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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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Posturing: The Female Body in Fashion

The Ground Floor Project, Posturing: Photographing the Body in Fashion was the first iteration of a three-part partnership with luxury online retailer THE OUTNET.COM. The exhibition brought together diverse photographers, whose images pushed the boundaries of fashion image-making, connected by a shared interest in posture, gesture and pose. The viewer was challenged to consider both the body’s role in the construction of a fashion photograph …

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Art on a Postcard Presents: Secret Auction 2017 for the Hepatitis C Trust

After the success of last year’s auction, which raised over £75,000, The Hepatitis C Trust’s Art on a Postcard Secret Auction returns for its 4th year. Guests at the private view on the 14th November at Unit London, included Sadie Frost, Alan McGee, Charlie Brooks, Dougie Wallace, David Harrison, Benjamin Murphy and Rowan Newton. World renowned …

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Omar Souleyman Releases ‘To Syria, With Love’

SEEN cannot believe that she hasn’t listened to anything by the great Omar Souleyman, before. He started out as a wedding singer in his native Syria before re-locating to Turkey six years ago to escape the civil war. Since then he’s toured the globe, collaborated with Björk and Four Tet, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize …