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Escape to a hotel on an island in the middle of the Thames: Monkey Island estate review

This idyllic island retreat not far from London is rich in history and luxuryWhere is it? The Monkey Island Estate is over a bridge on a little, green private island in the River Thames, near Bray, Berkshire. Two Grade I-listed pavilions form the hotel, originally commissioned as a fishing retreat in 1723 by the third Duke of Marlborough.So what’s the pull? There’s the history: the Duke escaped to his fishing idyll for 20 years before dying in 1758, leading to one of the rumoured reasons for the...
Tags: Travel, London, Hotels, Life and style, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Duke, River Thames, United Kingdom Holidays, George III, Monkey Island, Monkey Island Estate, Bray Berkshire Two Grade


'There is life outside of London': converts to Leeds sing its praises

Art, culture, nature and property prices are tempting people away from the capitalIn the past five years the number of Londoners moving up to Leeds has risen by 58%, from 2,720 in 2013 to 4,296 in 2018. Home to several universities and a cosmopolitan population, Leeds boasts a flourishing cultural scene, quality nightlife and large-scale regeneration that has transformed the West Yorkshire city in recent years.Beyond the Victorian architecture of the city centre, there are leafy suburbs of Victo...
Tags: Family, London, Money, Environment, Life and style, Communities, Society, UK News, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Property, West Yorkshire, Sustainable Development, Leeds


Kit Williamson and John Halbach’s ‘Great British Adventure: London’

Kit and John explore all that London has to offer.
Tags: London, Lifestyle, John, Kit Williamson, John Halbach, QueertyTV Link


How not to invite someone over for a hookup via Grindr

As we approach Valentine’s Day, now seems as good a time as any to remind everyone to be kind and respectful to others online. A Twitter user has prompted many comments after sharing a Grindr message he received. The man messaging him was inviting him over for sex. However, it was how the invitation was worded that has prompted raised eyebrows. Danny Whitehead (@danielswhi) is based in Scunthorpe in England. On Sunday, the 35-year-old was hanging out with a friend in a hotel. They both received...
Tags: England, London, Life, Lifestyle, Nottingham, Hull, Grindr, Scunthorpe, Helsinki, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Danny, Blocked, Danny Whitehead


Refinery29 Loves… Was uns diese Woche inspiriert & was wir jetzt shoppen wollen

Willkommen bei Refinery29 Loves – unserer wöchentlichen Rubrik für jede Menge Shopping- und Fashion-Inspiration. Von einer Ausstellung, die sich mit der wachsenden Bootleg-Kultur in der Mode beschäftigt bis hin zu einer nachhaltigen Kollektion, die von neun Skandi-Designern kreiert wurde – hier findest du alles, was uns diese Woche in Sachen Fashion begeistert hat. Alighieri x BIASUnser liebstes Schmucklabel Alighieri hat sich mit BIAS – der Slip-Dress-Marke unseres Vertrauens – für eine dreit...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, Nike, Copenhagen, Zalando, Marken, Rolle, Bedeutung, Fred Perry, Camden High Street, Kopenhagen, Alighieri, Perlen, Schmucklabel Alighieri, Alighieri Gründerin Rosh Mahtani


Duke Atkinsons: Too Shy to Perform

Today, Atkinsons is known as a rather expensive niche brand that produces fragrances to suit the ever-changing perfume industry trends. Among them, there are perfumes inspired by alcoholic cocktails, some rather traditional niche perfumes with an oud note, and also the perfumes on a historical theme. After all, the Atkinsons brand was founded in London by James Atkinson back in 1799, and among t... Read full article: Duke Atkinsons: Too Shy to Perform from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Mag...
Tags: Fashion, London, Fragrantica Perfumes, James Atkinson, Atkinsons, Duke Atkinsons


Molton Brown Milk Musk

The Molton Brown house presents a new fragrance, Milk Musk, in two different versions: Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette, both with the same purpose - to recreate a sense of comfort, pleasure, and serenity. "London via Paris. Spun golden shards of sunlight bathe a timeless embrace. A tender clasp of hands and a cashmere-soft kiss. Joyous bundles of down create blissful warmth, scented with sil... Read full article: Molton Brown Milk Musk from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine.
Tags: Fashion, London, Paris, Fragrantica Perfumes, Eau de Toilette, MOLTON BROWN, Molton Brown Milk Musk


Hold the beef: how plant-based meat went mainstream

With McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and every major UK supermarket selling their own ranges of ‘authentic’ animal substitutes, fake meat now means big businessNeil Rankin first really took notice of vegans in 2016 when they were threatening to protest outside his restaurant. The 43-year-old chef had just opened Temper, a barbecue joint in Soho built around a six metre-long fire pit, which was the biggest in London and perhaps in any restaurant anywhere. Whole beasts were brought in, butchered and ...
Tags: Meat, Food, UK, Cook, London, Life and style, Veganism, Edinburgh, Vegan food and drink, Soho, Rankin, Jay Rayner, McDonald 's Burger King KFC, Pitt Cue Co Smokehouse


