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Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongApril 9, 2018
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Toni & Guy is one of the most successful brands to come out of the hairdressing industry. With more than 475 salons across 48 countries, CEO, OBE and co-founder Toni Mascolo and his brother Guy started TONI&GUY back in 1963 with a single salon in Clapham, London. The company expanded successfully through the ingenious creativity, quality and exciting marketing strategy.

‘Early Days’

Having arrived in England from their native Italy in the 1950’s, The Mascolo family settled in Clapham, South London, with eldest sons Toni and Guy both following their father’s footsteps into hairdressing.

A celebrated hairdresser himself, Francesco Mascolo had taught all of his sons to cut hair from an early age and despite Toni’s interest in academic studies and a desire to pursue a career in law, his move to London put an end to that dream and Toni began working as his father’s assistant in a busy London salon.

Toni soon realised how much he enjoyed working as a hairdresser and continued to work alongside his father building a large clientele at Viccari’s salon in Cox Street, Mayfair. When this salon was sold, Francesco secured a place at the award-winning Renato’s in Dover Street, where Guy his younger son joined him to fulfill his apprenticeship.

Following three days of unemployment (the only such period in his lifetime), a young Toni Mascolo grew a moustache to create a more ‘mature’ appearance and became the manager of South London salon, Gerard’s, at just 16. Always keen to better himself, it wasn’t long before Toni moved back to Victoria Street, near Westminster, enjoying a high profile clientele and working gruelling fourteen-hour-long days in an effort to save enough money to buy his mother a house of her own. Meanwhile, Guy moved back to South London where his talent saw him headhunted to join busy Clapham salon, Cecile Moss.

Italian hairdresser Toni Mascolo a co-founder of hairdressing chain ‘Toni and Guy’ with his honorary OBE (Officer of the British Empire) awarded in recognition of services to the British hairdressing industry, in London, Monday, Oct. 27, 2008.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

12th December 1962 saw the tragic loss of their beloved mother and the realisation for Toni and Guy that they would now have to support their father and three younger brothers, the youngest of which, Anthony, was just five years old.

In 1963 Guy was offered the opportunity to take over the salon where he worked. Despite the huge risk involved, Toni elected to leave his well-paid job in a central London salon to join his brother in Clapham, though it would mean abandoning the large, loyal client base he had built.

In January 1963 the first TONI&GUY salon opened its doors and the brothers worked hard to build the business. With a large rent to pay, it was a struggle to survive. Having inherited some busy stylists from the original salon, including a young Pauline O’Donnell (later to be Mascolo, when she marries Toni in 1970), helped to boost the salon’s business, which quickly gained momentum. The brothers’ early promotional activity included leaflet drops in the local area advertising their ‘Italian style’.

A time of extreme change in youth culture, the 1960’s saw an explosion in fashion as attitudes were changing. TONI&GUY offered a unisex service in contrast to the traditional culture of salons and barbershops that were unable to cope with the new graphic shapes for women and men’s longer styles. By the end of 1964 the salon was fully booked and the brothers realised that they were destined for bigger things.

Fast forward to 2010, Toni & Guy where already a force to be reckoned with dominating the entire global sphere and most recommended amongst hairdressers and the industry as a whole.

TONI&GUY further cemented its fashion credentials as the partnership with the British Fashion Council continued to develop throughout the decade.  Toni Mascolo continued to expand the salon network, adding new territories to the ever-expanding global presence. The launch of a new salon group, essensuals London, also saw Toni establish his first franchise salons in North America – with doors opening in New Jersey and Plano, Texas. Toni received further awards thanks to his unique style of leadership, including a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the Fellowship of British Hairdressing.

Toni Mascolo departed us last year. But, his impact and legacy has and will never fail to keep his name alive for centuries to come. His family commented, “It is with deep sorrow that the family announce the passing of founder, leader, husband, and father, Giuseppe Toni Mascolo”. Toni was surrounded by his family at the time of his death.

