Motcomb Street paves the way for the future of fashion, beauty and food

A gourmet street party – ‘Step onto Motcomb Street’ – will mark the reopening of the newly pedestrianised boutique street with whimsical edible fancies and celebrity and influencer appearances from Marcus Wareing and Alexandra Dudley.

London, September 2017: Grosvenor Britain & Ireland is pleased to announce the reopening of Motcomb Street, which will be celebrated on Wednesday 27 September with Step onto Motcomb Street’ – Motcomb Streets first evening Gourmet Street Party.

The event, will be opened by Marcus Wareing, Founder & Owner, Marcus Wareing Restaurants; and Alexandra Dudley, founder of Punch Foods, author of cookbook Land & Sea, wellness influencer and Instagram-star.

 Taking place between 5 – 10pm, it will showcase the very best of Belgravia’s fashion and food retailers, with stalls lining the street, offering guests tasters and treats throughout the evening. Popular eateries, such as The Good Life Eatery, Rococo Chocolates,  Pierre Hermé and The Fine Cheese Co., will keep their doors open until 10pm.

 Christian Louboutin, the luxury shoe designer, will extend its opening hours. The Errol Douglas salon will take its hair styling services to the creative Secret Garden on Halkin Arcade, giving visitors a chance to jump onto the braid trend.

They will be joined in the celebration by a host of neighbouring restaurants and hotels in Belgravia, including The Berkeley Hotel, The Hari, the Alfred Tennyson, and Lowndes Bar and Kitchen. Music will be provided by live jazz and soul bands, including K.O.G., a Glastonbury favourite, and the Old Dirty Brasstards.

The Instagram-friendly feel of the event will feature an edible Sherbert Fountain, designed by the sensory experience experts Bompas & Parr. Visitors will be encouraged to relish, capture and share on their social channels with Motcomb Street’s recently-launched free, public Wi-Fi.

Joanna Lea, Director of Retail, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland commented: “We are delighted to reopen Motcomb Street in this way. Our investment to upgrade the street’s public realm confirms our commitment to the retailers that make this part of our London estate so appealing.

“We have a vision to activate neighbourhoods with a better blend of retail, enterprise, luxury and interest that can grow our estate’s appeal to workers, residents and visitors. The revamping of Motcomb Street will help us deliver that vision.”

 Future vision and The Pantechnicon 2018

 The public realm improvements to Motcomb Street were commissioned by Grosvenor and Westminster City Council to ensure that the historic, boutique character and vitality of the area were retained.

 Their re-launch marks the first of several important changes in the street which include re-opening in spring 2018 of The Pantechnicon. Grosvenor wants this landmark neo-classical building crown, originally built in 1830 as an antiques bazaar, to become one of London’s most exciting lifestyle hubs in heart of South Belgravia, housing some of the world’s most exclusive luxury fashion, food and beauty brands.

The House Of RADHA and Haute Couture Jeweller BAROQCO

THE HOUSE OF RADHA is honoured to be working alongside BAROQCO At Paris Fashion Week and official Accessories Sponsor for the Fashion and Music Label.

BAROQCO is worn by that particular modern woman who stands out with her own fashion desire and style.

The House Of RADHA, Closing the show.
SS18 Collection 

Oxford Fashion Studios
28th September 2017

Hôtel d’Evreux
19, Place Vendôme
75001 Paris

Amber Davies sets sail for her own love island at Southampton Boat Show

Love Island 2017 winner, Amber Davies, took to the high seas today for a trip out on the water at Southampton Boat Show. Joining the event to host the Show’s exclusive Ladies Day, Amber went in search for her dreamboat with her friends in tow.

Amber comments: “It was an honour to be asked to host the Show’s Ladies Day this year, I have had an absolute blast today. There is so much to see and do here and I loved having the opportunity to get out on the water.”

From now until Sunday 25 September, this year’s Southampton Boat Show celebrates the lifestyle and fun that being on the water has to offer. Offering a fantastic day out for all the family, the Show plays host to a range of brand new attractions for 2017, live entertainment and over 600 brands showcasing the latest in the marine world.

MBNA Thames Clippers hosts an evening of new poetry on the Thames with Boat Poets: River Lates

MBNA Thames Clippers ( and Totally Thames Festival are celebrating National Poetry Day with an evening of poetry inspired by the Thames. Join the RB1 MBNA Thames Clippers river boat service, departing Westminster Pier at 7.54pm on Thursday 28 September 2017 for an evening of performances and readings from the Boat Poets as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds that have influenced them.

