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Hotel: Meliá Dubai

Dubai is a city in constant transition, a city with constant new openings, be it restaurants, clubs, bars and indeed hotels. This sheer choice might be intimidation to visitors so we decided to visit one of the most established ones in a recent visit, Hotel Meliá Dubai.

The Melia name is a long established and respected one, synonymous with luxury and quality and it is this ethos that has carried over to their opening in Dubai.  Located in the heart of the city Meliá Dubai is the first five star Spanish hotel in the Middle East. Designed by a Milan based architect, the hotel has a fresh, modern air geared to make guests’ stays truly exceptional.  Located close to the World Trade Centre, Gold & Spice Souqs, historical Bastakiya, Dubai Museum and Dubai Creek, the hotel is perfectly situated within a short reach to Dubai’s main shopping and commercial districts like the iconic Burj Khalifa and only 10 km away from Dubai International Airport.

164 rooms and suites are housed in the hotel, each decorated in a contemporary and modern style. The 5 star hotel isalso home to the restaurant, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor.  The celebrity chef offers a delicious menu of authentic Indian fare but with a modern spin, a must.

If you plan to relax then the hotels also offers the Yhi Spa and the rooftop swimming pool, the spa offers a comprehensive menu of treatments to you can have a lazy afternoon poolside with beautiful views over the whole of Dubai.

Room rates start at £68 and you certainly get a lot, with rooms big and spacious, floor to ceiling windows, a huge king bed and a double sink bathroom with freestanding bath to soak to and relax. Staff were warm and helpful and wifi is even thrown in for free, we highly recommend a stay.

Boneyard – Shoreditch

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The ever popular Shoreditch district of London has welcomed another new addition to its growing list of foodie destinations, with the arrival of Boneyard.

Boneyard is the new concept from restaurateur and businessman Robert Newmark, the man responsible for the Beach Blanket Babylon restaurants/bars.

The space was previously a petrol station, and the restaurant has used this unconventional heritage in its layout and design paying a nod to its old use, with exposed industrial feel and drink stations aligned to were the petrol station’s convenience store shelves used to sit.

Those visiting enter through a heavy black door with a reclaimed brass porthole window and once inside are met with a large and spacious dining area, with communal tables and bar seating areas.

The menu, like its interiors, is inspired by classic American comfort food – buttermilk fried chicken, American smoked ribs, tater tots and burgers. The menu also features a bone marrow burger, as well as a boneless burger, with sides of golden crinkle-cut fries, crispy onion ring and chilli con carne crisps. All orders are served ticket style and collected from the helpful staff.

The adjoining outdoor covered timber yard, complete with cacti embraces summer with Aperol Spritz and Vodka Slushies in a splash of flavours

On out visit we gave a few of the menu options a try, having never had a bone marrow burger a go we took a punt on this as our main. The burger was juicy and tasty, and also quite large, so be prepared. Alongside this rather than the standard fries/chips option we went for the interesting sounding chilli con carne crisps, and again the results were satisfying. The waffle like ‘crisps’ were just that, crispy and delicious and a slightly lighter option that standard fries. The chilli which sat on top of it was flavourful and accompanied the crisps well.

The rack of ribs was also a highlight, large and a rich tangy sauce which we paired with the house coleslaw.

To wash it all down we opted from some of the milkshakes on offer, my recommendation is the salted caramel! Though they come in a rather small size they make up for in flavour, absolutely try one!

Boneyard is perfectly located, a stone throws from Shoreditch House and Brick lane and all of the area’s highlights. The spot is great for a quick bite to eat or a longer meal with friends, also if you want to do a spot of work while you’re there then make use of the plug sockets and free WiFi.

Our meal for two came to around the £50 mark.

Boneyard, 168 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU
Opening times: 11:00am – late Monday to Sunday
Phone: 0207 033 1857
Twitter: Boneyard_LDN
Instagram: Boneyard_LDN

LCM – Duchamp AW15 – Image Exclusive

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Duchamp debuted its new direction for Autumn Winter 2015 collection as part of London Collections: Men.

The brand held its presentation at the famed Rosewood hotel in London’s Holborn, with attendees enjoying cocktails ad canapés while models showcased the new season looks. Luxury is at the core of the brand with fabrics sourced from the finest  Italian and British mills.

Soft Tailoring and Eveningwear were at the forefront of the new season.

An elegant range of Soft Tailoring came in slim cuts and made from milled cloths. Blazers include open weave Jaspe effects and woven basket weaves. Suits feature 3D textures and presented as separates to easily inter ate into existing men’s wardrobes.  Looks were layered with coats in oversized gallis checks, hounds tooth and block coloured wool and cashmere in camel, sea blue, forest green and monochrome.

For evening attire the brand reinvented classic menswear staples with the use of geometric prints and weaves which form subtle three-dimensional effects throughout. On the higher end there are  50-ounce English silk and Italian velvet dinner jackets create an air of opulence and showcase oversized paisley and botanical prints.

Makeup for the show was provided by AOFM Pro

Lead AOFM Pro Groomer: Yin Lee

Backstage images are Azzarenko exclusive by Nancy Gibbs

More information on Duchamp here

Words by Cristian Burbano