Behind The Scenes


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



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


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 .


Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize


Last night saw Huishan Zhang (pictured) walk off as winner of the 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize. The Chinese-born, London-based designer and Central Saint Martins’ graduate won £25,000 from Dorchester Collection. Sam Hetti (30 Oct’13) Read more


Behind The Boosh Exhibition

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Proud Camden welcomes you on a ‘journey through time and space’ - an entreaty to the world of The Mighty Boosh. That fantastic series of surreal BBC comedy is now chronicled by a photographic exhibition - Behind The Boosh – from cast member Dave Brown. Abigail Parkin (20 Oct’13)

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Zaha Hadid designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens

Tomorrow sees the public opening of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery at The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store. Abigail Parkin looks at what visitors can expect. (27 Sep'13) Read more



The world’s first commercial spaceline announced a supersonic milestone following its successful test flight on Thursday. This should please the likes of Brad Pittt, Philippe Starck and others reportedly primed for a space trip with Virgin Galactic. Chris Page (9 Sep'13) Read more


Summer hospitality success at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Lord’s Cricket Ground has reported a 61% increase in the sales of its summer packages following enhancements to its 2013 hospitality offering. Abigail Parkin (23 Aug’13)   Read more


Backstage at V Festival with Mahiki Bar

Beyoncé, Kings of Leon and Emeli Sandé are leading the pop roost at this year’s V Festival at Hylands Park and Weston Park. But backstage is ruled by the Mahiki Coconut Backstage Bar and Red Carpet’s trawl reveals the weekend’s shenanigans so far – in pictures. Sat Bal (18 Aug’13) Read more


Cannes Film Festival ‘13 on Red Carpet


Unscripted jewellery thefts and gun shots brought real-life drama to Cannes this year but the parties and competition continued apace. Sat Bal party hops and puts Red Carpet’s Palme d'Or money on the Coen brothers' new film Inside Llewyn Davis (22 May ’13)

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