‘Just to let you know, we’ve run out of ants. We do however have mealworms instead.’ I tried to stop myself giggling like a maniac, but to no avail. ‘Did you hear what she just said!!?’ I asked my lunch companion incredulously. He nodded slowly and appeared to be turning a little green. With a mouth-watering menu of ethically sourced meats like zebra, wildebeest and crocodile, Archipelago explores the exotic, serving up a sensory dining experience from across the globe with few surprises along the way…
Customisation and bespoke products are a hugely growing trend amongst consumers. It’s all about choice, personalisation and the chance to have it your way. From picking your own details on NIKEiD trainers and custom homewares sites like MyKea, to design and colour options a la Apple Iphone 5c, there’s one thing that’s becoming increasingly apparent; it’s personal.
The O2 Arena originally had plans to build a rooftop walkway when it was the Millennium Dome but sadly these plans fell through. Fortunately, under the new ownership of O2, the walkway was completed in June 2012. Up at the O2 is a once in a lifetime experience, giving adventurous types the opportunity to see the capital in a whole new way as they take on the climb to conquer the icon.
With floor to ceiling windows giving diners a light and spacious environment in which to enjoy their food, Quartier Restaurant’s clean and crisp décor gives it a contemporary, high end feel. Set within the stylish sanctuary that is the Eight Member’s Club penthouse, the restaurant is surrounded by a leafy green terrace, providing the option of al fresco dining for those wishing to enjoy the great outdoors.
The suggestion of an embroidery class usually conjures up the image of groups of nanas, chatting over tea & biscuits and floral napkin designs. Embroidery classes with Laura Lees however, couldn’t be so far removed. OK, so her techniques may be traditional but that’s as far as it goes. Embellishing the pages of Vogue, dressing the catwalks at fashion week and adorning large scale collaborative projects, her edgy, in your face designs have undoubtedly led fashonistas and crafts enthusiasts to the same conclusion. Embroidery is sew now. In the throes of men’s Fashion Week, Laura invited me to one of her masterclasses so I could try my hand at The Mighty Stitch.