Looking Sharp at the Races

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The racing season is now in full swing. The Epsom Downs Races and Royal Ascot are fast approaching, so now’s the time to follow our guide to guarantee you’re looking your best while making the most of the stunning sunshine, and exhilarating atmosphere.

Nowadays, horse racing is more than just about the sport itself, with fashion also taking centre stage, especially on Ladies Day, which sees no shortage of style and glamour.

The races are renowned formal occasions, for women, all eyes are on their pretty dresses and show stopping fascinators. However, Men are also getting in on the fashion event and dressing to impress, whilst experimenting with the seasonal fashion. The Club Enclosures and hospitality areas will all be packed with dapper suited and booted men, each showcasing the latest fashion.  Already this year we have seen the big trend emerging for men being the tweed jackets and well-polished brogues. But what else do men wear at the races to complete their look?

Tweed & Jackets
The good old British weather can be very unpredictable. It’s therefore advisable to dress accordingly, with heavier fabrics and plenty of layering. A tweed jacket is perfect for this time of year, to beat away the cold. If tweed is not for you then there are plenty of equally dapper alternatives. This year’s Cheltenham Festival saw an array of suits, from smart black suits to country colours such as greens and browns. But whether it was a tweed jacket or suit, many added a waistcoat, for an extra level of sartorial sophistication and an additional layer of warmth.

Shirt & Tie
The trend appears to be plain white or lightly coloured, slim-fitting, collared shirts for men. However, more casual shirts are also worn by some if you’re not keen on dressing up. If you’re attending an event like this and are staying near the event before, opt for a non-iron shirt, as this makes it much easier to avoid creases!

The big question is then ‘Should I wear a tie? The answer is ‘Yes’ as a tie is the perfect finishing touch,  although they may not stay on until the end of the day …

Footwear
At a race day, you’ll often be on your feet all day and so comfortable footwear is important. Many men this year chose to wear smart, well-polished, laced brogues. But why not also pair these with some brightly coloured, patterned socks for some extra fun?

Hats
For women, headwear is an enormous fashion statement, with fascinators, stylish hats, as well as some whacky creations. But what do men wear to the races? We often don’t have the opportunity to wear a hat, so the races are a perfect time to take advantage of this. For an understated look, opt for the popular tweed flat cap. However, if you’re feeling more adventurous why not try a woollen Trilby? Hats not only look impressive, but can be functional too, keeping your head warm and dry.

Accessorise
For men attention to detail is key, whether you add some fun cufflinks, or a pocket handkerchief, accessorising can finish off your look and add an extra level of sartorial sophistication.

 

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Start preparing now for Aintree’s Grand National which is fast approaching in April, this is closely followed by the quintessentially British Royal Ascot in June. Take a look at our exclusive T.M Lewin ranges for a head start on planning your outfit.

Are you attending a race day this year? Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments box below.

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How To Spot a Good Quality Shirt

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One of the biggest mistakes often made when buying an outfit for a big occasion is forgetting that the shirt is just as important as the suit. Many men presume once they’ve purchased their perfect suit, any shirt will do. We disagree – you should want the whole package, this means investing in a shirt which will compliment and enhance your look.  Here’s our guide on how to spot a good quality shirt.

The Fabric

A shirt can be any fabric you fancy. Generally speaking cotton tends to be the preferred choice, as it is breathable, durable and easy to take care of. The best shirts will use 2 fold (twisted) cotton, a fabric that is not only strong but will keep its shape and last for years. The cotton used in the shirt should have a silk-like feel and both the cuffs and the collar should have 100% cotton lining. There is no need for polyester anywhere on your shirt. The use of one fabric ensures that any shrinkage will be uniform throughout the shirt.

A Split Back Yoke

The yoke is the panel of fabric below the back of your collar. This panel of fabric is quite often one single piece but unfortunately this usually results in an ill-fitting shirt. The best made shirts will always have a split back yoke. This takes much more time and effort to tailor but the difference in fit is well worth the added expense.

The Collar

A weak collar with no uniform shape and turned up corners will ruin the whole aesthetic. High quality shirts will have removable collar bones that allow for a sharp look to your collar. Many tailors also maintain that an unfused collar is a must have on your shirt. This avoids the flat look many lower quality shirts have.

The Buttons

The material of the buttons is far less important than the way in which they are fastened to the shirt. Assuming the buttons are attached correctly, using a lockstitch machine, should mean you never have to put up with the inconvenience of sewing on your spare button.