Since July, four young poets, supported by the Roundhouse Resident Artists programme, have spent time in the wheelhouses of boats along the length and breadth of the Thames in London. The Boat Poets have worked closely with the men and women working on London’s world-famous river, creating works inspired by their experiences.

Enjoy a drink from the on-board bar, as London’s fastest and most frequent river bus service whisks you along the Thames, past ancient monuments and modern landmarks, all to the rhymes and rhythms of new works from some of Britain’s most exciting young poets.

Boat Poets: River Lates will be on board a regular, timetabled service. Book your ticket online or tap in as you board with contactless and Oyster. A single ticket costs £6.50.


Fashion over function: 62% of women avoid wearing coats that cover their outfit in cold weather

According to new research by BIJOU BIJOU, a fashion brand stocking over 1,000 individual pieces of jewellery, women are more likely to brave the cold weather and avoid wearing a coat to show off their outfit.

62% of women in the UK stated that they often brave cold weather, and will continue to do so this autumn and winter, to let others see their outfit.

In addition to the above, 86% of women who responded in favour of braving cold weather said they plan their outfits in advance, regardless of the weather forecast.

Top reasons for braving cold weather –

  1. The style of coat does not match the outfit
    Respondents did not want to have to spend more on a coat or jacket that matched their outfit, as it would only be worn from A to B.
  2. Women want their outfits to be seen
    Respondents overwhelmingly said they want their hard work to be seen – they’ve spent their time to plan their outfit and want others to see it.
  3. They don’t want to carry a coat around when indoors
    Coats are cumbersome and are the first piece of clothing that is ditched when planning an outfit.

Women aged 36-40 were the most likely to ditch their coat, with 73% stating so, versus only 41% of workers aged 18-24. This is a surprising result, as the older we get, the more likely we are to feel the cold weather.

Dr William Bird, medical consultant for the Meteorological Offices’ Health Forecast Unit, has strong advice: “If you’re caught out in a sudden icy snap, you will start to shiver and that depresses the immune system, thus making you more likely to catch a cold. We lose up to 30% of our body heat through our heads, so also consider wearing a hat.”

Managing Director of BIJOU BIJOU, Nadia Gkartzonika, had this to say about the news: “I can remember multiple times last winter where I braved the cold weather myself and embraced fashion over function. I’m happy to lose a scarf to show off a beautiful statement necklace.”

Survey data: BIJOU BIJOU surveyed 412 women aged 18-65 in the United Kingdom between 19th and 20th September 2017

Do you brave cold weather without a coat to show off your outfit?

All Answers
Yes No
62% 38%


By Age
Age Yes No
18 – 24 41% 59%
25 – 30 44% 56%
 31 – 35 49% 51%
36 – 40 73% 27%
41 – 50 52% 48%
51 – 55 44% 56%
56 – 60 51% 49%
61 – 64 48% 52%

Do you plan your outfits and ignore the weather forecast?

All Answers
Yes No
86% 14%

BIJOU BIJOU is a new fashion jewellery brand created by editors and stylists who have worked for leading fashion outlets such as Vogue magazine. Aimed at women, the company offers over 2,000 products from their own range and from guest jewellery designers such as Bill Skinner, Maria Black, ASHK Jewelry and Caroline Najman.

Alpharooms reveals how travellers can save up to £890 on a 3-night city break by staying in alternative locations


September 21, 2017

For immediate release

City breaks are a popular staple for tourists to take respite from the interminable UK weather, and when thinking of your next trip, the major European capitals are the usual suspects. However, research from alpharooms has discovered that people may be over-paying for their city breaks in those capital cities. There are many destinations outside of the popular European capitals with a wealth of culture, history and entertainment that are worth consideration for your next weekend break. Alpharooms research helps you understand which European cities give you a good deal and which cities you can make a saving on.

Using a variety of data, alpharooms compared the cost of a night’s stay in a typical three-star hotel, added in the cost of an average meal for two, with wine and beer thrown in, then calculated how much travellers could save by staying in alternative destinations in 19 of Europe’s top cities.

Coming in with the best saving was a stay in the Oslo suburb of Bygdoy. The Norwegian capital was the most expensive city in the survey, with a 4-day/3-night stay costing £1,435. By staying in the scenic Bygdoy peninsula, less than half an hour from central Oslo, visitors can enjoy a range of museums and attractions, as well as beaches – and spend less than £550, a savings of more than 60%.

