10 Corso Como, New York

Revitalising the definition of a 'concept store'
by James Bell

If you fancy a bite to eat and the chance to bring yourself bang up-to-date with all the current trends from the fashion, design, music and cultural worlds, then look no further than 10 Corso Como, newly opened up in New York’s upcoming Seaport district. Since conception nearly 30 years ago in Milan by Fashion entrepreneur Carla Sozzani, 10 Corso Como has well and truly established itself as a bi-word for international style and culture for that industry’s bright young things.

On a recent visit to New York, I decided to go and see what all the fuss was about, and it did not disappoint!  The Seaport District is one of New York’s oldest neighbourhoods and fast becoming a hub for all that is cultural, edgy and cool. 10 Corso Como (named after its original Milanese address) occupies the entire first floor (28,000 sq ft) of the old Fulton Market Building. Designed as a “living magazine” to inspire consumers, visiting is a truly immersive experience comprising of Italian fashion, design objects, books, photography and art, in addition to an Italian café, restaurant and stunning garden, as you can imagine it’s easy to lose yourself for half a day. Designer Kris Ruhs’s cutting edge industrial design further compounds the experience, skilfully blending the exterior with the interior and building on your experience.

Founded in September of 1990, 10 Corso Como started life as an art gallery in a converted garage, intended to showcase Sozzani’s favourite photography, fashion, art and design. As 1991 unfolded, she was joined by a garden café and a bookshop, eventually encouraging her to commission Kris Ruhs to fully design the interior of the industrial building. Famous for his graphic, industrial designs and use of discarded objects, his designs proved to be the finishing touch that propelled 10 Corso Como onto the international design scene.

A partnership with Samsung followed, leading to a store and café openings in Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and finally, New York. This brand well and truly revitalises the meaning of a concept store.

Benamôr, Lisbon

One of Portugal's oldest and most beloved beauty brands

by Millie Edwards

LX Factory, Lisbon

An authentic regeneration of a post-industrial area

by Tracey Pollard

Bruce Gillingham Pollard recently took a break from the office to explore Lisbon, Portugal’s ‘City of light’.  In the wake of Portugal’s economic recession, Lisbon has emerged an avant-garde, cultural hub of restless creativity, its ancient foundations reinvigorated with a vibrant, youthful energy.  Nowhere does this new Lisbon synchronize so…

Beulah

Head of Sales, Sophie Caulcutt

interviewed by Charlotte Roberts

In addition to being an internationally acclaimed luxury clothing, designed to showcase feminine aesthetics and timeless style, Beulah’s staff, sourcing, manufacturing and charity are focused around positively impacting victims of human trafficking. At what point did the idea turn from a concept into a reality? After a trip to India…

Fellpack, Keswick

Hearty, modern fare for fell-walkers in the heart of the Lake District

by Rosie Higgins

Grace Dent, the cumbrian native and once Evening Standard, now Guardian, restaurant critic is an understandably vocal proponent of her home-county. All the better for my family who spend a lot of time there, as the place my mother is also from. But whilst it is not unusual for Grace…

Schofield’s Bar

Co-founder, Daniel Schofield
interviewed by Zoe Schoon

You’re opening Schofield’s with your brother Joe, who won International Bartender of the Year in 2018.  It’s interesting how you’re both in the same field.  Can you tell us what drew you both to Bartending in the first place?

Joe actually started working in a local pub at the age of 16 which is arguably where his career started.  I got my first job during a summer break at the age of 18 in Spain and it escalated from there, we worked in some of the best bars in the North of England, then moved onto major cities like Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, London & Singapore with a desire to learn.  I think we both love the feeling of giving people a great experience, whether that be through playing great music, creating innovative cocktail menus or giving exceptional service to our guests.

So you’ve traversed the globe and the UK.  Can you tell us which international city you enjoyed the most and why?  What did you notice about the difference in peoples’ drinking habits?

I’ve always loved the Greek culture, they really treasure every moment of a social gathering, whether that be having a coffee, an aperitif or a late night drink!  Athens will always have a special place in our hearts as it was the first city that we did a bar takeover in together!

What brought you to Manchester?

Manchester is our home city. We were born just on the outskirts and spent a lot of time here whilst growing up. We first had the idea to open our own bar about 8 years ago and for us, there was no where else we would rather open our first bar!

What makes Manchester stand out for you in the UK?

