Hotel Hit Squad: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Mark C.O'Flaherty 12 March 2018 • 12:52pm I relished Shoreditch in the Nineties: high jinks with penniless future fashion stars; irony and gin-soaked nights going to see Danny La Rue at Brick Lane Music Hall; and loft parties with treacherous flooring where you might, if you were me, find your drink spiked before a crack-of-dawn flight to Naples (with unhilarious results). All so long ago. I remember talking to the late Alex Calderwood, the man behind Ace Hotel, when he was planning his 2013 London outpost. Calderwood was renowned as a trend forecaster. “Where are you looking at, Alex…? Dalston? Clapton!? Obviously not Shoreditch.” There was an embarrassed silence. Barber & Osgerby were already working on the interior at 100 Shoreditch High Street.  No one is going to pretend that the area between Old Street and Brick Lane is cutting-edge anymore, but after Crossrail demolished half of Soho, East London took on the capital’s centre of gravity. Nowadays I relish the area in a different way – behind the polite graffiti and hen parties, there’s decent dining and shopping. There’s also the Nobu Hotel, which I first heard about as a Ron Arad-designed project back in 2011.  It’s a shame that we will never experience Arad’s vision – the building that opened last year was a Ben Adams Architects design, with an interior by Studio Mica – but what we do have still looks dynamic: like a vast superyacht, weaponised by someone with a penchant for Japanese landscape gardening.  • Hotel Hit Squad: Inside Eden Locke – "the kind of interior design wet dream Edinburgh home I would love to own" The interior is… a bit much. There’s a lot of very 2017 brass finishing that will date as well as dairy produce, and hessian-weave wall coverings that will wear badly. Compared to something like the Hoshinoya in Tokyo, which creates a strikingly Continue Reading

From Mary Portas to Karren Brady

Numerous studies - including exclusive new research by the Telegraph published to mark the launch of the 'Women Mean Business' campaign - have shown that female entrepreneurs in Britain find it harder to access startup funding. Indeed, only nine per cent of all UK startup money goes to women-led businesses each year, despite women owning 33 per cent of business is in Britain and a further one in eight wanting to become entrepreneurs. But behind the numbers there are human stories. Women - whether young and just starting out, or leaving corporate roles to start their own projects - are facing hurdles. Here, some prominent female founders tell us about the obstacles they overcame on the road to success... Baroness Karren Brady 'When I took over Birmingham City in 1993, I was just 23-years-old. Being a woman, and a young woman, in the Nineties in a male dominated environment had its challenges. At my first press conference, I did a serious presentation about the club, its financial situation and more importantly what I planned to do about, it as well as what my ambitions were for it. When I was finished and I asked the press if they had any questions. I only got one: “what are your vital statistics?”. Clearly that was all they were interested in. At my first away game, I asked the steward on the door where the directors’ boardroom was and he pointed me to the ladies room. The steward presumed I was a director’s wife. When I politely pointed out I was the Managing Director, he told me to wait where I was and he would “find out what to do with me”,  as in 1993 women were not allowed in the boardrooms of football clubs. I always say it was the first door I kicked down, and held open as long and as wide as possible to get as many other women through it!' Justine Roberts, Founder and CEO, Mumsnet 'In the early days of Mumsnet, before the internet bubble burst I put together a business plan and began to tout Continue Reading

Breathing life into east Mayfair’s art hotspot

The booming art market has had a curious side effect on property – nearly all new residential developments in London now declare that they are part of a new “cultural hub”. We have seen it in Nine Elms, Battersea, White City, Shoreditch, Bow and beyond. Burlington Gate, the new Native Land project on the doorstep of the Royal Academy is no exception, with the developer stating that it “explores the concept of living in an art space”.  The art space in question is Cork Street, where Standard Life’s rather drab office block has made way for 42 super-prime apartments designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. It is also the home of the first new arcade to be built in Mayfair since 1930, which provides a walkway between Cork Street and Old Burlington Street.  The retail spaces around the arcade are earmarked to become art galleries as part of the undertaking to preserve Cork Street’s heritage as an internationally famous arts district.  Burlington Gate has several of the hallmarks of the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners practice. With its strong linear ­composition and neutral tones it is less Neo-Bankside and more One Hyde Park, but much smaller than either.  It is resolutely masculine both inside and out, with interior architecture by MSMR featuring dark woods, cool colours and industrial style details. Everything is absolutely immaculate, so much so it feels as if you’ve walked in a computer generated image of an interior.  “We start from the location to establish the DNA of the project. This is an urban, architectural space, to which we wanted to add depth and layers,” says Georgina Wood, of the David Collins Studio which furnished the penthouse. Current residents, almost all of whom are British, won’t be bothered by the lack of homeliness: “They regard Burlington Gate more as a boutique hotel rather than a home,” says Nicholas Gray, marketing director Continue Reading

