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Heaven in a Bite: Biscuiteers

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Our Young Lady About Town Annette Kellow finds that the perfect biscuits make for the ultimate teatime treat...

Drinking tea and eating biscuits is a treat at anytime of the day. For those with an innate sense of ceremony it's a perfect diversion, which harks back to the early 18th century. So imagine my delight when I discovered a unique biscuit shop with a modern twist who know how to execute this quintessential English past time; Biscuiteers on Kensington Park Road.

From the outside it looks like a quaint picture of vintage elegance, their windows displaying intricately iced biscuits (my mouth instantly started watering) and inside there were more delights of biscuit collections, an icing school, cafe and bespoke service.

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Although Biscuiteers is based on old-fashioned techniques and traditional hand baking, they keep up with current culture by collaborating with brands such as Mulberry, Boden, Burberry, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum's and Mason.

After taking a rather long time to decide which biscuits took my fancy (I admit I wanted to eat them all) I decided on pink cups and promptly ordered the biggest pot of tea ever!

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My friend and I decided to sit on the tables outside and admire the Notting Hill view whilst I was delighted to find that they are doggy friendly (always a winner in my book). They kindly treated my Yorkshire terrier, Dorothy, to some homemade biscuits that they assured me are made of natural ingredients and people can eat them too.
I decided to let Dorothy have a go and she quickly wolfed them all down leaving none for me!

After our tea and a long chinwag I decided to purchase some biscuits to take home. I particularly loved the dad's fry up tin and the queen's 90th collection, which I scooped up as presents. I also bought some Beatrix Potter limited edition rabbits as another present... to myself!

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The lovely shop assistant told me all about their icing school which is currently available for adults and children but apparently adults turn into children when they attend! She also informed me that brides can design their own flavoured biscuits for their wedding and they make cocktail toppers, cupcakes and macarons. As I left happily clutching my bag en route home two roads away, all I could think was how am I going to walk past without buying more? #biscuitaddict

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Lights, cameras, tennis, ice cream

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jamesOur Young Gentleman About Town James, attended the WTA Pre-Wimbledon party last week... 

Lights, cameras, tennis? The rain didn't put the dampeners on the WTA Pre-Wimbledon party at the Kensington Roof Gardens last Thursday evening, and the great and good of female tennis players showed out in full force.

When I arrived at the Roof Gardens slightly wet but looking no less glamorous, I walked the purple carpet and was whisked up a number of floors in an elevator. When the doors opened I was given a glass of champagne and showed to my hosts for the evening - none other than the fabulous team at Haagen Dazs UK. The party was getting going and I was taken to a covered awning to taste the Haagen Dazs offering for the Wimbledon customer. As the official Ice Cream of Wimbledon Haagen Dazs has created an ice cream bar to beat all others featuring those Wimbledon classics; the strawberry and cream centre contrasts with the bitter sweet chocolate coating perfectly.

While I continued to sample the offerings... for research purposes of course, I was introduced to some of the biggest names in women's tennis, one of which was Romanian player and number 5 in the world Simona Halep. During our conversation Simona let slip that even during training she has a bowl of chocolate ice cream EVERY single day. What luck then that she stumbled into the Haagen Dazs tent! A member of the company's PR team swept Simona up with promises of a supply of their famous Belgium chocolate ice cream sent to her hotel during the tournament. At that point I looked at myself in the mirror and decided that since I wasn't a world class tennis champion, I should probably put down my fourth ice cream bar and take the long walk home. . . Well, after making the rounds of canapés anyway.

The Haagen Dazs Strawberry and Cream Ice Cream Bar will be available exclusively from the Wimbledon tournament and also Selfridges Department Store, London.
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A Royal Day Out At Ascot

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YLAT-176Annette KellowOur newest Young Lady About Town, Annette Kellow, enjoys a day at the races...

Hooray it's that time of year again! Royal Ascot season is upon us and it's millinery heaven. Few sporting venues can match the rich heritage and history of Ascot, which over the past 300 years has become an amazing show ground to parade the finest in hats.

Designers such as John Boyd, Philip Treacy and Awon Golding are high on the style sweepstakes whilst in between the champagne quaffing and betting, fashion takes centre stage.

It was my first ever visit to Ascot so I wasn't sure quite what to take with me but really hoped the rain would hold off! Choosing my hat gave me a mild case of the jitters but thankfully Miss Golding came to the rescue. I particularly love that her hats are elegant, feminine with a couture twist and she showed me the best way the hat should sit on the head. The idea is not to obscure the eyes so she placed a pin at the base of the crown so it would not slide forward and still gave free movement.

