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A Guide on How to Host the Perfect Christmas Day

Having guests round and being the host can be enjoyable, yet very stressful. There is a lot of pressure to cook the perfect dinner, keep drinks topped up and guests entertained, especially on Christmas Day. But fear not, here at Lux Life we have compiled a guide to help you host a show stopping Christmas Day which everyone will enjoy.

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The Negroni Cocktail Celebrates Its Centenary Year With A Spectacular Art Exhibition In Milan

The Art of Negroni features 29 artistic interpretations from around the world of the iconic cocktail with a Campari soul. The exhibition is a homage to the extraordinary world of Campari advertising material, which ever since its origins in 1860, has made use of the arts as its narrative vehicle and communicative channel of choice.

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The Finest Restaurants To Dine Out At This Christmas

Whether you’re going for a light lunchtime bite to eat with friends, or for a three course meal with a large group, these London fine dining restaurants are well catered for the festive period, providing a dining experience to suit everyone this December. They’re providing both Christmas and New Year’s Eve set menus too offering divine cuisine including delicious vegetarian and vegan options.

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Sustainable luxury wedding trend tips to throw the perfect eco-friendly celebration

Eco-friendly weddings are becoming more and more popular, but going down the sustainable route doesn’t mean sacrificing quality and luxury. Here, Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, Founder of luxury wedding company, La Fête shares her tips on throwing the perfect eco-friendly celebration!

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How to store fine wine

We’ve all heard the saying ‘like a fine wine, you get better with age’- but what if we told you that fine wine can deteriorate if stored in the incorrect conditions? Particularly if you are investing in high-end wine, storing it professionally in controlled conditions is vital to increase its value, keep the wine fresh and allow the wine to reach its full potential. To navigate you through the storage process, the experts at Cult Wines have whittled it down to 5 top tips on how to store fine wine.

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Black Friday Bargains You Can’t Miss This Weekend

The end of November only means one thing, Black Friday! This weekend is the best time to get your Christmas shopping done as shops are slashing their prices, giving you the best deals of the year up until Cyber Monday. From discounted televisions to teeth whitening kits and bargain buffet servers, here are some of the best premium discounts on the market this Black Friday.

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A Leading Light in Global Interior Design

Michelle Evans & Associates (MEA) is a boutique interior design company with over thirty years’ experience in the hospitality sphere.

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Leaders in Luxury 2019

The 2019 Leaders in Luxury programme, now in its second year, has been designed to recognise the companies and individuals who are excelling within the ever-growing industry of luxury products and services – those who are illustrating the specialised expertise and innovative approach that keeps Blacklane at the forefront of its field.

+ Clos19 launches its Corporate Gifting Offer

The ultimate destination for business gifting!

With Christmas fast approaching, it brings the opportunity for businesses to re-affirm the value placed on loyal staff and important clients.

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The LUXLife Christmas Gift Guide 2019

The festive season is just around the corner, and what better time than now to start Christmas shopping. Here at LUXlife, we have compiled the ultimate Christmas gift guide to suite all of your needs. So whether you’re looking for the latest technology, a yuletide beverage to share with friends or gifts for the children, our guide has it all.

+ Starbucks xmas menu

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a festive Starbucks coffee!

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and today Starbucks launches its best range of Christmas food and drinks yet.

+ Firetree chocolate

Firetree: It’s all about ‘Taste and Quality’ in the Super-Premium Chocolate Sector

Firetree, the single-estate rich volcanic chocolate from the Pacific Islands and Madagascar, was founded in 2017 by David Zulman, Martyn O’Dare and Aidan Bishop who between them have over 85 years’ experience in the chocolate industry.

+ Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield Launches ‘Afternoon Tea and Sail’ Package

Laura Ashley Hotel The Belsfield, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere amongst the Cumbrian Hills, has launched an ‘Afternoon Tea & Sail’ package. Guests can relax in the Laura Ashley designed Lounge Bar, Drawing Room or Library at The Belsfield and indulge in afternoon tea before walking directly through the hotel’s landscaped gardens to Bowness Bay to enjoy a lake cruise.

+ Day Of The Dead

The Lux Life Halloween 2019 Experience Guide

Halloween is almost upon us and the spooky festivities are everywhere. Whether you’re in the mood for a vibrant Day of the Dead themed parade, a murder mystery weekend, or child friendly experience to enjoy with the kids, our Halloween experience guide has something for everyone to enjoy.