Manchester is rife with a culture that can be easily relatable to bars. There is such a rich history of music and nightlife here that it makes it an extremely exciting time for us to be back. We have also found that Northern people tend to have a natural sense of hospitality too!

What other bars / bartenders in Manchester do you most admire at the moment and why?  You both have a wealth of experience in the drinks industry.  Have you seen the bar scene change much over the years?

There are some great bars and bartenders in Manchester, we spend a lot of time in Hawksmoor because the quality of service is so high.  The promising thing about Manchester at the moment is that so many new bars and restaurants are opening which are always worth checking out! We both really respect the Living Ventures sites as they are always consistent, the small details of getting a smile or a ‘hello’ as you walk in past 3 different members of staff.  It isn’t easy for a large chain to keep delivering service like this, but they do really well!  The bar scene has definitely changed since I was working here, which was back in 2014, a lot of smaller, more independent sites have opened serving more innovative cocktails and showing more progressive thinking.

What were your best selling drinks in other cities around the world?  What do you think will sell best in Manchester?

We have seen a huge resurgence in classic cocktails in recent years.  For the first 2/3 years that I was working in cocktail bars, the most ordered classic cocktails were a Mojito or Strawberry Daiquiri.  Nowadays, the most ordered classics seem to be a Negroni or an Old Fashioned, this is a huge step forward for our industry!

Finally – how does it feel to be home and working together again?

It feels great to be home.  There are many reasons why we decided to move back to Manchester, one being closer to family and another being that we see a lot of potential in this city.  I’m really excited to be working with Joe once again, he has had a huge impact on my career and is arguably the main reason why I got into this industry in the first place.

www.schofieldsbar.com

Holly & Co

Founder, Holly Tucker MBE

interviewed by Emily Spencer

Yolk

Founder, Nick Philpot

interviewed by Katherine Hajiyianni

Luna Mae London

Founder, Claudia Lambeth

interviewed by Charlotte Roberts

A British luxury lingerie brand, with quality craftsmanship and dedicated client service at the core of its philosophy. Established in 2012, Luna Mae London was created from the desire to offer women a high-end alternative to off-the-rack sizing. What have been the main contributors to your brand’s success? I think…

Bad Brownie

Co-founder, Paz Sarmah

interviewed by Thea Rowe

Bad Brownie are the gourmet brownies specialists, sell their fine products across many of London’s markets. Paz Sarmah and Morag Ekanger left their careers in branding to pursue their passion to become chocolate experts. What do you think are the benefits of having a pop up store for young restaurants/retailers?…

The Vurger Co.

Co-founder, Rachel Hugh

interviewed by Tracey Pollard

Rachel and Neil began The Vurger Co to elevate the humble veggie burger using the very best vegetables, seeds, nuts and legumes, Rachel and Neil began The Vurger Co to elevate the humble veggie burger using the very best vegetables, seeds, nuts and legumes. How has the fast casual dining…

The Marshmallowist

Founder, Oonagh Simms
interviewed by Emily Spencer

Founded by Oonagh Simms who was inspired by the Parisian’s passion for the confectionery treat, the Marshmallowist is the first producer of gourmet marshmallows in the UK.

After studying as a chocolatier in Paris, what made you decide to focus your business in producing marshmallows?

Well, I originally trained in chocolaterie and patisserie. I adored every early morning, burnt fingered, flour faced part of it. When I returned to London I worked for a luxury chocolate company but I loved experimenting with confectionary for myself. In Paris, fruit marshmallows were a common sweet treat in patisseries and luxury food stores- but not in the U.K. I loved them and spent evenings playing with different flavours- inspired by cocktails or unusual desserts pairing herbs and spices with seasonal fruits. The marshmallow recipe I created is perfect for carrying flavours because it doesn’t use egg white and is soufflé like in texture so you can taste the different layers and notes of the flavour develop as you eat them.

At what point did the idea turn from a concept into a reality?

I managed to blag a weekend market pitch on Portobello Road and began selling my marshmallows. I would make them when I got home from work and sell them on a Saturday. At first it was just a way of me testing new marshmallow flavours (and making a bit of extra money) but very quickly the marshmallows started getting a lot of attention- Vogue Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, the BBC. Soon after Harvey Nichols asked if they could start stocking them. That was 5 years ago and now I have my own bakery, a small team of Marshmallowists and we’re growing more than I could have ever imagined.

You have achieved so much for a young team, is your age an advantage or a drawback?

