Evening Standard - Life & Style http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/rss/ Home Page RSS Description A star in the making: the Corinthia Hotel Budapest http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/a-star-in-the-making-the-corinthia-hotel-budapest-9278152.html <p>A good hotel concierge can provide you with almost anything. At the Corinthia in Budapest, Tamás Ungár goes out of his way to give excellent service. Ungár is in the spotlight right now, as Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel doffs a bellboy’s cap to his profession. It evokes a heady past filled with silver tureens, hair grease and needy, elderly countesses.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:51:50 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/a-star-in-the-making-the-corinthia-hotel-budapest-9278152.html Paul Tierney 2014-04-23T16:51:50Z Five things Fay Maschler ate this week http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/five-things-fay-maschler-ate-this-week-9277976.html <p>1. Salmon tacos at Uni in Ebury Street, the London outpost of restaurants in Marbella and Marrakesh where Nikkei cuisine meets bling and brazen.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:52:46 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/five-things-fay-maschler-ate-this-week-9277976.html 2014-04-23T14:52:46Z Primordial: longhorn steer being roasted at The Ship Ready, set, work: have you joined the super-working classes? http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/ready-set-work-have-you-joined-the-superworking-classes-9277906.html <p>Have you joined the super- working classes — those alpha-hours Stakhanovites whose idea of the ordinary office day is a 12-hour slog, with the iPad always charged to ensure that a couple of emails can be polished off in bed and resumed over the 6.30am breakfast?</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:48:51 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/ready-set-work-have-you-joined-the-superworking-classes-9277906.html 2014-04-23T13:48:51Z London's best 'made in England' fashion for St George's Day http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/londons-best-made-in-england-fashion-for-st-georges-day-9277798.html <p><strong>Back to basics</strong></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:29:43 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/londons-best-made-in-england-fashion-for-st-georges-day-9277798.html 2014-04-23T13:29:43Z Clean hair act: the rise of the scalp facial http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/clean-hair-act-the-rise-of-the-scalp-facial-9277818.html <p>Earlier this month I booked a scalp facial. Yes, you read that right, and I was as rolly-eyed about it as you are. But when you think about it, taking care of your noggin makes a lot of sense. We spend plenty of time, energy and money keeping our faces clean: cleansing, exfoliating, drawing out every last speck of grime with deep-pore mud masks — and that’s before we’ve even got to the peels, serums and moisturisers for every time of day or skin type. So when you consider the two-minute flurry of shampoo and conditioner we gift to our tresses each morning, it seems like a raw deal. </p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:14:51 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/clean-hair-act-the-rise-of-the-scalp-facial-9277818.html 2014-04-23T13:14:51Z Ed Miliband unleashes the digital attack dogs http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/ed-miliband-unleashes-the-digital-attack-dogs-9277632.html <p>We have already had a foreign manager of the England football team; perhaps it was only a matter of time before all the political parties turned abroad too. Last week David Axelrod, President Obama’s campaign mastermind, was appointed as Labour’s strategic adviser. He will take on the Tories’ Australian election chief Lynton Crosby, their ex-Obama strategist Jim Messina, and Nick Clegg’s director of strategy Ryan Coetzee, a South African.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:43:43 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/ed-miliband-unleashes-the-digital-attack-dogs-9277632.html 2014-04-23T12:43:43Z Strategic thinking: President Obama and wife Michelle with his campaign mastermind David Axelrod and wife Susan Landau EXCLUSIVE: a first-look at Heathrow Terminal 2's hi-tech £2.5 billion revamp http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/exclusive-a-firstlook-at-heathrow-terminal-2s-hitech-25-billion-revamp-9277290.html <p>Hi-tech is the architectural vocabulary of choice for London’s gateway buildings. From Sir Nicholas Grimshaw’s now defunct Eurostar terminal at Waterloo to Sir Norman Foster’s Stansted Airport and replacement Eurostar station at St Pancras to Heathrow Terminal 5 by Sir Richard Rogers.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:24:12 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/exclusive-a-firstlook-at-heathrow-terminal-2s-hitech-25-billion-revamp-9277290.html Robert Bevan 2014-04-23T12:24:12Z Flight of fancy: the baggage claim hall lacks dynamism but architect Luis Vidal makes use of intuitive way-finding without shouty signs (Picture: Daniel Hambury) Fay Maschler reviews Rotorino http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/fay-maschler-reviews-rotorino-9277304.html <p>When chefs with skills and an outlook that have been forged in that singular establishment The River Café leave to do their own thing, like old Etonians in the Cabinet, the schooling lives on to haunt them. The description River Café of the North was aimed at Trullo at Highbury Corner even though chef Tim Siadatan is only an alumnus by proxy (he worked at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen). Trullo’s front-of-house, Jordan Frieda, was one of Rose and Ruthie’s chickadees.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:53:34 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/fay-maschler-reviews-rotorino-9277304.html 2014-04-23T11:53:34Z Rather noisy: Rotorino in Dalston (Picture: Adrian Lourie) Style and the city: Rosie Fortescue's week in London fashion http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/style-and-the-city-rosie-fortescues-week-in-london-fashion-9274550.html <p><strong>Lip love</strong></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:45:46 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/style-and-the-city-rosie-fortescues-week-in-london-fashion-9274550.html Rosie Fortescue 2014-04-23T11:45:46Z Chelsea favourite: our girl about town Rosie Fortescue London's best running shorts http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/londons-best-running-shorts-9275042.html <p><strong>Track star</strong></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:59:06 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/londons-best-running-shorts-9275042.html 2014-04-22T17:59:06Z Man about London town: Oliver Proudlock http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/man-about-london-town-oliver-proudlock-9274785.html <p><strong>Look of the week</strong></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:47:38 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/man-about-london-town-oliver-proudlock-9274785.html Oliver Proudlock 2014-04-22T17:47:38Z (Pic: Blaow Photography http://instagram.com/blaowphotography) The flash boy: Brad Katsuyama on Wall Street scandals and the morality of money http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/the-flash-boy-brad-katsuyama-on-wall-street-scandals-and-the-morality-of-money-9274491.html <p>Brad Katsuyama realised it was a pretty big deal when best-selling author Michael Lewis flew out to Canada to meet his parents and childhood friends. But only once Flash Boys — the latest exposé of Wall Street from the writer of hits The Blind Side and Moneyball — was finished did Katsuyama find out he was the hero of the whole book.