was founded by former style consultant and fashion editor-in-chief Véronique Constantinof.

“London is extremely dynamic with new places opening constantly and there are many bridges between Paris and London,” Constantinoff told WWD. “Young Parisian women between 25-35 — the core of Do It in Paris readership — go to London all the time.”

3D-printed butterfly cookies

Pop-up restaurant in London to serve 3D printed foods

3D-printed butterfly cookies

It’s being billed as the world’s first 3D printed, pop-up restaurant.

To highlight the potential of the emerging technology in the food world, organizers of the 3D Printshow in London have tapped a Michelin-starred chef to create a meal composed entirely of 3D printed foods.

Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, the chef will show attendees at the trade show how to create gourmet dishes in live demonstrations.

Visitors will also be taught how to ‘think in 3D’ and tap into the technology’s creative potential by showing off a chocolate globe which opens up to reveal different ‘flavor compartments.’

3D-printed chocolate snowflake

During the half-day gastronomy conference “Press Print to Eat,” attendees will get hands-on experience on how to cook up recipes using the 3D technology.

“The gastro-revolution continues not only to find new ways to present and prepare our food, but new state-of-the-art ways to create it. From 3D printed chocolate machines for customised party food to micro-engineered nutritional prints, we’ve been slowly edging towards the synthesis of entire meals,” said Kerry Hogarth, founder of 3D Printshow, in a statement.

Indeed, some experts predict that 3D printing has the potential of revolutionizing the way we eat, calling it the future of food.

Crackers made with roasted red peppers

Others go so far as claiming that 3D printers will become as common as the microwave in the average household.

At one end of the spectrum, the technology is being eyed by the world of haute gastronomy: ChefJet Pro, for instance, debuted as the world’s first professional food 3D printer and is designed to help pastry chefs create bespoke confections for their cakes, candies and desserts.

Think edible lace, latticework, sculptural and ornate cakes, toppers, candies and confectionery.

Foodini

At the other end, there’s the Foodini designed by Natural Machines as a household appliance that allows home cooks to create foods like homemade ravioli and custom-designed cookies —  minus the labor.

To use, consumers feed the countertop appliance with fresh foods and ingredients.

3D Printshow London takes place at The Old Truman Brewery in London May 21-23.

Jaguar XF Across River Thames

All-new Jaguar XF driven above London’s river Thames

The British luxury and sportscar brand has unveiled its latest executive sedan in typically flamboyant fashion by driving it across two steel high-wires suspended 18 meters above London’s river Thames.

The incredible publicity stunt, which stopped commuter traffic, broke the record for the furthest high-wire water crossing by a car and required the expertise of veteran Hollywood blockbuster stunt driver Jim Dowdell.

It was dreamed up in order to highlight the car’s lightweight, predominantly aluminum construction, which is key to optimizing fuel economy.

Jaguar XF Across River Thames

The XF, which will make its full global debut at the New York motor show on April 1, is 80kg lighter than any of its immediate rivals and, at 104g/km and over 70mpg (4l/100km), has the lowest CO2 emissions and best fuel economy of any non-hybrid car in the same class.

As well as a 75% aluminum construction, these economy figures are down to the company’s new Ingenium four-cylinder diesel engines — available with 160bhp or 178bhp. However, for those who want a bit more performance and a little less economy, a 3-liter 296bhp V6 turbo diesel and a 3-liter 375hph supercharged V6 petrol engine are also options.

But whatever the powerplant, the car’s stiffened body and almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution mean that it will handle well, as will the inclusion of something called Jaguar Configurable Dynamics.

Jaguar High-Wire

The system, which debuted on the company’s flagship F-Type sportscar, lets the driver tailor damper, steering, engine and transmission settings for comfort, straight-line speed or all-around performance.

The inside of the cabin is luxurious in the continental European sense — clean lines, premium materials and textures, minimal clutter and maximum connectivity — rather than in the traditional British sense of dark woods and darker, cosseting leather.

Jaguar High-Wire Crossing

It is the first Jaguar-branded car to showcase the new InControl premium infotainment system, which features a 10.2-inch ‘dual view’ touchscreen — the driver can see a map when glancing at the screen while the front seat passenger can instead see a movie — as well as a 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster that can be customized like a smartphone screen or computer desktop.

