The British Way

July 21, 2009

Last time I was in London, I saw someone wearing this shirt and couldn’t help but laugh. The British truly do love their sausage rolls. As many of you know I am moving across the pond soon and thought I could consider this my celebratory post.

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Cheers to that!

Available through Regal Clothing Co. for £15.00

During the day the space functions as a gallery space, but at night At Proud truly comes alive.  The main room is an old horse hospital where each stall has been converted into personal dens for large groups to enjoy on their night on the town. If this gets dull, feel free to move into the adjacent room for live electronic, indie bands and FREE facepainting. During the summertime be sure to wander onto the large outdoor patio space in the back. Wherever you may find yourself at At Proud, you are sure to have a good time! 

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Camden Town, NW1 8, UK

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Located in the heart of Marylebone, The Providores & Tapas Room is a welcomed escape from the busy high street. Inside the ground floor Tapas Room, customers enjoy specialities such as Turkish eggs (apparently from Changa in Istanbul) and other global-inspired tapas. Upstairs the Providores restaurant offers a roast that I am dying to try on my next visit. 

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The Providores & Tapas Room

Taschen Bookshop

June 4, 2009

The German book publisher, Taschen, was founded in 1980 with the mission of making art books more affordable and lesser-seen art available to mainstream bookstores. Today the company has 9 retail locations that sell their beautifully designed books that capture”beauty, culture, and modernity” in locations ranging from Paris to Cologne to London to New York (S0ho) to Los Angeles (Beverly Hills and at The Grove). With interiors designed by Philippe Stark, their slick stores and exquisite books are truly captivating.

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On June 19-21, 2009 the website will be having a warehouse sale with many books reduced 50%-75%.

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V&A

May 9, 2009

I apologize for the delay, but Lindsey Loo has been traveling and has finally returned to share with you all her fun finds. The first find was in an unusual place, the women’s bathroom at the Victoria & Albert museum in London. Completely redone by London based architects Glowacka Rennie the bathrooms are a beautiful installation that combines both the playfulness in the designs of Felice Varini and the sophisticated granite and brass features. See photos below. 

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Hakkasan

April 6, 2009

Located along a hidden alley in Fitzrovia, the sophisticated dim sum cuisine of Alan Yau continues to attract and impress. With one Michelen star rating, Hakkasan offers a dining setting in contrast to Alan Yau’s famous noodle chain, Wagamama. Designed by Christian Liaigre, patrons enter a non-descript entrance marked by the presence of a bouncer who confirms reservations and then allows customers to descend the staircase into the cavernous dining room. Surrounded by dark lattice wood people come to enjoy incredible dim sum and other modern interpretations of Chinese cuisine. Look out for them stateside at the Fountainebleu Miami!
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8 Hanway Place

London W1T

http://www.hakkasan.com/

Ottolenghi

March 10, 2009

With four locations in London, Ottolenghi is a buzzing cafe which  offers both a “deli-like” take away counter and a small seated restaurant. The large storefront windows reveal shelves covered in heavenly pastries and decadent platters of every imaginable color to tempt those walking along the street outside. The food is the true art of this gallery-like white cafe space. The sleek lines draw your eye to the plastic chairs that flank the cafeteria style communal table in the back. A fun touch is the red Dualit Toasters, whose bright colored cords hang from the ceilings down to the tables during breakfast hours, allowing diners to toast their bread to their delight alongside homemade jams.

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Ottolenghi (Islington) 287 Upper Street London N1

http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/