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51:12 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/the-flash-boy-brad-katsuyama-on-wall-street-scandals-and-the-morality-of-money-9274491.html 2014-04-22T15:51:12Z Crusader: “Anyone with a pension or retirement is an investor in the stock market,” says Brad Katsuyama, who believes those markets should be fair and neutral (Picture: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty) Totally minted: go green in style this spring http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/totally-minted-go-green-in-style-this-spring-9274670.html <p>If navy is the new black, which by the way, it 100 per cent is — ask anyone — a cool, crisp shade of mint is the new “Pepto-Bismol pink”. Or perhaps it’s the new “unmellow yellow”. Either way, it’s the only hue worth adding to your wardrobe repertoire this spring. Christopher Kane, Scottish designer and oracle of everything, has decreed it. In the designer’s stunning spring/summer show this dreamy shade — think something between scrubs green and toothpaste — served as a foundation of a collection that took its inspiration from photosynthesis. Among the highlights were a raindrop cocktail gown in the shade and a “FLOWER” sweater which is currently being ripped off by high-street retailers desperate to join in on this minty-fresh moment.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:45:39 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/totally-minted-go-green-in-style-this-spring-9274670.html 2014-04-22T15:45:39Z Minty fresh: (from left) models backstage at Christopher Kane’s spring/summer 14 catwalk show, from a selection from £330, available at matchesfashion.com; double-knit cashmere blend coat, £1,995, Burberry Prorsum (burberry.com); bouclé skirt suit by Calvin Klein, from a selection from £480, available at calvinklein.com How to survive the vacation vacuum http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-to-survive-the-vacation-vacuum-9274399.html <p>It starts with bewilderment. Then sadness sets in, followed by waves of fear. Sound familiar? I’m afraid you are suffering from a case of “holiday head”.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:07:57 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-to-survive-the-vacation-vacuum-9274399.html 2014-04-22T12:07:57Z Holiday head: a recent study of 2,000 British employees found that 70 per cent need more than two weeks to recover from a post-holiday downer (Picture: Getty) Hot hair: celeb stylists at Cobella reveal how to achieve Pippa Middleton's waves http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/hot-hair-celeb-stylists-at-cobella-reveal-how-to-achieve-pippa-middletons-waves-9267298.html <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">This time last year Pippa Middleton attended the Coronation Festival, and along with her gorgeous blue and white dress, she had equally gorgeous hair.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:05:56 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/hot-hair-celeb-stylists-at-cobella-reveal-how-to-achieve-pippa-middletons-waves-9267298.html Mollie Goodfellow 2014-04-22T11:05:56Z Wonderful waves: Pippa Middleton New exhibition in capital shows art of novelist Beryl Bainbridge http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/new-exhibition-in-capital-shows-art-of-novelist-beryl-bainbridge-9274180.html <p>The first London exhibition of the art of novelist Beryl Bainbridge is to open.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:38:49 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/new-exhibition-in-capital-shows-art-of-novelist-beryl-bainbridge-9274180.html 2014-04-22T10:38:49Z Family: a painting by Beryl Bainbridge of her children Aaron and Jojo Connecting stories across space and time http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/connecting-stories-across-space-and-time-9267800.html <p><strong>Orfeo by Richard Powers (Atlantic, £18.99)</strong></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:18:04 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/connecting-stories-across-space-and-time-9267800.html Leo Robson 2014-04-17T18:18:04Z Orfeo by Richard Powers Crime novel: The Son by Jo Nesbø http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/crime-novel-the-son-by-jo-nesb-9267815.html <p><strong>The Son by Jo Nesbø (Harvill Secker, £18.99)</strong></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:16:42 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/crime-novel-the-son-by-jo-nesb-9267815.html Mark Sanderson 2014-04-17T18:16:42Z Right on form: Jo Nesbø (Picture: Steve Black/Rex) The relentless challenge that faces women http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/the-relentless-challenge-that-faces-women-9267824.html <p><strong>Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates (Simon &amp; Schuster, £14.99)</strong></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:13:02 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/the-relentless-challenge-that-faces-women-9267824.html 2014-04-17T18:13:02Z Risky business: one in eight women has left a job due to sexual harrassment (Picture: Don Bayley/Getty) Paperbacks: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P, Into the Woods and The Conversations http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/paperbacks-the-love-affairs-of-nathaniel-p-into-the-woods-and-the-conversations-9267965.html <p><strong>The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman (Windmill, £8.99)</strong></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:09:43 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/paperbacks-the-love-affairs-of-nathaniel-p-into-the-woods-and-the-conversations-9267965.html William Leith 2014-04-17T18:09:43Z The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman The man behind London’s first democratic delicatessen http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/the-man-behind-londons-first-democratic-delicatessen-9267550.html <p>Abiye Cole is sitting in his new deli, grinning. For lunch he ate some charcuterie produced in a neighbouring borough, a hunk of bread made by a baker a few streets away, a tomato and onion bought around the corner, a spoonful of No Joke! pepper sauce made by a friend’s mother and “some really nice butter”. His favourite part? “It was simple but all local or handmade. Hands! That’s what I’m excited about.”