Alpharooms’ suggestions for an alternative to explore the Danish capital may be surprising – it’s in Sweden! Yet thanks to the awe-inspiring Oresund bridge (a must-see attraction in the town), Malmo is just an £11 public transport ticket away from wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen. Malmo is a vibrant, modern city in its own right and a typical 3-night stay there will cost you £849 less than one in its southern neighbour, and you get to see two countries in one trip.

Sunny Madrid has an abundance of historic, cultural and culinary treats for visitors, but at an average daily price of £338, the Spanish capital is among the most expensive cities to stay in Europe. Madrid’s neighbour city, Toledo is just 32 miles away and this ancient city is full of history. Its imposing castle and cathedral are complemented by mosques and synagogues – a reminder of when Spain was a Moorish possession. Cultural sites, such as the El Greco Museum, have helped make Toledo a UNESCO World Heritage city.

The fine architecture and wealth of history make Edinburgh a must-see location. But with a 3-night weekend trip at an average of £930, it’s not necessarily a cheap place to stay. Stirling, an hour’s train away and only £13 for a return ticket, is a historic town to discover, with a less-crowded and calmer vibe. Stirling was once the capital of Scotland itself, and it boasts a castle to rival Edinburgh’s, as well as a great variety of shops, pubs and coffee houses. It’s on the doorstep of the Highlands too, so why not enjoy a wee dram of whisky while you’re there.

Eastern European locations are usually cheaper, but UK visitors to the onion-domed splendours of Moscow will find city centre hotel prices push it into the expensive bracket. Alpharooms recommends a stay in the Dubrovitsy estate, 27 miles from the Russian capital. This historic estate was once the retreat of Catherine the Great, and it contains a magnificent manor and an ornate church, dating back to the early 18th century.

If Vienna is the crowning glory of Austria, Klosterneuburg is a hidden gem just half an hour’s journey away. An ancient military town and monastic centre, it lies in the Danube valley amid simply stunning scenery. It’s also noted for its fine wines – and for the large homes of some of Vienna’s wealthier workforce. Luckily, you don’t need to be wealthy to stay there: travellers can save over 55% in costs by staying here than staying in the capital.

Other recommendations include Uppsala for Stockholm; Bankya for Sofia; Hafnarfjorour for Reykjavik; Windsor for London; Murten for Berne; Wolomin for Warsaw; Haarlem for Amsterdam; Bray for Dublin; Bled for Ljubljana; Szentendre for Budapest; Leuven for Brussels; Kladno for Prague; and Ostia for Rome.

As a leading provider of discount holidays and hotel deals worldwide, alpharooms have won several British Travel Awards from 2013-2016.  You can vote for alpharooms in the 2017 British Travel Awards to win Best National Travel Retailer, Best Online/Call Centre Travel Agency, or Best Hotel Booking Website.

GANT partners with actor, writer and comedian Craig Ferguson for an intriguing new show, premiering on YouTube this October

In an age when consumers crave authenticity and knowledge more than ever, American lifestyle brand GANT has partnered with actor, writer and comedian  Craig Ferguson (formerly of The Late Late Show and Celebrity Name Game) and his wife Megan Ferguson to create an intriguing new show that celebrates curiosity.

The show takes inspiration from the GANT credo – Never Stop Learning – and focuses on some of the most intriguing questions in life.

September 2017, Stockholm, Sweden As one of the first companies in their industry to create long-format unbranded content, GANT is partnering with former Late Late Show host, actor, writer and comedian Craig Ferguson and his wife Megan Ferguson, a former art dealer, to create a non-scripted TV show, that will premier October 9th. The show, titled Couple Thinkers, will follow the Fergusons as they travel around the world to seek out topics they’ve always wondered about but have never had the chance to explore – until now. Together with some of the world’s most renowned experts, Craig and Megan dive into everything from “When do we need to leave this planet?” to “Can we stop aging?”

“To be a leading brand in the future we believe consumers need to understand why your brand exists”, says CEO Patrik Nilsson. “Since 1949, GANT has worked to make the world better and more beautiful through our passion for
American sportswear and lifelong learning. Our ‘why’ is Never Stop Learning. It is a promise to improve each day, to listen and learn on our quest to create deep and meaningful connections with our consumers. This TV show is a great example of that, and together with our innovative products that make everyday life easier, we are confident our consumers will help GANT to become the leading lifestyle brand in the world”.


