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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.


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.


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.


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

Have you ever wished that there were more hours in the day? Many of us waste hours every day organizing ourselves, attending to the minor priorities of our to-do list and this often results in us not getting anything substantial done.

Quintessentially London offer a concierge service that give you back the hours you long for, all you need is a membership.

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.

Quintessentially Members can now make requests to their Lifestyle Manager directly through the app and indulge in their luxury lifestyle on the go.

A Quintessentially Lifestyle Membership is the ultimate solution to stress free living, with concierge services that cater to your every need.

Whether it is reserving a table for two in Mayfair, finding the best schools for your children or helping you plan the perfect getaway, Quintessentially Lifestyle has it covered. Time is precious, don’t waste yours focusing on the minor details, instead spend it enjoying the finer side of life.

With more and more people embracing smartphones, the popularity of apps has rocketed in recent years. As a result business are developing their online presence to mobile platforms. Since the launch of Quintessentially Lifestyle’s new website, users can easily navigate through the services they offer.

Quintessentially Lifestyle app

Enjoy some of the hottest reviews from across the globe before anyone else on their luxury magazine, namely Quintessentially Insider, learn more about the corporate services they offer or become part of the elite membership.

The Quintessentially App has been launched in time for the iPhone 6,expected this October. Quintessentially members will be able to enjoy their membership services on this highly anticipated new luxury mobile phone.

The app brings Quintessentially Lifestyle’s concierge services to your iPhone or Android. Browse the best hotels, restaurants and bars in your area then with one easy click you can contact your Lifestyle Manager directly through this innovative app. If you’re not looking to make a reservation you can enjoy the creative editorial and reviews from the online magazine on your phone.

Download the app on the new Quintessentially Lifestyle website or via the iTunes App Store and Play Store.

Although Members have unlimited access to the app’s features, you don’t HAVE to be a member to use the app, non-members can still find the social hotspots, find out about upcoming events and access the luxury blog – Insider.

Become part of this exclusive members club at www.quintessentially.com.


The Shard opens Western Europe’s highest pool


From today, guests staying at London’s Shangri-La Shard hotel can swim in the highest swimming pool in Western Europe.

The indoor infinity “Skypool” at The Shard sits on the 52nd floor and features views of some of the capital’s most iconic sites like St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster.


The west-facing 11x4meter heated pool comes with its own bar, Gŏng, which is the highest in the city.

Gong at the Shangri-La Hotel

Designed by Andre Fu of AFSO, the bar and pool area was inspired by the mythical aspect of ‘dou-gong’ — a series of interlocking brackets that are used extensively in historical Chinese architecture. The interiors are a fusion of traditional Eastern and modern Western aesthetics.

The Skypool is open exclusively to hotel guests between 6 am and 8 pm.

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10 reasons to visit London this year

Shangri-La Hotel The Shard

The Eurostar, the high-speed train that connects London to the European continent in under three hours, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014.

But that’s not the only reason to visit the British capital this year. This spring and summer, London is abuzz with cultural activity and attractions ranging from art exhibits to festivals and flower shows. Here is our selection.

“Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy” in the UK at the British Library

Comics Unmasked Art and Anarchy

This exhibit, the UK’s largest ever dedicated to comics, is intended for mature audiences (visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

Through the iconic characters of historical and contemporary artists, the exhibit retraces England’s rich and varied comic book tradition, covering themes such as violence, drugs and sexuality.

Rare prints, previously unseen sketches and other artefacts illustrate the history of the subversive and iconoclastic world of comics.

Dates: May 2 – August 19 – www.bl.uk

“Wedding Dresses 1775-2014” at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Wedding dress Margaret Duchess of Argyll

This exhibit follows the evolution of the wedding gown over three centuries, exploring the influence of iconic designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano.

Visitors will admire the dresses worn by various duchesses of the British crown, including the satin and silk gown worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll at her wedding in 1933. Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani also lent their bridal attire to the museum for the exhibit.

Dates: May 3, 2014 – March 15, 2015 – www.vam.ac.uk

MoonWalk London 2014

MoonWalk London 2013

This nocturnal walking marathon is sure to attract plenty of attention, as the walkers, who are all women, set out for the trek at the stroke of midnight in their bras and eccentric, colorful, often glittery outfits.