</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:27:31 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/the-man-behind-londons-first-democratic-delicatessen-9267550.html 2014-04-17T15:27:31Z Streetwise: Abiye Cole (Picture: Rebecca Reid) Beauty Sleuth: Salicylic acid peel at Debbie Thomas http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/beauty-sleuth-salicylic-acid-peel-at-debbie-thomas-9264531.html <p>Battling a sudden spot breakout is stressful enough, but with my best friend’s wedding in less than a week’s time, I had no time to fuss around with potions and tinctures at home. Dubbed one of London’s ‘superfacialists’, and specialising in acne-prone skin, Debbie Thomas looked like the person for the job. </p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:46:31 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/beauty-sleuth-salicylic-acid-peel-at-debbie-thomas-9264531.html Beauty sleuth 2014-04-17T14:46:31Z beauty Sleuth at Debbie Thomas Splat out: The ES Magazine Easter Egg Guide http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/splat-out-the-es-magazine-easter-egg-guide-9264556.html <p>The Es Magazine team round-up their favourite eggs...</p><p> </p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:46:12 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/splat-out-the-es-magazine-easter-egg-guide-9264556.html Dipal Acharya. Photographs by Tobi Jenkins 2014-04-17T14:46:12Z The flight paths of London’s little airports http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/the-flight-paths-of-londons-little-airports-9267138.html <p>If you’re taxiing down a London runway in a multi-million-pound private jet, you might think you’ve made it. As a Master of the Universe you’re probably thinking of retiring to spend more time with your money. You might even be the London tycoon who puts his brood of chickens on a private jet to Nice every week to ensure fresh eggs for breakfast.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:13:12 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/the-flight-paths-of-londons-little-airports-9267138.html 2014-04-17T14:13:12Z The jet set: London is now Europe’s number one city for private aviation (Picture: Getty) Jason Rock: ‘In my house people took heroin, and sold it all day long. There wasn’t time to be a child’ http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/jason-rock-in-my-house-people-took-heroin-and-sold-it-all-day-long-there-wasnt-time-to-be-a-child-9267117.html <p>Early on in my interview with Jason Rock, he begins to seem familiar. The 26-year-old is telling me about playing the male lead in BABY/LON, a play put on by The Big House theatre project for young people who have grown up in care, which opens tonight at Hackney Downs Studios.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:24:10 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/jason-rock-in-my-house-people-took-heroin-and-sold-it-all-day-long-there-wasnt-time-to-be-a-child-9267117.html 2014-04-17T12:24:10Z “I tell kids they shouldn’t enter the criminal justice system, because they’ll get labelled for life”: Jason Rock with his mentor Maggie Norris at Hackney Downs Studios (Picture: Rebecca Reid) Côte of many colours: Provence http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/cte-of-many-colours-provence-9265080.html <p>The biggest burst of culture in the South of France today is the annual film festival at Cannes. But in the first half of the 20th century the bright sunshine and blue seas made it the backdrop for a slew of star-name artists, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Fernand Léger, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:32:34 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/cte-of-many-colours-provence-9265080.html 2014-04-16T16:32:34Z Southern belle: the richly coloured scenery of Nice influenced Matisse’s work (Picture: Adina Tovy/Getty) Gift aid: forget crockery, the new wedding list is all about dream experiences http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/gift-aid-forget-crockery-the-new-wedding-list-is-all-about-dream-experiences-9264288.html <p>What do you buy the nearly-wed couple who have everything? A few hours of marriage counselling at Relate.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:36:15 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/gift-aid-forget-crockery-the-new-wedding-list-is-all-about-dream-experiences-9264288.html 2014-04-16T12:36:15Z Will Kim Jong-un's signature hair cut catch on in London? http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/will-kim-jonguns-signature-hair-cut-catch-on-in-london-9264166.html <p>Kim Jong-un: supreme leader of North Korea, dictator and, apparently, style icon. Weeks after he decreed that male university students in his country should emulate his look, Kim’s appearance is being analysed once again. A headshot displaying his distinctive coiffure — shaved sides, voluminous locks and Nineties boyband centre-parting — was used as an advert for cuts at South Ealing’s M&amp;M Hair Academy.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:14:58 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/will-kim-jonguns-signature-hair-cut-catch-on-in-london-9264166.html Guy Pewsey 2014-04-16T12:14:58Z (Picture: Adrian Lourie) Airpocalypse now: how to solve London's pollution problems http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/airpocalypse-now-how-to-solve-londons-pollution-problems-9264105.html <p>There’s a map of London that reminds me of an MRI brain scan. It shows the average level of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide in the capital in 2010. Blue and green represent a low level, an aureolin shade tells you that NO2 is at the European Union’s acceptable limit, orange and red are bad, burgundy the worst. Most of central London is yellow and there’s a predictable amber puddle around Heathrow. But the network of London’s main roads are painted a dark, boozy red — the capital’s outdoor smoking lounges.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:53:51 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/airpocalypse-now-how-to-solve-londons-pollution-problems-9264105.html 2014-04-16T11:53:51Z (Illustration: PAUL DALLIMORE) Part 3 of The Silicon 60: ones to watch on London's start-up scene http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/part-3-of-the-silicon-60-ones-to-watch-on-londons-startup-scene-9264012.html <p><strong>THE BRAND NEWBIES</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:37:52 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/part-3-of-the-silicon-60-ones-to-watch-on-londons-startup-scene-9264012.html 2014-04-16T11:37:52Z Dupsy Abiola (Picture: Rebecca Reid) Seven best London-made Easter eggs http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/seven-best-londonmade-easter-eggs-9262352.html <p><strong>1 Easter Egg Trio gift box, Demarquette</strong></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:29:48 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/seven-best-londonmade-easter-eggs-9262352.html Victoria Stewart 2014-04-16T10:29:48Z Eggcellent: The Golden Egg, Paul A Young This will blow your mind (not really) http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/this-will-blow-your-mind-not-really-9261544.html <p>The internet poses many questions, but few of the philosophical variety. Most relate to entertainment — Netflix or iPlayer? — and not to enlightenment. That is until you discover the schools of Upworthy versus Downworthy.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:21:21 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/this-will-blow-your-mind-not-really-9261544.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-04-15T12:21:21Z Cara Delevingne gets lippy in new YSL film http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/cara-delevingne-gets-lippy-in-new-ysl-film-9259405.html <p>Cara Delevingne is starring in a seductive short film for Yves Saint Laurent.