February 27, 2013


In keeping with the rising popularity of Russian art in the UK and around the world, from 16th - 20th April.

Exhibitors Lyes & Jones will be providing you with the perfect opportunity to invest in one of the most exciting and credible contemporary artists. They will be showcasing the paintings of Russian born hyper-surrealist ARINA at the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill.

The first glance at her paintings takes your breath away. Against the background of the monochromatic minimalism there is the sudden explosion of energy, the passionate call to participate and be involved in the depicted image - the vividness of Red Colour! 

With help of the deep and powerful cadmium red ARINA generates the hypnotic whirlpools of energy that mesmerise the viewer.

ARINA - Paintings from £17,500
ARINA - Prints from £270

11:00 to 18:00

Tuesday 16th - Saturday 20th April
                 20th Century Theatre291 Westbourne Grove London W11 2QA

February 26, 2013

The Pig in the Wall

Our much awaited visit to "The Pig in the Wall" at Southampton ticked all of the boxes!

The Pig On The Wall - Southampton, Hampshire.

 It was one of the coldest days in January and we were met with a warm greeting from Beth and her team , as we entered the Deli-bar/check in area it was like stepping back in time in this historic building, the stylish attention to every little  detail  was present, a roaring log fire, comfy seating, everywhere you looked something caught your eye. The Pig in the Wall has a choice of 12 stylishly furnished rooms offering snug, comfy or spacious accommodation.

Beth showed us to our very luxurious and spacious room, with two beautiful Georgian  windows giving views of the water. again the attention to detail was there -and  a super king sized bed, huge wardrobe with plenty of storage, bath robes, fluffy towels, tea and coffee making facilities, chocolate coated strawberries & home made granola !  the en-suite was fabulous with the roll top bath and his 'n' her's sinks. 

We were due to dine at The Pig in Brockenhurst at 8pm and met with Rachel the Manager of the Pig in the Wall in the Deli-Bar around 7pm for a chat and drinks.  Again the ambiance of the Deli-Bar was superb.  Beth was highly knowledgeable about the history of both the building itself  along with the vision of the PIG'S creators Robin and Judy Hutson. Whist chatting we enjoyed the flavours of a few "PIGGY BITS" from the menu - Bartletts Chorizo & Fennel and Coppa, pickled carrot & Capers, both highly recommended!  Beth had kindly arranged for the complimentary transfer between the two venues and we had Paul as our driver for the 25 minute journey. 

Again the familiarity experienced when arriving at The Pig in Brockenhurst was a good feeing, we were greeted and  seated and looked after by Duncan in the bar we were happy for Duncan to make a couple of choices of Piggy Bits and this time savoured the delights of The Pigs crackling & Apple sauce, Brock eggs & Coleman's dressing and Devils on horseback with cider dressing - they were so delicious the we offered some the our fellow diners as it was their first time at The Pig and we wanted to leave room for our meal!

Knowing how everything on the  25 Mile menu tasted as good as it sounded we took several minutes deciding - and finally chose Portland Baked Crab with mustard and tarragon & A Pinch of salts Hampshire Charcuterie Board - both 1st class and served to perfection. Adrien our  Sommelier recommended the  South African Chenin Blanc 2012 & French Savignon Blanc/Semillon 2011 which were matched perfectly. We then thoroughly enjoyed the melt in you mouth Char-Grilled rib of Hampshire beef for 2, served with roast potatoes, braised shallots, salad and bearnaise sauce. In fact there was so much that we copied the next table and asked for a doggie bag which the staff were only to happy with. Again Adrien's selection of the Sicilian 2010 Nero d'Avola, The Argentinian Malbec 2012, the Spanish Tempranillo/Mazuelo/Graciano 2007, and finally the Pinot Noir - Australian 2009. Each wine bringing a different taste experience with the beef.

To finish off a truly wonderful dining experience we sampled the Conference pear and beetroot trifle - which was a food match made in heaven and the Pigs local artisan cheeseboard - a delight for any cheese lover.

We were met promptly by Paul at the agreed time for the return journey back to the Pig in The Wall - where the night staff asked if there was anything else we needed before we settled down for the evening.  

We arrived for breakfast the at around 9am to be greeted for a second day with again a very relax atmosphere where we enjoyed fresh teas and coffee, toast and jams, pastries, cheeses and hams. 
The Pig in the Wall  9.5/10

February 19, 2013

Libratone Zipp

No wires, no hassle, no compromise!The must have for 2013? 

