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UK iPad Travel Cover

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The British-made aukward iPad travel cover. Photo credit: aukward.

British design is hotter than ever.  We’re big fans of wonderful and quirky designs like the aukward iPad travel cover.

Based in the Cotswolds, Debbie McGreevy, a former Director of the Benetton F1 team, founded the aukward iPad cover.

McGreevey combined her passion for British products and heritage and technology in creating the aukward design.

And what about the aukward name? “A is for Artisan – because each of our cases represents the best that Britain has to offer,” explains McGreevy.  The company takes hand-blocked fabric, a leather hide or buckram and works with an English bookbinder to craft the aukward cover’s exterior.

“UK is for UK made – because each aukward case is assembled, checked and packaged by hand in the Cotswolds,” she continues. The fabric, leather or buckram is used to envelope a sustainably sourced birch ply frame to secure the iPad.

Ward is for safekeeping – because the rigid outer book-style cover gives the iPad protection whilst helping to keep British artisan skills alive and providing all the functionality you would expect of modern technology,” says McGreevy. The cover has an automatic on/off facility, fold-over ability and accessible ports and buttons.

For more on this British iPad cover, go to www.aukward.com.

Back In 5 Minutes In London

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Back in 5 Minutes, a London restaurant and private dining room. Photo credit: Disappearing Dining Club.

London’s Disappearing Dining Club has opened Back in 5 Minutes, a city restaurant and private dining room.

Back in 5 Minutes seats up to 30 guests at its location hidden away behind a designer clothes shop on Brick Lane.  The restaurant and dining room offers food, drinks, weekly dining experiences, private lunches, dinners and drinks parties.

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Back in 5 Minutes. Photo credit: Disappearing Dining Club.

At Back in 5 Minutes, the 12 bottle wine list changes constantly as per its ‘one case only’ wine policy. Cocktails are created by Abdul Kpekawa and Tom Soden, formerly of Experimental Cocktail Club and Trailer Happiness in Notting Hill.

Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening, and every Sunday lunch, Back in 5 Minutes takes regular restaurant bookings.

On Wednesday’s, the Dinner Club dinner is a three-course, family-style sharing menu served at 7.30pm.  The menu may include dishes such as Shoreditch Smoked Salmon & Asparagus, or Curried Dorset Crab Salad, followed by Roast Rump of Spring Lamb, or Grilled Fillet of Sea Trout, with Orange & Black Pepper Panna Cotta or Elderflower Eton Mess for dessert.

On Friday & Saturday, the restaurant is open for regular bookings and drop-in diners for dinners of 2 or 3 courses with a menu of 3 starters, 3 mains, and 3 desserts.

At Sunday Lunch, Back in 5 Minutes serves two traditional Sunday dinner meats with big salads.  The starters Potted Meats and Fish, with pickles, chutneys & bread from St John’s are followed by Sirloin and Slow Roast Pork Shoulder and a choice of salads (Jersey Royals, Asparagus, Lemon & Caper, Giant Couscous, Citrus & Olive, Green Bean & Truffle or Tomato & Onion with Rocket Pesto).

Back in 5 Minutes

224 Brick Lane,

London E1 6SA

Website: www.disappearingdiningclub.co.uk

London Checklist

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The Been There Done That Checklist. Photo credit: La Ditta Limited.

London travel guides are popular right now.

If you’re looking for a new London guide, then you might fancy the London Checklist by La Ditta Limited, publishers of the Been There Done That (BTDT) brand.

This spring, the guide was launched in time for the epic London 2012 year of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Called a concise, mini-guide, the BTDT – London Checklist includes a map of London city center with key tourist attractions. The BTDT – London Checklist offers lists designed to be useful for all visitors to London.

Highlights of the BTDT – London Checklist include:

  • City destinations and things to do;
  • Heritage sites and museums;
  • Popular food and drink establishments;
  • Special list by Trevor Carpenter, a London hotel concierge and
  • Must dos by Virgin Atlantic Tokyo.

A Shopping Guide To Europe

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English fashion designer Matthew Williamson shares his fashion trends for spring/summer and shopping insights. The trailblazing designer is one of the international ambassadors featured in the Chic Guide to Europe 2012.  Photo credit: Chic Outlet Shopping.

Have a passion for Europe, fashion + shopping? Then you’ll likely love the Chic Guide to Europe 2012 by Chic Outlet Shopping.

The campaign with Condé Nast publications consists of short films featuring famous international names on location at the Chic Outlet Shopping Villages.

