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Champagne and the City

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Wednesday, 22 October 2014
As someone who considers herself to be pretty au fait with Champagne, I was curious when the invite came from Champagne house Jacquart for its 50th anniversary and launch of their new ‘Mosaic collection’. I will admit I didn’t know them as well other brands but, partial to an odd glass or two, I wanted to find out more.

Trendy City venue SushiSamba - known known for its spectacular views - didn't let us down and twinkling lights of London were providing a perfect background to the sparkling Champagne. They always say you should make a dramatic entrance and the glass external elevator that whizzes you up the 39 floors was party fascinating, partly terrifying, but boy – what a way to start a party!


Inside we were treated to waiters swirling around with Magnums of Champagne Jacquart Rosé. I have to say that I found it absolutely delicious – rosé can be overly sweet but this has a perfect balance and very easy to drink. Handy considering I had around six glasses in total!

Laurent Reinteau, Managing Director of Champagne Jacquart, explained how it was founded in 1964 and their vineyards represents 2400 hectares, which accounts for 7% of the total Champagne region. Not bad for a brand unheard of by many.

It’s easy to be snobby about Champagne and wine, and personally I like to keep things simple and go with what I like. Now admittedly, drinking Champagne while overlooking The Gherkin is a fine introdcution to a new brand, but I look forward to seeing Champagne Jacquart become a more recognised name and drinking more of it in the future. Currently stocked in Mayfair, I would recommend it...After all, it’s nice to be in-the-know and introduce others to a new label.

Champagne Jacquart Rose Magnum, available from priced at £84.70

Words by Kitty Buchanan-Gregory

Which type of mother?

Posted by Mum About Town
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on Thursday, 25 September 2014
I met someone a couple of weeks ago at a party. She (proudly) told me that she didn’t want to have children. I didn’t ask if she had a partner. She then asked me if I had children. (She didn’t ask if I had a partner). And then she asked me what type of mother I was.

Basically she had broken every rule in my small-talk handbook. That night, once safely at home away from bad cocktail drinkers and silly comments, I started to think about the different mothers I knew and how they might fit into types. The ridiculously kind souls who never shout (they do exist). Those who never admit they are wrong to their children. The ones who over-praise – their kids, the dog, even me. Not forgetting the ‘What About ME!’ mother who continually puts herself first.

But then the whole sorting these mums into types felt ALL wrong. Bad and unfair and downright horrid. So, I quickly unsorted the mums in my head and instead started to think what I should have said to her, Ms Judgemental as she questioned me.

I’m the type of mother who just tries not to overanalyse who I am’ I should have answered. ‘Because if I’m a type then so are my kids and then what a dull old world this would be.

Or – on the other hand - I could have just as easily retorted ‘the unpredictable mother’…

A very Cool tasting

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on Monday, 21 May 2012

We young ladies have been fortunate to sample a range of delicious drinks, from whiskey tasting to cocktail concocting to quaffing the Queen’s favourite aperitif.

Not wanting to give the wrong impression, we are fond of partaking of a tipple or too (all in the name of work, obviously). So last week when we were invited along to experience the new range of Jacob’s Creek wine, we said a resounding: ‘Cheers.’

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Ocean Liner parties

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on Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The 1930s, an age of jazz, decadence and gin. Fast forward to 2012 and on board the SS.Atlantica it was once again all about jazz, decadence and gin.

On Saturday night I boarded the SS.Atlantica for a Champagne-sodden foray into the glamour of yesteryear’s most luxurious form of travel, with a magnificent Ocean Liner party. Boarding at The Savoy Pier we were then went off down the Thames, taking in the sights of London.

Men all looked dashing in top hat and tails, while the women, dressed in their furs and evening gowns looked like figures straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. There was live music to keep us entertained, an all-girl ensemble singing modern songs with a 30s sound. And then there was the roulette table...

Away on a sea of Gin Fizz, just one of Bourne & Hollingsworth’s signature cocktails, I danced the night away, even managing to find some chaps who could Charleston!

Fancy being transported back in time too? Blitz Party and Prohibition throw fabulous vintage parties every month, with cocktails and music themed around each era.

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Words by Melonie Clarke.

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