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Albert and Michel Roux to boost Epsom Downs hospitality

Michelin starred chefs, Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr are to spearhead a new hospitality offering at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The announcement of the partnership comes ahead of the Investec Derby Festival in June. Chris Page (9 Apr’14) Read more

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MTV To Televise Tomorrowland Festival

 

Award-winning electro dance festival Tomorrowland makes its broadcasting debut with MTV as part of the MTV World Stage franchise. From New York, last night, MTV announced that it has acquired exclusive broadcasting rights to the event. Abigail Parkin (3 Apr’14) Read more

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Frank van der Post on British Airways' New First

The airline’s managing director of brands and customer experience discusses the advent of BA’s  new ‘First’ cabins, expected to land next year. Formerly chief operating officer of Jumeirah Group, here, Frank advances his thoughts on luxury concepts and brands with Abigail Parkin. Read more

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About last night…No.41 Club, Mayfair

So the hard work, nerves and anticipation have all paid off. Your big event is over. How was it for you? Abigail Parkin takes stock with No.41 nightclub’s Goran St German and last night’s launch in Mayfair. (14 Mar’14) Read more

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Chinese hotel acquisitions set to increase globally

London is set to be a beneficiary of  increasing Chinese investment in global cross-border hotel acquisitions, according to  international real estate advisor Savills. The company  predicts that Chinese investors will increase their share of  hotel acquisitions from the current level of 4% to 10% by 2017. Chris Page (7 Feb'14) Read more

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David Bailey's Stardust Exhibition Party

David Bailey’s leading ladies assembled last night at his photography launch: the Hugo Boss Bailey Stardust exhibition. The National Portrait Gallery retrospective staged a global range of David Bailey’s subjects, some of whom partied with him at last night’s preview. Anna Bass (4 Feb’14) Read more

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Cartier invites applications for Women’s Initiative Awards

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is putting out its annual call to female entrepreneurs of young businesses. Winning applicants stand to collect funding of US$20,000 as well as coaching and PR opportunities. Abigail Parkin (28 Jan’13) Read more

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How’s your 2014?

 

As the festive memories fade we ask the luxury sector about its outlook and plans for 2014. Here, Quintessentially, Keith Prowse, Taj Group, Ibiza Angels and Wonderland Events fast-forward into ’14. Abigail Parkin (22 Jan’14) Read more

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MASERATI SPONSORS THE 31ST TURIN FILM FESTIVAL

The automotive red carpet belongs to Maserati today at the Turin Film Festival. The luxury car brand is official sponsor of the event which will create visibility for The House of Trident’s new Quattroporte. Chris Page (22 Nov’13) Read more

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Heston at Heathrow

Fat Duck devotees might be interested to know that celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal is planning a new venture - at Heathrow airport. Sam Hetti (18 Nov’13)

The venue will be the new £2.5 billion Terminal 2 (The Queen’s Building) which opens in June 2014 and will include a bar and a deli. The fare will be toned down; fish and chips, pizza and burgers but with a Blumenthal twist as featured in his TV show In Search of Perfection.

He follows the lead of Gordon Ramsay who landed his Plane Food outlet in Heathrow's Terminal Five. The new restaurant plans to despatch "multi-sensory" dining to customers within 11 minutes of orders being placed, as befits Heathrow’s business .  

 "This is an incredible project,” said Blumenthal. “There are so many different elements to consider when people are travelling. We want to deliver a broad spectrum of easy-to-enjoy, familiar dishes, from fish and chips to pizza. When we made the  In Search of Perfection series we spent hours researching the temperature of a pizza oven or the crunch of batter; it’s this inspiration that is behind the menu at Heathrow – with some truly British eccentricity thrown in for good measure."

Heathrow's Terminal 2, back in the 50's

“Our brand new, £2.5bn terminal will not only showcase the best of the UK’s art and engineering talent, but also one of its greatest culinary minds. This new restaurant will certainly introduce a unique and original dimension to the airport eating experience at Heathrow’ said Muriel Zingraff-Shariff, Heathrow’s retail director.

Fast food chain Leon and retailer John Lewis are also set to join Terminal 2 eager to capitalise on its expected 20 million annual passenger traffic .

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