King’s Road

Marian ButnaruJuly 17, 2014
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Peculiar is not a word that pops into your mind when someone mentions Chelsea, but after a trip around King’s Road, South Kensington and Knightsbridge, you’d be surprised at some of the things that can be found.
King’s Road

This long high street that connects to Sloane Square and leads to the Saatchi Gallery has quite a couple of interesting things around that can grab your attention as you walk by them. Here are five of those interesting things:

I'm not in any position to criticise the names of places, but the name of this shop just invites people to make a “Came rich, left broke” joke.
The name of this shop just pushes me to make a joke along the lines of “Came rich, left happier!”
I have to agree with whoever placed this sticker here, on my scale from one to gnarly, maps have a very high score.
I have to agree with whoever placed this sticker here, on my scale from one to gnarly, maps have a very high score.
Technology has advanced so far that phone-booths now come with ATMs, now we can take out money while talking to friends and family! (Was that too sarcastic? I feel like that was too sarcastic…interesting use of a phone-booth nevertheless.)
Technology has advanced so far that phone-booths now come with ATMs, now we can take out money while talking to friends and family! (Was that too sarcastic? I feel like that was too sarcastic…interesting use of a phone-booth nevertheless.)
A conveyor belt, for when you feel too lazy to carry things down the stairs.
A conveyor belt, for when you feel too lazy to carry things down the stairs.
How to make your window slightly creepy in three easy steps. Step 1: acquire semi-realistic baby doll. Step 2: place said baby doll on window sill, preferably in plain sight. Step 3: wait for passers-by to react. Fun for the whole family!
How to make your window slightly creepy in three easy steps. Step 1: acquire semi-realistic baby doll. Step 2: place said baby doll on window sill, preferably in plain sight. Step 3: wait for passers-by to react. Fun for the whole family!
South Kensington

South Kensington, in close proximity to Sloane Square, also has some weird and interesting gems hidden in the streets, here are four of them:

Someone obviously had to choose between the door and flowers, they seem to have chosen both. This is almost as practical as using potatoes for- oh…I already made that joke… Moving on!
Usually, people protect their house using an array of locks and gates. Some people in Chelsea, however, create forts out of flowers to protect their precious houses.
I wonder how many people have hurt themselves while walking into the window of this shop before the sign was there, I wonder if there is CCTV available for whenever that happened, it makes for good viral videos.
The fact that a the sign on this window exists suggests that many people might have walked into the window without noticing it. Which is just a funny thing to think about.
The young Picasso wannabe that was on King’s Road obviously seems to have travelled to South Kensington, trying a new medium and changing from drawing faces to drawing sea birds.
This is quite a cute doodle on the doors of a building being renovated. It’s cute and inoffensive, unlike graffiti/drawings found in other areas of London.
This piece by Marina Kurikhina (called ‘The Wall’) is a wall around a parking lot that has range of paradoxical phrases (like the one seen in the picture) pasted over it. It gives you something to think about and enjoy after parking your car, unless you don’t enjoy paradoxes and or reading, then you can just ignore them.
This piece by Marina Kurikhina (called ‘The Wall’) is a wall around a parking lot that has range of paradoxical phrases (like the one seen in the picture) pasted over it. It gives you something to think about and enjoy after parking your car, unless you don’t enjoy paradoxes and or reading, then you can just ignore them.

 

Knightsbridge

The extravagant area around Knightsbridge, full of large buildings and hotels, has it’s own fair share of interesting and peculiar things and here are two of my favourite:

The upside-down ice cream cone, this season’s most popular hairstyle according to these mannequins.
The upside-down ice cream cone, this season’s most popular hairstyle according to these mannequins.
This might be one of the only pigs in the world that does not smell bad, unfortunately, this is also not a real pig (just in case the green leaves that it’s made out of didn’t give that away), you could still cut it up and cook it, but I doubt it will taste great.
This might be one of the only pigs in the world that does not smell bad, unfortunately, this is also not a real pig (just in case the green leaves that it’s made out of didn’t give that away), you could still cut it up and cook it, but I doubt it will taste great.

 

And that was the conclusion of the interesting and peculiar things around the area of Chelsea, I hope you enjoyed reading this and were at least slightly entertained by my cheesy writing and sarcasm. If you’ve seen something interesting in your area, do not hesitate to tweet it at us using #OnlyInChelsea


Lucy ColemanJanuary 13, 2014
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A fashion initiative launches next month at Embargo 59 on the Kings Road to encourage body confidence among young disabled adults.The stylish Kings Road bar is celebrating Fashion Week (14th-18th February 2014) with a special cocktail collection that will be available for seven days only.