I think both age and gender are a challenge. I have a team that I employ and it’s always noticed that when we have meetings or visitors to the kitchen, my kitchen manager who is male will be assumed to be the boss- not me. Also, being a chef by training meant that the first formal meetings I attended were not under the mentorship of someone more senior. It was me negotiating as a company owner. I always assume it’s a good thing- my drive and passion for the product isn’t about just the numbers it’s about representing my craft.

The product is beautifully produced using the highest quality, fresh ingredients, how do you ensure consistency as you grow the brand?

Quality is non-negotiable. I will turn down projects and commissions if I think they will compromise the quality of what we do; we haven’t taken the supermarket contracts or the brand dilution. It’s also important to grow a team around you that care about the brand as much as you do. I spend a lot of time training. Taking the time to try other products, develop our recipes and keep all our skill levels up.

What future challenges and developments do you foresee in the food industry?

The sugar tax is something that everyone thinks must worry sweet companies but I genuinely think it’s a good thing. I will never be ‘anti sugar’ but anything that encourages people to become more conscious consumers and question what actually goes into their food should be celebrated. I see a lot of companies making quite spurious claims about their product being ‘natural’- when they are selling something that is ‘candy floss’ flavoured. I hope the sugar tax spurs more confectionery companies into selecting their ingredients with care rather than just heaping in the sugar and colourings.

What are the current trends in the marketplace and do you see this changing anytime soon?

Certainly in confectionery there are two definite camps at the moment- the raw cake, avocado ice cream movement and the unicorn Frappuccino, edible glitter kitsch pleasure seekers. Both seem to exist in parallel.

www.themarshmallowist.com

Pampelone

Founder, Holly Anna Scarsella

interviewed by Emily Spencer

Kalimera

Founder, Télémaque Argyriou

interviewed by Alex Mann

The Good Life Eatery

Co-founder, Yasmine Larizadeh

interviewed by Thea Rowe

Co-founders, Yasmine Larizadeh & Shirin Kouros met through their fathers to bring something new fresh & healthy to London’s food scene. More than just an eatery, Good Life Eatery encourages us to eat better, healthier and happier with an array of all day options. As an entrepreneur at such an…

Duke & Dexter

Founder, Hugh Wolton

interviewed by Dominic Tixerant

Duke & Dexter is a British born footwear label, specialising in premium loafers. Designed in London and handcrafted in England, the brand launched in 2014. How important is a combined internet/bricks and mortar approach for your core consumer? An omni-channel approach is essential to serve the needs of our customers.…

Swingers

Founder, Jeremy Simmonds

interviewed by Alex Mann

Founded by the Institute of Competitive Socialising, Swingers is based on a 1920’s golf-club set in the English countryside. Swingers takes crazy golf, street food & amazing drinks combining them all into one incredible social experience At what point did the idea turn from a concept into a reality? We…

SØRENSEN

Founder Wayne Sorensen
interviewed by Emily Dumbell

A British fashion brand inspired by artists, drivers and butchers. Wayne Sorensen began working on SØRENSEN in 2015 and was inspired by the work ethic of archetypal professions.

What have been the main contributors to your brand’s success?

I found myself surrounded by an amazing group of individuals who are all experts in their own fields (and certainly in areas that I’m not proficient in) that were all offering me their support. For me SØRENSEN is attributable to them. I just saw my role as bringing all these wonderful people and their expertise together.

At what point did the idea turn from concept to reality?

It was this gentle segue. I’d taken something of a sabbatical when I left Orlebar Brown which allowed for this wonderful period for the concept to be explored and developed properly. There was one day though where I looked at the calendar and said; “okay, we’re launching on 11-May 2016 – let’s go”.

How important have your site and pop up units been to the success of SØRENSEN?

I love to think about when a customer connects with a certain piece from the collection and in that moment feels better about themselves and the world around them – that is why the brand exists. Having a space that facilitates that moment, as a store does, is incredibly important.

Where do you feel the fashion industry is heading?

To observe fashion is to observe what’s happening in society. To say we’re living in uncertainty and change is an understatement but that’s an incredible honour to be a part of too. We’re questioning everything. We’re throwing out the rulebooks – and that’s happening in the industry too. No one knows how it’s all going to shake down but I do feel there’s going to be a call for more integrity with how we produce and what we consume.

In what ways do you think that menswear has changed and is changing?

You look back at photographs of our fathers and grandfathers and how sharply turned out they were. Over the last three or so decades that confidence in our dress has deteriorated. Thankfully there is a gradual turn in that tide and the rise in menswear and grooming is well documented.