Toni Mascolo was highly respected within the hairdressing community, he was known as approachable and someone who made time for everyone. It is no surprise that he built up a lengthy list of achievements, which transcended the industry to include business, entrepreneurship and charity. He along with his wife Pauline started the TONI&GUY Charitable Foundation in 2003, which has raised more than £2,014,735 for a variety of causes and organisations. But it wasn’t all about hair, Toni was an avid supporter of Chelsea Football Club, and launched or has been involved with, several independent projects such as coffee shops, property, and most recently his very own pasta sauce. Toni is survived by his wife Pauline, brothers Bruno and Anthony and his children Sacha, Christian and Pierre and his many grandchildren.

‘The Future of the Brand’
With an eye firmly on the future, TONI&GUY continues to take on exciting new challenges and collaborations. 2013 saw label.m receive the ultimate seal of fashion approval, as the range became the ‘Official Haircare product of London Fashion Week’ – a landmark move for the British fashion council and a first for the hairdressing industry. This plus numerous collaborations with key British design talent reinforces TONI&GUY’s position as the fashion-led hairdresser.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMarch 25, 2018
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It seems there is no stopping British, TV Presenter, Louise Gookey. Each year she seamlessly takes the helm hosting some of the biggest awards ceremonies in the country. She is a presenter and journalist with a love for entertainment and the arts and has just been confirmed to host this year’s National Film Awards for the fourth year running. She can currently be seen reporting events across London for Winkball.com and talking through the papers with Penny Smith on Talk Radio. She is also the voice of the travel on both LBC London News and BBC Radio Northampton. On top of this, she has just finished presenting the latest instalment of health programs for Diabetes.co.uk which is followed by over 300,000 people.

However, Louise is no stranger to the entertainment industry having originally trained in musical theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She worked as a performer before making the move into presenting and most recently training as a journalist and passing her NCTJ qualification in Multimedia Journalism.

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She has worked with teams over at London Live, Showbiz TV, Muzu.tv, Maverick TV, Radio Jackie, Juice FM, Hoxton Radio, Vibe FM and even took some time to entertain brunch lovers across London on the Breakfast Clubs debut radio show.
Louise’s passion for presenting lead her to host an array of award ceremonies including the National Film Awards, Urban Music Awards, National Reality TV Awards and Luxury and Lifestyle Awards where she got to meet and interview guests on the red carpet as well as hosting the events.

When it comes to working with brands, she has also worked with Skinny Tan, Argos, Vax, Hoover, Ideal Homes, Cannon, British Gypsum, and Just Eat.

On top of this Louise is a huge travel fan and experiences new cultures as often as possible. This naturally led on to Louise documenting these travels and turning them into vlogs which will be published very soon.

 You can watch Louise Gookey live on the National Film Awards red carpet by logging on to www.facebook.com/nationalfilmawards live at 18.00 on the 28th of March 2018


Lisa FullerLisa FullerFebruary 17, 2018
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Entrepreneur, Jordan Kensington was invited to Buckingham Palace on Valentine’s Day (14.02.18) to be honoured by the Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate his achievements.

Kensington who was born in the UK but has an African background from Cameroon, Africa proudly represented the continent at the reception hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the achievements of the Commonwealth Diaspora community.

The event, which was held on Wednesday evening, was also attended by The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Gloucester, and by Prime Minister Theresa May.

The event offered an opportunity to recognise people of Commonwealth heritage who have made a positive contribution to business, community and culture in the United Kingdom.

Jordan Kensington commented “18 years of running several companies and getting hardly any recognition. It was great that the first recognition I got was from the very top! God is Good”

“I am happy, proud and excited but at the same time,” said serial entrepreneur Kensington

“I  am representing young people around the UK and the world who sometimes are underlooked to show them that hard work, dedication and being smart with our present choices certainly pays off. It is a huge honour”.

The serial entrepreneur is behind the brand Invincible, a media, events, hotel property and brand marketing agency he launched at age 18 in 1999. Kensington made his millions in the early 2000’s investing into the property market both in Europe and Africa. In the entertainment industry, he championed a plethora of artists and entrepreneurs founding the Urban Music Awards and British Small Business Awards. His net worth is reported to stand at 18 million dollars. His media and marketing agency Invincible has worked with brands such as Samsung Mobile, Footlocker, British Airways and much more.