Tiffany & Co. launches pop-up with Flowerbx in time for Valentine’s Day

Just in time for Cupid’s big day, Tiffany & Co. is offering bauble buyers a one-stop shop for their bracelet and bloom needs.  Tiffany unveiled its first collaboration with London-based flower delivery service Flowerbx on Wednesday. The diamond daydream-turned-urban garden has taken root in Tiffany’s Flagship Next Door (6 E. 57 St.), where it will...
Tags: Fashion, London, Tiffany, Tiffany Co, Tiffany amp ; Co, Flowerbx


From Bowl Cut to Brunette, Adir Abergel Reflects on Charlize Theron's Epic Year of Dramatic Hairstyles

When Charlize Theron chopped her hair into a bowl cut earlier this year the internet went wild. The minute her hairstylist, Adir Abergel, shared the photo on Instagram, people began double tapping, resharing, and us beauty journalists began writing furiously about her brand-new style. Then, for the next four months, we all watched as Theron and Abergel navigated the tricky process of growing out said cut, hanging on to every added highlight and snip of the sheers. But here's the thing, Theron's ...
Tags: UK, Hollywood, London, Beauty, Red Carpet, Charlize Theron, Charlize, Tully, Theron, Celebrity Beauty, Celebrity Hair, Adir Abergel, Award Season, Abergel, Original Feature, Brunette Adir Abergel


Why Finland leads the field when it comes to winter cycling

Progressive policies help get people get on their bike, even in below-freezing conditions In London, where I live, the idea of winter cycling generally involves little more than remembering some gloves and making sure your bike lights are charged. In Joensuu, the compact city in eastern Finland, where I am now, it’s arguably a more serious business.When I got off the train from Helsinki the temperature was -16C (3F), and hasn’t yet risen higher than -6C. Every roadway, pavement and cycle route i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, London, Environment, Life and style, World news, Cycling, Finland, Transport policy, Helsinki, Joensuu


The power of six: what I've learned from having five siblings

Growing up in a big family was intense, chaotic and character-forming. This is what it taught meIf you have siblings, the chances are that your relationship with them will be the longest you ever have with anyone. It’s a tie that precedes the one you have with you partner, and that can last long after your parents and friends have gone.So why is so little attention paid to the brother and sister bond? The majority of sibling self-help books are aimed at parents who have young children locked in ...
Tags: Family, London, Life and style, Siblings, Michelle Qureshi


Springs-loaded: test-driving Nike's Vaporfly running shoe

Would the brand’s claim to make plodders into joggers stand up at the Burgess Park parkrun?“If you hear the sound barrier being broken over Burgess Park,” I said to my flatmate as I left the house, “that will be me.”I was joking, sort of. Ahead of me, the 5km local parkrun. Beneath me, or at least on my feet, a new pair of Nike Vaporflys – the most talked-about trainers in the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, London, Nike, Sport, Life and style, UK News, Running, Distance Running, Burgess Park


Outfit Formula: Sustainable Casual Black

London-based clothing label Saint & Sofia claims to be serious about sustainability. Their casual yet luxurious items are made of fabrics that are better for the planet. They use biodegradable packaging, regenerated materials, and will ship across the globe. Their items seem more affordable than most sustainable brands. Sizes run from US2 to US18, which isn’t as inclusive as it could be, but it’s a start. I haven’t seen, felt or fitted their items yet, but will report back on the quality when I ...
Tags: Fashion, London, Formulas, Saint Sofia, Rocker Western If


Book Launch: Honour Bound By Sarosh Zaiwalla

IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry had organized a Book Launch of  the book “Honour Bound : Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts” authored by Mr. Sarosh Zaiwalla, Sr. Partner at Zaiwalla & Co., International Lawyer, Arbitrator and Mediator based in London on 5th February, 2020 in F. E. Dinshaw Library, at IMC, Churchgate, in Mumbai. IMC’s F.E. Dinshaw Commercial & Financial Reference Library was established in 1967, as part of the Diamond Jubliee Celebrations of the Chamber. ...
Tags: Books, England, London, Life, India, New Orleans, Mumbai, Bombay, National Iranian Oil Company, IMC, Sarosh Zaiwalla, Zaiwalla, Dahanu, Government Law College, Energy Arbitration, Smt Indira Gandhi


Artistic lineage: Chronicling The Legacy Of Khorshed and Kekoo Gandhy.

The London filmmaker on chronicling the legacy of Khorshed and Kekoo Gandhy. As a young woman, Behroze Gandhy tried hard to maintain a distance from her artistic lineage. “Growing up, I didn’t want anything to do with art, my parents [Bombay’s original art couple Kekoo and Khorshed Gandhy] or their gallery,” says the London-based filmmaker. “I felt I should get away from it and make my own mark… but after a point, I couldn’t escape the goodwill my parents had, and the doors it opened for me.” I...
Tags: Art, UK, London, Life, Bombay, Bengal, British Film Institute, Dara, Rushdie, Salman Rushdie, Bandra, Shireen, Mumbai Mirror, Khorshed, Reema Gehi, Kekee Manzil


Your New Go-To Winter Cocktail: The Negroni

Some cocktails seem to pair particularly well with the seasons of the year. A mint julep in spring, a margarita in the summer, a hot toddy in fall. But what’s a good drink for the winter months? While there are a number of worthy candidates, for my money, the Negroni makes the perfect wintertime cocktail.   The floral gin takes you out of the doldrums of the bone-chilling weather, the bitter Campari brings you right back into the season, and the sweet vermouth blends it all together for a d...
Tags: London, Life, Alcohol, Travel & leisure, Food & Drink, Spirits, Gordon, Negroni, Gallo, St Germain, Americano, Cooks Illustrated, Negronis


10 Designers You Should Watch at New York Fashion Week

This New York Fashion Week will look a little different from years past, thanks to a scheduling instance that led to the Oscars being booked during the peak of shows this season. As a result, a swath of designers including newly instated Council of Fashion Designers of America chairman Tom Ford, have opted to decamp for the West Coast, where their shows (and front rows) will be more accessible to A-listers, while others like designer Jeremy Scott and Tommy Hilfiger, will be showing their co...
Tags: Fashion, New York, London, News, Uncategorized, Brooklyn, Paris, Maxwell, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Fifth Avenue, Kate, West Coast, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford


Sarosh Zaiwalla’s Book Launch and Discussion on ‘Honour Bound : Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts’

IMC Chamber of Commerce and lndustry has organized a book launch and discussion on “Honour Bound: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts” authored by M r . Sarosh Zaiwalla, Senior Partner at Za iwa lla & Co, Solicitor and International Arbitrator and Mediator from London The event is scheduled on Wednesday, 5 Feb 2020, at 5 o’clock at IMC Library Lounge, Mumbai. About the Author: Senior Partner of Zaiwalla & Co. – Mr. Sarosh Zaiwalla:Mr. Sarosh Zaiwalla founded Zaiwalla & Co....
Tags: Books, London, Life, Russia, Mumbai, IMC, Sarosh Zaiwalla, Zaiwalla, IMC Chamber of Commerce, IMC Library Lounge Mumbai, Zaiwalla Co Solicitors, Chancery Lane London, India UK China Iran, Mrs Indira Gandhi


Zazie Beetz's 2020 BAFTAs Look Gave a Quiet Nod to Joker in the Prettiest Way

As per usual, Zazie Beetz slayed on the red carpet at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) in London on Sunday night. Donning a custom Marina Moscone strapless dress, complete with a high leg slit, she made a beauty statement with side-swept braids and a vampy dark-purple lip. And according to her makeup artist, Alex Babsky, Beetz's makeup look fittingly channeled Joker without even meaning to. Working with the color of Beetz's dress, Babsky swiped Lancome's Drama Matte Lipstick in Pur...
Tags: London, Instagram, Beauty, Lancome, Red Carpet, Award Shows, Sophie, Celebrity Beauty, Celebrity Makeup, BAFTA Awards, Award Season, Zazie Beetz, Beetz, Marina Moscone, Alex Babsky Beetz, Babsky


Best 3 Cities To Visit In Europe When Traveling With Kids

We all know that taking a road trip with children brings its own kind of fun and challenges, but there’s another type of trip that every parent needs a bit of time to plan: the Euro trip. There are obviously hundreds of fantastic cities to visit when you’re young and traveling solo, but when you are traveling with kids, you’ve got to think differently and focus less on bars and clubs and more on attractions and restaurants! Luckily, Europe is the perfect vacation destination and is...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, England, London, France, Spain, Barcelona, Natural History Museum, Nantes, Imperial War Museum, Ben, Montjuic, Buckingham Palace London, London Transport Museum, Jardin des Plantes, Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios Tour


Luxury and history rub shoulders in this country hotel: Hartwell House review

Old-fashioned comforts and service, scones for tea and superb gardens … this grand Buckinghamshire hotel makes a wonderful escapeWhere is it? Hartwell is a National Trust-owned Grade I-listed Jacobean and Georgian house in Buckinghamshire, two miles from Aylesbury.What’s the pull? Set in 90 acres of picturesque parkland and grounds designed by a contemporary of Capability Brown, the hotel is just 40 miles northwest from London. Yet it’s so peaceful and secluded, the stresses of city life quickly...
Tags: Travel, London, Hotels, Life and style, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Edward, National Trust, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Buckinghamshire, Hartwell, Aylesbury, Hartwell House