The Stitching

The stitching should be consistent throughout the shirt. Take a good look at it and if you spot any loose threads then opt for an alternative shirt. Most shirt collars and cuffs are stitched with about 10 stitches per inch but for true quality look for a shirt with about 15 stitches per inch. This looks better and is guaranteed to last longer. The sleeves and side seams should also have extra stitching to avoid any splits in the fabric.

The Design

If you’re choosing a striped or checked shirt you should take time to make sure that the design flows across the shirt. This means checking that the pattern matches at all the seams. The shirt tails should also be longer than you’d normally expect allowing the shirt to stay tucked in all day.

The perfect shirt is a fundamental asset to your suit. Choosing the right one will give your overall look that extra sartorial flourish. Following this guide will ensure that you select a quality shirt which will stand the test of time and enhance your look.

 

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Every gentleman knows that a tie is a shirts best friend. If you need help finding one which will compliment your look perfectly, we are here to help with our post on how to spot a quality tie.

 

Gift Guide for Mother’s Day.

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With Mother’s Day fast approaching you’ve only got a few days left to decide on that special gift to show your lovely Mum just how much she means to you. Before you let the panic take over rush to your nearest florist, stop and take a minute to think about something a little unexpected and extra special. Our top five Mother’s Day gift ideas are guaranteed to show your mum just how much you appreciate her.

1. The Jennifer Bird Print Blouse.

Give your mum a little helping hand in making sure that she’s bang on trend for this new season. This printed blouse is both feminine and floral, the perfect combination of floral print without looking twee. This season we’ve said goodbye to ditsy floral prints and hello to new bolder designs.

2. Daisy Enamel Cufflinks

Forget actual flowers for Mother’s Day this year and instead opt for this beautiful set of enamelled cufflinks. The inclusion of a Swarovski Crystal makes these cufflinks all the more special and the neutral colour will ensure that they go with your mums entire existing shirt wardrobe.

3. Hayley Collarless Coat.

If you want to spend a bit more on your wonderful mums this Mother’s Day then why not opt for an investment piece such as our Hayley Collarless Coat. This coat will see your mum through the Spring/Summer season and even into autumn. It is easily versatile and can be dressed up or down. It is perfect for an occasion and a gift like this is bound to go down a treat.

4. Oriental Print Scarf.

Why not add a floral flourish to your mums look with this beautiful silk scarf. It will add a little colourful lift to any look. Its lightweight feel also makes it perfect for the warmer months.

5. Iris Placement Stripe Jumper.

Aside from being incredibly comfortable and easy to wear, this jumper is bang on trend both in its nautical stripe pattern and its monochrome colour pallet.

Whatever your budget and whatever your mum’s style you are guaranteed to blow her away with any one of our beautiful gifts this Mother’s Day.

 

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What are you treating your Mum to this Mother’s Day? Leave your comments below.

How to Spot a Quality Tie

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A tie is an investment in style. It should look good, feel good, and last a lifetime. So why do so many men insist on purchasing cheap machine made ties to complement their designer suits? Why spend a small ransom on a pair of shoes only to rummage through the bargain basement bin for a matching tie?

The truth is that many men don’t think to consider the elements which combine to produce the perfect tie. If you want to start wearing high quality designer ties, there are a few things you should look out for.

The Material

A good tie should be either 100% silk or 100% wool. It should be pretty easy to tell if a tie is genuine silk or wool simply by the look and feel of the material. But if it’s a shop that you trust, then asking a salesperson should do the trick.

The Cut

The best quality ties are always cut at a 45 degree angle and cut on the bias. Mass producers will avoid cutting on the bias due to the waste in cut off material. To see if a tie has been cut to a high standard just pull it straight from both tips, if it wrinkles or ripples then it is not cut on the bias. This little test can also tell you whether or not the shape of the tie is correct.

The Recovery Loop

Most people think that this is a stitching error and some even cut it off. But this piece of thread running the length of the tie can be used to draw the tie back into shape after wearing or washing.

The Hang

Hold the tie at the point where you would normally fold it and see if it hangs straight. If it doesn’t, then it’s lower end craftsmanship and not worthy of your hard earned cash.

The Fit

It is always recommended that if you are buying a tie to go with a specific shirt for a special occasion then you should take the shirt with you to the store. If you forget don’t panic most stores will be able to provide you with a similar shirt so you can try the tie before you buy it.  It’s also worth bearing in mind that a good quality tie should return to its original shape after trying it on, so if a salesperson seems reluctant to let you try it out, take your business elsewhere.

