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Park Chinois Launches New Afternoon Tea

Just in time for a mothers' day treat, Park Chinois is launching a new afternoon tea experience inspired by the grandeur of the centuries-old tradition. Served in the opulent Salon de Chine, a team of expert patisserie chefs have carefully crafted a varied menu that includes light sandwiches with traditional fillings such as Norwegian smoked salmon with creme fraiche and dill, a range of classic scones and a sumptuous selection of sweet pastries such as hazelnut and apricot sacher, honey and pistachio financier and vanilla, saffron and mango mousse. Alongside this, the menu also features a curated selection of loose leaf teas sourced from the four corners of China, as well as a dedicated connoisseur’s menu of hot chocolate and coffee from niche producers. Whilst you work your way through the feast, ‘The Orchestre de Chinois’ will also add an extra splash of glamour with a live soundtrack to the meal – guaranteed to impress any mother.

Sittings for Afternoon Tea run from the 18th of March and take place every weekend from noon to 18.00 pm, last booking at 16.00. An afternoon tea set is £39.00 per person.

www.parkchinois.com

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The Mayfair Collective launch The Women's Space

 
 

On International Women's Day (March 8th) The Mayfair Collective are launching 'The Women's Space' - a unique hub designed to celebrate and facilitate women of achievement. Taking place in a two-storey Edwardian townhouse and endorsed by the founding members and retailers of Mount Street, the concept will merge a lively and inclusive co-working space with an event space equipped to host a schedule of daily talks and events for members to attend. 

Many of the retailers of Mount Street will be taking part, hosting talks and contributing to panel discussions and the full programme of events will be available on 28 February. Complimentary membership will also be available following completion of an online application.

The Women's Space is a week long pop-up forming part of The Mayfair Collective, a year-long initiative of talks and workshops aimed at those interested in fashion, culture, business and the arts. Click here to learn more about the event.

The Women's Space will take place at 5 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K between the 8th and 16th March, 8am-9pm daily.

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Mayfair: The Home of Craftsmanship

Positioned in the beating heart of the city, Mayfair boasts a long history of exemplary craftsmanship – from bespoke suits and leather accessories to jewellery, shotguns and more.  Centuries on from the inception of many of these businesses, the skills that have earned this area a reputation for outstanding service are still thriving today. Step inside three of Mayfair's most historic brands, and learn why an uncompromising commitment to high-quality craftsmanship continues to represent the pinnacle of luxury.

Anderson & Sheppard

 
 

For over a century, Anderson & Sheppard has been the standard-bearer of London’s famous Savile Row, its name synonymous with superior English bespoke tailoring. Asked what makes Anderson & Sheppard desirable in the modern day, the answer is succinct. “All of work is done by hand and always has been,” explains A&S cutting apprentice Matthew Borkowski. “We find that the best product is handmade and the process is now part of our DNA.” The brand also boast an inherent understanding of how to sculpt a product to fit the human form perfectly – whatever shape it takes. “A huge part of tailoring is knowing configurations; how a person stands, how they carry themselves. No one is perfectly built and we incorporate this into the fitting. It’s about listening to the customer and their individual story and producing something they are proud to own.”

Founded in 1906, Anderson & Sheppard benefits from the talents of a close-knit team with decades of combined experience in the tailoring industry. Over the years, well-known figures such as Laurence Olivier, Duke Ellington and even Marlene Dietrich have called on the services of Anderson & Sheppard, commissioning suits designed to last a lifetime. First-time customers are required for a minimum of three visits to ensure the finished product is the best it can be – the first fitting provides the chance to choose cloth and trimmings, as well as take measurements and confirm the desired style, while the final two visits are used for fittings. Each suit will take between eight and twelve weeks to create, and remains eligible for the company's aftercare service into the future, which uses gentler methods than industrial dry cleaning to keep the suit in the best condition possible. As a result of this meticulous attention to detail and commitment to craftsmanship, an Anderson & Sheppard suit should be one the finest you can own. 