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:44:21 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/cara-delevingne-gets-lippy-in-new-ysl-film-9259405.html Julia Richardson 2014-04-15T11:44:21Z Face of YSL: Cara Delevigne stars in new short film, From Lips to Love Hot cross fun: the hunt for London's best international Easter bun http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/hot-cross-fun-the-hunt-for-londons-best-international-easter-bun-9261442.html <p>I know, I know, we’re in the run-up to Easter and we’re all meant to be refraining from eating excessively — the idea being that on Sunday we can dive headlong into a bowlful of chocolate and other Easter stodge. However, over recent weeks I have been on a mini-mission. Not the usual Easter hunt in search of eggs or that unruly bunny. No, this year I’ve been on a hunt for London’s best international Easter bun.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:37:41 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/hot-cross-fun-the-hunt-for-londons-best-international-easter-bun-9261442.html 2014-04-15T11:37:41Z Nice buns: the traditional hot cross variety is not the only bun option this Easter California preening: Cara Delevingne and sister Poppy top the style stakes at Coachella http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/california-preening-cara-delevingne-and-sister-poppy-top-the-style-stakes-at-coachella-9261326.html <p><strong>THE HEN PARTY WITH BENEFITS</strong></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:01:27 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/california-preening-cara-delevingne-and-sister-poppy-top-the-style-stakes-at-coachella-9261326.html Karen Dacre, Emma McCarthy 2014-04-15T11:01:27Z Cara and Poppy Delevingne and Sienna Miller at Poppy’s Saturday brunch Desert playground: the new Ritz-Carlton in California http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/desert-playground-the-new-ritzcarlton-in-california-9259189.html <p>As locations go, the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, set high on a bluff enveloped by the Santa Rosa mountain range and overlooking the Coachella Valley, is pretty difficult to beat.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:24:08 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/desert-playground-the-new-ritzcarlton-in-california-9259189.html Jo Fernández 2014-04-14T18:24:08Z Golden state: the five-star Ritz-Carlton is designed to complement its desert location A change of silhouette: why London's most stylish are baring (just a bit) of their midriffs http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/a-change-of-silhouette-why-londons-most-stylish-are-baring-just-a-bit-of-their-midriffs-9258478.html <p>Last month I took a brief holiday from my senses and bought a crop-top. OK, so it wasn’t exactly a crop-top, rather a base-of-belly-button-skimming box top, but still, I must have been certifiably insane. “This is bonkers,” I whispered to myself, jamming the Zara carrier bag and its itsy-bitsy contents in beside my M&amp;S shopping and safely away from judgmental public gaze. Did I really think I could be one of those thirtysomething women with the gall — and washboard abs — required to pull something like this off? Believe me, I am in possession of neither.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:24:01 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/a-change-of-silhouette-why-londons-most-stylish-are-baring-just-a-bit-of-their-midriffs-9258478.html 2014-04-14T13:24:01Z Top of the crops: navel-skimming outfits are in vogue The politics of lunch: how it's become a midday power-play http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/the-politics-of-lunch-how-its-become-a-midday-powerplay-9258583.html <p>Do you remember lunch? Not the carton of anaemic salad from the deli or the squashed Pret sandwich consumed al desko. So simple was the lunching business once that all we did was co-ordinate diaries and pick a place.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:04:55 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/the-politics-of-lunch-how-its-become-a-midday-powerplay-9258583.html 2014-04-14T13:04:55Z We’re all going supernuts for almonds http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/were-all-going-supernuts-for-almonds-9258475.html <p>From the outside, an almond looks pretty ordinary. But thanks to its huge list of superpower claims — slimming, beautifying and, according to one study, life-extending — this humble nut is causing a stir on the power-food scene.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:33:48 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/were-all-going-supernuts-for-almonds-9258475.html 2014-04-14T11:33:48Z London's best leg primers http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/londons-best-leg-primers-9258481.html <p><strong>Scrub up</strong></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:24:20 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/londons-best-leg-primers-9258481.html 2014-04-14T11:24:20Z The big takeaway: the lengths Londoners go to to get the best food to-go http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/the-big-takeaway-the-lengths-londoners-go-to-to-get-the-best-food-togo-9253632.html <p>It's Friday night in Camberwell and there’s a run on the local kebab shop. Actually, calling FM Mangal a kebabby does it a disservice: this place — loved by Jay Rayner — dispenses salty, juicy, meaty joy in a wrap, with a sauce so delicious you’ll lick it off your fingers. South Londoners will queue for an hour for an FM Mangal.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:04:13 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/the-big-takeaway-the-lengths-londoners-go-to-to-get-the-best-food-togo-9253632.html 2014-04-11T14:04:13Z (Picture: Scope Beauty/Carlotta Moye/ACP Syndication) Man about London town: Oliver Proudlock http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/man-about-london-town-oliver-proudlock-9254073.html <p><strong>Look of the week</strong></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:22:17 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/man-about-london-town-oliver-proudlock-9254073.html Oliver Proudlock 2014-04-11T13:22:17Z Spring style: Find out what Proudlock is wearing below (Pic: Blaow Photography http://instagram.com/blaowphotography) Cheers! We’ve found the £6 wine bottles worth drinking http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/cheers-weve-found-the-6-wine-bottles-worth-drinking-9253717.html <p>What price a bottle with your Friday-night takeaway? A recent survey found that more than half of us refuse to pay more than £6 for a bottle of wine; only seven per cent will part with more than a tenner. The average is lower still: just £5.03.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:15:56 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/cheers-weve-found-the-6-wine-bottles-worth-drinking-9253717.html 2014-04-11T13:15:56Z Catch up TV: Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Comedy Vehicle http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/catch-up-tv-game-of-thrones-mad-men-and-comedy-vehicle-9253787.html <p>In Stewart Lee’s <strong>Comedy Vehicle</strong> (BBC iPlayer) Stewart Lee made a confession. “I haven’t seen Breaking Bad. I don’t need to watch hundreds of hours of television about a man who supports his family by doing something he knows is beneath him.”