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Christmas at the Royal Exchange: Old-school Luxury

SEEN sometimes thinks that the glorious Royal Exchange is the best-kept secret in London. Right by Bank tube station it’s an iconic building that has reinvented itself over the years, most recently as a luxury shopping and dining destination. The interior is quite magical; a huge space with the Grand Café in the middle. This is surrounded by shops on the inside and outside of this dramatic building.

SEEN popped in on the fabulous Georg Jensen to admire the jewellery, the most amazing tech store Devialet where the tech looked like it had stepped out of Star Wars and of course, the divine Lulu Guinness, whose glorious windows were bedecked with Lip and Lipstick-shaped bags and accessories. We saw Halcyon Days watches with matching bracelets and luxuriated in Penhaligon scents. It’s a distinctly old-school style of shopping experience, very different from other shopping destinations in the capital. It’s worth a visit for that alone.

There are restaurants there too, the Sauterelle, almost hidden on the first floor but boasting marvellous views out onto the central courtyard. To reach it you pass several huge paintings that have been sensitively preserved, signifying that new development need not destroy everything that has gone before. There will be a Christmas tree lighting soon (by a celebrity – we are sworn to secrecy!) SEEN is looking forward to seeing this theatrical and historic space all lit up.

The Royal Exchange

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Port Cities play the Slaughtered Lamb

Canadian band PORT CITIES are still bathing in the afterglow of November’s Nova Scotia Music Week, where they scooped no less than five awards, including album of the year, digital artist of the year and entertainer of the year. SEEN has certainly been enjoying their beautiful vocals. In light of such accolades then, its only …

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My Furry Lady: the Art of Marion Peck at Dorothy Circus Gallery

SEEN can safely say that there is nowhere quite like Dorothy Circus Gallery in Notting Hill. It is the very antithesis of the white, clinical art gallery that abounds in the capital. From the beautiful yet disquieting pop surrealist art that is the passion of gallery director Alexandra Mazzanti, to the welcoming gallery itself complete …

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Faune: a free new typeface from France

SEEN has always been fascinated by typefaces, so was very interested to hear that the Centre National des Arts Plastiques (Cnap), a public establishment of the French Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the Groupe Imprimerie Nationale, has commissioned the creation of a type family. Alice Savoie was chosen by a panel of experts following …

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Prep release new single and play Islington Assembly Hall this Sunday

Well, if this isn’t the sound of the summer, SEEN doesn’t know what is – PREP have aired the new video for ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, the first single to arrive from their forthcoming EP ‘Cold Fire’, due out in April 2018. Directed by Tuixen Benet (also behind the choreography for Tame Impala’s ‘The Less …

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Enjoy the Feast of St. Patrick with with a Midleton Very Rare Champagne Cocktail at Corrigan’s of Mayfair

Londoners will know how enthusiastically the city enjoys St. Patrick’s Day. For a different and very luxurious experience of this auspicious day, you might want to try a trip to one of (Irishman born and bred), Richard Corrigan’s restaurants, particularly Corrigan’s Mayfair who will be hosting a full-day celebration for St. Patrick’s Day with Irish …