GANT wants to inspire its consumers to be curious and to strive higher, in line with its credo: Never Stop Learning. Recognizing that traditional advertising cannot reach these goals, the idea of Couple Thinkers was born. The concept was developed by GANT and produced in collaboration with Zodiak Factory & Mastiff, part of the Banijay Group. With the TV show GANT offers something of value to people: content that engages, inspires curiosity and makes learning meaningful.


“We created this show with young curious professionals in mind – a group that is well-informed, open-minded and tech savvy”, says Global Marketing Director, Eleonore Säll. “We believe brands should dare to create content that is both entertaining and informative, content that people would genuinely like to watch. With this show we hope to create conversation starters, spark curiosity and prove that questions can be more important than answers – something we believe the world needs more of right now”.

Couple Thinkers will air in 70 countries and premieres on YouTube on October 9th. GANT made the choice to air the show on YouTube as it is widely populated and the most democratic channel where consumers can ride the wave of accessible learning.



The TV show Couple Thinkers is independently produced by GANT in line with the brand’s credo Never Stop Learning and is hosted by the actor, writer and comedian Craig Ferguson together with his wife Megan Ferguson. The show follows the hosts as they travel around the world to seek out topics they’ve always wondered about but never have had the chance to explore – until now.

EPISODE 1 THEME: Sustainability QUESTION: Can real food feed the world?

EPISODE 2 THEME: Space & Future QUESTION: When do we need to leave  this planet?

EPISODE 3 THEME: Health QUESTION: Can we stop aging?

EPISODE 4 THEME: Psychology QUESTION: Can you spot a psychopath?

EPISODE 5 THEME: Renaissance person QUESTION: How do you dare to follow  your dreams and visions?

EPISODE 6 THEME: The truth QUESTION:  What is succes

For further information, please contact: PR Manager – Gozde Demirezen [email protected] T: +44(0) 20 7201 2900

GANT is an original in American Sportswear with a European sophistication, offering contemporary high quality lifestyle clothes for men, women and kids. In addition, watches, footwear, eyewear, fragrance, underwear and home furnishings are licensed under the GANT brand. The company’s passionate values are based on its authentic and innovative Ivy League American East Coast heritage, dating back to its inception in New Haven, CT, USA in 1949. Since then the brand has been further developed with a European sophistication and today enjoys a global presence in over 60 countries with over 500 stores and 4000 selected retailers. For more information, please visit


RONAN KEATING TELLS CATFISHED SUPERFAN: “I DON’T WANT YOUR MONEY, HONEY!” Tanya Jones was “catfished” on Instagram by a fake Ronan account IDENTICAL to the Boyzone star’s feed Tanya and her daughters chatted to an apologetic Ronan about the ordeal

Magic Radio Breakfast Show host Ronan Keating surprised a very deserving fan with a phone call on the air this morning.

A fan who trolled a catfish pretending to be Ronan Keating received the shock of her life when the real Boyzone star called her live from his magic radio breakfast show

Ronan called Boyzone fan Tanya Jones at home this morning after hearing about how she was targeted by a fake Ronan Keating Instagram account last week. The former boy band star took the time to personally apologise to the fan for the ordeal.

Tanya was shocked to hear the real Ronan address her LIVE on Magic Radio, initially joking “are you sure you don’t just want my money?”

He laughed: “I don’t want your money, honey!”

The mother of three fell victim to the fake Ronan Keating account, which takes advantage of fans by asking for a payment in return for a suitcase loaded with $200,000 in cash.

She told Ronan: “He just sent me a follow, so I followed him back and we just got chatting. He tried to say he was you, that he was from Ireland, but obviously he’s not.

“The conversation went very well, and then he said he just wanted some money.”

The fake Instagram feed was filled with photos stolen from Ronan’s verified account to lead unsuspecting victims to fall into the trap.

When asked if she believed she was conversing with the real Ronan, she asserted that she absolutely did not. The catfisher underestimated how big a super fan Tanya was, and as soon as she realised it wasn’t her idol, she began to reply using only with Ronan Keating song titles.

When asked if the scammer caught on, Tanya laughed that “he totally blanked it.”

Ronan said after the show: “It was great to talk to Tanya and I’m really happy that we were able to have a laugh about it.”

Tune in to the brand new Magic Radio Breakfast Show with Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott every weekday morning from 6AM-10AM.