</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:06:02 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/catch-up-tv-game-of-thrones-mad-men-and-comedy-vehicle-9253787.html 2014-04-11T12:06:02Z Fantasy cobblers: Game of Thrones Food pit stops for London Marathon runners and spectators http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/food-pit-stops-for-london-marathon-runners-and-spectators-9253756.html <p>Some Londoners are running/hobbling 26.2 miles on Sunday; others are negotiating crowds, road closures and selfish race finishers who pull the agony card to manipulate you out of a seat on the Tube. Whichever camp you fall into, you need a guide for getting through the day with limbs and temper intact.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:05:31 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/food-pit-stops-for-london-marathon-runners-and-spectators-9253756.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-04-11T12:05:31Z Carnivores’ treat: MEATliquor will be giving out free burgers to medal holders after the race and offers 50 per cent off the bill if you’re an official London Marathon volunteer Will Don die? Will Megan be murdered? Conspiracy theories are rife for seventh and final series of Sixties drama Mad Men http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/will-don-die-will-megan-be-murdered-conspiracy-theories-are-rife-for-seventh-and-final-series-of-sixties-drama-mad-men-9253738.html <p>It's time to pour a glass of rye, seduce the secretary and adopt a pose of stylish self-loathing on the sofa: Mad Men is back. The seventh and final season of Matthew Weiner’s advertising saga premieres in America on Sunday and over here on Wednesday, heralding the conclusion to one of most psychologically compelling TV dramas yet made.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:52:06 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/will-don-die-will-megan-be-murdered-conspiracy-theories-are-rife-for-seventh-and-final-series-of-sixties-drama-mad-men-9253738.html 2014-04-11T11:52:06Z Welcome back: Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway Kate Moss unveils new collection for Rimmel London http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/kate-moss-unveils-new-collection-for-rimmel-london-9253718.html <p>Kate Moss has unveiled her new collection for Rimmel London.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:33:40 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/kate-moss-unveils-new-collection-for-rimmel-london-9253718.html Amira Hashish 2014-04-11T11:33:40Z Boho chic: Kate Moss merges glamour and a laid-back look I want to give power back to the people: Henry de Zoete on life after Michael Gove and his Big Deal for energy http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/i-want-to-give-power-back-to-the-people-henry-de-zoete-on-life-after-michael-gove-and-his-big-deal-for-energy-9253575.html <p>As the pale, bespectacled Henry de Zoete folds his tall frame into a café chair — he has no office — I am struggling to understand why he left his job as right-hand man to Education Secretary Michael Gove. De Zoete, 32, quit in January after four years to co-found The Big Deal, a consumer-focused start-up.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:19:36 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/i-want-to-give-power-back-to-the-people-henry-de-zoete-on-life-after-michael-gove-and-his-big-deal-for-energy-9253575.html 2014-04-11T11:19:36Z On to less pressurised things: Henry de Zoete (Picture: Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd) Grace Dent reviews Marcus at The Berkeley http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/grace-dent-reviews-marcus-at-the-berkeley-9248806.html <p>This week, the newly refigured Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley — now named simply Marcus — was my order from above. As an East-dweller, I don’t spent much spare time in Knightsbridge. It’s just not any fun. I try, I really do. But The Berkeley hotel and its environs are for wealthy souls from abroad who love the idea of London but don’t want much more than Hamleys, Hyde Park and room service (SW1: A day-trip destination for OAPs from Cleethorpes to buy a Harrods shopping bag to use for their washing pegs). I’m happier in outback East London right now: Hackney Wick, Leyton and the Olympic Park area where a new deli, coffee shop and bakery seems to spring up every day and life is ever-evolving and relatively cheap.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:18:33 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/grace-dent-reviews-marcus-at-the-berkeley-9248806.html Grace Dent 2014-04-10T18:18:33Z The interior of Marcus at The Berkeley James Blunt: loathed on the radio, loved on Twitter http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/james-blunt-loathed-on-the-radio-loved-on-twitter-9250921.html <p>Back in 2005, Cockney rhyming slang embraced a new term: ‘Don’t be a James Blunt!’ It was hurled liberally at the pesky, the bland, the sentimental and sometimes, for the hell of it, anyone at all. The original target of our pique was, of course, the singer-songwriter behind one earworm of a love song, ‘You’re Beautiful’, which stayed at number one for six long weeks and played on a perpetual loop not only on the airwaves but, infuriatingly, inside our cerebral cortices. His crimes, on top of this? He was short, posh, ex-army, maudlin, and his lyrics were, well, so goddamn earnest.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:58:22 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/james-blunt-loathed-on-the-radio-loved-on-twitter-9250921.html Stephanie Rafanelli 2014-04-10T17:58:22Z Jacket, £365, APC at selfridges.com. T-shirt, £170, Neil Barrett. Trousers, £540, Valentino Hot hair: How to achieve Emma Watson's up do http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/hot-hair-how-to-achieve-emma-watsons-up-do-9249120.html <p>Want red carpet worthy locks? Steal Emma Watson's hair style in four simple steps...</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:29:15 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/hot-hair-how-to-achieve-emma-watsons-up-do-9249120.html Amira Hashish 2014-04-10T17:29:15Z Emma Watson rocks a classic half up, half down do on the red carpet Number 90 - bar review http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/number-90--bar-review-9250844.html <p><strong>The buzz:</strong> a new canalside (actually it’s the River Lea) bar/restaurant/party venue in <a href="http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/attractions/londons-hottest-hipster-hangouts-all-begin-with-h-9175905.html" target="_blank">Hackney Wick</a> from the pair behind Half Baked, the legendary Sunday parties.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:27:13 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/number-90--bar-review-9250844.html Kate Lough 2014-04-10T13:27:13Z Ooh this is cool: Number 90 London's best fresh scents http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/londons-best-fresh-scents-9250865.html <p><strong>Flowerhead by Byredo</strong></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:06:06 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/londons-best-fresh-scents-9250865.html 2014-04-10T13:06:06Z How to be a previvor just like Angelina Jolie http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/how-to-be-a-previvor-just-like-angelina-jolie-9250809.html <p>Some things can’t be changed. Despite the most determined efforts, your mother’s terrible sense of humour and your father’s weak chin are inherited traits that you are stuck with.