I decided to get the train to Ascot (you can't beat good old Great Western) and arrived promptly at midday with a parade of bouquets, aptly worn on many ladies heads.

For me the fun was all about people watching. I saw the most amazing creations on stunning women whilst I couldn't wait to check out the catering (yes they even had a cheese on toast stand!)- all washed down with a glass of champagne naturally.


My favourite part of the day was seeing the vintage inspired band The Tootsie Rollers who wore complimentary outfits and Lulu Guinness clutch bags.

I also got chatting to a lovely old timer who'd been coming to the races for many years and gave me tips on who I should bid on- I decided to just watch him spend his money instead!

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He also informed me that Royal Ascot has been a yearly event since 1711, after Queen Anne decided it was the best part of the land to gallop in. It has been a royal haven of delights since and is known as a valuable meeting place with high prize money and the worlds top racehorses on display.

There is of course the wonderful fact that you will be in great company, the queen started the progression by heralding in the Royal carriage. She looked a vision in yellow with matching hat and coat- I can't wait to visit again, what a fantastic day!
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Charles Worthington Launch

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Young Lady About Town Katrina attended the Charles Worthington product launch this week...

Despite living in London most of my life, I had never been to Fortnum and Mason's before (gasp!). You can imagine my excitement as I approached the decorated doors, greeted by a butler in a red coat who ushered me up to the tea room, where the Charles Worthington product launch was held.

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The set up looked like something out of a palace- gilded tea sets, bright bouquets and waiters in ties adorned the room. Picking a place, I sat down to coffee, orange juice and a selection of miniature pastries and fruit. The Charles Worthington representative broke down the product technology while we munched away, explaining that fragrance was a key element to the Charles Worthington products.

We then had a presentation on the history of shampoo scents, complete with small jars of different shampoo brands from across the market. It was interesting to learn how brands and scents have changed over the ages. For example, L'Oreal was the first brand to create liquid shampoo in 1933, and all shampoos contain an apple note in their scent, as apple makes the user feel clean. The representative explained that Charles Worthington has developed a unique fragrance lock technology that keeps your hair smelling fabulous for 24 hours.

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Ken O'Rouke, Charles Worthington brand ambassador and celebrity hairstylist, then gave a product demonstration on hair models. Their tresses looked amazingly glossy, full and shiny and by that point, I was totally envious and wanted to try them out on my own hair! I left with a goody bag brimming with products, including new Smooth and Control shampoo and Finishing Serum. I can't wait to try and recreate some of the looks!
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Cocktail hour with a twist

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Young Gentleman About Town, James Crawford-Smith enjoys cocktail hour with a difference...

Cocktail hour just got a new twist at the Strand Palace Hotel along one of London's busiest streets. Built in 1900s the Strand Palace has seen movie stars, foreign dignitaries, royals and rebels- but today is frequented by a gentler set; the tourist, the businessman and the party girl.

The Strand Palace Hotel has stood proudly in the heart of London for over a century and since its opening has seen face-lift after face-lift, so don't expect to see any grand Edwardian saloons or even any original features. While it is a shame that in modernising the interiors, the history of the hotel has been lost there are two spectacular remnants of the Palaces hedonistic past hidden just below street level. As you walk down an unprepossessing staircase you are met with a breath-taking art deco set of stairs, with geometric shapes and inset lighting. To the left of the staircase is the ladies room, which has remained untouched since the days of ladies powdering their noses and recovering from an evening spent doing the Charleston - these two features are a must see.

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Upstairs in the hotels Gin Palace Bar, a new take on the afternoon tea has just been launched. The G&T With a Difference, features a selection of delicious Gin cocktails created by the hotels new mixologist showcasing a wide selection of Gins from around the world. To accompany the cocktails the hotels chef has developed an accompanying 'tea', featuring; teriyaki salmon with ponzu sauce, chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce, crab cakes with sweet chilli sauce, lamb kofta with mint and coriander sauce, tempura vegetable with teriyaki sauce, and vegetable spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce.

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While the Gin Palace's décor may leave something to be desired, the attentive staff and relaxed atmosphere more than made up for it. The G&T with a difference was fantastic and since the hotel is one of the biggest in London (with over 800 rooms!!) it is worth considering for a night in town.

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The Strand Palace Hotel's central location and relaxed ambiance makes it an ideal stop on the way to the theatre - so if you're looking for a pre-show treat, pop in and have a G&T!

Gin cocktails are available for £13.95 each. Tea to accompany comes at £17.00 for the sharing menu: www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk/restaurants-bars/gin-palace
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