Pink is of course the color of choice, as this festive event is intended to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

Date: May 10 – www.walkthewalk.org

BP British Art Displays: “Walk Through British Art” at the Tate Britain

Walk Through British Art

Through an impressive selection of iconic works by major artists, the Tate is inviting visitors to stroll through 500 years of art in the UK.

Works by Bacon, Constable, Hirst, Hockney, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Lowry, Millais, Spencer, Stubbs and Whiteread, among others, are presented in 20 entirely renovated exhibit rooms.

Dates: May 14 – December 31 – www.tate.org.uk

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent Park Open Air Theatre

Each year, the famous London park is transformed into a theater under the open sky. Outdoor performances of great English plays, including a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the Open Air Theatre is staging a number of American classics this season, including Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Dates: May 15 – September 13 – openairtheatre.com

“Treasures from the Royal Archive” at Windsor Castle

Treasures from the Royal Archive at Windsor Castle

For the first time at Windsor Castle, the public will be able to view certain documents conserved by the royal family since 1914.

Visitors can read selections from the monarchs’ correspondence and personal journals, including a letter written by Prince Albert to the future Queen Victoria while they were engaged to be married.

However, only those who read German will be able to decipher the contents, as the letter was written in the Saxon-born sovereign’s native tongue.

Dates: May 17, 2014 – January 25, 2015 – www.royalcollection.org.uk

London Record Fair at Brick Lane

London Record Fair

Record collectors from all over the UK and Europe will head to this three-day fair to browse through extensive selections of vinyls. In addition to providing a marketplace for vinyls, record players and music memorabilia of all kinds, the fair has a unique atmosphere that invites music lovers to share their passion.

Dates: May 30 – June 1 – londonrecordfair.co.uk

Zoo Lates at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Zoo Lates

Each Friday night in June and July, London’s zoo closes to those under 18 and invites a more mature public to experience a new side of the attraction.

Visitors can watch improv comedy shows by the aquarium and a cabaret review in the amphitheater while enjoying street food in a festive carnival-like atmosphere.

Dates: June 6 – July 25 – www.zsl.org

“British Folk Art: The House that Jack Built” at the Tate Britain

British Folk Art: The House that Jack Built

London’s prestigious museum is presenting its very first exhibit of folk art from the UK. Around 100 works, many of them anonymous, were brought together for the occasion. Paintings, sculptures, textiles and other objects all serve to promote the recognition of a type of art that was long overlooked.

Dates: June 10 – September 7 – www.tate.org.uk

RHS Flower Show at Hampton Court Palace

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2014

This annual event is known as the world’s largest flower show. In addition to admiring the floral exhibits and no less than 50 gardens on display, visitors can attend gardening workshops and demonstrations.

Dates: July 8 – 13 – www.rhs.org.uk

Louis Vuitton at Dover Street Market

Louis Vuitton pops up at Dover Street Market

Louis Vuitton at Dover Street Market

French fashion house,  is opening a pop-up space within the Dover Street Market for fashion week in the British capital.

The pop-up store will feature items from the Fall-Winter 2014-15 collection, which is the first designed by Nicolas Ghesquière for the brand.

In addition to apparel, shoppers will find jewelry, shoes, bags and sunglasses seen on the runways.


The boutique will run for two months until 14 October and Louis Vuitton will also stage a takeover of Dover Street Market’s corner window from 1-15 September, both coinciding with London Fashion Week and also DSM’s tenth anniversary celebrations taking place over the course of the month.


Spaces dedicated to the same collection will also be opened in the Dover Street Markets in New York and Tokyo.

The Gherkin

Gherkin skyscraper put up for sale

The Gherkin

One of London’s most iconic buildings, The Gherkin, in the heart of the city’s financial district has been put up for sale.

The skyscraper, which was designed by Lord Foster, opened in 2004. It is currently let to around 20 tenants, including Swiss Re.

Interest is expected from around the globe for the 40 storey landmark office building and offers in excess of £650 million are being sought.

The Gherkin london

The tower was placed in receivership in April by its creditors after one of its owners was placed in insolvency.

A dedicated website has been set up at www.gherkinlondon.com for interested parties to register by Saturday 16 August, with  the bidding process expected to end in September and closure by mid-October.


London bar The Artesian named the best in the world


London hotel bar The Artesian at The Langham was named the World’s Best Bar at the 8th edition of Tales of the Cocktail festival.