It has the same sort of processing power and response times as a PC, using a quad-core processor for handling graphics, alerts and information.

Crown made of diamonds

Victoria and Albert Museum asks ‘What is Luxury?’

Crown made of diamonds

From April to September, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will be hosting an exhibition examining the meaning and the history of luxury via a series of over 100 rare objects.

In a world of billion dollar fashion brands, the V&A’s ‘What is Luxury?’ aims to challenge our definitions of what luxury means and how it relates to our everyday lives.

Key pieces in the exhibition include the Space Travellers’ Watch, an entirely handcrafted mechanical timepiece by renowned British watchmaker George Daniels, a laser-cut haute couture dress by Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, and a Bubble Bath necklace by Nora Fok, made from more than 1000 hand-knitted nylon bubbles.

More conceptual pieces include American artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s DNA Vending Machine which contains pre-packaged DNA and questions whether in the future owning your own DNA will be a luxury.

“As its title suggests, the exhibition questions the very idea of luxury today,” explains V&A curator of Contemporary Furniture Jana Scholze, who co-curated the exhibition with visiting research fellow Leanne Wierzba.

“It will challenge common interpretations of luxury, invite close examination of luxury production and extend ideas of what luxury can be. Essentially, the question of luxury is a personal one.”

The free exhibition will take place in the museum’s Porter Gallery from April 25 to September 27.

Google Shop

Google opens its first shop in London

Google Shop

Google has opened a shop in London where visitors will be able to try out the latest tablets, Android phones, and Chromebook laptops.

Taking a page out of Apple’s playbook, the Google-branded store displays various products across open tables while roving staff are on hand to offer help, noted The Daily Mail UK.

google store interiors

To illustrate the scope of its Google Earth feature, visitors can fly virtually over different parts of the world with a tablet and giant immersive screen dubbed ‘The Portal,’ and create their own Doodles on a Doodle Wall using digital spray cans.

Google Shop London

The Google Shop, located inside Currys PC World on Tottenham Court Road, opened its doors Wednesday.

Christopher Kane London flagship

Christopher Kane unveils flagship store in London

Christopher Kane London flagship

Fashion brand  has announced the opening of its first flagship store in London, located at 6-7 Mount Street, W1.

To mark the occasion, a number of special edition leather handbags will go on sale exclusively at the London-based store, which opened Thursday.

The 4,100 square foot boutique is split over two floors, and was designed by Christopher Kane and British minimalist designer John Pawson.

Handbag by Christopher Kane

The retail space represents the Glaswegian designer’s “unique and innovative approach to luxury and fashion, with a great respect for craftsmanship and a high level of technical skill, alongside a deep sense of integrity that are paramount to the brand,” said the label in a statement.

Adding that “the goal is not a signature work of architecture but an environment with an emotional dimension, a space where the focus is on the clothes and on the people connected to them.”

Handbag Christopher Kane

Interesting interior design features include a dramatic staircase, a floor-to-ceiling totem light fitting on the lower ground floor, color gradient Perspex displays and touches of heavy timber and Portland stone.

The facade of the new flagship store reinstates elements of the listed building’s original Edwardian elevations, creating simple, full-height openings, stripped of all extraneous details.

Christopher Kane Handbag

Kane’s smart new West-End address is the first of several more standalone stores to be unrolled across the world, according to the Kering group which partly controls the British luxury fashion label.

Tower Bridge London

London rules among American travelers

Tower Bridge London

The most popular international destination for American globetrotters in 2014 was , followed by Paris and Toronto.

That’s according to the latest figures from the Hotel Price Index from online booking site Hotels.com.

The top five destinations remain unchanged from 2013 in rank as well, with Rome (pictured below) and Vancouver rounding out the list.

FASTEST-GROWING TOURIST HOTSPOTS IN EUROPE

rome italy

Meanwhile, Cancun and the Riviera Maya were particularly popular in 2014 among US holidaymakers, moving up four spots from 2013 to become the sixth most popular international destination.

The report also showed that while London is a predictable and perennial favorite, Americans are also becoming increasingly enamored with Edinburgh, having moved up six places on the list.

