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[29 Mar 2013 | By ]
The Oyster Shed celebrates its first Birthday!

The Oyster shed celebrated its 1st Birthday with cocktails, canapés, music and cake. Nestled on the riverbank, a short walk from Upper Thames Street, with views of the Shard and in walking distance of London Bridge the Oyster Shed laid on a good party to celebrate one year in business.

Events in London »

[14 Feb 2012 | By ]
Preview: London Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2012

Well it is that time of the year again, when the mercury hits zero degrees and the international fashion community get ready to descend on London for a few special days to start planning what will be in and what will be out for next winter.

The Inside Word »

[24 Oct 2011 | By ]
Book Review: Don’t Call Me Urban! The Time of Grime by Simon Wheatley

It came from the council estates of East London and spread throughout the whole city and it is not garage. Yes I am talking about grime. The time of grime has been upon us for some time now and Simon Wheatley has produced a photography book that takes us back to where it all started.

London News »

[1 Nov 2010 | By ]
Paul Smith, Brook Street’s Newest Resident

The phrase “classic with a twist” has become synonymous with the Paul Smith label, so it is only fitting that this well-tailored yet quirky brand has opened its new shop in an area that is not only deemed classical for its refinement but also for its association with the classical musician, Handel.

The Inside Word »

[14 Oct 2010 | By ]
Men, What Are You Wearing This Winter?

With summer all but over, new collection stickers decorate shop windows and it has started to rain a lot. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the best part of summer is over and autumn is upon us. It is time to talk autumn/winter fashion.

Events in London »

[13 Sep 2010 | By ]
A night out with Emmanuel Ray & Socialite Evenings

I have often heard it said that in a city like London, networking is crucial. However the very word networking conjures up images of the manic swapping of business cards and the dreaded name badge. So when the London Insider was invited to Socialite Evenings, a social networking event, I felt compelled to investigate if the addition of social to the phrase “networking event” really makes any difference. And I have to say in the case of Socialite Evenings, yes, yes it does.

The Inside Word »

[23 Jul 2010 | By ]
Sketchbook Studio: Bringing The Online To Kingly Court

Sketchbook, the online illustrative fashion, culture and design magazine, have moved into a 400sq/m space in Kingly Court on Carnaby Street and are offering the public the chance to see how a magazine is created, an insight into how artists go from idea to masterpiece and observe fashion shoots. Oh, and the opportunity to get involved in compiling their third issue too. So the only question I have for you is what are you waiting for?

London News »

[13 Jul 2010 | By ]
R.I.P East London Line, Hello London Overground!

On 27th April, Transport for London (TfL) opened four new stations as part of the opening of the Eastern section of its London Overground service and began the preview service of the line. Full service of the extended and rebranded line commenced on the 23rd May running from Dalston Junction to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon.

Events in London »

[1 Jul 2010 | By ]
The Deep Exhibition at the Natural History Museum

As exhibitions go The Deep is the most interesting one I have been to yet. I am more familiar with the exhibition format of interesting object encased in glass accompanied with the typical explanatory two to three paragraphs neatly typed on white card. The Deep has blown this format out of the water.

The Inside Word »

[30 May 2010 | By ]
Harrys Rubber Shoes

In February, Harry’s of London hosted an evening of beers and cocktails at their Mayfair store. Live music was performed by singer/songwriter Alexander Wolfe and I was given the opportunity to get acquainted with this luxury shoe brand founded by Matthew Mellon, ex-husband of Tamara Mellon, who was instrumental in the transformation of Jimmy Choo shoes to the status they are today.