Attractive and compact....what more do we need to say!  

The Libratone Zipp portable speaker are the first and only device to deliver the performance and convenience of AirPlay without the need for a Wi-Fi network and complicated setup thanks to Libratone’s all-new PlayDirect™ technology.

With the battery-powered Libratone Zipp, you are able to take wireless high-end audio to the outside world, eliminating the need to be close to a wireless network. A full charge provides up to eight hours of playtime wired and up to four hours using the wireless connection, perfect for those summer picnics & evening BBQ's we're longing for! 

The slick Libratone Zipp offers a contemporary design with a Scandinavian heritage and a rainbow colour selection, including Salty Grey, Pepper Black, Raspberry Red, Passion Pink, Petrol Blue and Icy Blue. The fine Italian wool covers are sold separately and are quick and easy to change. Additionally, the minimalistic speaker features a leather handle for easy portability.
As with the rest of the Libratone product family, the Libratone Zipp works seamlessly with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac, as well as PC.

Libratone Zipp dressed in Salty Grey or Raspberry Red is sold exclusively at Apple Stores and Apple Online from October 2012 and retails at £329.99

The Libratone collection boxes is available from John Lewis, Dixons Travel and online - retails at £369.99.

February 14, 2013

Johnnie Walker Blue Label & David Gandy

Johnnie Walker Blue Label and David Gandy hosted a intimate drinks reception down the road from The Chartwell offices at Annabel’s, Berkeley Square, to celebrate their new partnership.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has appointed international style icon David Gandy as its new brand ambassador.  A trailblazer in the men’s fashion industry, the partnership with David celebrates Johnnie Walker Blue Label's new ‘Game Changer in the World of Whisky’ brand campaign.

 Guests enjoyed Johnnie Walker Blue Label ‘Blue Highland’ cocktails and fabulous canapés whilst mixing with David Gandy and other leaders in the business, fashion and luxury arenas including Yasmin and Simon Le Bon, Sir Stuart Rose, Lord March and Perry Oosting.

Luke Evans, Mischa Barton, David Gandy & Yasmin Le Bon
David Gandy
Yasmin Le Bon, David Gandy & Masha Markova
Laura Whitmore &  David Gandy
David Gandy & a look alike Fluffy!
Oliver Cheshire
Lord March, Mischa Barton & Sir Stuart Rose

 A commitment to recognising true game changers, those who achieve progress for themselves and the world around them.

February 11, 2013


The Original Ultra-Premium Tequila

Combining 140 years of experience with hard work, craftsmanship and a little sprinkling of luck, Herradura is the oldest and most respected pure agave tequila ever produced, winning numerous accolades year after year.

The Herradura family consists of four super-premium tequilas; Plata, Reposado, Añejo and Seleccion Suprema. Each embody individual qualities, producing four extremely different spirits, yet maintaining the high level of excellence that Herradura endorses:

Plata: Aged for 45 days to add hints of tangy citrus to a distinctly woody base, Herradura Plata is perfect for adding unparalleled pleasure to a margarita, or for simply sipping on its own -The Drink Shop and Selfridges, RRP £38.99

Reposado: Reposado literally translates as ‘rested’ and this tequila rests for 11 months in oak casks, giving it a deep copper colour and exceptionally smooth taste. Embodying notes of sweet agave, cinnamon and a hint of vanilla, Reposado’s full flavour finishes with a layer of underlying spice. RRP £32.20, Waitrose

Añejo: Barrelled for two years, this deliciously aged tequila boasts a deep amber colour and intense flavours, bursting with cooked agave and dried fruit. Spice, toasted oak and nutty notes also add to the complexity of this spirit. RRP £38.20, Waitrose

 Seleccion Suprema: Ageing for four years in oak gives this world–class tequila its amber colour and spectacular flavour blend of rose petals, vanilla and citrus with an amazing aroma and sweet cocoa–like finish. This is a tequila that should be savoured like a good whisky – one for the true spirit connoisseur. RRP £250, Selfridges

For the perfect Valentines Day drink try this sweet cocktail to tickle your partners tastebuds! 

50ml Herradura Plata Tequila
10ml fresh lime juice
10ml fresh lemon juice
15ml Herradura Agave Syrup
2 dashes of orange bitters
Sparkling water

Build & stir thoroughly then garnish with a lemon slice.