Your website focuses on six main types of male ‘groups’, what led you to implement this and why?

SØRENSEN is based on an observation that most men (and a lot of women too) have little inclination towards fashion and trends per se, yet they still want to know that they look good. The relentless hype and hard sell involved in the fashion industry means there’s been a slow deterioration of confidence in people’s ability to identify their own sense of style, their own personal uniform as it were. “To rebuild that confidence, to create the idea of an, ‘archetypal framework’ of pieces rooted in specific values and virtues drove me to develop SØRENSEN”.

www.studiosorensen.com

Ramy Riad (Sentram) acts on behalf of SØRENSEN

London Grace

Founder Kristen Hazel

interviewed by Alex Mann

Kricket

Co-founders Rik Campbell and Will Bowlby

interviewed by Alex Mann

Frame

Co-founder Joan Murphy

interviewed by Alex Mann

Potage

Founder and CEO, Georgia Cummings

interviewed by Alex Mann

A healthy, food delivery start-up founded by Georgia Cummings in 2012. For the first year Georgia did all the cooking at home. Balanced & nourishing meals delivered to you, recipes are developed by a nutritionist and chef using fresh, local ingredients. What have been the main contributors to your brands…

Daniella Draper Jewellery

Founder Daniella Draper

interviewed by Thea Rowe

Founded by Daniella in Lincolnshire, Daniella’s jewellery is now worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Ed Sheeran & Chloe Moretz. Daniella Draper Jewellery draws upon inspirations from travel & romance to create a unique range of keepsake jewellery. What have been the main contributors to your brand’s success? The…

BLOK

Founder and CEO, Ed Stanbury

interviewed by Alex Mann

BLOK is a fitness space in Clapton E5, located in a refurbished victorian tram depot. Founded by Ed Stanbury & Max Oppneheim, the BLOK philosophy is that training is about more than just breaking a sweat. Ed, What is your background and how were you led to opening BLOK? I…

Noble Rot

Co-founders Mark Andrew and Dan Keeling
interviewed by Alex Mann

Wine brought together Mark, head buyer at independent wine merchant Roberson, and Dan, who was once the MD of Island Records. After launching their wine magazine (Noble Rot) they’ve finally fulfilled their dream of opening a wine bar and restaurant.

When did Noble Rot, turn from an idea into a reality and what generated that idea initially?

Mark: We started Noble Rot because we felt it was something that didn’t exist. Dan and I met when he came to my wine tasting events and became friends, and soon concluded that there were no magazines that spoke to wine lovers in an easy to understand and interesting tone, that contextualised wine with food and the creative arts. After developing the magazine for 3 years, the restaurant and wine bar concept was a natural progression.

Dan, you came from a musical background, what inspired you to start a wine bar and restaurant?

Dan: I used to eat out a lot through my job as a record company A&R man, but always hated not fully understanding what was on restaurant wine lists. Along with a good friend stoking my interest with bottles of classics like Château d’Yquem and Chave Hermitage, it was one of the reasons I first became fascinated with wine. Over the years my interest in food and wine continued to grow, and although back then I probably never thought I would open a restaurant, it felt like an exciting thing for Noble Rot to do.

How did the magazine lead you into opening a wine bar and how were you able to fund it all?

Mark: We always wanted to make Noble Rot into a physical incarnation, and the plan was originally to open a wine bar. This idea evolved once we had Stephen Harris’ involvement and were confident that we could do something interesting food-wise. We raised money to open the bar/restaurant by selling equity in the business, which was made easier because we had established the beginnings of a brand via the magazine.

What are the benefits of having two people involved in a new business rather than one, do you play to each other’s strengths and weaknesses and if so what are they?

Mark: We rely heavily on each other, and our individual and joint strengths. We run a magazine, bar and restaurant and have several plans in development, so there is lots to do. Dan is very creative and leads a lot of work on the magazine, while I have worked in the wine trade for over a decade and my educational background is in business. We focus on different parts of the company while each retaining big input into what the other is doing.

How do you think London’s restaurant market it changing?

Dan: The food and wine scene in London is the best it’s probably ever been. There’s so much more choice than 10 years ago, and there are interesting independent projects springing up every month.

What are the benefits of having of a magazine to be able to showcase the wines and Noble Rot’s ethos within its pages?