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:47:42 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/how-to-be-a-previvor-just-like-angelina-jolie-9250809.html 2014-04-10T12:47:42Z Survivor: Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer Bar Rafaeli poses for playful new Passionata lingerie collection http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/bar-rafaeli-poses-for-playful-new-passionata-lingerie-collection-9250624.html <p>Model Bar Refaeli has launched the latest colourful collection of Passionata lingerie.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:24:54 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/bar-rafaeli-poses-for-playful-new-passionata-lingerie-collection-9250624.html Kitty Knowles 2014-04-10T12:24:54Z Bright and beautiful: Bar Refaeli Q-Grill Camden - restaurant review http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/qgrill-camden--restaurant-review-9250518.html <p>Des McDonald, who looks worryingly like Jason Statham, worked for 20 years for the super-successful Caprice group, starting as head chef at The Ivy, eventually becoming CEO for 12 years. A couple of years ago, he started out in business on his own account, both as a consultant and restaurateur. </p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:35:20 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/qgrill-camden--restaurant-review-9250518.html 2014-04-10T11:35:20Z All too deliberately targeted? The food at Q-Grill Camden Bermondsey Beer Mile's craft beer crawl http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/bermondsey-beer-miles-craft-beer-crawl-9250311.html <p>Craft beer is having a moment, with microbreweries springing up across the capital, festivals devoted to the stuff and pubs falling over themselves to put the most obscure tipple behind the bar — not to mention the droves of hipsters nursing hoppy pints and mocking the Stella-drinking masses.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:02:36 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/bermondsey-beer-miles-craft-beer-crawl-9250311.html 2014-04-10T11:02:36Z Cheers: Toby Munn, Evin O'Riordain and Chrigl Luthy of The Kernel, the first microbrewery to open in the area (Pic: David Sandison/eyevine) The Pig near Bath, Pensford - hotel review http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/the-pig-near-bath-pensford--hotel-review-9248968.html <p>The latest country getaway from Robin Hutson has expectations running high. The man still best associated with the Hotel du Vin chain opened the first Pig hotel in the New Forest in 2011, followed by another built into Southampton’s old city wall. This year he is adding to the litter.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:56:08 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/the-pig-near-bath-pensford--hotel-review-9248968.html 2014-04-09T16:56:08Z Swine time: “comfy” rooms at the Pig near Bath (Picture: Max Milligan) Back at her best: the Duchess of Cambridge's playtime dress for royal tour of New Zealand http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/back-at-her-best-the-duchess-of-cambridges-playtime-dress-for-royal-tour-of-new-zealand-9248863.html <p>The Duchess of Cambridge might have left the British fashion industry on the side-lines by choosing a dress by New York-based designer Tory Burch today but she delighted style critics who were relieved to see her back to her best. Opting for a monochrome shift-dress and simple pair of black suede courts, Kate looked effortless and at ease in an ensemble perfectly suited to a young mother with a need to stay on the right side of formal.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:22:08 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/back-at-her-best-the-duchess-of-cambridges-playtime-dress-for-royal-tour-of-new-zealand-9248863.html 2014-04-09T16:22:08Z Fun with mum: the Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George (Picture: Getty) London's best living-room speakers http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/londons-best-livingroom-speakers-9248779.html <p><strong>In2uit</strong></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:06:22 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/londons-best-livingroom-speakers-9248779.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-04-09T16:06:22Z Prince George and the royal revolution http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/prince-george-and-the-royal-revolution-9248482.html <p>Some may compare the charming photographs of baby Prince George crawling to those taken of his father 31 years ago. They were both touching in their own way.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:19:47 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/prince-george-and-the-royal-revolution-9248482.html 2014-04-09T13:19:47Z Little princes: George and William as a baby (right) How to take a power nap at work http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-to-take-a-power-nap-at-work-9248210.html <p>You jolt awake, clammy and discombobulated by a work-themed nightmare. As sleep is replaced by disgruntled grogginess, you assess your surroundings. Confusingly, the line between dream and reality remains blurry. Indeed, it’s entirely indivisible: you’ve fallen asleep at your desk. You are truly living your work-themed nightmare. </p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:44:26 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-to-take-a-power-nap-at-work-9248210.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-04-09T11:44:26Z Just resting her eyes: there are other ways of getting the required shut-eye aside from napping at work Ready, get set, run: marathon fever makes running clubs the new pubs in London http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/running/ready-get-set-run-marathon-fever-makes-running-clubs-the-new-pubs-in-london-9248131.html <p>There’s a new way to get from A to B, and it doesn’t involve swinging perilously across the Thames in an Emirates-sponsored cable car, or investing a sizeable chunk of your salary in crisscrossing the city in a taxi. You don’t need an Oyster card — just a pair of trainers and a generous portion of carbohydrates about two hours before you travel (and a plateful of protein when you arrive). With the marathon upon us this weekend, London has become a city of runners, and these lean machines know that it’s the best way to get around.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:24:15 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/running/ready-get-set-run-marathon-fever-makes-running-clubs-the-new-pubs-in-london-9248131.