The history of electric cars goes back a long way

There is, understandably, a lot of chatter going on now about electric cars. The COP26 summit is highlighting the importance of some major shifts in habits, and how we travel day-to-day is one. But although it seems like the focus on electric cars has reared up suddenly, that’s not actually the case. Did you know…

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Terence Conran; chic homes and stylish food

Habitat

Did you ever pop into Habitat after moving house? For those who did, it was a fun and empowering experience; one that gave you hope you could present a modicum of style to house-warming visitors, even though you were on a tight budget. The world of chic interiors suddenly seemed to open up when Habitat…

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Boodles – A Truly British Gem

Boodles in Manchester

If there’s one thing that makes the wealthy and elite stand out it’s beautiful jewellery. The craftsmanship that exudes amidst the sparkles catches the discerning eye, whilst the story behind the design sets for great after-dinner stories. In the UK, one provider of such jewellery is Boodles; a true gem of a family business. The…

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Highclere Castle – Downton Abbey and before

Highclere Castle

Ever watched Downton Abbey? It’s a wonderfully intense drama rich with history, period costumes, and stunning settings. Many of the location scenes are shot in Berkshire, with Highclere Castle being the centrepiece. Why, even Tatler has nicknamed the current home of Lord and Lady Carnarvon ‘Downtonia’. Highclere has been in the Carnarvon family for over…

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Bond Street; the home of British elegance

Bond Street

Bond Street. A street name that oozes luxury. A prestigious piece of London that stretches between Oxford Street and Piccadilly, which hosts extremely expensive residences and, of course, gorgeously chic shops. Fashion houses, auctioneers, jewellers, and art dealers all enjoy an immense sense of satisfaction when they have an address on Bond Street. But how…

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Flying First Class

First Class Spacious Cabin

It’s glitzy. It’s glam. And it’s way up there in the prestige stakes. With hopping on a plane now something everyone can do, notwithstanding the current pandemic, just how have the airlines kept something back that’s a bit special? We thought we’d investigate. In the beginning The first commercial airline actually began in January 1914.…

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Cecil Beaton: A photographer with an eye for character

Box Brownie

Cecil Beaton stamped his sardonic personality across society’s magazine pages for decades. But it was how he spread his innovative style across a breadth of subject matter that proved he was more than ‘just’ an iconic fashion photographer. Born in Hampstead, in January, 1904, Beaton’s childhood was suffused with middle-classdom and he was encouraged to…

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