When introduced the Queen commented “Jordan Kensington, we are all very proud of your achievements”

His book, ‘Mr. Invincible’ – Following My Intuition was released in December and sold over 5000 copies in its first week. Mr Invincible – Following My Intuition is an autobiographical journey that sees one of Britain’s most inspirational serial entrepreneurs go through his start-up years of launching a successful media, music, entertainment, and property company with offices in six countries from age 18. The book recounts memorable stories, featuring characters such as Beyoncé, Diddy, Boris Johnson, MP Vince Cable, Kanye West, and many more. Kensington is often called the King of Urban Music in Europe, as he is well known for championing urban music in Europe; through the prestigious Urban Music Awards (an organisation he created over 15 years ago).

Overall, the book sees an actual woven connection to the core title “Following My Intuition”, which shows that every aspect from random meetings, acquaintances, and opportunities exists in life to open the doors and windows to bigger and better things; especially if we decide to believe in our gut instincts, and appreciate the cards dealt with. A great read, and already shortlisted by the judging panel of the Global Best Books Awards in the “Best Non-Fiction” category.

To Order ‘Mr Invincible’ – Following My Intuition. Go here

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongJanuary 8, 2018
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London Fashion Week Men’s event kicked off with a party by Liberty London to host Belstaff . Attendees included; Delphine Ninous (Belstaff Creative Director), Laura Robertshaw (Liberty London Menswear Buyer), Ross and Hugo Turner, Max Rogers, Gregory Emvy, Clym Evernden, Roger Frampton, Michael Hennegan, Teo Van den Broeke, Jack Saunders, Jack Fox, Fletcher Cowan, Jack Brett Anderson, Henry Conway, Alistair Guy, Slick Rick, The Lotto Boyzz

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Liberty London menswear buyer Laura Robertshaw and Belstaff creative director Delphine Ninous attend luxury emporium, Liberty London, London Fashion Week Mens Event to celebrate the launch of the Belstaff Origins collection in store at Liberty on January 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Nicky Sims/Getty Images for Liberty London) *** Local Caption *** Laura Robertshaw;Delphine Ninous

Held in the store’s Menswear department, guests enjoyed music from DJ James Brackenbury of Steady Levels and drinks from Holy Water. Synonymous with the city its shop stands in, Liberty London is a brand driven by discovery. Born in 1875 from the adventurous and disruptive spirit of Arthur Lasenby Liberty, the brand has remained true to its heritage and is famed for its print, fabrics and design. Liberty London continues to be associated with the worlds of arts and culture, building on its founder’s legacy to seek out the new and beautiful.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 08: Ryan Barrett attends luxury emporium, Liberty London, London Fashion Week Mens Event to celebrate the launch of the Belstaff Origins collection in store at Liberty on January 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Nicky J Sims/Nicky Sims/Getty Images for Liberty London) *** Local Caption *** Ryan Barrett

Today, Liberty London is recognised for its cultural collaborations, inspiring curation and directional design. The iconic Regent Street shop encompasses six floors of fashion, beauty, Little Liberty childrenswear, accessories and homewares- bringing together the world’s leading premium and luxury brands and housing them alongside its own Liberty London range.


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongNovember 15, 2017
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CLINIC | DPC Dental Pro Care is the biggest network of dental clinics, established in 2008, and expanding to England from Lithuania. They primarily provide innovative dental treatment which range from dental implantation,teeth whitening services with “Philips ZOOM” technology, prosthetic, surgical procedures and x-ray diagnostics. The DPC team is connected by much more than just a common profession. The one thing that stands out is their enthusiasm about medical innovation and shared desire to see patients confident in themselves with their healthy smiles. The company recently launched in October 2017 and have managed to make the shortlist with a prestigious nomination for Best New Business at the annual Chelsea Monthly Awards. Voting is currently live

The Principal dentist Simonas Bankauskas is an award winning dental implant specialist and three-time ‘’Nobel Biocare’’ Dentist of the year. With his expertise and skills during his career he has placed  more than 30.000 dental implants and now are offering ‘’All on 4’’, “Zygoma“ and immediate implantation options to prospective patients.