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-04-09T11:24:15Z (Picture: Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd) Fashion LOLs: the silliest accessories in London http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/fashion-lols-the-silliest-accessories-in-london-9245699.html <p>Worst-dressed lists stand as proof that poking fun at the fashion industry has become a full-time sport. But this season, the capital’s designers are ready to retaliate and are doing so with ridiculously sublime bags, shoes and accessories created just for laughs. Or LOLs. </p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:27:57 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/fashion-lols-the-silliest-accessories-in-london-9245699.html 2014-04-08T12:27:57Z Clockwise from top left: Mink pom-pom key ring, £80, Sophie Hulme; Money Talks speech-bubble clutch, £340, Sophia Webster; A model carries a “Daz” clutch in Anya Hindmarch’s AW14 show; Gummy-bear clutch, £895, Charlotte Olympia; C’est Ahh clutch, £260, Yazabukey Open season: why mass house viewings are the only way to buy and sell in London http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/open-season-why-mass-house-viewings-are-the-only-way-to-buy-and-sell-in-london-9245643.html <p>As I approach the leafy, suburban cul-de-sac in Lewisham, south-east London, on my way to an open house viewing, a man is sprinting away from the semi-detached two-bedder I’m about to see. In his hand is a shiny A4 sheet, much like the property specs given out by estate agents. I try to make out the details as he flies past, a frantic, sweaty blur. Is he rushing to get his partner so they can have a look around too (this viewing only lasts an hour), or maybe dashing to discuss making an offer? Perhaps he’s been to 20 similar house viewings in the past week and has simply cracked under the stress of it all. Whatever the reason, he won’t stop to tell me.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:55:09 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/open-season-why-mass-house-viewings-are-the-only-way-to-buy-and-sell-in-london-9245643.html Emily Jupp 2014-04-08T10:55:09Z 'Within just fifteen minutes of stepping inside, someone wants to make an offer' (Illustration: Paul Dallimore) This week's fashion forecast in London http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/this-weeks-fashion-forecast-in-london-9244273.html <p><strong>MONDAY</strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:08:16 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/this-weeks-fashion-forecast-in-london-9244273.html Karen Dacre 2014-04-07T17:08:16Z Camper and Pretty Ballerinas join forces this week with a limited-edition collection London’s best bright lipsticks http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/londonsbest-bright-lipsticks-9244077.html <p><strong>MAC</strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:37:25 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/londonsbest-bright-lipsticks-9244077.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-04-07T15:37:25Z Get your coat, it’s spring http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/get-your-coat-its-spring-9243429.html <p>Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. No, not the guy you met on Tinder last weekend but the talk on the Standard’s (infamously chatty) fashion desk, where the fluctuating change in temperature has us in a tizz. It doesn’t help that the corner of the office we reside in has its own microclimate, which spells Arctic blasts at 8am and blinding Sahara sunshine by midday. Here, we spend our mornings scrabbling around for a spare sweater to keep out the chill and our afternoons staring at our screens through sunglasses (Anna Wintour eat your heart out).</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:48:30 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/get-your-coat-its-spring-9243429.html 2014-04-07T12:48:30Z I can get you a last-minute private jet — just like that! George Osborne's little brother on his concierge service for the super-rich http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/i-can-get-you-a-lastminute-private-jet--just-like-that-george-osbornes-little-brother-on-his-concierge-service-for-the-superrich-9243351.html <p>While Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is busy promising us tax statements and higher employment, his baby brother Theo is promising anyone who’s prepared to pay, access to places others can’t reach.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:29:36 BST http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/i-can-get-you-a-lastminute-private-jet--just-like-that-george-osbornes-little-brother-on-his-concierge-service-for-the-superrich-9243351.html 2014-04-07T11:29:36Z Family guy: Theo Osborne (Picture: Matt Writtle) OMGIFT!*... *Oh My God It’s Friday Tomorrow! http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/omgift-oh-my-god-its-friday-tomorrow-9173470.html <p>Dusk is setting on the office. Colleagues close down their desks for the day; the thundering traffic towards the loos is subsiding. Your thoughts are free to percolate. Unfortunately, you only have one. OMGIFT — Oh My God It’s Friday Tomorrow. So you’re working late.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:19:10 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/omgift-oh-my-god-its-friday-tomorrow-9173470.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-03-06T12:19:10Z Style and the City: Rosie Fortescue's week in London fashion http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/style-and-the-city-rosie-fortescues-week-in-london-fashion-9168709.html <p><strong>Girls night out</strong></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:54:05 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/style-and-the-city-rosie-fortescues-week-in-london-fashion-9168709.html Rosie Fortescue 2014-03-04T16:54:05Z Pretty in pastel: find out what Rosie is wearing below Man about London town: Oliver Proudlock http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/man-about-london-town-oliver-proudlock-9161187.html <p><strong>Street style: Joshua Kane at Tramshed  </strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:56:09 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/man-about-london-town-oliver-proudlock-9161187.html Oliver Proudlock 2014-02-28T17:56:09Z Polka dot fan: Oliver Proudlock at the Joshua Kane party Catch up TV: Strippers, True Detective and Oscars 2014 http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/catch-up-tv-strippers-true-detective-and-oscars-2014-9160198.html <p>So what shall we talk about first — lapdancers or the moral case for British involvement in the First World War? Thought so.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:15:40 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/catch-up-tv-strippers-true-detective-and-oscars-2014-9160198.html 2014-02-28T12:15:40Z Bearing it: Laefena from Strippers The Crush: James Middleton http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/the-crush-james-middleton-9154515.html <p>We’ve always thought of him as sweet and a bit fluffy, but now James Middleton has gone all-out Baked Alaska as he puts some oomph back into his soggy-bottomed cake business (it’s still not making a profit) with mail-order marshmallows.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:05:45 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/the-crush-james-middleton-9154515.html Lotte Jeffs 2014-02-28T10:05:45Z Marshmallow man: James Middleton 10 minutes with James McAvoy http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/10-minutes-with-james-mcavoy-9141998.html <p><strong>What last made you cry?