Each drink sold will raise £1 for the Find My Style project run by charity Flamingo Foundation (www.flamingofoundation.org,) funding personal styling sessions for young disabled adults.The sessions are led by personal stylist and master image consultant Hannah Jean, who will be working with participants to explore fashion, style and body confidence and adapting items of clothing.

 

At just 26, Hannah became the youngest director to be voted on to the board of the Federation of Image Professionals International which accredits the image industry internationally. She says, “Image and confidence in what we wear can make a huge difference, but young disabled people can feel removed from the fashion scene and find it difficult to find on-trend clothes that suit their style and their body.

“This project is a fantastic way to open up the world of fashion and demonstrate that everyone can find or adapt clothes to show off their individuality and tastes.”

The cocktails are:

Shake Your Tail Feather – A romantic, decadent and dreamy drink that positively encourages a wiggle of those tail feathers. Taking inspiration from flamingo feathers seen on the catwalks, this is a fruity, punchy cocktail that is perfect for those who want to dance the night away.  With Havana Club Especial or Bacardi Superior rum, fresh lime, mint, sugar, peach liqueur and fresh peach are muddled over crushed ice and topped with soda.

Moody Blooms – Florals are everywhere for spring/summer 2014 but they have had a serious makeover. Gone are the days or pretty posies – for next season think tattoo art and 3D blossoms. Garnished with edible petals, this is a summer garden in a glass. Crème de pêche and Stolichnaya vodka are mixed with apple juice and grenadine. Topped with champagne and finished with an edible flower.

Fancy Fondants – Pastel shades are all the rage, especially when worn head-to-toe for a big hit of girly style. This cocktail embraces that ultimate in pastel confection and recreates the sweet taste in a pumped-up drink. Kwai Feh lychee liqueur and Stolichnaya Vanil vodka are shaken with fresh lychees, passion fruit syrup, apple and lemon juices.

All That Glistens – Shiny fabrics are expected to be everywhere, and this cocktail maintains the look with a cool shimmer that looks as good as it tastes. Bacardi Superior rum is blended with crushed ice and lime juice and you can choose from a selection of fruits to enhance the taste.

Sheerly Temple – Transparent and flimsy fabrics are key next season so be prepared to flash the flesh. Everything should be see-through, so this clever cocktail keeps things simple with first-class ingredients.  Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey and Luxardo amaretto liqueur are shaken with hazelnut syrup and apple and cranberry juices.

The Square Root – Checks, tartans and squares are definitely the must-have print for spring/summer 2014. Get the look in your glass too with a layered cocktail that combines a whole host of flavours. Makers Mark whisky, fresh lemon juice, Angostura Bitters and sugar syrup are shaken hard and served over ice.

English Rose – Pink, in all its shades, is the key colour for the season. From palest salmon to dusky damask, flirty fuschia to bright bubblegum, every outfit should have at least one bit of pink. Hendrick’s gin and Bottle Green elderflower cordial are shaken with apple juice and crushed raspberries.

“Bringing together fashion and cocktails to support this wonderful project is a real privilege for us,” says Simon Downwood, General Manager at Embargo 59.

“The new drinks taste and look amazing and we’re excited that young disabled people will be able to explore and enjoy fashion trends with the help of Hannah and Find My Style.”

Embargo 59 has become an institution among Chelsea’s elite clubbers and is one of the hottest nightclubs for spotting the latest fashions. With its unique and heady combination of glamour, serious partying and must-have style, it is the place to be seen.


Ann FooMay 17, 2013
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A multi award winning bar, JuJu who won “Best DJ Bar” last year at the London Club and Bar Awards. This came as no surprise to the prestigious team who previously had received the accolade for “Best Bar 2011, Outstanding Mixology 2010 and Best New Bar 2009”. Located in the heart of Chelsea on the King’s Road , JuJu creates a calming early evening ambience playing chill out music that is perfectly suited to eat, drink and talk to until after 10pm when the resident DJ’s step up the pace by mixing Funky House and Commercial especially at the end of the week and at weekends!
They serve the finest cocktails mixed by some of London’s best bartenders with an extensive selection of wine and champagne. JuJu’s Private Room can be exclusively hired for any function with a capacity of up to 80 people. It is equipped with media facilities that include a 6ft projector screen with lap top connections, iPod dock, satellite TV link ups and your own DJ facilities if required. It is a perfect space for product launches, presentations and of course celebrations and functions of any description! The team at JuJu can be found at several luxury events flying the flag for their brand. One of such events which you are most likely to find the JuJu team this year is at the Henley Royal Regatta which is the best known regatta in the world and is both one of the highlights of the summer sporting calendar and the social season. The event takes place from the 3rd – 7th July 2013.