+ Whiskey masterclass

Scarfes And Scotch: A Walk Through The World Of Scotch Whisky

London’s celebrated Scarfes Bar at Rosewood London has launched a luxury whisky masterclass: ‘Scarfes and Scotch: a walk through the world of Scotch whisky’. The unique experience immerses guests in the world of whisky, with quintessential Scarfes twists and tweaks, for a memorable and educational journey through Scotland’s most iconic spirit.

+ Halloween beverages

Halloween beverage tips and recipes that will create a fully immersive spooktacular experience

Halloween is becoming scarily popular, with an estimated UK consumer spend of £420m in 2018. As the nation continues its love affair with Halloween, 2019 celebrations are set to be bigger and better than ever before. So the odd ghoulish decoration behind the bar and Thriller on repeat will no longer inspire the increasingly expectant consumer.

+ Phantom Frappuccino

Who you gonna call? The NEW Starbucks Phantom Frappuccino!

Introducing the first ever black Frappuccino to Starbucks fans in Europe- available for a limited time only from 26 – 31 October in stores across the UK.

+ Halloween Gift Guide 2019

LUXlife 2019 Halloween Gift Guide

Halloween has come around once again, and so it’s time to buy in the pumpkins and sweet treats to mark the occasion. Here at LUXlife, we have compiled a Halloween gift guide to suite all of your needs. So whether you need some gory themed tipples, last minute fancy dress ideas or something as specific as a personalised Halloween themed gift bag, our guide has it all.

+ Scottish Highlands

An Autumnal Foraging Break in the Highlands at Five-Star Dunalastair Hotel Suites

This Autumn, embrace the trend of farm to fork dining and head to the Highlands for a luxurious stay at the five-star Dunalastair Hotel Suites where the head-chef will lead guests on a culinary journey through the incredible rugged landscape foraging for the freshest ingredients.

+ decanter

Why should you decant wine and what is the best way to do it?

Decanting wine is a commonly misunderstood practice. Riedel – innovative glassware makers of incredible decanters and technical wine glass ranges, dispel the most common misconceptions in their guide to decanting.

+ InterContinental London

InterContinental London – The O2 Launches Exclusive Champagne Pairing With Laurent-Perrier

InterContinental London – The O2’s celebrated fine dining establishment is presenting a new set menu where meticulously designed signature dishes are paired with Laurent-Perrier champagnes. The Michelin-Guide and 3 AA Rosette winning Peninsula Restaurant is collaborating with the French champagne house this October with an exclusive seven-course menu featuring five distinct Laurent-Perrier champagnes.

+ vineyard

Cuvée Privée launches ‘adopt a vine’ so British wine lovers can now receive their own bottles of French vintage wine straight to their door

Adopt a vine enables wine lovers to follow the journey of their vintage bottle, from harvesting the grapes, nurturing the vines, to the bottling process. The wine is then delivered straight to their door.

+ Martin Miller Gin

Martin Miller’s Gin has announced a gin partnership with the annual London Restaurant Festival

The partnership will see Martin Miller’s Gin create exclusive Michelin-starred dining experiences throughout October at Texture Restaurant on Portman Street, the Beaufort Bar & Restaurant at The Savoy, and at HIDE Restaurant in Mayfair, with menus paired to its signature serves.

+ Date night

How to Organise a Sophisticated Date Night for Your Significant Other

Whether you’ve been in a relationship for two months or two decades, you should never forget one very important point: you’re lucky to be with the person you love. It can be easy for those in a relationship to feel underappreciated if their significant other never does anything to show them how special they are. If you’re in need of some inspiration for a special date night, here are some ideas to help you.

+ wine

How to navigate a wine list like a pro

In today’s flourishing wine climate, more grape varieties and excellent wines have been made available. However, where there is choice there can be confusion and the world of wine can be overwhelming, intimidating and complex. Whilst we all can’t be sommelier’s trained to specialize in all aspects of wine, there is a method to appear trained so you can navigate a restaurants wine list like a pro. Lukasz Kolodziejczyk, head of fine wine at Cult Wines, has created a helpful guide with five tips to help you choose from any wine list with ease.

+ HelloFresh

How to Start Cooking From Scratch with HelloFresh’s Head Chef, Andre Dupin

HelloFresh is a meal-kit delivery service that delivers cook-from-scratch meals with easy-to-follow recipes made with fresh, pre-portioned ingredients, straight to your door. At HelloFresh, they want to keep things exciting in the kitchen. There are 19 chef-curated recipes to choose from each week, from family favourites, balanced recipes under 600 calories to rapid recipes for when the last thing you want to do is cook. We caught up with Head Chef, Andre Dupin to learn about the benefits of cooking from scratch.