Visiting the official premises in London Fulham, you will discover  a state of art clinic with relaxed and contemporary surroundings which is very welcoming new patients

It’s difficult to express this amazing feeling with words, when after the dental treatment, smiling patient leaves the practice and shares positivity. These moments are worth my day, commented Dr. Simonas Bankauskas.

He continued “The vision for Clinic| DPC Dental Pro Care is to achieve a high reputation and  to build a company that  both patients and staff can be proud of. We will be aiming to constantly and purposely grow to become a dental care provider that applies the most advanced treatment methodology.”

Vote for CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care at the Chelsea Monthly Awards 2017  and join us as at our annual party as we announce the winners on the 8th of December 2017

For more information visit:

CLINIC| DPC Dental Pro Care

775 Fulham Road SW6 5HA

07714256288

www.dentalprocare.co.uk

Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clinicdpcuk


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongOctober 19, 2017
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Last night on Wednesday 18th of October, Bluebird hosted a private event with Taylor Morris, the star studded event saw the likes of  Hugo TaylorRob Knighton and Lucy Chappell. The launch celebrated the Taylor Morris collaboration with Morgan Motor in the autumn courtyard at Bluebird.

Hugo Taylor and Rob Knighton at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
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Joined by international model and actor Rob Knighton and actress Lucy Chappell, Hugo’s array of glamorous friends tried on sunnies whilst sipping on Royal Salute, Nyetimber and Aspalls cider and snacked on crisp fried forest mushroom mac & cheese and pumpkin & mozzarella arancini created by chef Simon Gregory.

Lucy Chappell and Hugo Taylor at the Taylor Morris Eyewear x Morgan Motor Company Launch in London, UK on the 18th October 2017
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The VIP guests were seen enjoying the courtyard which was transformed into a tangled wilderness with autumn trees intertwined with sparkling lights, hanging apples, haystacks and baskets of seasonal shrubs. The Chelsea based sunglasses brand, Taylor Morris Eyewear, have given their shack on the Bluebird courtyard an autumnal make-over. The luxury eyewear brand launched the ‘Taylor Morris Shack’, their first standalone retail space, on the terrace at Bluebird last Summer. After a successful season, the brand has transformed the Summer shack into an Autumnal store, in-keeping with the ‘Wild Table’ theme at Bluebird.

As well as celebrating the Autumn courtyard, Taylor Morris announced the second volume of their debut collaboration with British car manufacturer Morgan Motor, and even brought in a Morgan three-wheeler parked in the courtyard to illustrate the designs.  which was launched at the Bluebird last night.


Alberto ArnaudAlberto ArnaudOctober 19, 2017
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  • Luxury residential development breaks ground one year after Aston Martin and G&G Business Developments announced partnership
  • Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way is the first condominium tower to begin construction in Downtown Miami in 2017 and is on track for completion in 2021

18 October 2017, Miami, FL: Aston Martin and global property developer G&G Business Developments have broken ground on Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way in Miami, confirming that construction of the 66-story luxury condominium tower is set for completion in 2021. The milestone marks the development of Aston Martin’s first real estate project, and the iconic brand’s expansion into luxury residential design. Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way has become the first condominium tower to break ground in Downtown Miami this year, underscoring the development team’s strength and market confidence.

The striking building of curvilinear glass and steel is set to rise on one of the last parcels of developable land on the Downtown Miami waterfront and has been designed by Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger, renowned for creating visually impressive and exceptionally well-engineered landmark properties. General contractor Coastal Construction Group will now begin work on the tower.

The 391 condominiums will combine breathtaking design aesthetic with an ideal location, featuring spectacular panoramic vistas of Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The development’s seven penthouses and one duplex penthouse – all of which will enjoy private pools and spacious terraces – will be complemented by a range of expansive one to four-bedroom apartments.

Aston Martin’s design team, led by EVP and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, will design the interior and amenity spaces throughout the development. Key Aston Martin design elements, such as the signature carbon fibre reception desks, will adorn each of the tower’s two private lobbies. Highlight features will include doors with bespoke artisan Aston Martin handles, number plinths and kestrel tan leather door tabs. Residents will be able to relax and unwind just steps from their front doors, with 42,275 square feet of outstanding Sky Amenities spanning four full levels between the building’s 52nd and 55th floors. Amenities will include a double-level fitness centre overlooking the ocean, spinning studio, boxing gym, virtual golf room, art gallery, two cinemas, as well as a full-service spa, beauty salon and barber shop.