Dan: The magazine is the shop front for what Noble Rot stands for – our ethos about wine, food and life. It’s also about shining a spotlight on other businesses, winemakers, artists, musicians and chefs who are doing things that we love, and it’s great for meeting interesting people. We’re trying to make wine a bit more accessible whilst not dumbing it down – it’s one of the most beautiful subjects in the world.

www.noblerot.co.uk

Skinny Dip

Co-founder, James Gold

interviewed by Tracey Pollard

Finisterre, Covent Garden

Surf brand with a commitment to sustainability

by Charlotte Roberts

A British clothing brand that offers so much more than just surf related merchandise have opened a beautiful store in Seven Dials. Think framed coastal pictures, storm lights and a relaxed, surf shack vibe. Despite the brands apparent lack of interest in being ‘in fashion’, their plain, subtly branded clothes…

Peter’s Yard, Edinburgh

Swedish inspired cafe and bakery next to the University of Edinburgh

by Helen Smith

Peter’s Yard is a Swedish inspired café and bakery within the Foster and Partners Quartemile development of Edinburgh’s Old Infirmary site next to the Meadows park. It is popular with residents from the tenements of Marchmont, students in the nearby conglomeration of Edinburgh University buildings and tourists. Scandi chic in…

Angels and Gypsies, Camberwell

Modern tapas restaurant signifying Camberwell's gentrification

by Harry Badham

Ask a lot of people what they think of Camberwell and the only answer usually involves Danny’s famous Camberwell carrot (because it was invented in Camberwell and it looks like a carrot……duh). But change is definitely afoot, at least to the non-Withnail generation. Perhaps it started with the brave opening…

Devi Garh, India

Heritage hotel and resort in Udaipur
by Ivor Peters

After an hour of sucking in our breath, dodging overladen lorries carrying marble on the national highway to Delhi, we arrived at the kilometre long driveway leading to our hotel, with its stark silver on black signage. The imposing sight of Devi Garh, the 17th Century fort cum palace occupies one of the most strategic passes in Rajasthan and rises from its perched hill position with terrifying dominance. The uplighters casting impressive shadows against its many towers, balconies, and crenulations. Very rarely are our expectations exceeded, but on this occasion a Howitzer blew them out of the water. Uniformed guards saluted our arrival, porters scurried to open our doors and we exhaled a sigh of satisfaction. We hopped out and followed the long low-lit path to the main entrance and staff sporting designer black Nehru tunics greeted us. We gathered our jaws off the manicured central lawn as our eyes struggled to take in the magisterial sight of Devi Garh, domineering, stark, confident and undeniably the most impressive translation of hospitality we had encountered in Rajasthan. Stone sculptures lay casually strewn across the lawn as if ditched from the sky by the gods.

At each turn casual elegance promised mystery after mystery. Historic frescoes twinned with floor sculptures in the shape of lotus plants, housed in a courtyard riven with marble patios softened by jade clipped hedging. Even the air tastes tranquil here. Several flights of granite steps leading to secret chambers and a series of courtyards led us to our suite. Which was designed and assembled with an immaculate eye, sinuous marble with a quadruple aspect inserted with a window seat the size of a generous bed. The split-level led us to our low-slung marble based bed. We shrieked with a lottery winner’s surprise and with childlike fascination we explored cupboards, boxes, wardrobes, drawers and anterooms, gasping at the multi level dressing area and bathroom, rather than gilding the lily, this is simple opulence. That evening we celebrated our arrival with pre-dinner drinks, served in a bar styled from a Bond villain’s lair. The Maharani made herself at home with a ginger infused Champagne cocktail and I put up with…a Martini, of course. Dinner would have melted the hardest of hearts, the hotel was a scene lit by a thousand candles, soft glow resting on the curls of a carpet of rose petals.

Imaginative, modern Indian food was served buffet style, fireworks rocked the clear sky and we filled our mouths with food created by a gastro God. Being a nosy chef and food adventurer has its advantages. I wanted to meet the brigade behind the silkily smooth Murgh Palak (Spinach and Chicken curry) and their interpretation of a fiery Rajasthani classic, Laal Maas, mutton soaked and slow cooked in Kashmiri chillies, but this version was tempered with almonds and the gentle touch of buffalo milk. The region is known for its opulent and sometimes heavy food, however the talented chef, Rakesh and his team delivered course after course with the lightness of a ballerina’s pirouette. This kitchen was capable of delivering world peace with these astounding treasures, truly unifying and crossing cultural and culinary boundaries.Devi Garh attracts a cosmopolitan set, French Trustafairians, Hollywood casting agents, Scandinavian designers, Indian oligarchs and apparently Liz Hurley…in our situation it was definitely a case of ‘fake it ‘til you make it’. How to describe Devi Garh? In a fast changing culture which is thousands of years old, I think it’s the definition of Indian Heritage shod in a pair of Louboutins.

