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This series is to enable the traveler to chose the best possible location to dine, stay or shop during their stay in London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

This comes directly from a site owned by a very good friend who is based in London, he owns one of Great Britain’s largest media agencies, and as such is well practiced in the art of wining and dining.

Hawksmoor is a meat-lover’s paradise, a homage to top-quality British beef. Yet it’s more than a steakhouse. The Covent Garden outpost is quite a different animal from the Spitalfields original, and makes the most of its basement location with a gorgeous bar that feels like an old school chemistry lab, from which palate-dazzling alco-concoctions emerge. (If you are looking for the new Hawksmoor Guidlhall branch in the City, click here).

Starters focus on British fish (Dorset oysters and blue lobster, Poole clams); our crab on toast, a huge mound of brown and white meat served on good crusty bread, was straightforward and delectable. This is a place that chooses its ingredients carefully, then serves them simply. The steaks are a case in point.

All the meat comes from excellent, Yorkshire-based butcher Ginger Pig. The beef is from Longhorn cattle, the meat dry-aged for at least 35 days. Steaks are cooked on a Josper grill, emerging with a crusty black exterior and luxe red interior. We’re fans of the deep-flavoured rump, and were blown away by the ribeye, served medium-rare to melt the fat in the well-marbled meat. Side dishes of bone marrow and two kinds of chips (beef dripping or triple-cooked) complete the feast.

Clued-up staff are keen to advise on the various meat cuts and the lengthy, well-chosen wine list. Make sure you arrive hungry.

11 Langley Street  City of Westminster, WC2H 9JG, United Kingdom – 020 7420 9390


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After fifteen years of US ownership the Norton brand has now been secured by Stuart Garner, UK businessman and owner of Norton Racing Ltd. Garner plans to develop a new 15,000 sq ft (1,400 m2) Norton factory at Donington Park. The relaunched Norton line includes three new versions of the 961 Commando; the 961 SE, 961 Sport and 961 Café Racer.

What do you think?

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It’s time to update your wardrobe, old chap. Don’t forget that Winter is an important season stylistically. Men don’t pay enough attention to the small details that can really upgrade (and make) your image.

Hermès Silk Pocket Square (in brown) Remember to keep the colors deep or neutral in winter, as it’s a better reflection of the season

Alexander McQueen/Double Breasted Wool Overcoat. The first photo is a picture of the very stylish Mr Cary Grant wearing a very similar style, taken in 1946, at the height of British fashion and stylistic change (think the Duke of Windsor, Grant and Churchill)

“The young men of today look like they’re on their way to a Halloween party. Why can’t they dress like you?” – Woman, to Cary Grant.

Grey Zegna Scarf (Wool/Cashmere) Simple. Understated elegance. Say no more?

Something British for the mix. These very reasonably priced Church monk-straps. (about 350 pounds, sale price, 175)

What to wear them with? Something very slim since they are (being Monks) a narrow shoe. Slim, Richard James suit, Shirt by RL Black Label, Tie by Richard James, some poka dot socks with bi-color heel and toe (caps) also by Richard James.

Paul Smith leather gloves. Beautiful.

Wear it with the following, this style is currently very popular in London, where the following originates. Burberry shirt, Turnbull Asser 2011 WINTER COLLECTION tie, PS wool pants, Lanvin shoes and Simon Spurr jacket.

HOWEVER, ONE FINAL TIP…Colors DON’T have to be all neutral and dark. This final winter fashion tip for men let you know that you brighten it up a bit. For instance, if you’re wearing a neutral outfit, it’s okay to brighten it up with a more lively scarf. Picking something bright or with a pattern isn’t always a bad thing.

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…hiatus I am back in action.

Here’s the latest. Fully rebuilt a 1972 Triumph Trident. New three piece tweed suit, just in time for summer?

How is everyone doing?

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“Play the game for more than you can afford to lose…only then will you learn the game.”


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Here’s a link to the article on the GUARDIAN.CO.UK

“…was there with three young children, his bronzed features belonging to someone who works outside for a living. Did he not resent the reputed £500,000 cost of the occasion? “Not a bit of it,” he said. “This is the Queen’s parish and she does a lot for this country. I wouldnae begrudge her a penny.”‘

– Bless the Royal Family –






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Classic lines. Simple designs. One trusted tailor. The Prince of Wales can be admired for keeping things VERY British. Like his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles likes plain pocket designs, sans flaps. Shirts with cutaway collars, thanks to Turnbull & Asser. The Prince has a panache for tweed, striped ties and solid coloured shirts. Don’t forget those highly polished, classically styled and aged John Lobb shoes.

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