This international guide stars ambassadors representing Brazil, Germany, USA, UK, China and Russia. These celebrity ambassadors include:

  • Matthew Williamson (above) (Vanity Fair UK, Condé Nast Traveller UK);
  • Olivia Palermo (Vanity Fair USA);
  • Karolína Kurková (Vogue Russia);
  • Beatrix Ong (Vogue China);
  • Helena Christensen (Vogue Germany) and
  • Déborah Bloch and Júlia Bloch Anquier (Vogue Brazil).

In select, international Condé Nast magazine titles, there will be feature interviews with the international ambassadors who will share their top fashion trends for spring/summer and insights about the nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages.

Says Jason Bell, head of international, Condé Nast Publishing:

“Our readers wherever they are, have a similar appetite for luxury and fashion, which means this project continues to resonate across all markets.”

The multi-lingual ambassadors introduce the Village films in Chinese (Beatrix Ong), Russian (Karolína Kurková), Brazilian Portuguese (Déborah Bloch and Júlia Bloch Anquier) and German (Helena Christensen).

The Chic Guide to Europe 2012 is available at ChicOutletShopping.com with subtitles in 14 languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Flemish, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Turkish, Japanese, Catalan and Arabic).

City Photo: Paris

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Paris. Photo credit: Shangri-La Hotel, Paris.

Ah, Paris, the city of romance.

No wonder then, that the Shangri-La Hotel, Paris features the La Vie en Rose Dream Romance Package centered around special moments and decor.

This package designed for “brides, honeymooners and lovebirds of all ages” includes a champagne cruise for two; romantic room or suite with views of the Eiffel Tower (above); photo session with a photographer and more.

See more City Photo.

Barcelona’s Best Attractions

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A palm tree forest in Barcelona: the main and left-side naves of The Sagrada Familia. Photo credit: SBA73/Flickr.

Sophie McGovern wrote this guest post on Barcelona.

Barcelona is best summed up by Gaudi’s architecture.

Convention defying, colorful and quirky, there is a freedom and freshness about this stylish Spanish city that sets it apart from the rest of Europe. If you have the option Barcelona airport transfers are quick and easy, taking about 20 to 30 minutes, making it ideal for city breaks.

From romantic weekends away to backpacking with friends, Barcelona has so much to offer. And the best news? You can enjoy all four of the following attractions for less than 10 euros!

The Sagrada Familia

This never-ending cathedral, considered to be Gaudi’s masterpiece, has been under construction for over one hundred years with work set to continue for at least ten years longer!

Be prepared for a stiff neck after your visit – you could spend hours staring up at the intricate stonework where there are thousands of figures, animals, patterns and flowers in the magical scenes and coving. Saints, turtles and soldiers – what’s the most unlikely thing you can spot up there?

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The colonnade “La Ola” in the Park Güell in Barcelona. Photo credit: Dennis Nehrener.

Park Guell

Like stumbling into a children’s fairy tale, the park has all the ingredients of a classic kid’s bedtime story. Two buildings, looking distinctly like the gingerbread and candy houses from Hansel and Gretel, stand at the entrance to the park, their paintwork distinctly reminiscent of melting marzipan encrusted with Smarties.

Elsewhere in the park are the magical mosaic benches that snake and curve, ignoring the standard rules of bench making. Mirrored tiles reflecting the sunlight amidst explosions of color.

Fountains, multi-colored mayhem and extensive park land make this a fabulous day out. Be sure to take your own picnic, and beware of accepting sweeties and gingerbread men from a stooped old lady…

Stroll along La Ramblas

This street in the centre of the city is reminiscent of a Medieval market (but smells a lot better). Flower stalls, street performers, antiques dealers; the whole shebang sprawls along this pedestrianized stretch for your enjoyment. Canaries and brightly colored birds flit about in cages and human statues compete for your attention.

You don’t need to spend anything to enjoy La Ramblas, and it is perfect for a morning stroll. When you’re done, head for a plate of paella in one of the backstreet restaurants off the main drag.


The best things in life are free, and who needs to spend money on mind bending substances or 3D cinema when you can just take a stroll round Eixample?

When the Modernista buildings were being constructed here, the rule book was thrown out of the weirdly shaped window.

Undulating walls, trees growing half way up buildings, dragon scale paintwork…this area of the city really is a feast for the senses. The most stunning couple of buildings here, Casa Batllo and La Pedrera, are also Gaudi’s handiwork.

When you’ve explored these four gems, there are no end of boutique shops, cool and contemporary tapas bars and galleries to keep you entertained!

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