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Restaurant Guide: Explore the aromatic flavours of the Middle East…

October 11th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

Inspired by the enchanting scents of the Middle East, Crabtree & Evelyn’s Night Garden fragrance collection has the power to let your mind drift to distant shores and pastures. Test your senses further by exploring the aromatic flavours of the East with our London restaurant guide…

 

Moro

Mixing rustic sun-drenched flavours from Spain with exotic spices of Northern Africa and the Middle East, the food at Moro is wholesome yet tantalizing. The mezze dishes are fun to share on a ‘date night’. Be sure to order the Moroccan bread salad with Argan oil – and for desert, the rosewater and cardamom ice cream is dreamy. Moro is located in Exmouth Market in North London, which is a lovely area to explore for independent fashion and lifestyle boutiques. For more info see: www.moro.co.uk

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Wear… Ottoman Rose is like dancing in a storm of rose petals on a dusky exotic evening.

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NOPI

This fresh, modern brassiere is the brainchild of the team behind cult eatery Ottolenghi. The menu is inspired by both Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine and split into fish, meat and vegetarian options. Stand-out dishes are the spiced chickpea pasties, coconut and leaf curry sauce and for desert, the sticky rice, brown coconut jam and caramelised banana. Situated on 21-22 Warwick Street in Soho, NOPI is the perfect place to pick up a pre-theatre bite to eat.

For more info visit: www.nopi-restaurant.com

 

Wear… Assam Oudh proves opposites attract with a blend of citrus and smoky notes for an eclectic air of elegance.

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Chor Bizarre

Inspired by an Indian ‘thieves market’, Chor Bizarre romantically twinkles with coloured glass lanterns, and is choc-a-bloc with interesting antiques. The menu has an emphasis on Kashmiri cuisine and is said to be the only restaurant outside Kashmir offering the legendary 36-course feast ‘Wazwan’. There’s also a tea bar, which serves 30 types of tea from Assam to Kasmiri Kehwa. Located on Albemarie Street in Mayfair, Chor Bizarre is a fabulous establishment to refuel and relax after a hard day shopping. For more info visit: www.chorbizarre.com

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Wear… Kashmir Musk is as luxurious as being wrapped up in the finest cashmere jumper on a breezy Arabian night.

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Alounak

If you’re on a mission to sample some of the best Persian cuisine in London, check out the authentic dishes at Alounak. The food is reasonably priced at around £25 per person for a meal, and you can also bring your own bottle. There are branches of the restaurant at 44 Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill and 10 Russell Gardens in Kensington. Alounak is a great place to go for a mid-week treat with a group of friends.

 

Wear… Persian Thé is like drinking a smoky cup of tea at the top of a cool misty mountain, and watching the clouds float by.

 

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Get lippy for International Kissing Day

June 28th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

 

h-371835lip_Group_01Get set to pucker up for International Kissing Day on 6th July, which celebrates the wonders of kissing. As preparation, perfect your pout with Crabtree & Evelyn’s selection of lip care products. In fact, why not take advantage of our 4 for 3 offer on lip treats and share the love…

Perfect your pout for International Kissing Day with our selection of luscious lip care products…

Go glossy

Did you know that lip gloss was invented in the 1930s to make lips glossy for films?  For a picture perfect pout try our Honey Glace Shimmer Lip Gloss. It has a subtle shimmer, which reflects beautifully in the sunlight. While the honey flavour is comforting, botanical oils and shea butter offer hydration. The subtle shade suits all skin tones, and it can be used over lipstick to make lips ‘pop’.

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Fact: The tradition for newlyweds kissing after the wedding ceremony dates back to ancient Rome, where a kiss was used to seal a contract.

 

It’s the balm

If your lips are in need of some TLC, opt for a classic lip balm to nourish your pout to perfection. Our Aloe Vera Lip Balm contains aloe and beeswax to provide comfort for sore, dry lips. Aloe Vera is also known for its healing properties. This botanic balm is fella friendly, as it doesn’t have a colour or gloss. Apply regularly for kissable lips.

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Fact: Thai couple Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat broke The Guinness World Record for the longest kiss, by smooching for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds on 12-14 February 2013.

 

Butter up

Do you have a sweet tooth? Keep those sugary cravings in check by applying our Vanilla Brûlée Lip Butter. It not only smells and tastes delicious, but it melts onto lips like a dream. The good news is it leaves a healthy shine without any sticky residue. Unlike some products, which can ultimately dehydrate skin, Crabtree & Evelyn’s lip butter is wonderfully moisturising all the way.

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Fact: Did you know that on average a person spends 20,160 minutes of their life kissing?

 

Take the tint

Go for a subtle flush of colour and subtle shine with our Apple Lip Tint, which has a scrumptious apple flavour. It will add a touch of everyday glamour to your beauty regime, as well as conditioning your lips. Blend it with your usual lipstick to give a glossy finish – and experiment with dabbing a little on your cheekbones for a rosy dewy glow.

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Fact: Roman author Pliny the Elder advised kissing a donkey’s nostril to cure the common cold.

 

Which is your favourite Crabtree & Evelyn lip care product? Let us know in the comments box below or on our Facebook page.

Things to see and do in Wimbledon

June 18th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

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It’s time to practice your backhand and stock up on strawberries and cream, because tennis season is here. Whether you’ll be watching The Wimbledon Championships (24 June – 7 July) from centre court or from your sofa, the London suburb of Wimbledon is well worth a visit. Take a look at our top 5 suggestions of things to see and do in the area…

Visit the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to the Wimbledon Championships this year, there’s always the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.  The latest exhibition Tennis on the Riviera features memorabilia depicting tennis on the French Riviera from 1890s – 1930s. The main collection boasts 15,000 tennis related objects from toys to teapots – the oldest artefact dates from 1555.

For further info visit: www.wimbledon.com

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Go horse riding

Ditch the tube and saddle up at the Wimbledon Village Stables, which has been a horse riding school for over 100 years.

While Wimbledon is only a short journey from the city, there are more than 3,000 acres of countryside in the surrounding commons and nearby Richmond Park to explore on horseback. The perfect way to make the most of the green space London has to offer.

For further info visit: www.wvstables.com

Go to the theatre

If you’re after a relaxing evening of entertainment away from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out The New Wimbledon Theatre. The Edwardian building is stunning, and it’s only a short walk from Wimbledon Station. Dreamboats and Petticoats the musical will be running from 29 July – 3 August, and promises to be a fun-filled show.

For further info visit: www.agttickets.com

 

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Visit the Windmill Museum

Wimbledon Common isn’t just a great spot for a picnic or taking the dog for a walk, it’s also home to the fascinating Windmill Museum. Built in 1871, the windmill was fully operational until 1864 and the building now houses a museum of windmills and exhibits on local history and the Scouting movement. Look out for the Womble memorabilia in the gift shop.

For further info visit: www.wimbledinwindmill.org

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Shop until you drop

If you’re after unusual gifts, explore the delights of Wimbledon Village, from eclectic homeware to unique dresses there’s something for everyone. Every Saturday from 9am-1pm you can pick up fresh fruit and veg at Wimbledon Farmers’ Market at Wimbledon Park Primary School. Also, pop into the Crabtree & Evelyn store at the Centre Court Shopping Centre to stock up on goodies. Our Strawberry & Cream biscuits are a must-try!

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What are your favourite Wimbledon hot spots? Tell us in the comments box below…