Styles

Now you know how to judge the quality of a tie, it’s time to learn about the various styles there are to choose from.

Printed Ties

Every modern gentleman should be encouraged to accessorise their suits to stand out from the crowd, and what better way to enhance your look than with a bold printed tie? These vibrant tie collections add a strong sartorial flare to your look as they showcase heritage prints which are individually hand printed on Italian Silk. If you’re unsure about being too bold with your choice of tie why not opt for a more muted colour pallet and subtle print.

The Pocket Square

If you want to stand out from the crowd, then you can’t go wrong with a pocket square They have made an almighty come back in the recent months thanks to an increased interest in popular television programs such as Mad Men. Don’t be fooled into thinking they’re too extravagant – they are actually the easiest way to transform and lift an outfit. Without a pocket square the breast pocket in your jacket becomes rather redundant.

Slim Ties

Make a sophisticated statement by adding a slim tie to your wardrobe. Slim fit ties are versatile and can be worn for any occasion. They have the ability to transform any modern-cut suit and ensure you’re bang on trend. Opt for a slim black silk knitted tie and you’ve instantly got every occasion covered.

Bow Ties

For formal events, the bow tie is king. Weddings, balls, and award ceremonies are the typical stomping ground of the classic bow tie. But it’s becoming more common to see shirts for men paired with colourful bow ties to make a statement in style. If you’re thinking of pairing a bow tie with a casual shirt or suit, then bear in mind that darker colours are more suited to the office while brighter colours are for social occasions.

 

Whatever the occasion, be it a wedding, first date, or even just a day at the office, buying a tie says a lot about your personality. It’s a chance to add a little individual flourish to your outfit. It is important to spend some time choosing the tie that’s right for you. Remember gentlemen, it’s not just a tie, it’s an investment in style.

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Do you now feel confident enough to pick out your own top quality tie? Leave your comments below.

T.M.Lewin dresses Soccer Aid 2014

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On Sunday 8th June 2014, Soccer Aid returns to Manchester’s legendary Old Trafford stadium for a fifth star-studded showdown between England and The Rest of The World.This year T.M.Lewin is proud to be Official Outfitter of Soccer Aid 2014, providing team suits to the A-list celebrities and football legends that will do battle on pitch in aid of UNICEF. T.M.Lewin will also launch an exclusive Soccer Aid Tie, available to buy online at T.M.Lewin from 3rd April, with £10 from the sale of each donated to UNICEF.

The brainchild of Robbie Williams and UNICEF UK, this year’s event, to be aired on ITV, will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary with Kirsty Gallacher pitchside, reporting on all the action as it happens.

UNICEF UK Ambassador, Robbie Williams, will once again lead the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returning to captain The Rest of the World.

Joining Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Olly Murs, John Bishop, Jonathan Wilkes and Mark Owen in this year’s England squad will be True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith. Alongside the familiar faces of TV presenters Paddy McGuinness, Ben Shephard, Bradley Walsh and Heart FM’s Jamie Theakston.

Michael Sheen’s Rest of the World squad welcomes the return of Scottish actor James McAvoy and world famous chef Gordon Ramsay. Alongside Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty, and American new boy Man v Food presenter Adam Richman.

English football legends signed so far include Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham. Edwin van der Sar and Jaap Stam are confirmed to appear for The Rest of the World, with many more high-profile names to be announced shortly.

UNICEF UK Executive Director, David Bull says: ‘Soccer Aid 2014 will raise vital money to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children get life-saving food, medicine and clean water. Every day, children are in serious danger and thousands die needlessly in the struggle against poverty, hunger and disease. It’s time for us all to act. Please, buy a ticket to go to Soccer Aid or watch the match on ITV and help us change children’s lives.’

T.M.Lewin CEO, Geoff Quinn says: ‘ We are truly honoured to be dressing the two teams this year, for what promises to be the most successful Soccer Aid to date. Through the sale of our official Soccer Aid tie, we’re also hoping to contribue to the cause, raising much-needed finds for vunerable children all over the world.’

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The Wolf on Wallstreet London Premiere

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Jason Gardiner took a break from the ice on Thursday evening to attend the London premier for the highly anticipated blockbuster “Wolf on Wall Street”. Not wanting to be outshone by the chiselled good looks of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason opted for a top to toe look from T.M.Lewin for this red carpet affair.

