Visit London Blog » kingly court Enjoy the very best of London Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:00:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Valentine’s Day London Shopping News Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:22:33 +0000

London is heaving with show-stopping shopping events in the lead-up to London Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day. Here are a few of our favourites:

Black Roses in Carnaby

Go gothic this Valentine’s Day by getting your mitts on a macabre bouquet of black roses. London creative Miss Cakehead has teamed up with Kraken Black Spiced Rum to open the Think Ink pop-up, the first-ever florist offering only black roses. The bouquets will be lovingly arranged in grave vases, full of Kraken rum, rather than water, turning them black. A bottle of rum will be given in place of the traditional Champagne option. Open from 8am on 14 Feb for one day only. G12 Kingly Court, Carnaby W1

Free Roses in Chelsea

Feel the love in Chelsea this Valentine’s Day! More than 1,000 complimentary roses will be handed out to commuters and passers-by on 14 February at shopping hub Duke of York Square. A violinist will be playing romantic music and serenading on request.

 Message on a Bottle of GinBombay Sapphire from Selfridges

Add a personal message for your loved one onto a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, through an exclusive hand-graving service at Selfridges. The service is free for all those buying a bottle of the gin. Available on 12 Feb.

 Vintage Fashion Fairs

Got a passion for designer vintage? Don’t miss The Vintage Collections at Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair, a So Vintage Fashion Fairhighlight of the fashion week schedule. Popular with costume designers and fashion bloggers, this fashion week event offers classic labels like Vivienne Westwood, Ossie Clark and Biba. Sun 16 Feb from 11am-5pm at The Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebury Avenue, EC1R 4RP. Entry is £4.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to designer labels, rummage for vintage clothes for men and women, retro accessories, reworked jewellery and one-of-a-kind homeware at the So Vintage London Fair at Old Spitalfields Market. 1 Mar from 11am-5pm

Donutterie to Open in Box ParkTom Daley is mesmorised by a box of Dum Dum Doughnuts

Celebrity favourite Dum Dum Doughnuts is opening is first-ever Donutterie in Box Park later this month. These tasty treats are freshly baked rather than fried and only have 6 grams of fat compared to the usual 17 grams of fat in a classic American jam donut. Big name stars like Olympian Tom Daley have already been flocking to the Westfield Stratford City doughnut stand to sample the baked goods.

Underground Attraction at HamleysLuke Friend and Hamley Bear at the Hamleys Underground

Legendary toy store Hamleys has unveiled a lost underground station at its Regent Street store. The new Hamleys Underground will see a tube station come to life through experiences including games, such as a NERF tunnel target board, a kiosk and entertainment. Central to the attraction is an actual driver’s cab that was used on the Piccadilly line in the 1970s.

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London Shopping News: Regent Street, Carnaby Street and Fortnum & Mason Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:00:13 +0000

London Fashion Week might have ended, but there are still plenty of hot shopping happenings in the city this month. Join us in the capital this September for Shop London, a celebration of London’s incredible and varied retail offering. For all special offers and events, click here.

NFL on Regent Street

Swing by Regent Street on 28 September as the traffic-free road will be buzzing with cheerleaders, music, team drum-lines and interactive games, as NFL showcases the best of American football. If you’re lucky, you may even spot players from the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings, who are playing at Wembley Stadium the following day.

Fortnum & Mason’s Honey Festival

Fortnum & Mason is creating a buzz on its ground floor this month as it’s hosting the London Honey Festival. For one month, Fortnum’s will be showcasing more than 20 of the finest honeys London has to offer. Visitors can sample honeys hailing from everywhere from Hyde Park to Dulwich. Bee experts will also be on-hand to advise on food pairings. Prices of jars of honey range from £10.50-£12.95. The festival ends on 20 October.

Pop-up Forest in Covent Garden

London’s first-ever pop-up forest is arriving in Seven Dials this Saturday (21 September) to celebrate walking and cycling as part of International Car Free Day. For one day only, the streets of Seven Dials will become a traffic-free haven to make way for 60 trees. Amongst the urban forest, there will also be live music, and free food and drink, including pizza slices and homemade lemonade. If your bicycle is in need of a little TLC, Dr Bike will be on hand from 11am to 5pm to offer free cycle maintenance and anti-theft bike marking.

Edible pop-up in Kingly Court

As pop-ups go, this one really takes the biscuit! The UK’s finest food artists are creating a 100% edible pop-up in the form of a magical meadow in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. The sweet-toothed public are invited to devour the Wonka-esque landscape, entitled Baketopia, over two days on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October.  Everything is edible and everything must go! Book priority entry by visiting the Baketopia website or turn up on the day to nibble on the edible wonderland.

Scotch & Soda launch on Carnaby Street

Young Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda officially launched their UK flagship store on Carnaby Street last week. The brand is known for its heritage-inspired street, work and casual wear collections.

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London Restaurant News: Aqua Shard, Hutong, Shake Shack Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:38:48 +0000 It’s been an exciting few weeks for London foodies. Two new restaurants – Aqua and Hutong – have opened in The Shard, and American phenomenon Shake Shack has launched its first UK branch in Covent Garden. Read on for more new places to eat and drink in the capital.

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

This new British restaurant is perched on Level 31 of The Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building, and offers stunning views of London. On the menu you’ll find British staples such as Dover sole with cuttlefish, broad beans and cider sauce. There’s also a bar with three-storey-high panoramic windows, where you can enjoy cocktails inspired by British favourites gin and afternoon tea.


Aqua Shard’s sister restaurant, Hutong, serves Northern Chinese cuisine and is located on Level 33 of The Shard with fantastic views of the London skyline. Signature dishes include Red Lantern (crispy crab with chilli); chilled, spiced razor clams; crispy de-boned lamb ribs and roasted Peking duck. At lunchtime you can pick from a menu of meat, fish and veggie dim sum.

Shake Shack burgers

Shake Shack

Cult American burger bar Shake Shack has opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden. Originally launched in New York’s Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack is known for its burgers, flat-top dogs and frozen custard, available as shakes and concretes (blended frozen custard with mix-ins). Try the Drury Lane Jam concrete with custard, strawberry jam, biscuit and banana. And look out for treats for your dog on the Woof menu!

Whyte & Brown

New chicken and egg restaurant Whyte and Brown has just opened in Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street. You can choose from roasted and grilled chicken, burgers, soups, pies, salads, casseroles, wings and croquettes, or free-range egg dishes such as risotto Scotch egg, and eggs Florentine and Benedict. Pop in at the weekend for traditional roast chicken with all the trimmings.

More Foodie News

  • Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf: Tom Aikens has opened a new a restaurant, bar and deli in Canary Wharf
  • Jamie’s Italian Trattoria: Jamie Oliver has launched his first Trattoria, a smaller and more rustic version of Jamie’s Italian, in Richmond
  • The Happenstance: This new bar and restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar: Previously Navajo Joe, this Covent Garden venue serves American food and creative cocktails
  • Paesan: Paesan has opened on the corner of Exmouth Market serving simple, authentic Italian dishes and cocktails
  • Five Guys: The American burger bar has just opened its first UK branch in Covent Garden
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London Video of the Week: Carmen Allan-Petale’s Guide to London Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:40:25 +0000

This insider’s guide to London by Carmen Allan-Petale is one of the entries for My Destination’s Biggest, Baddest Bucketlist competition.

For a chance of winning an all-expenses-paid trip around the world lasting for six months, all you have to do is create a short video about one of your favourite destinations.

The competition closes at the end of March 2013. You can see all of the London entries so far here and find out more at

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Valentine’s Day Shopping News: Boxpark, Carnaby Street, Penhaligon’s and the William Morris Gallery Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:33:22 +0000

Love is in the air in London’s shops and markets in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day on 14 February. If you want to find the perfect gift for your loved-one, London has a whirl of Valentine’s shopping events to tickle your fancy.

The spruced-up William Morris Gallery is hosting the E17 Designers Valentine’s Day Special this Saturday (9 Feb), where 20 artists will be selling their hand-crafted items, including prints and precious gems, corsages and customised cufflinks. Expect wandering minstrels, love poetry and choir singing. Entry £2. Children under 16 free.