Pickett

 
 

Considered an institution in Mayfair, Pickett has been serving up a selection of handmade luxury goods since 1988. Quintessentially English with a sense of the whimsical and eccentric, the shop offers a unique experience which embodies the brand’s much-loved individuality.  Having moved from the Burlington Arcade to Burlington Gardens in March 2015, as well as expanding the Sloane St location to include retail space on Sloane Terrace, Pickett has entered a new era; one which allows founder Trevor Pickett and his staff to embrace new space.  

Reflecting on what it means to enter a 'new era' for such a traditional brand, Pickett acknowledges there is always a concern over who is going to be the next audience. “That said, we do find we are continuing to sell across a broad age demographic, reassuring us that our brand is embracing a contemporary marketplace.” And how does craft incorporate into the Pickett brand? “Pickett has always been handcrafted and produced in the UK. It can be challenging to maintain our DNA due to pressures on the workforce, materials and so forth, but we are achieving it and accessing new resources which is extremely exciting," explains Pickett. "It could be an easy way out to make abroad, but we strive to retain our identity and the foundation on which Pickett was built, so we fight on. We are uniquely passionate about the product and what we have found is that in neglecting our process, we would neglect the quality of what we make.” 

Pickett also believes that the craftsmanship of his brand is what provides his products with an authentic claim to the label 'luxury.' "The word ‘luxury’ can be very meaningless. I think the term luxury should be intrinsically linked with integrity," explains Pickett. "We are proud of our product and what happens to bring it into the world. On a macro level, we all work in the shop and contribute to the brand’s influence, continuously evolving the product to suit the customer. Luxury is about authenticity and a product not pretending to be something it isn’t.”

William Evans

 
 

Founded in 1883, William Evans has been furnishing customers with the finest country apparel and shooting equipment for 143 years. "We are still providing a very similar product and service to all those years ago," explains London General Manager Alastair Phillips. "Minor things like legislation, shopfront layout and operations have changed, but all of our guns are built in a very similar way to how they were in the past.” 

Over the years, clients have included anyone from gamekeepers to Maharajas, and most famously, William Evans’s patron, The Duke of Connaught. A varied customer base requires plenty of individual attention and technique, meaning each gun is handmade to the customer's requirements. “There is a bit of machining at the start to save some time, but the oil finishing, the engraving, the checkering is all done by hand in almost exactly the same manner as in 1883," says Phillips. "We are still using the same tools, systems and methods because they have always worked and provide the guns with their unique fingerprint.”

To provide the best possible service, William Evans employs two types of expert gunworkers – both gunmaker and gunsmiths – who take two to three years of careful craftsmanship to create a gun from scratch. The former focus on solely on new production, while the latter specialise in repairs and renovations. “We employ a range of gunsmiths across the country who are each best suited to working on different types of guns across a range of manufacture and design," explains Phillips. "When a gun is handmade and incorporates that level of craft, it is much more specialised to repair and replace its parts – a handmade gun has its own identity and uniqueness in design.”

The bespoke process has become a hallmark of quality for the brand, with the William Evans team providing customers with expert advice as well as private fittings to ensure each gun matches the size and shape of the customer's body. Prices start at £57,000, increasing based on levels of engraving, grade of wood (which can be sourced from walnut trees over 200 years old), and other additions such as gold inlay or precious jewels – with options limited only by the customer's imagination. For such a precious purchase, William Evans promise to create the highest-quality product.

