+ mother's day baking

Staying In This Mother’s Day? Then Why Not Bake A Bailey’s Treat With Mum

It’s needless to say, that most of us will be staying at home this Mother’s Day due to recent events. If you’re able to spend this Mother’s Day with your mum, baking together is a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with one another to make up for any other cancelled plans. These vegan Butterfly Pea Flower, Baileys Almande and Cardamom Loaves from The Great British Bake off star, and author of The New Way to Cake, Benjamina Ebuehi, are a fantastic treat for Mother’s Day.

+ Mother's Day Gift Guide

The LUXlife 2020 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

It’s that time of year again where we recognise our Mothers for being the absolute queens they are. Of course, we appreciate them all year round, however, mothering Sunday is a chance for us to really show our gratitude by spoiling our matriarchs with gifts and most importantly our love. From stunning bouquets to luxury jewels, here, we have compiled the ultimate Mother’s Day gift guide to help you with finding your mother the perfect gift for this Sunday 22nd March.

+ Pasta

The 10 Commandments of Italian Cooking

From soups, pastas and risottos, to delicious meat and vegetable dishes, Italian food is heralded as one of the most delectable cuisines in the world. With a respect for fresh, locally sourced ingredients and big flavours that root in a colourful heritage, cooking Italian food can be considered the ultimate craft. Whether you are a home cook or a classically trained chef, the 10 commandments of Italian cooking remain the same.

+ Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca: the holiday guide

Sat in the western Mediterranean on the largest Balearic island, Palma de Mallorca is a truly magical place to spend a holiday. There is no shortage of amazing sights to discover and things to do here, so you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. If you’re not sure where to stay or what to prioritise during your trip, take a look at our top tips below.

+ gifts to avoid

Valentine’s Day: The Presents You Should Avoid

Valentine’s day is almost here, so whether you’re in relationship, treating your Galentine or buying something thoughtful for your mum, you might be planning what gifts to buy them. To ensure that you don’t purchase the wrong item this year, a holder of the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, high-end independent corporate gifting specialists, Veritas Gifts have rounded up the 7 things to avoid when trying to put a smile on someone’s face during this romantic holiday season.

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The Best Places To Celebrate Valentine’s Day This Year

Knowing where to celebrate Valentine’s Day can be a struggle; especially if you’re getting tired of going to the same steakhouse every year. So why not treat your loved one to something special this year by whisking them on a weekend away, wining and dining them in a Michelin star restaurant, or taking them on a slightly more unique experience. Either way our event guide will ensure you have a Valentine’s Day to remember.

+ Perkins' pastry versions of The Weeping Woman, Bull’s Head and Creme Catalan

Rosewood London Is Hosting A Picasso Art Afternoon Tea

Executive Pastry Chef Mark Perkins creates intricate pastries inspired by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

+ Valentines Gift Guide 2020

The LUXlife 2020 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

On February 14th, couples around the world celebrate their love, cherishing the time they’ve spent together which often involves the exchanging of gifts. To ensure you’re well prepared for Valentine’s Day this year, we have compiled the ultimate Valentine’s gift guide to give you some much needed inspiration- so there’s no excuse for you or your significant other to buy a last minute box of chocolates from the petrol station. Our gift guide has something for everyone; so whether you’re married, in a long term relationship, single or celebrating ‘Galentines’, our guide is well worth a read.

+ Burns Night

The Best Ways To Celebrate Burns Night This Weekend

Saturday the 25th January marks the Scottish tradition of Burns Night; the celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Here we have compiled some of the best ways to celebrate the night, from cocktail making at home, to dining out in some of the best Michelin star restaurants. All including whiskey of course!

+ hakata

Discover London’s ‘Izakaya’ At Hakata Ramen+Bar, Bermondsey Street

Situated in the heart of London Bridge on Bermondsey Street, HAKATA champions exceptional Japanese cuisine with its delicious Ramen accompanied by fukusai; smaller delicious dishes that perfectly accompany any drink.

+ cavendish

The Cavendish London Unveils Plant-Based Menu For Veganuary

Veganism has skyrocketed in recent years, with a ‘plant-based revolution’ a top trend prediction for 2020, according to Innova Market Insights. The Cavendish London is taking part in Veganuary by offering a full vegan menu in its 2AA Rosette fine dining Petrichor Restaurant this month.

+ treatz

Best National Dessert Parlour Chain 2019 – Treatz Luton

It could be the selection of childhood favourites or the temptation of those luxury items, which feature combinations from beyond your wildest dreams. Treatz dessert parlour of Luton inspires those who are longing for a sweet treat. Here at LUXlife, we took a closer look at the company to find out more.

+ starbucks

Starbucks Kicks Off 2020 With A New Selection of Food and Drinks, Including The Blonde Macchiato Trio

They say good things come in threes… and the brand-new Blonde Macchiato trio is the latest taste sensation to hit Starbucks stores in the UK. They’re also launching a scrumptious new Winter menu including healthier vegan and meat based options.

+ How to Better Care for Yourself with a Little Luxury

How to Better Care for Yourself with a Little Luxury in Your Life

Luxury is completely subjective. While some may believe luxury means higher-priced items, for a lot of people it simply means comfort and elegance, whatever that might mean personally to you.

+ Christmasfruitpuddingonaplate

The World’s Most Expensive Christmas Treats

From old familiar festive favourites to the most delicious new European imports, read on for our look into the most expensive examples of Christmas treats.

+ christmas stocking

“All I Want For Christmas” Is A Luxury Stocking Filler: Why Less Is More This Season

As shops are filled to the brim with an abundance of gifts this season and the recent cyber weekend sales have fed the fast-purchase frenzy of consumers, a leading packaging entrepreneur says brands need to drive a more minimalist mindset for customers. And, he says that a luxury stocking filler may be the right way to do it.

+ WINE PAIRING

Festive Wine Pairings Made Simple By A Wine Expert

When it comes to food, we can struggle to find the perfect wine pairing. Balancing the abundance of different tastes, textures and flavours with the characteristics of a wine is understandably overwhelming- especially with the wide variety on the market. So to help with this, we spoke to Lukasz Kolodziejczyk, head of fine wine at Cult Wines who provides his suggestions for the right wine pairings to complement your dining experience.

+ xmas day

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.

+ negroni

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.

+ xmas menu

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.

+ wedding outside

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!

+ lux wine storage

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.

+ shopping

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.

+ leaders in luxury feature

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.