In East London’s hip Shoreditch, pop-up mall Boxpark is hosting romantic events aplenty, including macaroon-making classes (from now until 13 Feb) and love-inspired nail designs by Boom Nails (14-17 Feb). Boutique lingerie brand Playful Promises will be offering 20% off its sexy stock, from lingerie sets to risqué satin corsets (14-17 Feb).

Carnaby Street is spreading the love this V-Day with shed-loads of inspirational gift ideas.

Head to the Marshmallow Apothecary pop-up (9-23 Feb) in Kingly Court to be prescribed a bespoke box of marshmallows. Lovers can feast on aphrodisiac flavours including ginger and chilli, which can be taken away or enjoyed in the café with a hot chocolate or cocktail. For handmade gifts, visit Kingly Court for the Craft Jam Fair and Market this Saturday (9 Feb, 12-7pm), which offers everything from cards and accessories to homeware and artisan food.

Sutra Kitchen vegetarian cooking school and deli is hosting a Valentine’s Day cooking experience for couples. Get steamy in the kitchen under the guidance of head chef Jay Morjaria and then enjoy your creations, including wild mushroom and thyme risotto. The class is £25 and includes a glass of bubbly. Email to book.

Put a smile on your Valentine’s face by popping into the newly re-vamped British perfume house Penhaligons, in Regent Street. The brainchild of UK designer Christopher Jenner, the plush emporium is all wood panelling, padded walls, onion dome chandeliers and ceiling roses inspired by Westminster Cathedral. Don’t leave without taking a sniff of signature scent Blenheim Bouquet, which was created in 1902 and worn by Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.

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London Shopping News: Harvey Nichols, Floris, Lyle & Scott and the London College of Fashion College Shop Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:00:42 +0000 This week’s top shopping news stories:

Harvey Nichols New-Look Lingerie Boutique
Knightsbridge stalwart Harvey Nichols has relaunched its lingerie boutique. As well as a complete shop-in-shop from Stella McCartney, and the latest collections from Elle Macpherson, Calvin Klein, Wolford and Spanx, the third floor boutique offers complimentary expert fittings to give you a flawless figure. To celebrate, Harvey Nichols is offering 20% off all lingerie until 21 October. Plus Nails inc are treating shoppers to a free shape and paint with every lingerie purchase over £50 or with the purchase of a matching lingerie set, meaning you can match your nails to your knickers.

Floris Opens New London Boutique, from 18 Oct
Perfumers to Her Majesty the Queen, and Prince Charles, Floris is one of London’s oldest retailers. Their first store was established on Jermyn Street way back in 1730. The brand is now expanding, with a second shop opening in Belgravia this week. The eighth and ninth generation of the family are now selling their wares at 147 Ebury Street. A growing waiting list precedes the opening of the new boutique which will offer Floris’ unique bespoke Perfumery Service as well as providing their eclectic range of scents for women, men and the home.

London College of Fashion “College Shop” Returns to Kingly Court, from 18 Oct
After the success of its pop-up shop last September, the London College of Fashion Shop is back. Opening on 18 October on Kingly Court off Carnaby Street, and running for just two weeks, the College Shop will stock unique and one-off creations from the college’s alumni. Pieces on offer are by Ada Zanditon; recent London Collections: Mens stars Joseph Turvey and Domingo Rodriguez; womenswear designer Para Manko; and fashion illustrator Rosie McGuiness. Stock will rotate daily and will also feature designs from recent graduates in womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery, fashion photography and illustrations.

Lyle & Scott’s Campaign for Wool in Covent Garden, 18-21 Oct
The excitement of Wool Week continues in London. Following last week’s news from M&S, this week the promotional campaign moves to Covent Garden. From 18 to 21 October, golf and knitwear brand Lyle & Scott is hosting a “baaa-rmy extravaganza” to show its support for The Campaign for Wool. There’ll be a mini-golf course set up on Covent Garden’s North Piazza, with woollen obstacles and sheep statues in place of the traditional AstroTurf and windmils. Fans of the brand can practice their putting for the chance to nab a 15% discount and a free Lyle & Scott golf ball. Lyle & Scott has also teamed up with a talented design student from the Wool School initiative to create a limited-edition sweater. The marl-stripe jumper is made using high-quality Hinchcliffe yarn and is on sale in the King Street store now.
Visit to find out more about Wool Week.