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Tailoring Cartography: Elisabeth Lecourt

 
 

French-born but now London-based, artist Elisabeth Lecourt is bringing a selection of her unique work to First Edition at Canary Wharf between the 1st of February and the 24th of March. Known for producing art in a range of disciplines from drawing, installation and painting to embroidery and sculpture, the new exhibition (curated by Tatyana Dachyshyn) will provide a particular focus on Lecourt's tailored cartography – in which she creates clothing from maps which reflect the personal history of the wearer, evoking the places and times that had a particular impact on them. Alongside the selection of outfits, a range of Lecourt's paintings will also be on display, never before seen in public. For the chance to view some exciting contemporary art, off the beaten track of the main galleries, then Lecourt should prove to be an interesting alternative. 

www.elisabethlecourt.com

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Kat Florence unveils Veronica Hodges paper installation

Jeweller Kat Florence has added an exciting new energy to the Mayfair shopping scene since opening the doors of her first boutique on Grafton Street earlier this year. Having launched online two years ago, Florence has rapidly built a loyal customer base, drawn to her hands-on approach to jewellery design. Florence prides herself on being involved in every stage of the creation of a piece, from sourcing stones to designing and cutting them in-house. The results are a series of immensely striking pieces that showcase the natural beauty of the materials Florence works with, from firey black opals, to glowing topaz and sparkling peridot

To celebrate the brand's first Christmas in London, the store unveiled yesterday an intricate new paper cut installation created by artist Veronica Hodges. Hodges drew inspiration from the Kat Florence aesthetic to create her 'Nectar of Life' artwork, which attempts to narrate the individual journey we all take in life. A hummingbird forms the centre of the installation, from which a series of delicate flower and leaf motifs spread out across the store to create a paper jungle. 

In addition to the sculpture, Florence is also raising money for a key cause this Christmas, donating 20 Euros of each piece sold in December and January to the British Refugee Council, who work to assist Age Dispute Minors (children between 13-18 years old) being held in detention. Determining a child's age can be a notoriously difficult task, especially with children who lack the documentation to prove their status, or have the physical appearance of being more than 18 years old. As a result, this group can often be overlooked for care, and vital funds raised by Kat Florence will help these children during what can be a difficult and frightening period. With Christmas just a few weeks away, there's never been a better time to invest in a stunning piece of jewellery, while contributing to a worthy cause.

www.katflorence.com

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Armorial arrives at Harvey Nichols

Tracking down the ideal Christmas present can be tough, and sometimes even in a city with as much shopping choice as London, the perfect gift can elude you. However, Armorial are here to help with the gift guaranteed to please the lady or gentleman who has everything – beautiful, handcrafted stationery. Arriving at Harvey Nichols just in time for Christmas, the bespoke stationer has built a reputation in its native France for an uncompromising commitment to quality, earning itself the silver Médaille de la Ville de Paris from the Mayor of the City for an 'outstanding contribution to the Capital.' Since launching in 1890, the brand has become a champion for preserving the finest techniques of artisan printing, using a range of expert skills to create exquisitely-finished stationery, from stamping and engraving through to embossing and gilding.

The new Harvey Nichols concession showcases the best of the brand, featuring a range of luxury calfskin goods such as notebooks and organisers, alongside writing instruments from brands including Montegrappa and Namiki and a selection of desk accessories. The concession also includes Armorial's range of correspondence cards, greeting cards and writing sets, delicately embellished with a range of playful motifs, from a hummingbird, elephant and bumble bee through to a noble rooster. Expert consultants are also on hand to guide customers through a bespoke printing service, creating personalised stationery for brands, companies or personal use, and adding custom detail to anything from RSVPs and save the dates through to business cards and letter paper. In an age where emails and texts have come to dominate communication, the joy of receiving a handwritten note remains enduring. John Donne once commented, "Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls; for, thus friends absent speak," - so at a time of year where we thank friends and family, putting down the ipad and picking up a pen has never seemed more apt.

www.armorial.fr

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Boodles teams up with The Savoy for Christmas

 
 

With Christmas only a few weeks away, there are plenty of exciting seasonal collaborations popping up across the city, but none more quintessentially British than fine jewellery brand Boodles and the historic The Savoy hotel, who are teaming up this year to create a festive experience to remember. The Christmas tree housed in the Savoy's grand entrance hall has been decked out in Boodles's iconic pink for the occasion, with ombre and mirrored details to match the 'diamonds and ice' theme selected for this year. Bespoke decorations inspired by some of the jewellery brand's most iconic designs have been created using cut mirror, which hang alongside deco squares and rectangles that reflect the design heritage of the hotel. Guests can post their Christmas wish through a post box positioned next to the tree and upload a festive image onto instagram for a chance to win a special piece of Boodles fine jewellery. The winning card will be chosen at random by Boodles Chairman Nicholas Wainwright after the holiday period.