These exquisite spaces will be encased in a bold sail-shaped building reflecting the marina setting and offering superb views of the local surroundings. Residents will also be able to enjoy direct access to the turquoise waters of Miami via an exclusive yacht marina.

Representing Aston Martin at the ground breaking ceremony, Simon Sproule, Aston Martin Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Aston Martin is on a growth trajectory globally and across the United States. Our partnership with G&G Business Developments to create Aston Martin Residences Miami, forms an important part of that growth story and of our desire to bring our brand to new audiences across the world.”

German Coto, CEO of G&G Business Developments said: “In October 2016 we announced the partnership with Aston Martin and our plan to break ground in October 2017. Exactly one year later we are here to celebrate the start of construction which is confirmation of our commitment to follow our own strict timeline. This development has been extremely well received, in part due to the unique offer but also due to the outstanding job our official broker Cervera is doing. I am confident we will deliver on our promise to create the ultimate residential tower and I’m looking forward to admiring the view from the top of this special building when it is complete.”

Coto concluded: “The success of this collaboration is a testament to the team work, mutual trust and dedication of everyone involved, both at G&G and Aston Martin.”

The residences and penthouses, which range from 700 to 19,000 square feet, are priced from $600,000 to upwards of $50 million.

The sales centre for the Aston Martin Residences at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, Florida is open daily from Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

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Note to Editors:

About Aston Martin

Aston Martin is an independent British luxury sports car company. Famous for the creation of beautiful handcrafted sports cars, the Aston Martin range today comprises the Vantage, Rapide S, Vanquish, DB11 and special-series cars such as the Vanquish Zagato and Aston Martin Vulcan. Based in Gaydon, England, Aston Martin designs and creates sports cars, which are sold in more than 50 countries around the world.

Founded in 1913, the company recently launched its six-year Second Century plan for sustainable long-term growth. This is underpinned by the replacement of its entire sports car range, including the all-new DB11, an all-electric RapidE, the reintroduction of the Lagonda marque, as well as the development of a new manufacturing centre in St Athan, Wales which will build the company’s new sports utility vehicle.

About Aston Martin Art of Living

Aston Martin is a British luxury brand with more than a century of success behind it. Now, with its Art of Living portfolio, the brand is translating its legendary quality into a new generation of carefully crafted commercial partnerships that are the very best reflections of its high luxury values. Art of Living by Aston Martin is a growing collection of luxury lifestyle goods and services made and delivered with the care and quality that would be expected of Aston Martin.

About G&G Business Developments:

Headquartered in Miami, G&G Business Developments, founded and managed by key members of the Coto family, is the largest domestic retailer in Argentina and one of the country’s leading exporters.

The company has quickly established success in the global real estate market, attracting investors seeking well-funded, innovative projects, delivering exceptional results.

 

 


Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMay 21, 2017
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This week, the nominations for the British Restaurant Awards were announced. Some of UK’s top restaurants have made the shortlist at this exciting inaugural awards show focused on raising the profile of British Restaurants worldwide and providing an opportunity for customers to voice their opinions through nominations and votes. This year’s Best New Restaurant nominees features some amazing new launches who are making waves across the country offering a unique experience in cuisine for their customers ; Ritorno, Onodera, Oktopus , Ivy Soho Brasserie, 100 Kensington Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse and Machiya.

British Restaurant Awards (BRA) is an annual awards ceremony which provides an opportunity for customers to nominate and vote for their Best Restaurants, Chefs and culinary service in the UK.

 

From  20th of January till 23rd of April – Readers of Chelsea Monthly magazine,The National PostLuxury Weekly, and viewers of  VooVix.com are given the opportunity to nominate their favourite restaurants per city, region and throughout the UK. The restaurants who receive the most amount of nominations are shortlisted and released for the public to vote. The final list of winners as voted for by the public is announced at the annual gala/red carpet awards show.

Popular Chef’s; Gordon Ramsey , Jamie Oliver , Adam Woolven Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White , Vineet Bhatia and Levi Roots are all up for the  Best Chef 2017 category.