</strong></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:03:05 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/10-minutes-with-james-mcavoy-9141998.html Dipal Acharya 2014-02-21T11:03:05Z James McAvoy Shop London: spring denim http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/shop-london-spring-denim-9140684.html <p> </p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:18:30 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/shop-london-spring-denim-9140684.html Melanie Wilkinson 2014-02-20T13:18:30Z The Whip - bar review http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/the-whip--bar-review-9141450.html <p><strong>The buzz:</strong> A horse-themed bar above The Running Horse pub near Bond Street Tube. Horsey memorabilia adorns the walls and a big horse whip belonging to the owner’s girlfriend sits pride of place above the bar.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:55:19 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/bars/the-whip--bar-review-9141450.html Emily Jupp 2014-02-20T12:55:19Z Horseplay: juleps rule at The Whip (Picture: Max Lacome-Shaw) London restaurants where salt is a gourmet ingredient http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/london-restaurants-where-salt-is-a-gourmet-ingredient-9138257.html <p>It is pink, heavy and awkwardly sized. But even if you are the foodie who has everything, you now need a Himalayan salt block (oh, and some Persian Blue, Black Lava and smoked salt) in your life.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 11:27:03 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/london-restaurants-where-salt-is-a-gourmet-ingredient-9138257.html 2014-02-19T11:27:03Z Popular: SousChef salt taster pack You've been suspended: London's new gravity-defying workouts http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/youve-been-suspended-londons-new-gravitydefying-workouts-9138138.html <p>It’s the force that prevents us from drifting into space and keeps the Earth in orbit. But as I battle to cling on to this thin horizontal bar hanging from the ceiling, hands slippy from perspiration, I do not feel like gravity is on my side. The muscles in my arms quiver as I try to keep my feet off the floor and my hands are slipping off the bar. I manage one...two... three seconds off the ground before I give into gravity and come crashing down to the floor.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 10:45:18 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/health/youve-been-suspended-londons-new-gravitydefying-workouts-9138138.html 2014-02-19T10:45:18Z Hanging around: Miranda Bryant learns a new routine from Tanya Camilleri, who created Air-Core herself to help build core muscles and upper body strength (Picture: Daniel Hambury) Polpetto - restaurant review http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/polpetto--restaurant-review-9138030.html <p>At our features conference last week, one editor concisely summed up Russell Norman’s new BBC2 series, The Restaurant Man as “Gordon Ramsay without the bollocks”.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:48:25 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/polpetto--restaurant-review-9138030.html 2014-02-19T09:48:25Z Food for thought: head chef Florence Knight has create (Picture: Adrian Lourie) Just my type of London: the capitals's 20 best bloggers, from fashion to dating to mental health and being a widower bringing up a two-year-old http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/just-my-type-of-london-the-capitalss-20-best-bloggers-from-fashion-to-dating-to-mental-health-and-being-a-widower-bringing-up-a-twoyearold-9133387.html <p><strong>1. Arched Eyebrow</strong></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:32:13 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/just-my-type-of-london-the-capitalss-20-best-bloggers-from-fashion-to-dating-to-mental-health-and-being-a-widower-bringing-up-a-twoyearold-9133387.html Mollie Goodfellow 2014-02-17T11:32:13Z Mark Ames, 31, writes ibikelondon 10 reasons why we love our work commute http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/10-reasons-why-we-love-our-work-commute-9133376.html <p>If life is a journey not a destination, the latest news from the Office for National Statistics seems unfortunate. It has found that our daily trip from home to office induces misery. Commuters who spend between an hour and 90 minutes travelling each morning suffer most, becoming less happy and more anxious.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:17:44 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/10-reasons-why-we-love-our-work-commute-9133376.html 2014-02-17T10:17:44Z London Fashion Week: Emilia Wickstead hits the edgy side of elegance in stunning show http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/london-fashion-week-emilia-wickstead-hits-the-edgy-side-of-elegance-in-stunning-show-9130679.html <p>With a client base that includes the Duchess of Cambridge and Samantha Cameron, it would be easy to write off Emilia Wickstead as one of London's less relevant designers.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:02:18 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/london-fashion-week-emilia-wickstead-hits-the-edgy-side-of-elegance-in-stunning-show-9130679.html 2014-02-15T14:02:18Z Elegant but daring: a model walks the runway at the Emilia Wickstead show Paris Fashion Week Live - in pictures http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/paris-fashion-week-live--in-pictures-9128848.html <p> </p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:05:13 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion/paris-fashion-week-live--in-pictures-9128848.html 2014-02-14T14:05:13Z Would you take your mum to see Lars von Trier's sexfest Nymphomaniac? http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/would-you-take-your-mum-to-see-lars-von-triers-sexfest-nymphomaniac-9127841.html <p>Lars von Trier films tend to be traumatic affairs.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:54:29 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/would-you-take-your-mum-to-see-lars-von-triers-sexfest-nymphomaniac-9127841.html 2014-02-14T09:54:29Z He’s at it again: Shia LaBeouf makes the beast with two backs for the umpteenth time in Nymphomaniac Celebrity moves and A-list homes - in pictures http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/celebrity-moves-and-alist-homes--in-pictures-9111788.html <p> </p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:57:37 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/celebrity-moves-and-alist-homes--in-pictures-9111788.html 2014-02-06T11:57:37Z Guerilla nights: Prince isn't the only star playing secret gigs in London http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/music/guerilla-nights-prince-isnt-the-only-star-playing-secret-gigs-in-london-9111638.html <p>Yes, the artist currently known as Prince is back — and he’s chosen London to debut his new rock ’n’ roll sound with band 3RDEYEGIRL. Tuesday evening at Camden’s Electric Ballroom was the first of what is promised to be a month of “small, special and intimate gigs in and around London, announced on or the day before”, according to a spokesperson for the star.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:31:24 GMT http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/music/guerilla-nights-prince-isnt-the-only-star-playing-secret-gigs-in-london-9111638.html Phoebe Luckhurst 2014-02-06T11:31:24Z Secret stars: Prince at the Electric Ballroom