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LUXURY EVENT: SALON PRIVÉ 31st August to 2nd September, Location: Blenheim Palace Salon Privé will celebrate the very best of British luxury and elegance this year at ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, with a display of remarkable and historic British cars. The line-up includes the most iconic classic and modern Aston Martins – two race-only Vulcan hypercars and a DB4 GT Zagato – as well as a 1920s Rolls-Royce inspired by Marie Antoinette. Now in its 12th year, Salon Privé is a quintessentially British event that once again is set to delight visitors with its prestigious Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, the country’s oldest and most exclusive professionally-judged classic car competition. The event proudly returns to Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, for its third year and will present a carefully curated selection of British cars, brands and luxury retailers from 31st August to 2nd September. Several superb British-made cars will be…

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London, joins in the nationwide celebrations to commemorate 400 years of William Shakespeare with a Celebrate Shakespeare package for its guests, valid throughout all of 2016. Guests will enjoy a special room rate of £400 (about US $569) per night, inclusive of breakfast for two people, a Romeo & Juliet inspired cocktail, a copy of Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as a Stage, and a list of Shakespearean activity suggestions handpicked by the concierge. In association with Shakespeare 400, the hotel’s concierge has handpicked a selection of the best activities to celebrate the impact that Shakespeare’s writing has had on the collective imagination and marvel the ways in which Shakespeare has influenced cultures around the world since his death in 1616. The impact of Shakespeare extends far beyond the realm of the theater – there are exhibitions to be visited, short films to watch, history…

AUCTION Roseberys September Fine Art auction features a selection of outstanding Decorative Art and Modern Design pieces. The collection incorporates a variety of disciplines and periods including Art Deco, Modernist, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts. The auction will be held at Roseberys saleroom in London on Tuesday 8 September. RENE LALIQUE A selection of items by the famous French glass designer Rene Lalique are highlighted by an example of the ‘Actinia’ vase. Introduced in 1934 the opalescent glass vase is wrythen moulded with wheel cut decoration and blue staining. Better known at the beginning of his career as a master jeweller, Lalique turned his hand to glass making as part of the art deco movement. By 1925, at the aftermath of the industrial revolution, he was the most celebrated glassmaker in the world. A far cry from the creation of unique jewellery, his glass production was very much a…

LUXURY PROFILE Almostessential.com is a website that facilitates access to the finest service providers London has to offer, it is ‘’the fast track to London’s essential services”. The luxury of tested services and goods in London at your fingertips About Almost Essential Each of the services are personally tested by the two founders Caroline Frankel and Michelle de Biolley; two long-time friends with discerning taste in common, a constant quest for quality, ab epicurean approach to life and passion for interior design. Caroline has styled several homes of friends and friends of friends whilst Michelle has a knack for discovering finds. French and Belgium respectively they have both lived in London for over 25 years. Following on from professional careers in Branding and Executive Search, they were eager to start a business together and felt there was a gap in the market for excellent services that were reasonably priced; Almost…

In the English language to ‘reify’ means to turn an idea into a ‘concrete object’. This word served as inspiration for the name RUIFIER, a fine jewelery brand with roots in London. The Concept and Philisophy RUIFIER’s concept for its jewellery emerges from the interest and research into the contemporary and fine jewellery market. The brand’s philosophy when creating its jewellery is to harmoniously blend their innovative and characteristic designs with timeless elegance and luxury. The Icon Collection The Icon Collection draws on industrial chic, combining the juxtaposition of strong delicate gold and silver shapes with precious stones using traditional detailing. It brings together styles from eras past and offers designer glamour to everyday style. Each piece in the Icon Collection includes the RUIFIER “R” symbol in its design, this touch a reflection of the thoughtfulness and skill that has gone into the design of the different RUIFIER pieces. The…