Top 10 most popular international destinations for US tourists

1. London
2. Paris
3. Toronto
4. Rome
5. Vancouver
6. Cancun/Riviera Maya
7. Montreal
8. Hong Kong
9. Tokyo
10. Barcelona

The Arch London

Win a night’s stay at the Arch London for just £5!

The Arch London

Eying a trip to London? To celebrate its fifth anniversary, The Arch London ( located near Marble Arch) is offering rooms for just £5.

The Arch London bedroom

For about the price of a takeaway lunch in London, winners of a promotional contest can stay at The Arch London for one night, and will be given the full treatment: breakfast, dinner, and champagne on arrival.

The Arch London library

To enter, tweet @thearchlondon with the hashtag #ilovethearchlondon. Five winners will be announced February 28.

The Arch London lobby

givenchy cocktail

Givenchy Perfume Cocktails to Debut at London Hotel

givenchy cocktail

Hotel Cafe Royal has teamed up with Parfums Givenchy to create an edible, drinkable form of L’Atelier de Givenchy, a collection of seven haute couture-inspired perfumes, reports The Spirits Business.

To recreate the notes of white pepper, white musk and leather in Cuir Blanc, hotel bar mixologist Tiziano Tasso uses Siberian pine needle extract in a Martini-style cocktail to lend the beverage a woody taste.

LONDON BAR THE ARTESIAN NAMED BEST IN THE WORLD

Oud Flamboyant, pitched as ‘strong and mysterious’ with scents of leather, oud and labdanum, is recreated in drinkable form with Japanese whisky and mandarin juice for a bold, magnetic, smoky wood flavor.

Drinks are priced at £13 ($20). The special cocktail collection will launch February 1 until March 31 at the hotel’s Green Bar.

Fragrances bar

Last year, The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Berlin also launched an interactive cocktail and perfume experience.

The Hospital Club London

Boutique hotel to open in former London hospital

The Hospital Club London

A former hospital in London turned ‘creative hub’ will be adding 15 hotel rooms in 2015, designed to fuel guests’ creativity and broaden the mind.

Each new room at The Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden features original artwork and curated exhibits from emerging artists within the club’s creative community.

The Hospital Club bedroom

Set to open next month, the rooms are fitted with leathers, velvets, warm woods and stained glass.

In keeping with the spirit of the Club — which spans seven floors and houses everything from an events company and a TV studio to an exhibition gallery, a screening room and a performance space — a stay in the hotel includes access to events like comedy nights, mixology and cooking classes and networking sessions.

The Hospital Club

Rooms come in small, medium and large sizes while suites include a private terrace, walk-in shower, bathtub and lounge area.

The private members’ only club opened its doors in 2004 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and former Eurythmics band member David Stewart and has hosted performances by The Who. Rooms open January 5.

World Cheese Awards

Blue cheese from England crowned world champion 2014

World Cheese Awards

England has been crowned the big cheese at an international competition, beating French, Swiss and Dutch cheesemakers with a soft blue.

In the 26th edition of the World Cheese Awards, hosted by the BBC Good Food Show in London, a family of third-generation dairy farmers recently turned cheesemakers beat nearly 2,600 cheeses with their Bath Blue.

The blue-veined cheese is made with organic milk and ripened in traditional stone-built rooms for eight to 10 weeks.

Other countries represented in the competition included New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.

“Sometimes blue cheese can have a metallic flavor, and if it doesn’t it can overloaded with salt, but this was perfectly balanced – a classic blue, flavors that develop slowly in your mouth,” said Canadian judge Louis Aird of the Bath Blue.

Runners-up included a cheddar from Barbers Farmhouse Cheesemakers, also from the UK, and Dinarski Sir — a cheese made from both cow’s and goat’s milk — by Croatian producer Sirana Gligora.

French cheesemaker Roland Barthélemy was also presented with a trophy for Exceptional Contribution to Cheese for promoting the preservation of raw milk and artisan cheeses in France.

Earlier this year, at a similar competition held every two years in the US, an Emmentaler from Switzerland from Gerard Sinnesberger of Käserei Sinnesberger was named the World Champion.

