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A chip off a haute block at Fenwick of New Bond Street in London

July 2, 2012

LONDON, UK – Sometimes too much of a good thing is not such a good thing, as the tots in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory learned the hard way. New Bond Street in London’s Mayfair is sort of an analogue to this fictional fantasy of candy consumption, a wonderland of mega-brand… (more)
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The eyes have it at Blink Brow Bar in London

June 25, 2012

LONDON, UK – They say the eyes are like the windows of the soul. Perhaps that’s why cosmetic choices for the eyes–from liner to shadow to mascara–are so popular: the better to put the window in a flattering frame. But what if those beautifully made-up eyes are overrun by out-of-control… (more)
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A Brush With Royalty And History In London’s Westminster Neighborhood

June 3, 2012

LONDON, UK – With all the flurry of activity in London this weekend for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (celebrating 60 years of Her Maj), we can’t help but think about the best places in London to have a brush with the royal family. When we’re seeking a dose of imperial… (more)
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Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in London

June 2, 2012

LONDON, UK – As summer arrives in London, the royals are ringing in the season in rare form with a bevy of bashes to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which culminates June 2-5, promises much pomp and circumstance. Highlights include The Thames… (more)
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A greasy smear in the annals of history at Rock and Sole Plaice in London

May 20, 2012

LONDON, UK – London is a city that offers a wide variety of unique ways to discover its multiple histories.  At the National Portrait Gallery, history is told in portraits of famous Londoners. At the Chelsea Physic Garden, history is told in the horticultural bounty of medicinal plants.  And at… (more)
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Entering the promised land of members-only clubs at Milk & Honey, London

May 16, 2012

LONDON, UK – London’s many members-only clubs, a popular choice for locals seeking non-tourist-tainted nightlife in the city, tend to break down like junior high school cliques.  There are clubs for media types, hard-core partiers, jocks, and old money brats alike.  Into this fray steps Milk & Honey, one of… (more)
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Take a long, hard look at everyone at Long Bar, London

May 14, 2012

LONDON, UK – The backs of the mod Phillipe Starck bar stools at Long Bar in the Sanderson are adorned with images of shadowed eyes — a quirky continuation of the “see and be seen” theme that runs throughout the hotel.  In the guest rooms, glass walls and sheer white… (more)
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Purple Tip: The Purple Passport to London is Free Today on Amazon

May 5, 2012

LONDON, UK- Our Amazon Bestseller, The Purple Passport to London, is free today until 11:59pm PST in the Amazon store. The eBook is designed for Kindle readers and Kindle apps (iPhone/iPad/Andriod/laptops), allowing readers to carry our London knowledge with them. Essential reading for hip, discerning travelers and on-the-go locals, the… (more)
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Hot dim sum, cold shoulder at Jade Garden in London

May 2, 2012

LONDON, UK – When it comes to dim sum, what’s on the inside (of the steamed bun, dumpling, or what have you) is way more important than outside appearance (who can tell one bao from another, really, until you bite in?).  The same might be said about restaurants that serve… (more)
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Couture goes guerilla at the Dover Street Market in London

April 30, 2012

LONDON, UK – Ultra hot label Commes des Garçons’ designer Rei Kawakubo has long had a penchant for “guerilla” fashion.  From Los Angeles to Warsaw, she’s opened up barebones “pop up” shops that stay open for only a year or so.  These blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em suppliers have kept the focus on the… (more)
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