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The Ivy Chelsea Garden + The Ivy Asia Chelsea London

Tis the Season

They’re the Siamese twins of London’s restaurant scene. The Ivy Chelsea Garden is joined at the hip, or at least a party wall, to The Ivy Asia Chelsea. If you’re after understatement and don’t appreciate a heavy dose of bling, The Ivy Chelsea Garden’s more exotic neighbour isn’t the place for you. Everything is back lit from the green onyx floor to the Sumo wrestler guarding the staircase. A Samurai warrior makes for an unlikely companion in the bathroom. Green velvet jacketed staff glide around the red velvet cushioned chairs. Sexy Fish style popping candy profiteroles are the future, or at least they are in this piece of the East meets West London. Lunchtime dance music with the hottest babes in town: what’s not to love? It’s a familial formula that clearly works: The Ivy Brighton is gaining a co-joined Asian twin; so is The Ivy Castle View Guildford.

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The Cuckoo Club + London Red Hot 100

Red Is The New Black | Northern Lights

1 Red Hot 100 London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Did anyone say Thursday is the new Thursday?  Well blow us… for starters, it’s from dining alfresco at the Ivy Chelsea Garden (King’s) to the great indoors at the Cuckoo Club (Regent’s) in one fell swoop. There’s nothing communist about this red revolution. Perchance it’s survival of the cutest fittest. This dying breed is looking very alive. We’re on fire! It’s front stage at the last chance (hair) saloon. The Titian takeover is in town. Let the ultimate Celtic Revival commence. Enter the children of Brehon. We’re alpha not betagh. Pedigree’s all that matters. Girls and boys aloud. And this diaspora ain’t goin’ nowhere fast. We’re stayin’ put within the pale. The media might betray us as mad (Bree van de Kamp in Desperate Housewives), bad (Julianne Moore in Boogie Nights) and dangerous to know (Race Imboden fencing). But c’mon Albion guys, that’s us only gettin’ started. Alabaster rocks, porcelain rolls, Gingerella on ice; the rest is the present, the here, the now. Welcome to the Red Hot 100. It’s London’s most exclusive listing, breeding matters, a Pre Raphaelite dawning, one hundred redheads united on a plate, all henna’d up and everywhere to go. The mane event is top photographer Thomas Knights’ calendar of smokin’ hot girls following the success of last year’s boys edition. “I enjoy hearing stories about other people’s experiences growing up with red hair,” Thomas tells us. “It’s such a unique situation!” We wanna be shot, red or alive. Everyone’s on model behaviour; just desserts. Grace O’Malley eat your heart out (she would); redheads will roll. Natch hatch. Lavender’s copper. Lavender’s blue.

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Thomas Knights Photographer © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley