Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall

FASHION AVENUE IS WHERE ALL YOUR SHOPPING DREAMS COME TRUE. WITHIN A BEAUTIFULLY LIGHT AND AIRY NEW EXTENSION TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST MALL YOU CAN WANDER FROM GUCCI TO MARIA TASH AND ALEXANDER MCQUEEN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. THE DENSITY OF LUXURY BRANDS AND THE SIZE OF THE STORES THEMSELVES IS QUITE SIMPLY LIKE NO WHERE ELSE ON EARTH. STEP INSIDE AT NIGHT AND THE PLACE COMES ALIVE, WITH CAFES LIKE LADUREE, CHOCOMELT AND L’ETO HEAVING WITH PEOPLE, SOCIALISING, SHOPPING AND EATING SWEET DELICIOUS TREATS LONG INTO THE NIGHT.

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Top 5 Hotels this Quarterly

THIS DESIGNER COTSWOLDS ESTATE HAS A SERIES OF VERY BIG HOUSES IN THE COUNTRY – EVEN ONE STYLED BY KATE MOSS. KIDS CAN RUN WILD AND FREE, WITH BUSHCRAFT AND FIRE-LIGHTING LESSONS DEVISED BY ADVENTURER BEN FOGLE, FISHING, ARCHERY AND KAYAKING SESSIONS. THEY'LL LEAVE WITH THE SURVIVAL INSTINCTS OF BEAR GRYLLS. THRILLS (ZIPLINING, BIKING, SWIMMING) AND CHILLS (PUPPETRY, PIZZA-MAKING, ANIMAL-PETTING) ARE SPREAD OVER THREE CLUBS FOR DIFFERENT AGES.

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TravelSimon Blackford
Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren only lived 32 years but in that short time, he achieved an astonishing amount. Not just a Grand Prix winning racing driver, McLaren’s vision extended far beyond the driver’s seat. An engineer, designer, inventor, and tester, Bruce was an automotive genius. One of only two men ever to win a Grand Prix in a racing car bearing his name, the motor racing company he started went on to become the most successful marque in Formula 1 history.

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SportsSimon Blackford
A conversation with CJ Hendry

The art world in new york is the most competitive and inspiring in the world I was thinking about moving to Hong Kong but at the last minute, my boyfriend and i decided to move to new york and build the brand there. We love a challenge we love exploring and love experiencing new things, so New York is just for us.

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Property this Quarterly

London’s super prime stock is selling at its fastest rate in three years, according to Coutts bank and If the billionaire hedge funder Ken Griffins recent buying spree in the capital is anything to go buy, then now is the time to invest. Off the back of his £95m purchase of No 3 Carlton gardens, Griffin has added the £100m penthouse at HSH’s Peninsula London Scheme on Hyde Park Corner. 

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LifestyleSimon Blackford
Top 5 restaurants this Quarterly

This Silverlake eatery always has a queue and for good reason. I loved the well-known sorrel pesto bowl with avocado, kale, feta and crispy bacon. You also have to go the whole hog and have chef Jessica Koslow’s brioche toast with whipped ricotta and homemade jam. And then there's the rice bowls that will knock your socks off!  This restaurant has shaped much of the Los Angeles food scene and has inspired many chefs

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LifestyleSimon Blackford
A conversation with de Gournay

COLLECTION NOW SHOWCASES BOLD AESTHETICS AND TECHNIQUES FOR CONTEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTS. THE ADDITION OF THE ‘METALLIC PLAINS’ COLLECTION NOW ALSO CREATES A VIBRANT NEW DIMENSION TO THE COMPANY’S REPERTOIRE WHILST MAINTAINING ITS EMPHASIS ON HAND CRAFTED QUALITY.

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LifestyleSimon Blackford