Ginformation: The rise of the curious and demanding gin consumer

The gin craze is most definitely in full swing and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. Interest from consumers, the licenced trade and the media all seem to reflect the rediscovery of the versatility and sophistication of this adaptable spirit. The creation of the Gin Guild, set up in 2012 by the Worshipful Company of Distillers, was extremely timely – it was just before the recent explosion in new … Read more

Countdown to 2017: Non-dom tax changes

Although a year away, the UK government is planning major changes to the way non-domiciled individuals are taxed. This represents the most fundamental tax change non-doms have ever faced. Non-doms are part of the fabric of London and have added to the diversity of our great city.  They boost the economy and spend significant sums of money, not only on property but on art, interior designers, restaurants and fashion. Don’t lets forget they … Read more

My London – with Chef and Party Planner Bunny Kings

Gilly (Bunny) is a catering extraordinaire. Having trained at The Dorchester as the only female chef in the Brigade, her career has since taken her to become the Head Chef at Asprey and on to Guards Polo Club, Bulgari and De Beers. As a private chef she has travelled the world from St Tropez to Telluride in Colorado, however her favourite city will always be London. Luxury Topping asked Gilly to share … Read more

Win Tickets to the BADA Fair

  The BADA Fair is a highlight of the London Spring calendar, bringing together 100 of the country’s leading specialists in fine art, design and antiques. On display will be exceptional contemporary, modern and traditional from 9th to 15th March 2016. Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, comments: “As we finalise preparations for our 24th BADA Fair we look forward to welcoming 100 leading dealers, including 11 new exhibitors, and over 18,000 … Read more

The Power of Gemstones: an Interview with David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division. Interview by Tricia Topping

My breakfast with the renowned David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division was highlighted in my diary in red. What a privilege and a treat. I had watched David conduct an auction in London and was enthralled with his ability to capture an audience and hold them in the palm of one hand, whilst securing exceedingly high prices with the other. David could have been an actor or … Read more

The International Hotel Awards

As a judge of the International Hotel Awards, I know how difficult it is to win the International Five Star Hotel Standard. The judging criteria is tough, every aspect of the hotel and the service they offer is examined by a team of judges, well versed in every aspect of running a luxury hotel.  The main sponsors of the awards were Rolls Royce Motor Cars, not a dealer but the … Read more

The Rising Stars of London’s Fashion Scene

On the eve of London Fashion Week, Luxury Topping attended the London College of Fashion’s MA16 Womenswear Catwalk Show. Taking place in the awe-inspiring Royal College of Surgeon’s, to the accompanying live music performance by Haelos. The classical wooden panels of the hall were given a contemporary edge, as the backdrop and runway centrepiece were composed of fragments of broken glass, which reflected the contemporary edge of LCF’s aspiring designers. The London … Read more

The Luxury of Owning a Home – By Zoe Dare Hall

  In recent months, I’ve been sung to by Paloma Faith in a £20m penthouse on the South Bank, fed by a Michelin-starred chef in a new Earl’s Court development whose owners will have a fleet of Aston Martins at their disposal and swum in a glimmering black tiled residents’ pool in the shadow of Tower Bridge. Central London’s latest glitzy new residential developments are scaling new heights of luxury … Read more

Luxury Topping visits The London Art Fair

January saw the start of the new artwork year, with thousands of art enthusiasts descending upon the Business Design Centre in Islington to visit the world renowned London Art Fair. Now in its 28th year, the London Art Fair showcases a selection of the most spectacular contemporary galleries from around the globe. With 126 galleries displaying their favourite pieces of art, photography and sculptures, the London Art Fair was a … Read more

Interview with Ben Mosley: Artist and Mural Specialist

Known for his sports paintings, city scenes and ability to perform live paintings, artist Ben Mosley, 34, says one of the biggest challenges is to ‘keep reinventing yourself’. LuxuryTopping speaks to Ben about his career, the challenges of being an artist, and his plans for property development and furniture art. How did you start out? I did a BA in Fine Art at Chester College, part of the University of … Read more