In addition to the tree, Champagne house Louis Roederer has also collaborated with the hotel to build a stunning ice rink collaboration housed in the Thames Foyer, featuring a life-size ice skater created by sculptor Gareth Knowles, inspired by a child's jewellery box. Arguably the best way to enjoy the festive installations is with a Festive Afternoon Tea, featuring pale pink Boodles-inspired patisserie and Louis Roederer Rose cuvée – available to enjoy throughout the festive period. If you weren't feeling festive already, a trip to the Savoy should definitely get you in the mood.

www.boodles.com
www.fairmont.com/savoy-london
www.louis-roederer.com

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Ferrero Rocher pop-up lands in Covent Garden

Chocolate lovers will be delighted to hear that Ferrero Rocher are bringing a delicious new pop-up 'dessert destination' to the heart of the city, providing the chance to sample a range of exquisite flavour sensations inspired by the popular chocolate. Running from the 1st to the 11th of December, it will be the first London dining experience of its kind by the brand, exploring each layer of the iconic chocolate in depth, ranging from the cocoa-roasted hazelnut heart to the glittering gold wrapping paper that has made the chocolate instantly recognisable worldwide. Guests will have the chance to enjoy an exclusive tasting plate of five mini hand-crafted desserts, inspired by different elements of the world-famous chocolate and curated by the acclaimed Paul Hannagen – owner, director and head chef at Cuisson. Following this, there will be the chance to sample a classic Ferrero Rocher chocolate in all its glory – enjoyed in their millions across the festive season. 

www.forrerorocher.com

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Chiltern St. Christmas shopping evening

To usher in the start of the festive season, Chiltern Street is hosting a special Christmas shopping evening on the 23rd of November, featuring a whole host of exciting special events and reductions, designed to make seasonal shopping even more enjoyable. Kicking off at 5pm, shops along the street will be extending their standard opening hours until 9pm, allowing extra time to pick up Christmas presents and even a gift or two for yourself. Stores will be offering a whole host of special promotions, alongside complimentary festive drinks and delicacies, and the famed Chiltern Firehouse will be outside on the restaurant terrace, handing out delicious savoury and sweet dishes created by Executive Chef Nuno Mendes. To help combat the chill, Cadenhead's will also be offering free whisky tasting, while mulled wine will be dispensed from Monocle Café

In addition to edible treats, there will also be plenty of shopping perks to be had, including free customisation experiences from Hamilton and Hare, PRISM and Cox + Power. Florist and event designer By Appointment Only Design will also be hosting a free Christmas wreath-making workshop, where guests can try their hand at creating a unique decoration from scratch. On top of this, a host of exclusive promotions will be on offer from brands including Sunspel, Cire Trudon, Bharti Vyas, Grey Flannel, Mouki Mou and Long Tall Sally

www.ChilternStreetW1.co.uk

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Learn impeccable etiquette with Debrett's & The Lanesborough

For those not in the know, British etiquette can seem a complicated maze of behaviours, ranging from the proper way to hold cutlery through to the correct way to address an invite. Fortunately, The Lanesborough hotel are teaming up with etiquette authority Debrett's to offer two courses in the essentials of British social customs, providing valuable insight into the most important behaviours of polite society. Founded in 1769 when John Debrett published the first edition of The Peerage, Debrett's has remained the leading authority on British etiquette, providing expertise in everything from engagements and wedding planning through to the peerage system and forms of address.

The Lanesborough's courses hope to draw on this knowledge to provide courses that are both fun and educational, hosted by a Debrett's expert. One course will offer a full-day guide to 'The Season' exploring the British approach to dining, etiquette, hosting and seasonal dress codes. Topics will include greetings, conversations and 'small talk,' through to body language and forms of address. Over lunch at the Lanesborough's Michelin-starred restaurant Céleste, guests will be able to put their new skills to the test, followed by a night at the hotel. For those looking for a shorter experience, Debrett's will also be offering a 'Guide to Tea' - a 90-minute crash course in the most timeless British pastime. Available for a minimum of four people, the guide will provide the chance to learn about the history of tea, how it became such a beloved British tradition, as well as the best way to enjoy the meal. 

For reservations visit www.lanesborough.com/etiquette
www.debretts.com

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The New Craftsmen lands at Thomas's

Continuing on from the success of Maker's House, which took Soho by storm earlier this year, Burberry is teaming up once more with luxury craft collective The New Craftsmen, this time at the brand's all-day café, Thomas's at 5 Vigo Street. In honour of the collaboration, the venue has received a makeover inspired by the work of The New Craftsmen, featuring low slung lighting, wooden seating and a newly installed private dining area – perfect for festive meet-ups away from the hectic bustle of Regent Street.  The menu has also been revamped for the occasion, featuring a selection of comforting seasonal dishes and weekly changing traditional pies, hot soups and puddings – including favourites such as jam roly poly with custard and fresh fruit mince pies served with a dollop of brandy butter. 

The collaboration will also provide a rare opportunity to observe Britain's finest craftspeople at work as they bring their their skill to life with live demonstrations of everything from delicately embroidered linen table napkins and hand-knitted Christmas stockings to personalised wrapping paper. The Lantern Room and the Gallery will also play host to a range of additional personalising services including scarf calligraphy, leather hand painting, embossing, wreath customisation and more. On top of all this, a selection of exclusive products and gifts from The New Craftsmen, unique to Thomas's, will also be on offer including rugs, crockery, glassware and key rings. For a truly unique gift (and maybe a mince pie or two) Thomas's is shaping up to be a must-visit destination for the festive season.

www.burberry.com
www.thenewcraftsmen.com

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Smith & Sinclair brings sensory cocktails to The Sanderson

West End Boutique Hotel Sanderson is teaming up with alcohol innovators Smith & Sinclair to create a spectacular sensory cocktail pop-up in the hotel's Purple Bar. Known for its groundbreaking 'edible cocktails', Smith & Sinclair will be offering a selection of alcoholic experiences, featuring the chance to drink liquids that magically transform in flavour and colour whilst being served and consumed, as well as scented lollipops served with alcoholic dib-dabs and festive-infused vapours, designed to get you in the Christmas mood. Launching on the 18th of November and running until Christmas Eve, additional goodies are available at the pop-up shop next door to the bar, which will be selling take-home experiences such as edible perfumes (perfect for garnishing your Christmas cocktails), cocktail pastilles in flavours such as gin and tonic and whisky sour, and alcoholic sherbets. Warning: drinking regular cocktails will henceforth feel distinctly average.

www.sandersonlondon.com
www.smithandsinclair.co.uk

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Bobbi Brown teams up with Balthazar

2016 is a landmark year for cosmetics brand Bobbi Brown – celebrating 25 years of success in the world of beauty. To mark the occasion, Bobbi is teaming up with Covent Garden's Balthazar restaurant to launch an afternoon tea themed on her products. Vibrant, autumnal colours will run as a theme throughout the tea, designed by Balthazar's head pastry chef Régis Beauregard. Expect everything from macaroons, financiers and shortbread through to delicate mousses, shaped to resemble some of Bobbi's most popular products. A pair of plump 'Hollywood Red Gloss,' lips that would give the Kardashians a run for the money, promise to a be a particular highlight – featuring a vanilla yogurt mousse filled with rosewater jelly. Wash down with a glass of 'Bobbi's Sparkle' – a mix of Sipsmith gin, elderflower, lemon and Champagne, for guaranteed satisfaction. 

The Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea runs until the end of February 2017.
www.bobbibrown.co.uk
www.balthazarlondon.com

 

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Craftsmen Day at Spencer House

Spencer House, a palatial eighteenth-century mansion overlooking Green Park, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its restoration by providing an opportunity for visitors to meet the craftsmen who undertook the works. Built between 1756 and 1766 for the first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, Spencer House was rescued from its fate as rather sorry looking office space by Lord Rothschild and RIT Capital Partners, of which Rothschild is chairman. 

Rothschild was intent on restoring the Palladian and neoclassical house to its former glory and assembled a team of experts who committed to the seven-year project. On Sunday, October 16, the conservators, decorators and designers employed during the restoration will be on hand to explain the techniques and materials used. They include David Milnaric, who oversaw the interior decoration of the impressive State Rooms, Dick Reid, who carried out architectural carving and Alan Dodd, who recreated the trompe l’oeil effect on the staircase balustrade. 

The event runs from 10.30 to 17.30 and advanced booking is strongly recommended.

 27 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NR.
www.spencerhouse.co.uk

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Kat Florence opens in Mayfair

Acclaimed jewellery designer Kat Florence is opening her first UK store on London's Grafton street tonight – an atelier-style boutique designed to offer a relaxed environment in which customers can browse Florence's range of fine jewellery. Having grown up on the East Coast of Canada, Florence trained in Biology, followed by a Masters in Education and eight years teaching art and science in a school in Bangkok, before deciding to pursue a passion for jewellery. Learning her craft under a classically trained Dutch jeweller, Florence worked with the finest rare jewels, discovering how to unlock the character of each one through delicate design and an appreciation for each stone's natural beauty. 

Today, Kat's brand endeavours to create the most exquisite gemstone jewellery on the market. Each gem is individually sourced – often by Kat herself, who uses only the rarest, most perfectly clear D grade diamonds in her designs. The new store will showcase Kat's vibrant designs that include everything from deep violet Tanzanite and soft pink Morganite to aquamarine Tourmaline, sourced from around the globe and transformed into rings, earrings and necklaces. Florence has said, "Choosing jewellery is an intimate and personal experience. Once you hold it in your hands, that's the moment when everything changes. That's why it was so important for me to open the London store so people can touch, feel and see my pieces. It's the only way to truly appreciate the enchanting natural beauty of these rare gems." 

Kat Florence,
13a Grafton Street, 
W1S 4ES
www.katflorence.com

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L'Eden by Perrier-Jouët

Perrier-Jouët has launched a nature-inspired relaxation space where guests can rest weary feet and recharge with a glass of champagne. Spanning the length of London Fashion Week and the London Design festival, L'Eden features an interactive installation from leading Parisian designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, which includes a vertical system of 3D-printed elements suspended from the ceiling on a network of brass tubes, which grow from the ceiling like branches from a pergola. Guests can also extract flutes of the brand's champagne from the 'tree' which grasps glasses in its extended branches. Downstairs, visitors can then immerse themselves in the world's first bio-responsive garden, as imagined by Bompas & Parr, in collaboration with TenHertz and Petra Storrs. Plants in the garden mimic the movements of visitors, and conceal a hidden Eden cellar inspired by the brand's exclusive Eden wine cellar found in Epernay, France. 

On top of this, on Friday 23rd through to Sunday the 25th of September, the garden will also be hosting a series of Design Talks presented by the London Design Festival, along with tours of the bio-responsive garden. Log on to the Perrier-Jouët website to book your ticket now. 

