London life

On food, fashion and a taste of Ralph Lauren



Ralph Lauren cafe London
Aaaaad finally, finally, the Ralph Lauren cafe is opening on Regent Street. A destination inside the new Ralph Lauren Polo store, it will serve coffee, cocktails, wine and snacks, plus breakfast, salads and sandwiches. (more…)



Koto Bolofo shoots the Commonwealth Institute



Koto Bolofo Commonwealth Institute

One for architecture buffs during Design Week: Koto Bolofo’s photo exhibition at 34 Cork Street. ‘Construction Sight’ shows Bolofo’s documenting of the transformation of the Commonwealth Institute into the Design Museum (which is moving from Shad Thames to Kensington High Street in November). The 1962 Grade II-listed building is special to me (more…)



When did Regent Street become Fifth Avenue?



Kate Spade Regent Street flagship

Ahhh, Regent Street, the legendary John Nash-designed crescent that leads to Piccadilly Circus. It’s as English as tea at Fortnum’s and yet, times are slowly a-changing. Stroll along south of Oxford Circus and you can’t miss the imposing hoardings for Coach, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren, the American megabrands about to take up residence this summer. (more…)



Is Haymarket about to get hipster-fied?



Will St James's Market and Dover street market bring hipsters to Haymarket?

Don’t go thinking Dover Street Market is the only fashion store that’s pitching its tent in Haymarket. Joining it this summer is Jigsaw, which has a new 1000 sq ft flagship opening to house its menswear, womenswear and The Shop at Bluebird concept store. A joint venture between London’s Crown Estate and Canadian firm Oxford Properties, the shopping destination dubbed ‘St James’s Market’ (below) will transform two historic blocks near Haymarket into five flagship stores, plus office spaces and a public square. (more…)