This year’s British Restaurant Awards 2017 takes place on the 14th of June 2017.  To vote go to www.britishrestaurantawards.org

Full List of BRA 2017 nominees:

Best New Restaurant 2017
Ritorno
Onodera
Oktopus
Ivy Soho Brasserie
100 Kensington
Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse
Machiya

 

Best Chef 2017
Gordon Ramsey
Jamie Oliver
Adam Woolven
Heston Blumenthal
Marco Pierre White
Vineet Bhatia
Levi Roots

 

Best Young Chef 2017
Georgina Dent
Matt Gillian
Marcus Eaves
Florence Knight
Stevie Parle
Brett Graham
Ollie Dabbous
Shuko Oda

 

Best Luxury Restaurant 2017
Dinnings
Vineet Bhatia, London
Chai Wu, London
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Australasia, Manchester
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Newcastle
Hakkasan,  Mayfair

 

Restaurant of the Year 2017
Thai Square, The Strand
Hakkasan,  Mayfair
Rossi’s Italian Restaurant, Sheffield
The Oxford Brasserie, Southhampton
Twenty Two, Cambridge
Mantra Thai Dining Restaurant, Newcastle
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Newcastle
Signatures Restaurant, Wales
Savina Mexican Restaurant, Liverpool
Vineet Bhatia, London

 

Best Hospitality Team 2017
Thai Square
Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse
Jamie’s Italian
Australasia, Manchester
Ocean Treasure 235
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Hakkasan,  Mayfair
Benares Restaurant

 

Best Restaurant Chain 2017
Thai Square
Nandos
Wagamma
Prezzo
Bella Italia
Yo! Sushi
Slug and Lettuce
Jamie’s Italian
Chiquito

Best Supplier 2017
Nisbets
Brakes
Clarks Foods
New Wave seafood
Creed food service

 

 

Best British Takeaway 2017  sponsored by Hungry Nation
Lime Pickle, Midlands
Wiwo Noodle Bar, Wales
Shimla Spice Fine Indian Dining, Gloucester
Bangla Fusion, Rhyl
Masala Indian Takeaway, Barnstaple
Bistro Pizza, Bournemouth
Pimms Pizza, Bristol
Chicken George, Luton
Kuryz Indian Cuisine, Hastings
Kempthai, Brighton
Vindaloo Indian Takeaway, Farnborough
Tez Indian Takeaway, Tonbridge
Mr Chef, Wishaw
The Royals, Wembley
The Golden Fish, Dagenham
Sumo Fresh, Wanstead
Sushi Box, Hoxton
Pumpkin Rice Jerk Grill, Barnet

 

Best Food Ordering Company 2017
Hungryhouse
Just-eat
Delivery Roo
Ubereats
Hello Fresh

 

Best Culinary Experience 2017
Circus, London
Giglamesh, London
Buddha Bar, London
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, London
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Newcastle
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London
Sarastro
Dans Le Noir
Shaka Zulu, Camden
Australasia, Manchester

 

Best Restaurant in Manchester
Australasia, Manchester
Manchester House Restaurant
Piccolino
Mr Cooper’s House & Garden
Miller & Carter
The Lime Tree Didsbury
Gaucho
La Bandera
Tattu Restaurant and Bar
Albert’s Shed, Castlefield
Umezushi
San Carlo

 

Best Restaurant in London
Hawksmoor, London
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, London
Buddha Bar London
Aqua Shard
Amaya
ROKA Charlotte Street
Ceviche Soho
Zebranos,  Soho
Bocca di Lupo
The Ivy

Best Restaurant in Liverpool
Panoramic 34
Delifonseca’s
Yukti
Chy Liverpool City Centre
Neon Jamón
Etsu
Lunya
Bakchich Lebanese Restaurant
Nolita Cantin
Sapporo Teppanyaki

 

Best Restaurant in Wales
The Walnut Tree
Tyddyn Llan
The Hardwick
Slice
Sosban
The Checkers
Moksh
Signatures Restaurant
Chez Francis
Casanova

Best Restaurant in Surrey
Stovell’s
The Clink
The Latymer
Surrey Palace
Hillside Restaurant
Frascati
Surrey Tandoori