Fancy something different? Chelsea Monthly can officially recommend JuJu as the ultimate destination to let your hair down to a mix of cool music and excellent cocktails.

For further information, log on to JuJu London or to reserve an area or book tickets, please contact Lai-Ha at 0207 351 5998 or email at laiha@jujulondon.com


Nithia InderabudhiApril 11, 2013
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Have you ever bought a new pair of jeans that struggle to fit right? That is a question the Donna Ida boutique in Chelsea could answer for you. Donna Ida is a boutique specializing in top denim brands. The team at the boutique understands every aspect of denim and matches their clients with the right fit in relation to every shape, body, and type. With their own denim inspired clinic at the boutique, customers are treated to their own personal fittings tailor made to ensure the correct fit in correlation to body type.

Aside from their denim services, Donna Ida carries major world renowned denim brands; these include J Brand, Current/Elliott, MiH Jeans, Paige, Hudson, Citizens of Humanity, IDA, Hudson, and Rag and Bone. Donna Ida is a denim specialist that excels in customer service. The boutique is open Monday through Friday from 1:00pm-7:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm at 106 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea.  The prices range from $100-$500.

Click here for Donna Ida Website


Nithia InderabudhiApril 10, 2013
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The Austique boutique is a hidden gem on Kings Road unique in comparison to other Chelsea boutiques. Austique carries exclusive international brands difficult to find throughout most of the United Kingdom. Alice+Olivia, ZimmermannMarkus Lupfer, 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent, Parker, and Camilla and Marc are a few of the major brands available at Austique.

Austique carries a variety of knits, dresses, and trousers that reflect the current seasons and trends. From eveningwear to everyday wear , the boutique displays clothing and accessories for every occasion. The clothing collections include intricate silk draping, vintage inspired detailing, and colour blocking. The Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, and Princess Eugene are among a few of the royals and celebrities frequently shopping at Austique.. The boutique is open Monday through Saturday 10:30am-7:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Austique is located at 330 Kings Road. The prices range from £140 to £650. This store is definitely a Chelsea Monthly favourite.

 

Click here for Austique website

 


Shairah HabibOctober 3, 2012
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Have you ever wanted a piece of London? I have news for you, you can. And you can have it right around your wrist.

Theo Fennell has taken one of London’s most exciting shopping districts and turned it into a bracelet. This handmade Kings Road bangle is made with 18ct yellow gold, enamel and diamonds.

Celebrating this British  jewellery designer’s success (whose clientele includes the likes of Naomi Campbell and David Beckham), Kings Road was chosen in particular to mark the fact that Theo spent many years in this area, when forming his brand.

 

 

Price on request, please visit www.theofennell.com


shairahDecember 29, 2011
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This month Chelsea Monthly hit the streets of Kings Road to find out what promises our readers have decided to keep for themselves next year.

 

“My new year’s resolution is to buy either a 6 series BMW or a range rover. It HAS to be done.”

Shafilil Islam

“My new year’s resolution is to stop working so hard! Also, I’d like to showcase my paintings in the Chelsea area. I make paintings out of using denim-based materials.”

-Ian Berry

 

“I don’t have a new year’s resolution. I am completely content and happy!”

-Patrick Kar

“I guess I would want to explore different ways in trying to get fitter and healthy, maybe like yoga?”

-Abi Nevielle

“Mine would be to visit hotter countries. More sun, sea and sand for sure” -Yurena Duedes (Left) 

“My new year’s resolution is to make sure I release my music and get an album out in 2012” – Marlena Ruman-Ciula (Right)

“I would want to save more money, enough to buy a house in the country-side”

-Lance Fraser

“I would say I need to eat more fruit. In particular pomegranates, it’s an unusual fruit that needs more attention in my diet”

-Andre Tattersfield

“We want to travel to Italy and explore the art galleries. We won’t be looking to learn the language though, I think we’ll remain ignorant tourists and speak English everywhere we go!”

-Becky and Phil

“In 2012 I aim to travel to all the major cities in Europe with my daughter. Especially Paris, I absolutely love the French”.

-Gloria Kitson

 


Niki ArestiOctober 13, 2011

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Pukka PR presents – Boudoir of Beasts

Night falls as Vampires call you to Party and Celebrate Halloween…

Friday 28 October 2011 at 8.00pm

At the Persian Lounge, King’s Club 107 King’s Road,

Chelsea SW3 4PA

King’s Club is a new private members club in fashionable Chelsea, its Persian lounge beautifully decorated in luxurious red and gold drapes with Persian carpets and private ‘Sultan booths’ & ‘Princess Beds’ leading out to a heated romantic Roof Terrace with cushions and an ‘exotic feel.’ Food, drinks and Shisha available for purchase.

Boudoir of Beasts’featuring Kiss Me Deadly – A decadent Lingerie Show modelled by seductive Femme Fatale beastly beauties.

Britain’s Next Top Model Jessica-Louise Abidde shall make a special guest appearance modelling for Kiss Me Deadly and other guests models tbc.

Get you tickets at:

http://pukkaprboudoirofbeasts.eventbrite.com

 

 

Music by DJ James Park– James the master has played at some of London’s top night spots inc Chinawhite, Roof Gardens, Mahiki and Amika.

Sweetness & Light providingspecial handmade Halloween Cupcakes for purchase.

Halloween horror chills and party treats and thrills await.

Dress Code: dramatic Halloween Vamp or Smart/Glam.

Surprise gift for the best dressed Vamp or Vixen.

 

Email: info@pukkapr.comWeb: www.pukkapr.com

 

Pukka PR

The event is hosted by Pukka PR,  a well established cutting-edge social media brand covering and promoting world class events. Having recently launched a dynamic new website  they have covered Super Car & Vintage Car events, prestigious Polo events, several Fashion Shows, Award ceremonies, Cultural festivals, Launches, Concerts and Charity events plus much more.

 


PaddyAugust 22, 2011
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From Petticoat Lane to Kings Road, Harvest is one of London’s most successful independent boutiques. The business, now 20 years old, is safely in the hands of Sara Ereson daughter of its founder Al Eresen.

Named after the famous Neil Young album of 1972, Harvest is an independent store that provides service that is hard to find in major retailers these days, specialising in contemporary womenswear for every occasion and every size. Yes that’s right; you don’t need to be a size zero to shop on Kings Road.

The Butter By Nadia signature dress is the original wrap dress from the U.S and the collection is readily available at Harvest. The new innovative style has endless possibilities and the signature fabric comes in a multitude of colours and lengths. With the likes of Naomi Watts, SJP and Salma Hayek all huge fans it’s no surprise that Harvest has grabbed the exclusive stock.

It doesn’t end there though; from cocktails dress to full length floor sweepers Harvest carries a wide range of designers such as Cavalli Class, Ruth Tarvydas, Jovani, Pinko and Scala.  For more information on Harvest visit www.harvestlondon.co.uk and for a 10% discount on sales quote Chelsea Monthly upon payment!

Opening times:
Monday – Saturday 10.00am to 7.00pm
Sunday – 12.00pm to 6.00pm

HARVEST
136 Kings Road
London
SW3 4XB
020 7581 9245


marinaAugust 5, 2011
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This autumn, London introduces the ultimate in luxury wedding shows, aptly named The Luxury Wedding Show London. The doors open from the 22nd October 2011 at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery on the King’s Road for a weekend of lavish shopping. This very exciting and über luxurious inaugural show boasts the finest hand-picked selection of wedding experts, where planning the big day is a luxury in itself.

The Luxury Wedding Show London brings the UK’s most influential names in the wedding industry together for an exclusive two-day event, catering for those bridal parties who are looking for the finest suppliers. Offering everything from accessories and bridal wear to the most stunning venues and honeymoon destinations, visitors can plan the most perfect wedding with minimal work.

Ashley Roberts, The Luxury Wedding Show London Event Director comments,
“Our first Luxury Wedding Show promises to be an extraordinary event. Bringing together the cream of wedding experts from across the UK, the show will be London’s premier bridal showcase with a host of specialists on hand to help create your perfect luxury wedding.”

Brides are invited to take a seat at the premiere catwalk show whilst sipping on a glass of POMMERY champagne and enjoy the latest collections from top bespoke bridal designers including Vivienne Westwood, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang and Marchesa from Browns Brides, the very popular and fashionable Alice Temperley and David Fielden. Menswear exhibitors include Ede & Ravenscroft, Clements & Church and the Savile Row Company Ltd.

The most influential names in the industry will be on hand to give their expert advice and top tips. Private consultations are available with premier wedding planner Mark Niemierko who opens his ‘studio’ for inspirational advice and top hairstylist Errol Douglas who will be able to help with any hair quandaries and answer any burning questions. Other exhibitors on hand to give guidance include private concierge company Quintessentially, bridal photographer Julia Boggio, floral designers McQueens and Phillippa Craddock and occasionwear designer Claire Thorogood.

Mark Niemierko comments,
“Demand for premium expertise and advice at the highest end of the bridal market is extremely high. The Luxury Wedding Show London has a compelling proposition for discerning customers and high end service providers alike – It’s fundamentally the difference between business class and economy.

For more info: Theluxuryweddingshowlondon.co.uk

 

 

 



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