 

The Lewin Generation

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We have teamed up with menswear style collective, The Sartorial 7 for the latest instalment in its series of menswear fashion videos.

The Sartorial 7 is made up of an increasingly influential group of fashion-loving gents from London, who each work, live and breathe Men’s Fashion. Collectively they’ve worked with brands as diverse as Duchamp London, Oliver Sweeney and Topman and have developed their own unique perspective on style that’s earnt them a popular following online.

Dapperly dressed in shirts, suits, ties and accessories from the new T.M.Lewin collections, the Sartorial 7 head out on to the streets of London for their latest video, taking in a couple of iconic London landmarks along the way, before refuelling at traditional Pie and Mash shop.

The South African national cricket team

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SAFor years we have been dressing the England Cricket Team and we pride ourselves on being  able to provide the each of the players with their own formal suit, shirt and tie. These suits are worn by the Squad whenever they are required to swap their regulation whites for something a little more formal!

This exciting new collaboration with the South African Squad means that from September this year our quintessentially British brand, which this year celebrates its 115th year on London’s Jermyn Street, has been made available in South Africa for the very first time across selected Edgars stores, including Eastgate, Fourways, Sandton City and Tygervalley.

To sew up the deal with Cricket South Africa, we have provided each member of the squad with a Taunton Suit, along with our white Poplin Shirt and the John Francomb Slim Navy Tie.

Our CEO, Geoff Quinn shared his excitement over this new partnership:

“We are both proud and honoured to provide suits to the Proteas for their formal appearances.  We may bring English style and sensibility to their look but on the pitch it’s South African talent all the way!”

And it seems that the South African team is just as excited about our new joint venture as we are. The CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul said:

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks, on behalf of the team, to T.M. Lewin.  The brand is associated with quality, attention to detail and excellence.  It’s a good fit for us.”

The South African Team are obviously keen to look good on and off the pitch. They are loving the opportunity to dress to perfection wearing these suits which perfectly showcase TM Lewin’s world of fine tailoring.

 “The whole team, especially our sharp dressers Faf and Hash, will appreciate the distinction and caliber of T.M. Lewin!”

For Fancois du Plessis, it is all about the tailored look. “I love a suit. I’d wear one every day. I especially love tailored suits. I like to accessorise with cufflinks.”

 

Check out the SA Squad promoting their new dapper look in this video:

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Secure your perfect role – Guest blog

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Whether you have recently graduated or are looking to progress up the career ladder, job hunting can be a stressful time. With that in mind, Anna Gibbons, Communications Manager at Sellick Partnership has detailed her top tips to ease the pressure and help you make the next step towards success.48626S_original_original

Perfect your CV

Be clear and concise: Your CV is your first point of contact with potential employers – you don’t need to give them 6 pages of your work history, just an outline of your last few positions and education history. Grab their attention in order to secure an interview.

Quantify: Where possible, make sure you quantify any information – “increased business output” doesn’t read the same as “increased business output by 30%”.

Make a good impression

First impressions count: Manners and basic timekeeping are both important starting blocks for any successful interview; be on time, if not early, in order to start the interview composed and remember to shake the interviewers hand and sit up straight.

Do your research: Will this help you to answer the interview questions, but it will help you to think of questions to answer them; how have they coped during the recent economy? What bought on the re-brand you’ve noticed in their marketing materials? Would you be able to get involved in the teambuilding activities?

Know your CV: It’s important to be prepared to back up your CV with quantifiable information, and you can only do this by knowing the document. It’s likely you will be asked to provide examples of challenges you’ve faced, teamwork and your career highlights, so have some answers arranged prior to entering the interview.

Dress to impress

Remember the detail: Make sure your shirt is ironed, your shoes are polished and your cufflinks aren’t askew – you need to make a good visual impression as this reflects on your personal brand.

Modern business: If you’re able to, it’s worth investing in a new outfit; a slim line or tailored suit will make you look the part for any modern workplace and help you to stand out.

Colour can be your friend: Wearing a grey or black suit can be draining, so add some personality with a coloured or patterned tie – this pop will help you to feel more confident and aid you further in standing out against your competition!

What is the best piece of career advice that you’ve been given? Tell Sellick Partnership in their Autumn Rush competition for your chance to win Two T.M.Lewin shirts. Enter here 

 

Guest Blog : When Girl Meets Boy

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sophiaThere is a trend brewing in women’s fashion, and it’s one borrowed from the boys. This season womenswear is adopting heavier fabrics, navy hues, oversized coats, slouchy trousers and monk strap shoes originally reserved for well-dressed gents.