 

Best Restaurant in Essex
Russells
Alec’s
Blue Anchor
The Magic Mushroom
Olio Italian Restaurant
La Bicicletta
ZENXI
Russells Restaurant

 

Best Restaurant in Newcastle
House of Tides
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
Six
Dobson and Parnell
El Coto
The Patricia
Babucho
Achellos Italian Restaurant

Best Restaurant in Sheffield
The Milestone
Nonnas
Marco @ Milano
Le Bistrot Pierre
VeroGusto
Rafters Restaurant
Silversmiths Restaurant
Lokanta Restaurant
Efes Restaurant
Otto’s Restaurant
Carluccio’s

 

Best Restaurant in Bradford
Cona
Golden Fleece
Valentino
Rajshahi
Prashad
The Foundry
Box Tree
Jinnah
Rocca

 

Best Restaurant in Bristol
The Ox
Bulrush
Adelina Yard
Casamia
Wilks
The Mint room
Pasta loco
Yume
Aquila
Soukitchen
Spiny lobster

 

Best Restaurant in Brighton
Bill’s
Plateau
Côte Brasserie
Jamie’s Italian Brighton
Terre A Terre
The Gingerman
Riddle Finns
Las Iguanas
64 Degrees
Bincho Yakitori

 

Best Restaurant in Leeds
Gaucho
Browns
Fazenda Leeds
Las Iguanas
Red Chilli
The Man Behind The Curtain
My Thai Restaurant
Ephesus Restaurant
Zucco

 

 

Best Restaurant in Birmingham
Carters of Moseley
Pushkar
Lasan
Rico Libre Tapas
MODU Restaurant
The Karczma
The Wilderness
Coast to Coast
Bucklemaker
Viceroy Tandoori
Rodizio Rico
Piccolino

 

Best Restaurant in  Southampton  
Casa Brasil
The Oxford Brasserie
Quay FIFTEEN
Ennio’s
Blue Island
Everest Cuisine
La Tavernetta Italian Restaurant
Bacaro
Scoozi
Mango Thai Tapas Bar & Lounge
Kohinoor of Kerala

 

Best Restaurant in Cambridge        
Cotto Restaurant
The Oak Bistro
Aromi
Raja Indian Cuisine
La Pergola
Twenty Two
Alimentum
De Luca Cucina & Bar
Smokeworks Ltd
Tradizioni
Varsity Restaurant

 

Best Restaurant in Leicester
Maiyango
Lighthouse
Windmill Inn
Kayal
Shivalli
Reservoir Inn
Saray Mangal

 

Vote now for your favorites at www.britishrestaurantawards.org


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonApril 5, 2016
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Last year, I received news that after over two years in Mayfair, the highly successful members’ club No.41 might be gone for good. I checked the calendar in the office to ensure that it wasn’t an April fools prank and as we entered 2016 I was literally getting ready to pack my dancing shoes neatly back into the top drawer when suddenly Suzanne Dickinson from No.41 finally broke the news that our favourite spot in London was in fact moving right close to us!  Yes, No.41 has moved to a new site in Kensington. So, not only do they move literally into my surname ‘Kensington’  but they are right bang in the centre of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Perfect!  So it’s fair to say that our previously distant Mayfair cousins are now close family members of Chelsea Monthly.The launch was scheduled  for the 2nd of April but I popped in a day earlier to see what was in store at the new location. I arrived to an after party by Miss USSR, and was  met by Floor Manager, Sebastian Banovic. Good to see that the old team is still alive and kicking. The new location has maintained  the high level of service, ambience and chic décor which we have grown to become accustomed to.

Based in The Kensington Close Hotel, a stone’s throw from High Street Kensington tube station, No.41 is back, bigger and better with its cutting-edge music policy and beautiful dancers who interrupt proceedings every now and then with a classier version of Coyote Ugly’s dance routine. Sexy, definitely…… Effortless, off course……. Elegance, you bet…..!!

The new No.41 exudes opulence and glamour with a 21st century twist. It is richly furnished with plush carpets, stately works of art and modern crystal chandeliers. Guests can book tables for bottle service or sample the extensive cocktail list at the bar whilst drinking in the vibrant atmosphere. There is also a rare twist to it’s entertainment courtesy of  Oktam Violini the resident violinist who was matching the DJ with his terrific violin skills all night. That is one of many experiences which you must witness to appreciate.

No.41 is open each and every Friday and Saturday nights until 3am, and will be available for private bookings.

If you are in the Borough and haven’t been yet? Check it out. It’s certainly going to be the place to be, this summer. As for my dancing shoes, well .. I can’t quite remember what happened the rest of the evening which is usually a sign of a good night!!

No.41

Kensington Close Hotel

Wrights Lane

Kensington

W8 5SP

0207 6294496

www.no41club.com


Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerApril 5, 2016
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Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Boyega,top the list of winners at the prestigious 2nd annual National Film Awards UK 2016

Last week (31.03.15), the National Film Academy announced the winners of the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK at the prestigious awards ceremony which took place at the Porchester Hall in London.

British film, stage and television actress, Dame Helen Mirren was first to be announced as the winner for the Lifetime Achievement Award and accepted her award from New York. Mirren commented “I feel truly honoured to be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Film Academy. I am proud to be a member of the National Film Awards winners list and thank you to all the movie fans for voting for me”.

Rise of the Footsoldier II, Kingsman (The Secret Service), London Road, Chasing Robert Barker, Reason to Leave, and Man UP which featured Actor Simon Pegg all received a gong at the prestigious event. Man UP won Best Comedy beating tough competition from The Lobster and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel . Best Director award was won by Stephen Fingleton for his movie ‘The Survivalist’

The nominees for Global Contribution to Motion Picture included a stellar list of stars who have excelled in their craft. Nominees included; Hugh Grant, Denzel Washington , Ben Kingsley , Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Caine, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Spacey . Samuel L Jackson was voted winner and added “This is just perfect. I am incredibly honoured and thankful for this award from the National Film Academy and all the movie fans who voted for me.

A list of new breakthrough talent also made the National Film Awards 2016 shortlist; Battling it out on the Best Newcomer category are ; Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service) , Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song), Bel Powley (A Royal Night Out), Milo Parker (Mr. Holmes), John Boyega (Star Wars- The Force Awakens), Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West), Sonoya Mizuno (Ex-Machina), Karidja Touré (Girlhood) and Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation)

Taron Egerton saw of the competition by winning the Best Newcomer category for his role in Kingsman, The Secret Service whilst John Boyega was voted winner of the Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film for his role in Star Wars the Force Awakens

Over 2.9 million movie fans nationwide voted for this year’s 2nd annual National Film Awards and the night was hosted by TV presenter Louise Gookey and featured a stellar list of celebrity guest presenters. The night ended with an incredibly heartfelt video tribute to the late, great Alan Rickman who was honoured with a National Film Academy fellowship award.

The 3rd annual National Film Awards are scheduled to be held on the 31st of March 2017 and public nominations will begin in October.

Below is a full list of winners for the 2nd annual National Film Awards UK:

Best International Film
Kingsman- The Secret Service

Best Comedy
Man up

Best Action
Chasing Robert Barker

Best Drama sponsored by Gold Collagen
A Reason to Leave

Best Independent Feature

Never Let Go


Best Documentary

The Hardstop

Best Thriller
Dartmoor Killing

Best British Film sponsored by Metcalfe’s Skinny
Rise of the Footsoldier II

Best Actor sponsored by Angel Tears Vodka
Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise)

Best Actress sponsored by Gold Collagen
Natalie Emmanuel (Fast and Furious 7)

Best Director

Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Best Screenplay
London Road

Best Breakthrough Performance in a Film

John Boyega (Star Wars – The Force Awakens)

Best Newcomer sponsored by Mokingo
Taron Egerton (Kingsman- The Secret Service)


Best Foreign Language Film
sponsored by InvestNation
Son of Saul (Hungary)

Best Supporting actress sponsored by IUTTA
Alexandra Evans (Redistributors)

Best Supporting actor

Samuel L Jackson (Kingsman- The Secret Service)

Best Short Film
Above

Global Contribution to Motion Picture
Samuel L Jackson



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