The L'Eden garden will be popping up until 25th September at 147 Wardour Street
www.perrier-jouet.com

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PAD London 2016

Credit: Sea Anemones Installation – White by Pia Maria Raeder, couresty of Galerie BSL

Credit: Sea Anemones Installation – White by Pia Maria Raeder, couresty of Galerie BSL

London's leading 20th century art, design and decorative arts event is celebrating 10 years of success this October, with the construction of a magnificent white tent on Berkeley Square – a departure from the event's iconic black pavilion that has become a signature of PAD London. The event has come a long way from its humble beginnings with just 20 exhibitors in 2007, now boasting over 65 international participants showcasing their wares to everyone from collectors and museum experts through to interior specialists and members of the public, attracted by the broad range of high quality art and design on offer.

The first fair in London to bring art and design under one roof, PAD has been credited with raising the profile of design as high-end collectible art, showcasing the best the world has to offer alongside other mediums including photography, jewellery and tribal art. This year, the roster of galleries will expand to include 14 new additions, alongside a program of engaging talks and a decision on the winner of the 10th PAD Prize. PAD co-founder and art dealer Patrick Perrin has commented, "our aim was to bring to London an experience like no other, to share our passion for eclecticism and beautiful objects, and create an elegant salon in the style of a cabinet of curiosities."

PAD London will run from the 5th to the 9th of October in Berkeley Square
www.pad-fairs.com

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London's first Design Biennale launches

London is cementing its reputation as an international design hub with the launch of the city's first ever Design Biennale in partnership with Jaguar at Somerset House. Open to the public for three weeks, the event features innovative installations, artworks, prototypes and designs from 37 countries and territories. The theme of the event 'Utopia by Design' forms part of Somerset House's wider year-long program UTOPIA 2016: A year of Imagination and Possibility, which marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More's groundbreaking text. The broad ranging brief has inspired a hugely varied output of inspiring work, which includes everything from imaginings of future cities to unrealised utopian proposals of the past in the form of kinetic sculptures, immersive digital installations, culinary pop-ups, virtual reality experiences and more. Important issues facing mankind today such as sustainability, migration, conflict and pollution are tackled head on by a roster of world-leading designers. The UK's entry promises to be particularly spectacular – the brainchild of acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Curated by the V&A Museum, the 14-metre kinetic sculpture explores the nation's relationship with wind energy, occupying the iconic Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court. 

The Design Biennale is open daily from 11am, running until the 27th of September.
Tickets can be bought from Ticketmaster here.
www.londondesignbiennale.com

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LAPADA returns

Photos by Tom Mannion and Victoria Middleton

The popular LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair is returning for the eighth year running to Berkeley Square, from the 13th of 18th of September, bringing with it the very best in art and antiques from some of the world's most reputable dealers and experts. On offer will be a variety of valuable jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, timepieces, ceramics and more from members of the LAPADA Association of Art & Antiques Dealers. Members of the association abide by a strict Code of Practice, with a committee of 70 specialists pre-vetting every piece individually, ensuring only the finest, authentic work is shown at the fair. 113 members will be taking part this year, with new exhibitors including experts in everything from Japanese works of art from the Meiji era and European porcelain through to continental glass and modern British artists. 

The LAPADA fair runs form the 13th-18th September
www.lapadalondon.com

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La Parisienne by Sofitel

 
 

This month, Sofitel London St James will be throwing its arms around Paris with the unveiling of photo exhibition La Parisienne. Curated by French magazine Paris Match, the exhibition will seek to explore the evolution of the capital's sense of style and culture throughout the decades, focusing on the chic women who embodied the zeitgeist of each era. The two-part exhibition will feature 22 photos dating back to the 1950s, drawn from the photography archive of the magazine, including some shots by the renowned Emanuele Scorcelletti. Iconic figures of style including Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda appear in the collection, alongside Lou Doillon and Inès de la Fressange. The exhibition also features 10 winning photos selected by jury from the La Parisienne nationwide photo contest that ran across France, open to amateur and young professional photographers alike, who sought to capture the spirit of the modern Parisienne. 

La Parisienne by Sofitel opens on the 27th of September for two months. Admission is free.
www.sofielstjames.com

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