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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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Veggies and Vegans rejoice: Galvin La Chapelle launches 7-course menu

SEEN is thrilled to hear that popular French Restaurant Galvin La Chapelle has introduced a 7-course Menu Gourmand especially designed for vegetarians and vegans. Jeff and Chris Galvin have noted the importance to cater for diners’ needs, whether dietary requirements or lifestyle choices. “In the past we’ve seen a few dishes on menus that cater …

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Global pop star and three-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo has unveiled the music video for her re-imagined version of Talking Heads’ iconic song “Once In A Lifetime” – from the 1980 landmark album ‘Remain in Light’. Her radical new version of the album will be released June 8 (Kravenworks Records) and Angélique performed “Once In …

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Les 100 Ciels

SEEN has always been an admirer of Ready-to-Wear label Les 100 Ciels, whose latest collection showcases elegant yet simple chic for Spring. The name is French for ‘The Hundred Skies’ and their London branch, in the pedestrianised St Christopher’s Place, is well worth a visit. Their luxurious cashmere designs are created to last for a …

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Legendary Cocktails from 100 Wardour Street

Leave it to Soho stalwart 100 Wardour Street to come up with a new cocktail menu based on bygone decades – all with a modern twist, of course. Bar manager Massimo Bosio and his talented team promise guests Prohibition staples, Disco Fever and lots more besides. The four themes are: The Golden Era; It’s Tiki …