Uber driver tells gay couple to stop kissing “because she’s Christian”

A London-based gay man has alleged discrimination after an Uber driver told him to stop kissing his date. His driver allegedly told him to stop “because she’s Christian.” 32-year-old Finn Davies met his date at a party late Saturday night. The two decided to share an Uber home, as they lived in the same neighborhood. As the two began to kiss, their driver intervened. “Stop that please, I’m a Christian,” she told the pair. An awkward silence followed before Davies requested an end to the ride. “...
Tags: Uber, Feature, London, Life, Lifestyle, Ad Friendly, Davies, Finn Davies, MetroUK


Madonna: “Size matters, don’t pretend that it doesn’t!”

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Madonna (@madonna) on Jan 14, 2020 at 4:07am PST Madonna, it seems, is a size queen. At least, that’s what she’s informed her British fans. The singer’s Madame X tour has reached London this week – much to the relief of ticket holders. The 61-year-old has been plagued with health problems during the tour, leading to ten dates being cancelled. This included...
Tags: England, London, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Madonna, Warren Beatty, Grindr, Guy Ritchie, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Sean Penn, Ritchie, PinkNews, London Palladium, Tony Ward, Madonna @madonna


The silk shirt Charles I of England wore to have his head chopped off

The Museum of London will soon publicly display Charles I's execution vest for the first time. The doomed king wore the silk garment to the chopping block after his defeat in the English Civil War of the 17th century; 30 January is the 371st anniversary of his death at the Banqueting House on Whitehall. The stains are said to be vomit, not blood.
Tags: Post, Fashion, England, London, News, History, Deaths, Charles, Whitehall, Banqueting House


I'm a Veteran Beauty Editor, and the New Nars Afterglow Collection Blew My Mind

I make it no secret that I'm a massive Nars Cosmetics fan. And honestly, I didn't realize how massive a fan I was until I moved my from New York to London last Summer. It was whilst packing up my entire life - which after 11 years as a beauty editor included a whole lot of makeup that needed to be drastically cut down - that I realized that most of my can't-live-without-cosmetics that I wanted - no needed - to bring to Britain were from Nars. Two of those products were the Wanted Eye Shadow Pale...
Tags: New York, London, Makeup, Britain, Beauty, NARS, Dolce Vita, François Nars, NARS Cosmetics, Naturally Radiant Foundation


All the Details of Jurnee Smollett-Bell's Fierce Winged Shadow For the Birds of Prey Premiere

There were a lot of feathers at the Birds of Prey world premiere in London - and I'm not trying to be cheeky or make puns. For the film's press tour, the cast seem to be taking the title of the movie and using it as inspiration for their fashion choices, whether that means a feather trim on a skirt or a hint of ostrich plumes peeking out from under a peplum. In the case of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, however, the avian inspiration has also extended into her beauty looks, said New York City-based makeu...
Tags: London, Makeup, New York City, Beauty, Nina Simone, Joan Jett, Jett, Blackhearts, Shoppable, Oquendo, Celebrity Makeup, Popsugar, Jurnee Smollett Bell, Jurnee, Jurnee Smollett, Vincent Oquendo


Digital Zoroastrian at the British Library

The British Library is fortunate in having an unparalled collection of over 100 Zoroastrian works ranging from the oldest, the ninth century Ashem Vohu prayer written in Sogdian script discovered by Aurel Stein in Central Asia in 1907, to, most recently, manuscripts collected especially for the Royal Society in London during the late-nineteenth century. Although Zoroastrianism is Iranian in origin, most of our manuscripts in fact come from India. They are written in Avestan (Old Iranian), Middle...
Tags: London, Life, India, Iran, West, Heritage, University of Oxford, Royal Society, New Delhi, British Library, Bombay, Hyde, Central Asia, Levant, Perron, Queen Anne


Podcast #579: Jack London’s Literary Code

The literature of Jack London has long been given the short shrift by scholars. They say he wrote some good dog stories for boys, but beyond that didn’t showcase any literary genius or high-level craftsmanship. Well, my guest today begs to differ with this assessment.  His name is Earle Labor. He’s the preeminent Jack London scholar and 91 years young. I’ve had Earle on the podcast two previous times: the first to discuss his landmark Jack London biography, and the second to discuss his own m...
Tags: Books, Podcast, London, California, Life, America, Travel & leisure, Classics, Jack, Squarespace, Martin, Carl Jung, Earle, Jack London, Shreveport Louisiana, Gordon Mills



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