Space Ninety8, Brooklyn

Amongst the modish cafes, bars and industrial space of Williamsburg, New York, lives Space Ninety 8

by Rupert Bentley-Smith

Hay Design, Bath

Bath flagship for this iconic Danish homeware brand

by Nigel Gillingham

Vintage Village, Paris

A concept store based around genuine vintage and antique pieces from Habitat

by Ed Corrigan

On the northern fringes of the 18th arrondissement  is the famous Marche aux Puces de Saint Ouen. “Les Puces” has evolved (and is still evolving) from flea market to tourist hotspot to antique and art dealer collective. Off one of the side streets is a walled enclave called Vintage Village.…

Valvona Crolla, Edinburgh

Scotland's oldest delicatessen and wine merchants

by Tracey Pollard

Scotland’s oldest delicatessen and wine merchants celebrated their 80th anniversary this year. Valvona and Crolla were founded as a market store in 1934 by an Italian immigrant and now serves a vast breadth of wine, food and a range of kitchenware from all around the world, as well as their…

Palomar, London

A modern Jerusalem menu and creative, crazy environment

by Nigel Gillingham

Chefs from Jerusalem’s coolest restaurant Machneyrda have not disappointed with The Palomar at 34 Rupert Street, London. Following its opening in May 2014, this restaurant seems to have received nothing but positive praise. The modern Jerusalem menu and the creative, crazy environment is inspiring and the non stop showmanship, theatre…

Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon

A modern take on a food court
by Tracey Pollard

There has been a market in this building since 1882 and it was once the most famous fish market in Europe but in May 2014, part of the market hall reopened as the “Time Out” Food Hall,  housing 35 of Lisbon’s top chefs and restaurants. Set within a beautiful building topped off with a Moorish style dome, the large open space is a really a modern take on a food Court , focusing on local quality product and independent operators.

The food choice is vast but it remains authentic and maybe that’s the reason for the success. With no global chains in sight, you find everything from traditional Portuguese cuisines, beers, wines and plates of ham from Alentejo, Azeitao sheep’s cheese and the Lisbon classic, the custard tart. Other foods are also represented with Italian, Thai, fresh sea food and dessert counters all being served by local independents.  The quality of food is high, as some of Lisbon’s top operators are here.  One of Portugal’s top chefs  Henrique Sa Pessoa’s has a counter, serving the likes of truffle mash potatoes and Portuguese style steak and egg.  Other well known Lisbon names with representation, include Sushi from Confraria, Café de Sao Bento, who are acknowledged to have the city’s best sirloin steak in Lisbon and ice cream from Santini.

Each operator has a small kitchen area where they cook in front of you and then everyone shares the communal seating area located in the centre of the hall. The signage through out is a contemporary black and white style.  Simple wooden tables and chairs are shared by all the operators and although it’s a modern take on a food court, it has a great vibe and is busy throughout the day serving both locals and tourists. Open until 2 am at weekends, this venue is a great example of a destination which appeals to its immediate catchment as well as the international tourist. With meals ranging from 6 – 12 Euros, it really is an all day option and appeals across the board from families to the cool contemporary set.

The Ginger Pig

The Ginger Pig has Christmas covered

by Woody Bruce

Now with seven stores across London and their ‘head office’ in the heart of Yorkshire, The Ginger Pig has fast become one of the most popular butchers in London. Ginger Pig is your old school, quintessential butchers. They give excellent advice, are happy to chat about what to do with…

Lime Wood, New Forest

Quintessential 'boutique hotel' in the heart of the New Forest

by Tracey Pollard

The first boutique hotel was believed to have been invented in the early 80s with The Blake Hotel in South Kensington and The Bedford in Union Square, San Francisco which both opened for trade in 1981. Classic design qualities for the Boutique Hotel require it to be small and intimate,…

Uniqlo, Le Marais, Paris

Old meets new in Uniqlo's new flagship store

by Woody Bruce

The Marais is almost as old as some of the first inhabited parts of Paris and still maintains some of that old world charm, it is the only area in Paris that has preserved the narrow streets and architectural styles of the Medieval and Renaissance-era. In stark contrast to the old…