+ whiskey

What’s your serve? Graham Eunson on industry change and how to try whisky in new ways

After eight years at Tomatin Distillery, Graham Eunson has been sampling both exquisite single malts and high-quality blends for years. In this time, he’s led tasting events, spoken at whisky festivals, as well as ran production for the entire distillery.

+ Tomatin Whiskey

Tomatin Distillery Release Two New Limited-Edition Expressions

Tomatin, the award-winning Highland distillery has today announced the release of two new limited-edition expressions, a 2009 Caribbean Rum Finish and 2006 Amontillado Sherry Finish. Tomatin’s ability to experiment with creatively finished expressions comes from the distillery’s exceptional wood policy which ensures there is a wide range of casks sourced from prestigious partners within the industry.

+ wine

It’s wine education week and here is everything you need to know about the grape based beverage

Every wine –be it red or white, still or sparkling –is the unique product of an individual recipe and set of processes. Speaking to senior portfolio manager at Cult Wines, Jack Chapman, he explains how alcohol content is created, measured and may vary from wine to wine.

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This Company Want to Introduce Cheese to Your Fitness Plan!

Everybody loves cheese. It is the ideal accompaniment for so many things, whether melted on top of a hot meal, or lathered in Branston pickle for that perfect sandwich. For people who are aiming for a specific fitness or weight-oriented goal, cutting cheese out of their diet can be the hardest part. However, cheese and exercise lovers need fear no more.

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Wedding pubs are becoming an increasingly popular option for couples- so how are they catering for the industry?

A wedding in a pub might not adhere to traditions of the past, but it is certainly becoming a more popular option among couples selecting a venue for reception for their big day. Pub weddings are on the rise, and by making a free house the setting of your wedding, you can achieve that much-coveted rustic, intimate feel when you tie the knot and celebrate with the finest ale in high spirits.

+ 7 quirky catering ideas for corporate events

7 quirky catering ideas for corporate events

Whether it’s a creamy berry quinoa parfait or a mediterranean morning scramble washed down with an avo-shake, power breakfasts are all the rage. Long gone are the days when Del Trotter could classify as a young urban professional. The fictional Only Fools and Horses star referred to himself as a ‘yuppie’, indulging in a combination of Pina Colada, Castella cigars, and cooked full English breakfasts on a daily basis.

+ front cover

GILBEY’S CLASSIC HOSPITALITY IN ETON & OLD AMERSHAM

Gilbey’s is a family run restaurant group to its very core. Owners and husband and wife team Lin and Michael Gilbey first opened Gilbey’s Eton in 1975, situated in an enviable position on the High Street, between the historic buildings of Eton College and Windsor Castle. Gilbey’s Old Amersham followed in 1989, after Michael and Lin extensively renovated a 17th Century former grammar school… Read More

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THE FIRST EVER SAFE FOR SCHOOLS SNACK BAR

MadeGood® launches allergy friendly, organic, vegan, granola bar ‘Safe for Schools’ and free from common allergies, including nuts, peanuts, egg, soy, dairy & gluten Perfect for playground snacks, school lunchboxes and summer camps   Parents across the UK can breathe a sigh of relief as MadeGood® launches healthy granola bars in Asda. MadeGood is the FIRST EVER, totally allergen free granola snack bar that… Read More

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Experience the True Taste of Vietnamese Cuisine on the European Continent

Restaurant Bonjour Vietnam impresses with its authentic Vietnamese cuisine served with an exceptional dedication to customer service. Following their deserved recognition as the ‘Most Outstanding Vietnamese Restaurant’ outside of Vietnam, LUXlife endeavoured to find out more about the restaurant’s delectable offerings by speaking to one of the owners, Truc Quynh Tran Choleva.  You might be forgiven in thinking that it is impossible to find… Read More

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Looking to Save Money on Your Wedding Day?

Wedding days are, notoriously, expensive – especially in the luxury sphere. Yet, there are plenty of ways to reduce cost. Taking inspiration from Sunny.co.uk’s recently released master-list of wedding day tips, LUXlife have chosen to spotlight just a few of the very best. Tip 1: Alternative Venues Go the alternative route to make savings when it comes to location. Fun fact: only a quarter… Read More