Bartender Simone Caporale also snagged the title of International Bartender of the Year, while The Artesian scooped up two more awards in categories such as Best International Hotel Bar and Best International Bar Team.

Under the direction of head bartender Alex Kratena, the upscale lounge elevates cocktails into a sensory, artistic and gastronomic experience that has included everything from opium incense to inflated pillows, smoke and mirrors.

Other major international winners at the event include 28 Hong Kong Street in Singapore, which took the title of Best International Cocktail Bar;

The Aviary in Chicago for World’s Best Cocktail Menu; and The Dead Rabbit in New York, which took the title of World’s Best Drinks Selection.

Digidiva cocktail

The Artesian has launched a new cocktail menu under the theme “Unfolding and Exploring,” that includes gemstones, larch, leather mushrooms and parsnip. Cocktails are designed to unfold throughout the drinking experience.

The ‘Will of the Woods’ is described as a liquid forest, made with Glenlivet, Vermouth, larch, mushrooms, citrus and honey, served in a wooden drinking bowl.

And the ‘Selfie Compatible’ is a vaporized cocktail that contains Ron Zacapa 23 Floc De Gascogne, Verjus, Beer and Bitters.

leather aged cocktail

The Artesian is also the reigning champion for the second year running on the World’s 50 Best Bars list.

PUMA x McQ Debut AW14 Collection

Puma x McQ collection launches in London

PUMA x McQ Debut AW14 Collection

The German sportswear brand’s footwear collaboration with the Alexander McQueen second line  was unveiled at an event Wednesday night.

mcq puma

Mixing Sarah Burton’s unique vision with ‘s sportswear heritage, the two brands have unveiled a line inspired by human anatomy, including ribcages and tendons, and marble prints.

Puma McQ

The men’s and women’s styles feature Moulded TPU material, mesh and nubuck. Women’s shoes include the McQ Leap (with a wedge heel) and the Rush Lo and Mid styles, all set to go on sale on August 1.

Mary Charteris

The shoes were revealed at an event at Factory 7 in East London where guests (including fashionista Mary Charteris, and Phoebe Collings-James) were treated to music from Horse Meat Disco and cocktails from Ciroc.

Notting Hill, London

London property prices the highest in Europe

Notting Hill London

With an average price per square meter of $13,613, the British capital stands out as Europe’s most expensive city.

Paris follows closely in second, with an average square meter priced at $11,082, according to a study by audit firm Deloitte published yesterday.

Budapest was ranked as the European capital where property prices were the cheapest, with a price per square meter of $1,553 on average. Lisbon was second, with an average of $2,235 and Warsaw was third, with $2,322.

Property prices in the Spanish capital Madrid took a dramatic 23% fall, while Vienna, on the other hand, has followed the opposite trend, with a sharp 9% rise. In the same vein, home prices in Copenhagen have undergone an 8% rise while they have gone up 7 percent in Berlin.

london big ben

Top 10 summer destinations in 2014

london big ben

London has emerged as the most popular summer destination for 2014, according to a newly released index based on hotel demands.

The British capital has succeeded in topping Paris in Priceline.com’s Top 10 listing for Summer Destinations outside the US, fanning the flames of an ongoing rivalry between the two European cities.

The top 10 list is based on advance hotel bookings made by users on the US-based online booking site.

London’s tourist office announced that the city received a total of 16.8 million foreign visitors to the city in 2013, more than any other city in the world including Paris, which has traditionally kept a stronghold on the title.

Paris, meanwhile, refuses to concede and has expressed doubt on the number crunching abilities of its British neighbors.

The most popular US summer destination is Las Vegas.

London photo

Here are the Top 10 international summer destinations, for Priceline.com users:

1. London, England
2. Paris, France
3. Toronto, ON, Canada
4. Vancouver, BC, Canada
5. Rome, Italy
6. Montreal, QC, Canada
7. St. Catharines – Niagara, ON, Canada
8. Cancun – Cozumel, Spain
9. Barcelona, Spain
10. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Nobu Hotel to open in London

Best known for his eponymous chain of restaurants, chef Nobu Matsuhisa is due to open a hotel in London in 2016.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

After Miami, Manila, Chicago and Riyadh, Nobu Hospitality has announced plans to open the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in early 2016, a 156-room property that will be designed in his signature “east-meets-west” philosophy.