Go ‘Back-to-School’ with Travelbag

Quench your thirst for knowledge on your next holiday abroad

(19th September 2017) September is in full swing, the lunch boxes are packed, new laces are tied and the school bells are ringing, but why should the kids get all the attention? Travelbag believes that it is never too late to learn something new and invites adults to go ‘back-to-school’ on their next holiday abroad. A learning holiday can help travellers reignite their golden school-day passions and goals, such as becoming a better cook, practicing a new language, studying art and music or perfecting photography skills. The specialists in tailor made holidays offer a range of customizable packages to worldwide destinations known for their rich history, exotic wildlife, impressive architecture, geological marvels and culinary prowess.

According to Travelbag experts, the most exciting global classrooms for 2018 are:

India – Have you ever wondered which spices, nuts and creams combine to make an authentic tikka masala? India welcomes the culinary curious to sample street food in bustling Mumbai, peruse Cochin’s spice markets, master an aromatic curry in a hands-on cookery course, relax with a cup of chai in the shadow of a Mughal palace, and enjoy dining al fresco on a Goan beach.


USA – A trip to America’s Deep South will school travellers on all notes. Holidaymakers can surround themselves with the sights, tastes and sounds of three of the world’s most influential music hubs, from the swinging sounds of New Orleans’ jazz notes, the soulful rhythm of Memphis’s blues scene and through to the ballads of Nashville’s country music harmonies. Because of Nashville’s low key vibe and minimal paparazzi, celebrities such as Taylor Swift are often seen enjoying the city’s local music shops and bars.


China – From the construction of the Great Wall to fallen dynasties, ancient silk trade routes and Terracotta Warriors, China is a top choice for travellers who want to brush up on their world history knowledge. Instead of taking a multiple choice test, history buffs can end their day in one of Hong Kong’s sky-high bars, or enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise along the Yangtze River.


UAE – Look out Paris and New York, there is a new opening in The Middle East that is shaking up the art world. The highly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi, opening on the 11th November 2017, features a 180-metre-wide domed roof that graces the Abu Dhabi skyline like an artwork in itself. Art aficionados can explore a growing collection of more than 600 pieces, displayed across 23 state-of-the-art galleries or plan their visit during one of the four temporary exhibitions per year. The family-friendly ‘museum city’ also houses an interactive Children’s Museum.


Canada – In the vast wilderness of Western Canada, nature lovers can focus their camera lens on wild bears in Banff National Park, relax in a euphoric mixture of minerals, gases and varying temperatures at one of the country’s natural hot spring pools, spot whales off the coast of Vancouver, and indulge in farm-to-table meals prepared with the finest foraged ingredients.


Australia – The Northern Territory will challenge any previous misconceptions travellers had about the study of rocks. A 4WD self-drive holiday is an adrenaline-inducing way to experience the geological marvels of Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park, and Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 dramatic river gorges sculpted from sandstone by the Katherine River. A trip down under is not complete without a visit to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) where visitors can learn both the cultural and scientific explanations for the colossal iconic rock that defines the Red Centre.

Travelbag can help travellers book the ideal learning holiday tailored to their interests, budget, dates and length of stay. For more information, visit:


About Travelbag

Travelbag specialises in creating tailor made holidays to a range of worldwide destinations that can be booked either online, over the telephone or in one of their seven UK shops (London, Brighton, Solihull, Cheltenham, Winchester, Alton and Knutsford).

Notes to editors: the sample packages and images for each destination can be provided on request.



Inspired by the British painter Jeremy Houghton the Kolchagov Barba – Borderless Spring Summer 2018 collection is a tribute to art and its freedom.


Flying birds – are the paintings Kolchagov Barba draw its inspiration for the Borderless collection.

Just like in those paintings where birds have no borders and no limits, moving across clouds, skies and countries, art and fashion have for Kolchagov Barba no boundaries.

Paintings become prints, canvas become dresses, dresses become moving art, no borders just freedom to representation and expression.


Abstracted birds, flying freely, leaving the importance of extraneous detail behind, between feathers and clouds, donating them an ahistorical quality and a fluidity, these are the main elements of this collection.

Borderless wants to be a tribute to this freedom and fluidity, a collection of elements, where love and freedom, beauty and romance, innocence and lust are all free to cohabit together. No political, ethnicity or social limits. Fashion is Art, and art is for everyone who is free to represent themselves.

Through the use of delicate laces, feathers, floaty dresses, and prints, the Borderless collection wants to embrace the freedom of those painting, allow each woman to be dressed in her beauty, allowing her to embrace her own identity and freedom.