Nuala, London EC1, restaurant review: hey, eater

3 I am old enough to recall when Shoreditch and environs was a proper dump, back in the Seventies and Eighties. And though I remember being able to hail the occasional cab there in the Nineties (when it was largely a creative hub rather than City overspill) I also recollect thinking how bold it was of David Eyre to open Eyre Bros in Leonard St as relatively recently as 2001. Of course, retrospectively, it was a prescient move – the area is now frenetically urban, teetering on the brink of urbane. Half past six in the evening is admittedly a fairly niche time to be sitting down for supper. However, on a Tuesday in February, 63 miles away from our home, it works for me and my 11-year-old son, whom I note to be the only child on the City Road, reinforcing the fact that Britons have never really followed the continental European lead and have always been Leavers. As in: “Let’s go out for dinner and leave the kids at home.” Nuala is in a new-build block on a corner adjacent to Old Street – aka “Silicon” – Roundabout. And while it has a spacious “porch” stacked with the wood that feeds its (USP) firepit, I read recently that wood-burning is adding between 24 per cent and 31 per cent to particle pollution emitted in London. Should we now be wearing respirator face masks inside restaurants, like cyclists? I put aside my particulate-emission-related fears and suck up the excellent people-watching opportunities from our corner Nonetheless, I put aside my particulate-emission-related fears and instead suck up the atmosphere and excellent people-watching opportunities from the vantage point of our corner. It’s a big, L-shaped room with a bar, banquettes, giant lights and ceiling ducts concealed by, er, wood. It’s all a long way from our neck of the, er, woods. But before we get to the menu would  we like a drink? Yes, we wood. Sorry, would. “Diet Coke, Continue Reading

Eurovision winner: Portugal wins for the first time, and other highlights from the final

The Eurovision 2017 grand final was broadcast from Kiev on BBC One from 8pm 26 countries competed and Portugal's Salvador Sobral was named the winner The UK was represented by former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones with her song Never Give Up on You, and we finished 15th Portugal's winning act reviewed: "a song that meant something" Nude stage invader strikes bum note From sexy yodelling to awkward kissing: the night's most cringeworthy moments Britain's Eurovision entries: what happened next? Portugal win for the first time in 53 years Nobody could begrudge Portugal's Salvador Sobral his win. We in the UK might complain that it's been 20 years since our last glory, but Portugal have been waiting more than half a century to take home the trophy. And they did it in fine style, too, with an elegant and understated song that shone among all the over-the-top silliness of the rest of the night.  When he was named the winner, Salvador Sobral claimed it as a victory for quality music. "Music is not fireworks, music is feeling", he said, voicing a hope that Eurovision will in the future put more of a focus on substance than showmanship. The UK's Lucie Jones holds her head up high Though at some points we dared to hope that 2017 might be the year that the UK ended our two-decade drought and won Eurovision once more, it was not to be. However, Lucie Jones gave a stunning performance of "Never Give Up On You" and we finished a respectable 15th, well above our position last year of 24th. Onward and upward to even better things next year (and we still beat Spain and Germany). Surprise bum invades stage The interval act performance from 2016's winner, Jamala, was interrupted by a semi-nude stage invader. He was swiftly ushered away by security, but Graham Norton was forced to apologise to any viewers offended by the unexpected sight. But it was well after the watershed, and viewers had already endured yodelling, gorillas and Continue Reading

Pinch Boil House to launch bi-monthly pop-up, Lantern

By Paul Stephen Updated 8:27 am, Friday, February 16, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-32', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 32', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Mike Sutter /San Antonio Express-News Image 1of/32 CaptionClose Image 1 of 32 The dining room of Pinch Boil House and Bia Bar on North Continue Reading

‘Made in Chelsea’ star Ollie Locke has launched ‘Bumble’s little brother’ to the London and New York gay dating scenes — and he’s planning events with canapés and string quartets