Bath Blue can be found in Bath and the Borough Market in London.

Full results of the 2014 World Cheese Awards: finefoodworld.co.uk

tower bridge unveils glass walkway

Tower Bridge in London unveils glass walkway

‘s Tower Bridge has unveiled a new glass-bottom walkway that gives visitors a sky-high perspective of the city’s iconic double-decker red buses, pedestrians and boats from right under their feet.

Measuring 11 meters long and nearly 2 meters wide, the glass floor stretches across the West Walkway, 42 meters above the Thames River.

Each glass panel weighs 530 kg. The walkway also offers panoramic views of the city for those who may suffer from vertigo.

tower bridge unveils glass walkway

A second glass bottom floor is also slated to open in the East Walkway on December 1.

The newest addition to the Tower Bridge follows in the heels of other international landmarks and sites including the Eiffel Tower, the CN Tower in Toronto and the Grand Canyon, which already offer glass-bottom views.

Balmain London flagship store

Balmain to open London flagship

Balmain London flagship store

, which has undergone a hip revival under young creative director Olivier Rousteing, is set to open a Mayfair flagship store in 2015.

Set in the heart of London’s Mayfair district, the 200-square-meter flagship has been designed by Joseph Dirand.

The South Audley Street location has a stone exterior, black lacquer and gold leaf window and entryway and the interiors mix a classical and sober English design vocabulary with flashes of French elegance.

“I like to think of this new address as the founder’s second home, Pierre Balmain’s London pied-a-terre,” explained Dirand.

Key features include large stone fireplaces, geometric stone store designs designed to mimic traditional English parquet patterns, and antique brass and stainless steel fixtures.

“Balmain has a particularly strong and loyal clientele in the English capital and we’re very happy to be able to offer them this first London flagship,” said Balmain’s CEO Emmanuel Diemoz.

The brand have also revamped its website (which relaunched this week) and added extended e-commerce functionality.

You can now shop the current Fall/Winter 2014 collections, along with fragrances, and the Resort 2015 collection will be available to pre-order from Mid-November. The new store is planned to be open for business in January 2015 with a launch event to follow in March.

The Ritz Hotel London

The most popular hotel in London for the super-rich is..

The Ritz Hotel London

Where do the world’s mega-rich travelers rest their heads when they stay in London? According to a new report, that would be The Ritz London!

According to a report from New World Wealth, which keeps tabs on the hotel habits of 20,000 multi-millionaires in their database, the hotel of choice for 2,600 of the world’s ‘one-percent’ in London was The Ritz, followed by the Mandarin Oriental (2,200), and Claridge’s London (1,900).

The report also highlights different market preferences for luxury brands: The Ritz and the Mandarin Oriental are particularly popular among wealthy travelers from the Middle East and Asia, analysts say.

, meanwhile, is mainly used by business visitors, while The Berkeley brand is popular among rich American and Canadian visitors.

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR HOTELS FOR MULTI-MILLIONAIRES

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

The report estimates that the UK received about 80,000 multimillionaires in the 12 months from June 2013 to 2014.

The Mandarin Oriental London, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and The Ritz London were the highest-ranking hotels when it came to guest satisfaction, as rated by a panel of selected multimillionaires.

Last month, the same group also found that the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas emerged the most popular hotel among the world’s wealthiest travelers, as it received 6,400 visits in a one-year period.

For the purposes of the study, a multimillionaire is defined as an individual with net assets of at last $10 million USD.

The Gherkin london

London is now the world’s most expensive city

The Gherkin london

 has become the world’s most expensive city to live and work due to the increased costs of renting homes and office space.

The “Live/Work Index Top 12” listing by international real estate adviser Savills puts the UK capital ahead of , which has topped the ranking for the last five years.

DON’T MISS: 10 REASONS TO VISIT LONDON THIS YEAR

London Luxury Homes

New York and Paris come in at third and fourth place, while Tokyo sits in fifth position. The index measures the total costs renting residential and office space in 12 of the leading world cities.

According to the report, a strong pound means it now costs US$121,000 per year to accommodate staff in London.

