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Temple House Opens In Chengdu

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Swire Hotels has just opened The Temple House in Chengdu, in the central Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li area. Hannah Charlesworth (30 Jul’15)

Designed by Make Architects, the 100-room hotel and its 42 adjoining serviced apartments make this the third property from Swire’s The House Collective. Understated luxury permeates the venue which features The Temple Café - the all-day dining restaurant, Tivano – an authentic Italian restaurant and Jing Bar featuring live DJs..
 
In the renovated Chinese courtyard which was built nearly one hundred years ago, SPA Mi Xun offers guests an urban oasis to unwind and relax. The gift shop and tea house at Mi Xun are designed to give guests the Mi Xun experience to take home and a post treatment space to enjoy a healthy lunch, tea or fresh juice.
 
Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels, comments: "Our goal is to create a highly individualised hotel which houses a series of dynamic restaurants and uniquely designed facilities.  The Temple House presents an ideal opportunity to extend our brand into one of China’s wealthiest and fastest-growing regions."
 
Mark Passmore, general manager of The Temple House, adds: "The Temple House is a modern hotel that celebrates its historic location. We aim to provide discerning travellers with residential-style accommodation, where they can enjoy an authentic Chengdu experience."
 

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July 26, 2015 Posted by admin in Events

Tom Cruise at London Premiere of Mission: Impossible

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Tom Cruise delighted fans at the London premiere of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation on Saturday night. Chris Page shares the pictures. (27 Jul ’15)

 

Cruise,53, was joined by the film's cast which included 31-year-old Rebecca Ferguson (below) who shunned the flowing red carpet dress for a simple navy trouser suit.

 

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Cruise poses on top of the IMAX cinema

 

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Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Pegg who plays technician Benji Dunn

 

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Co-star Hermione Corfield in white lace gown and black piping

 

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The star delights fans with his trademark selfie-walkabouts

 

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Eddie Izzard signs up

 

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Mission accomplished- Cruise headed off for his waiting helicopter at Battersea Heliport

 

 

 

Images: Getty

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Lounge Access at 02

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Anyone who’s sampled the delights of Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouse at Heathrow will endorse the airline’s lounge know-how. And now it brings its flair to The O2 in London with official partner Delta Air Lines. Sat Bal (24 Jul’15)

The aptly labelled NY-LON lounge bar brings New York and London style cues to London’s O2 to give customers that first-class check-in lounge feel.  The combined ethos of Delta and Virgin brings customers NY-style cured meats and English dishes such as Billingsgate fish pie.

The bar’s head mixologist offers classic cocktails with a creative twist of classics served alongside an innovative range of aviation themed cocktails such as Aviation, Transatlantic, Flying Lady, Maiden Voyager and Atlanta.

Manchester-based design agency, LOVE, received the brief to create a stylish new lounge bar at 02, the first out-of-airport lounge bar of its kind to open in London. NY-LON will be managed for the airlines by leading hospitality brand, Levy Restaurants UK

Reuben Arnold, SVP of marketing & customer experience at Virgin Atlantic, said “We’ve created NY-LON as a celebration of our transatlantic network which provides customers with a seamless, more enjoyable way to fly between the U.K. and U.S. Our lounge bar will offer customers a brand-new experience at the O2 that showcases our airlines’ world-class service.”

Tim Mapes, Delta’s SVP of marketing said: “Opening NY-LON is the next exciting step in our partnership and we look forward to helping travellers enjoy the Delta-Virgin Atlantic brand of hospitality for which we’re famous when they next visit The O2.”

Members of the airlines’ SkyMiles and Flying Club will benefit from a range of special offers and discounts. NY-LON takes up 400 guests and features a large bar and seating area, plus a “secret space” for meetings, private dining or small events.

Open seven days a week, NY-LON is set to open at the end of  this month. 

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Goodwood Hospitality

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Goodwood is famed for hosting some of the most thrilling and quintessentially British events in the summer calendar. And with hospitality to match. Chris Page (20 Jul’15)

Whether it’s Goodwood Revival or the Festival of Speed, Goodwood brings some of the finest hospitality to top motor sport and horse racing events in the UK. This hospitality is led by Goodwood Food by Levy Restaurants UK, part of Compass Group and its team of highly talented chefs.

Bryn Williams joins the Goodwood complement as guest chef when he creates a unique menu for Qatar Goodwood Festival (28 July-1 August) and the Goodwood Revival (11-13 September) when his Odette’s restaurant makes its Goodwood debut. Bryn will be working closely with Goodwood head chef Julian Frost-Wilson to create seasonal fare throughout the summer event calendar.

 “I love horses and cars and I look forward to being a part of these fantastic Goodwood events,” he said. “Cooking some seasonal delights alongside a truly brilliant team of chefs, I will have as much fun as the guests!”

Dishes feature British and local produce including produce from the 12,000-acre Sussex estate, Goodwood Home Farm. Whether at the races or the motoring, in the Secret Garden or the Library Lawn, guests can look forward to the best of English catering.

At Qatar Goodwood Festival (Glorious Goodwood), a large garden party with a family atmosphere celebrates the best flat horseracing has to offer. And the English-themed menu includes new-season asparagus with truffled and rapeseed mayonnaise or ham hock terrine with spiced pear and toast.  Monkfish, asparagus and treacle-marinated beef fillet add to the English array.

Elsewhere the drinks menu encompasses a champagne reception and a complimentary bar of house wines, house beers and soft drinks. Naturally, traditional afternoon tea makes an appearance later in the day.

Prices start at £270 (plus VAT) per person

 See  https://www.goodwood.com

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Rich Pickings at Veuve Clicquot

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Veuve Clicquot’s Rich champagne has been launched for drinkers who like to add their favourite ingredients to their bubbles. Abigail Parkin (15 Jul’15)

Rich follows the summer trend for drinking champagne over ice and mixologists can experiment with a bizarre range of blends. Recommendations including grapefruit, cucumber, celery, peppers and tea. Rich’s higher dosage of Pinot Noir features a tailored blend of grapes issuing with citrus and floral notes.

Different varieties of Rich cocktails are on offer at stylish London venues including Ham Yard HotelHotel Cafe Royal, Mr Fogg's and The Blind Spot, St Martin’s Lane Hotel.

It is also available exclusively from Selfridges at £59.99.