The hotel is being built in the previously working class area of east London, Shoreditch, which has become a gentrified trendy area popular with “hipsterpreneurs,” aka bearded, beanie-wearing pop-up promoters.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in London

The hotel architecture takes inspiration from the area’s industrial environment, with angular lines, concrete balconies, cantilevered steel beams and protruding slab edges.

Matsuhisa, whose global restaurant empire has the financial backing of Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, made his first foray into the hotel business with the opening of a space in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace.

Hunter Fashion Show

Hunter to open London flagship

Hunter Fashion Show

Heritage footwear label Hunter, which has recently expanded into ready-to-wear, will open a store on Regent Street this fall.

The store will open at 83 Regent Street, down the road from the Burberry and Brooks Brothers flagships, and will be the first of Hunter’s locations to stock the new lines and show off the new retail concept.

Founded in 1856, Hunter is well-known for its classic rubber boots, but the brand is undergoing something of a creative shake-up with the launch of an upmarket ready-to-wear line, Hunter Original, and Hunter Field, a sports performance line set to arrive later this year.

“As we continue to expand our business, the opening of the London flagship will be a key milestone in the development of our brand. Choosing to establish our first retail presence on Regent Street stays true to our heritage as a British brand,” explained Hunter’s chief executive officer James Seuss.

Fendi Peekaboo Bag Charity Auction

Fendi celebrates new store with celebrity bag auction

Fendi Peekaboo Bag Charity Auction

FENDI is launching a star-studded charity handbag auction to celebrate the opening of its new London flagship.

Tracey Emin, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomie Harris, Cara Delevingne, Jerry Hall, Georgia May Jagger, Zaha Hadid, Tanya Ling, Adele, and Kate Adie will all customize the brand’s Peekaboo bag with the results going on sale to the public via an online auction in aid of children’s charity Kids Company.

fendi london bond street store render

It’s all in honor of Fendi’s new New Bond Street store which opens on May 1 and where the bags will go on display on May 2. The auction in collaboration with Sotheby’s will be open from May 1 to May 30 online.

Prada creates bespoke shoe service

Prada Made To Order soles

Italian label Prada is offering a special ‘Made to Order’ service for two days at its London store.

With a new one-off project set to arrive at their Sloane Street store on March 26 and 27, Prada is letting its customers get creative with their footwear.

The ‘Made to Order Décolleté’ collection allows the brand’s most loyal customers to design their own custom pair of Prada shoes. It all starts with a choice of nine different models and five heel heights, with a further choice of three sole colors (black, lily of the valley, or light blue).

Prada fans can then pick the upper material from a selection of suede, satin, kid leather, patent leather, or printed Saffiano leather in a range of colors.

For the ultimate personalization detail, the store will allow you to add your initials in amber-colored metal below the Prada logo.

The shoes will take approximately one month to make, and they’ll arrive in customized matching boxes. The brand also offered the service in Paris March 20-22 at their 10 avenue Montaigne store.

Prada Made To Order

Karl Lagerfeld opens London store

Karl Lagerfeld Regent Street

Just days after the launch of his debut men’s and women’s fragrances, Kaiser Karl is at it again. The designer opened the first UK store for his namesake fashion and accessories brand in London, a 2,700-square-foot (250 square meters) space on Regent Street in the city’s West End.

Karl Lagerfeld London store interior

It’s the 17th store in the Lagerfeld retail empire, which started with the Fall 2012 opening of his store in Saint Germain on the Rive Gauche in Paris.

Karl Lagerfeld London Store

As you would expect there’s a strictly monochrome colour scheme, enhanced by glossy surfaces, mirrors, faux fur chairs and graffiti-style artwork designed especially for the store by I Love Dust.

Karl Lagerfeld store Regent Street

“Karl is a master of accessorization, and the consumer has responded to that. We have doubled the bags offer from last season in response to demand,” Karl Lagerfeld CEO Pier Paolo Righi explained to WWD.

Karl Lagerfeld UK store

With a celeb-studded bash to celebrate the opening, a British-themed capsule collection is exclusive to the store for now (although it will roll out to the other Lagerfeld locations), made up of Union Jack-emblazoned, Lagerfeld-themed candles, T-shirts, sweatshirts, iPhone covers, and wallets.

Lagerfeld London Collection