SEE ALSO: WHICH CITY HAS THE MOST BILLIONAIRES? LONDON

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong Kowloon

Hong Kong, meanwhile, boasts residential property prices 40 percent higher than London. For the full report, see (pdf): pdf.euro.savills.co.uk.

Victoria Beckham at her new store

Victoria Beckham’s first flagship store opens today

Victoria Beckham at her new store

On September 25,  will open the doors to her debut boutique, a flagship store located in London’s West End.

Situated on Dover Street, the boutique is set to be a typically minimalist, flexible affair, with no display window packed with glossy wares.

Victoria Beckham London store

Instead, the 560m2 store has been built around the concept of a flexible interior, with retractable shelving for the accessories on the ground floor and clothes hung from moveable, hexagonal blonde gold hanging chains on recessed ceiling tracks.

The space was designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, with added touches including caramel onyx and mirror stainless steel counters, free-standing modular seating made from American walnut, a polished concrete floor and stairway, and bottle green glass fitting rooms.

Victoria Beckham store London

Following the lead of Apple and other retailers like Burberry, there are no tills and payment is set to take place throughout the store via iPad.

The three level boutique houses all of the eponymous label’s lines from ready to wear to accessories and denim.

Victoria Beckham Dover Street store

In addition to the regular collections, you’ll be able to get your hands on a new eyewear model, the Classic Aviator in Sky Blue, which has been created exclusively for the boutique.

The store opening also sees the introduction of small leather goods (from wallets to pouches) that range from £150-£480 (around €190-€615) and are only available at 36 Dover Street and online.

Victoria Beckham London store handbags

To coincide with the store launch, Posh has posted this arty video online, which features some nice London scenes – and lots of cute animals.

London Luxury Homes

Top 10 second home spots for multi-millionaires (2014)

London Luxury Homes

 is the destination of choice for multi-millionaires buying second homes, a new survey suggests.

According to “The multi-millionaire phenomenon part 2” the UK capital is a home away from home for a staggering 22,300 of the world’s 495,000 multi-millionaires — the majority of whom come from the UK and Europe.

The city also contains 9,700 multi-millionaire permanent residents.

One MiMA luxury apartment

London is followed by New York, which is the pied-à-terre of choice for 17,400 multi-millionaires, and Hong Kong, with 14,800.

Along with Monaco, London and Hong Kong are the most expensive cities on the list for prime real estate.

For the purpose of the study, carried out by NW-Wealth.com, a multi-millionaire was classified as someone with net assets of $10m or more.

The Arch

Top 10 second home spots for multi-millionaires in 2014

1. London
2. New York
3. Hong Kong
4. Singapore
5. Dubai
6. The Hamptons
7. Paris
8. Zurich
9. Geneva
10. Rio

Coco Chanel apartment

Coco Chanel’s apartment shot by Sam Taylor-Johnson

Coco Chanel apartment

Sam Taylor-Johnson has photographed Coco’ Chanel’s private apartments for a new exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London set to open in September.

Titled “Second Floor,” the photos capture Gabrielle ‘s rooms above the brand’s store at 31 rue Cambon. The 45 photographs will be exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London from September 12 to 22.

“Shooting at Coco Chanel’s apartment was an unexpectedly absorbing experience,” explained Taylor-Johnson.

Second Floor coco chanel

“The essence of Chanel is firmly rooted there in all of her possessions and I truly believe that her spirit and soul still inhabits the second floor.”

Architectural details including the famous mirrored staircase and Coco’s furniture and personal treasures (from leather-bound volumes of Voltaire and Byron to crystal chandeliers) were all captured for the project.

Coco Chanel's Paris Apartment

The exhibition will be free to the public, and the adjoining Saatchi store will also be selling an accompanying book titled “Second Floor” with a limited-edition box set of ten prints picked by the artist.

Quintessentially Lifestyle

Luxury Lifestyle in the Palm of Your Hand…

Quintessentially Lifestyle

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At this year’s National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards, Quintessentially Lifestyle was awarded Best Luxury VIP and Concierge Brand for 2014. After the launch of their innovative mobile app and new parallax design website, it has never been easier for users to interact with the luxury powerhouse brand.

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Quintessentially Lifestyle app

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