Rosie Fitzmaurice, provided by Published 4:31 am, Thursday, February 15, 2018 Khris Morgan/Curtain members club Former 'Made in Chelsea' star Ollie Locke is well known for coming out on the reality TV show. Business Insider caught up with him to talk about dating as a gay man in the city. Locke has launched his own gay dating app, Chappy, backed by Bumble's Whitney Wolfe. Chappy and elite dating club Social Concierge are launching a calendar of 'high-end' gay dating parties in London and New York. Mr Social is trying to open up their event network to corporates at companies like Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, and Clifford Chance. But when he's not out searching for his own soulmate, Locke says he's on a mission to shake up the gay dating scene on both sides of the pond by promoting an alternative to the "immediate hook-up" through his new app, Chappy. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing 2 women cut each other in knife fight San Antonio Express-News Mom rolls SUV off S.A. highway on way to child's school San Antonio Express-News Body Goes Missing From Funeral Home — and Family's Lawyers Blame Employee Who Was 'Into Satan' People 4 suspects detained after leading police in chase across San Antonio San Antonio Express-News San Antonio shooting victim walks to store, waves while being carted into ambulance San Antonio Express-News Driver smashes into H-E-B truck San Antonio Express-News 10 of the Most Scenic Places in Texas PopularMechanics O'Connor soccer Terrence Thomas/San Antonio Express News 10 of the Most Scenic Places in Texas PopularMechanics Cat jailbreaks dogs San Antonio Express-News "Being gay and coming out is still terribly hard," Locke told Business Insider when we met him at a private members' club in Shoreditch. "A lot of people think it's this big parade of 'I'm gay!' But for that individual person it's terribly difficult. I didn't have the guts to do it until I left university. He Continue Reading

New travel apps, gadgets and gear you need now

This collection of gadgets, gear and apps helps travelers cope. GSI Outdoors’ Gourmet Pourover Java Set NAME GSI Outdoors' Gourmet Pourover Java Set COST $39.95 from WHAT IT IS A coffee-making combo that includes a grinder and pourover cup for a terrific cup of joe. THE GOOD Grind the beans in the ceramic coffee grinder, then set the expanding silicone cone on top of a favorite mug, wide-mouth water bottle or small pot. Add any brand of No. 4 filter, and spoon in the freshly ground coffee. Pour water over and -- voilà! -- enjoy aromatic and eye-opening drip coffee just like home. The convenient cover doubles as a trivet for the cone after brewing and keeps everything clean during transport. The cone collapses to just an inch high, and the grinder handle nests and locks in place. It also comes with a spoon and snap-on cover. THE BAD You'll have to bring your own cream and sugar..-- PR Newswire AirHelp NAME AirHelp COST Free COMPATIBLE WITH iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up WHAT IT IS If you've ever been the victim of a canceled, delayed or overbooked flight, AirHelp can try to get you compensation for up to $700. THE GOOD Instructions are pretty straightforward. The first step is to scan your boarding pass so AirHelp can store flight information and track it for delays, cancellations, and overbooking. When it comes time to make a claim, under "Disruption Details," describe the problem you experienced with your flight. Then tap on "Delay at final destination" and choose the total delay time of your flight from three options (less than three hours, more than three hours or never arrived). Then select "Reason given by airline." Claims are usually handled within two to three months, according to the company. THE BAD If you are entitled to compensation, AirHelp gets 25 percent.-- Daniel Bubbeo, Newsday Travelrest Travel Pillow NAME Travelrest Travel Pillow COST $29.95 from Continue Reading

London revs up with hip, stylish new hotels

Many Olympics host cities experience a spate of hotel openings in the run-up to the games. But even two years after the event, London's high-end hotel boom shows no sign of stopping, with several of the world's most exclusive brands launching outposts in the U.K. capital. Chiltern Street, Andre Balazs's first London property, is opening imminently (its restaurant, already up and running, is the hottest table in town), and the city's first Mondrian and Nobu hotels are coming in the next few months. This comes as the city welcomed nearly 17 million international visitors last year, a record for a one-year period. Meanwhile, here are some notable newcomers you can book now: Shangri-La Hotel, At The ShardDesigned by noted architect Renzo Piano, the distinctive glass-clad spire of the Shard, Western Europe's tallest building, dominates the skyline near London Bridge and the Tate Modern. Perched between floors 34 and 52, the first U.K. Shangri-La offers stunning vistas over the city from each of its larger-than-average 185 rooms and 17 suites. All have the usual five-star touches like marble bathrooms, but the real luxury is the floor-to-ceiling windows with those bird's-eye views (binoculars are provided). The brand's Asian roots are apparent in Oriental decorative motifs and Asian-influenced menus, though the Ting Restaurant serves largely locally sourced Modern British food. Don't miss the remarkable infinity pool on the 52nd floor that suggests you're swimming off into the sky.Highlight: Panoramic views, high-rise infinity poolRates: $640–$19,900 Info: Ace Hotel London ShoreditchThe hipster's favorite hotel brand has opened its first European property in trendy Shoreditch, London's cross between New York's Williamsburg and Silicon Valley. The aesthetic is stripped-down industrial chic — gray carpets, monochrome walls, minibars in gray plastic trays — rather than traditional well-padded luxury. Instead, there are Continue Reading