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London Christmas .. a glimpse .. No 4

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Tiffany .. Old Bond Street, London



Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No 2

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Christmas Windows ... Cartier New Bond Street, London





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Christmas in London .. a glimpse .. No1

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, December 15, 2014
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Christmas in London  ..  the shop windows !!






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Liberty of London ... Christmas windows 2014

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, December 12, 2014

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I am spending far too much time reminiscing about this time last year in London ... the Christmas windows, the shopping, the Christmas lights and catching up with friends !!  I couldn't help but take a peek at Liberty's windows this year.

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Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty excel with their window display and they simply must be seen to be believed.  In Paris it is without doubt Hermes who win the prize. 

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They sparkle like jewels and are surrounded by crowds of admirers and adoring children, all rugged up against the winter chill.

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All this is made that much more atmospheric with the shorter days ... the evening closing in by around 3.30pm.  This is the cue to head to somewhere smart like Claridges or Browns for High Tea or .. simply champagne. 

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This is without doubt my favourite time of year to be in London ... they do Christmas like nowhere else and I can't wait to give you a glimpse of London this time last year.  

Christmas 2014 is the beach for us ... and I can't wait but am reminiscing !!



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fortnum and mason diamond jubilee tea salon

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, June 30, 2012

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Very exciting to discover the refurbished Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum and Mason.

Designer David Collins has created a beautiful environment to sip tea or bubbly and enjoy the delicacies .... a tradition synonymous with Fortnum's. 

Since the opening up of the Far East for trade from the west, Fortnum and Mason have sourced the finest teas .... making a choice is the difficulty. 

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The fourth floor was always home to the St James restaurant ... now one can enjoy the elegant Georgian surroundings of the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon.

Tea will arrive at your table with a timer that will ring once to indicate that it has reached the perfect brewing time !! and accompanied by the perfect delicate sandwiches and cakes .... linger and enjoy.

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liberty london sheer opulence

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Liberty London is unique when it comes to nearly everything in the store !!! Such an Aladdin's Cave.  This bedside table is covered in the most beautiful velvet.

Such a divine concept.....and other furniture in the collection as well.  Who ever thought velvet would even be available in such cute patterns and colours.

I can't seem to find out the origin or designer of this range however will be on the case.  More images from Liberty tomorrow.....it is without a doubt my favourite store !!!

 

 

 

I never travel without my diary

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, January 07, 2012

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via Garance Dore

My favourite diaries are Il Bisonte and Smythson.

Grandlife Tour of London showcases where to be seen

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Grandlife Hotels travelled to London in style for Fashion Week......yes old news now, however what a snapshot of the latest and greatest London has to offer right now.  Their itinery takes in restaurants, bars and shops....the pick of London.

When I saw this itiniery I immediately earmarked it for my next trip.  What a fabulous ready made list to work your way around...no research required.  What's good for Grandlife Hotels is good enough for me. I have to admit a couple of my favourite places are on the list which is a drawcard.....Topshop and The Wolsely !!

It is certainly a starting point from which to add as I read about or hear about more over the next little while.  Best to go prepared!!!  Once there, time is precious....particularly as I insist on going back to all my old favourites as well...Harvey Nichols gound floor, Laduree behind Harrods for afternoon tea and the list goes on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbons, trimmings and all things passementerie at VVRouleaux in London

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

'The Chanel of ribbons and trimmings shops' Red Magazine. This is one of my favourite shops in London... V V Rouleaux.  Opened by Annabel Lewis in 1990 and now in a new shop in Sloane Square and also Marylebone . 

You can't help but buy miles of ribbon for wrapping and the selection process does seem to take forever, there is just too much choice.

Her belief 'there are no barriers between fashion and decorating, home and catwalk'. 

There are irresistible tassles and braids and trims, all very unique.  What did the design world do before V V Rouleaux.

Individual furniture and clothing items in store capture the V V Style far beyond the traditional use of ribbons and trims.

PS. I did love the old shop on the other side of Sloane Square....yes tiny but more of an Aladin's Cave full of sumptuous jewels

 

 


 

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