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London Shopping News: Denim at Selfridges, Biscuits at Fortnum & Mason, Soho Arts Fair and Free Children’s Events in Foyles Tue, 21 Aug 2012 11:00:25 +0000 Here’s this week’s top London shopping news stories:

Selfridges Destination Denim: Until 8 Sep
If, like me, you’re on a near-constant quest for the perfect pair of jeans (I had them once: a pair of 7 For All Mankind, plucked randomly from a sale rail in New York; wore them till they fell apart), Selfridges may offer a solution. This month, they’re celebrating their longest denim wall in Europe with Destination Denim, an exciting store-wide denim event, including exclusive product launches, designer appearances, style advice and special events. Just this week, there’s a 12-hour online jean-a-thon with giveaways on the hour, every hour on Thursday. Women can get advice from Stylist magazine’s fashion editor on Thursday afternoon; while men can distress their denim with Denham between 30 August and 2 September. Find out more at

Biscuit Decorating Demonstration at Fortnum & Mason: 23 Aug
If you need a new excuse to pop into the hallowed halls of Fortnum & Mason this week, here’s my suggestion. With the Great British Bake Off turning everyone crazy for cakes and barmy for biscuits, don’t miss this free decorating demonstration in store. Ellie, an artist-cum-baker creates Fortnum’s stunning animal decorated biscuits. She’ll be showing off how she works her magic powers with piping bags in the Demonstration Kitchen on the First Floor from 2pm. You’ll be wowing your tea party guests in no time.

Soho Arts Fair in Kingly Court: 24-25 Aug
This weekend, the Soho Arts Fair come to Kingly Court for the very first time, showcasing artworks by young adults produced in Art-Alive workshops. The Art Alive Arts Trust is a charity that works with children and young adults to develop creative skills through art. On display will be a variety of works ranging from fine art to fashion. If you’re inspired by the works on show, you can also get involved as there’ll be workshops on Mosaic and Ceramic art, Painting, Fashion Photography, T-Shirt printing and more. In a packed weekend of activities, there’ll also be live dance and music performances as well as street artists. Don’t miss the fashion show on Friday between 6pm and 9pm. This is the culmination of three months’ worth of workshops taking place in Kingly Court, giving young people the chance to explore their skills in photography, fine art, fashion design and ceramics.

Foyles Children’s Events at Westfield
Why not head to Westfield London this summer holiday as there are some special children’s events taking place in Foyles. On 25 August between 2 and 4pm, hear sea shanties and look for treasure with Hannah, the Queen of the Seven Seas: don’t forget to dress up as your favourite sea creature: Mermaid, Pirate, Squid… On 28 August between 2 and 3pm, Paddington will be in store, where the booksellers will be throwing a party to celebrate the end of the Great British Sumer. There’ll be storytelling, activities, and a chance to meet the great bear himself. Both events are free.

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triyoga: An Oasis of Calm in the Heart of London Sun, 31 Jan 2010 10:00:39 +0000 January is often a time to begin something different, make a change or get healthy. A yoga course at triyoga seemed the perfect place to start.

Set in the charming Kingly Court in Soho, the triyoga centre (one of three in London) is a welcoming oasis of candles and calm. There is a soothing quietness as soon as you enter the studio and a sense that people are here to learn and escape the chaos of everyday life.

My teacher, Leela Miller, has been teaching yoga for more than 20 years. Her obvious passion for yoga and the way she explains of some of the philosophy behind it is truly inspiring: ”At the heart of yoga is change”.

I’m brand new to yoga yet I found I was able to follow the class and adopt all the positions. Leela is a patient teacher and the class is just the right size. We were introduced to some of the fundamental yoga poses, concentrating on healthy alignment and establishing a deeper awareness of breathing.

I found the class challenging yet enjoyable and left feeling incredibly calm and centred. It provides the perfect escape from the fast pace of daily city life and I can already tell that triyoga will become my regular retreat in London. Watch this space as I’ll update you on my progress during the course.

Triyoga has centres in Primrose Hill, Soho and Covent Garden and specialise in yoga and pilates drop-in classes for beginners and experienced yogis as well as a range courses and treatments.

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