Girl in Menswear blogger Sophia Marinho de Lemos is all about dressing the sartorial trend with a mix of womenswear and clothes borrowed from the boys. Here’s how she is styling a TM Lewin men’s white shirt with classic men’s and women’s pieces to create three distinctive looks, for three essential occasions.

The Boardroom

Nothing says sophistication like a slim fit, crisp white men’s shirt. Women can wear this loose with a textured jacket and suit trousers for an effortlessly cool, but professional edge. Wear with a knitted silk tie in Burgundy, with matching tie slide, chunky gold wristwatch and cufflinks in a nod to Elizabeth Olsen and Elle Macpherson’s style. An oversized taupe slouchy leather bag with ample space for all your paperwork and computing devices can be complemented with some on trend matching leather loafers.

The Bar

The white shirt comes out to play, particularly when teemed as part of a monochrome ensemble for the evening. Leather trousers remain firmly in fashion for the cooler months, so slink into a pair and team with a black Triacetate jacket and merino tank to keep you toasty. A statement ring and weighty gold necklace will give a flash of sparkle to this look. Cufflinks, killer heels and clutch essential.

The Sunday Brunch

The easy sweat-pant in a nod to the sportswear luxe trend is cropping up in even the most sophisticated of collections. Create a downtime chic look with your white menswear shirt teemed with relaxed trousers. A slouchy dark red merino jumper will keep you cosy whilst you enjoy your easy Sunday morning. Grab your glasses, tousle your hair into a topknot and pull on your satchel and penny loafers for your day of rest. A bejewelled collar necklace and demure silver cufflinks will keep the look understated and elegant.

 

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The White Shirt Style Challenge

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At T.M.Lewin there’s no such thing as an ordinary white shirt. The difference between a decent shirt and a truly exceptional one is all in the details. That’s why we’ve created a new range of iconic white shirts, each completely unique in their design. Eight new shirts, eight different collar and cuff combinations.

This week Michael, T.M.Lewin’s Online Marketing Executive, has been set the White Shirt Style Challenge. Follow our blog over the next 8 days to see how Michael has put together a different daily look around each of the white shirts from our exclusive London White Shirt Collection.

Feel inspired by Michael’s style? Receive 15% off any T.M.Lewin white shirt both online and instore here

 

Day 1 – The London Slim Fit White Rounded Collar Shirt

Inspired by T.M.Lewin’s current Country Style City Life campaign, I wanted to liven up the office with a look that nods to tradition whilst remaining modern. I’m wearing a crisp, white cotton slim fit shirt with on-trend rounded collar and double cuff. I teamed the look with a pair of red chinos, yellow suede brogues and a vintage looking blazer for timeless style. The ensemble is finished with a knitted silk tie and complimentary green pocket square.

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Michael in The London Slim Fit White Rounded Collar Shirt

 

Day 2 – The London Slim Fit White Button Down Collar Shirt

I’ve found myself wanting to dress more smartly (for success) in the office. With that in mind I’ve opted for a smart yet contemporary look with the London Slim Fit White Button Down Collar Shirt, Purple Spot Silk Tie and matching Pocket Square. Purple exudes luxury and is one of my go to colours when it comes to accessories. I’ve teamed this with the Ryan Slim-Fit-1 Button Mohair Blue suit for a finished look that epitomises T.M.Lewin’s modern and sophisticated style.

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Day 3 – The London Slim Fit White Pin-Collar Shirt

Looking for new ways to add a bit of character to my formal look, I was recently inspired by the visually stunning film ‘The Great Gatsby’. Especially the Pin-Collar shirts featured, as originally seen in the 1920′s to create a very sleek & sophisticated look. Following Gatsby’s good taste and an eye for detail, I grabbed the opportunity to wear T.M.Lewin’s new London Slim Fit White Pin-Collar Shirt. It certainly turned heads!  The subtle touch of style is a sleek trend driven alternative to a business shirt. Unlike Gatsby, I don’t own a pink suit, so opted for pink accessories instead.

 

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Day 4– The London Slim Fit White 2-Button Collar Shirt

The London Slim Fit White 2-Button Collar Shirt is one of my favourites, not only does it fit perfectly but the tall and stately collar injects a dose of personality to my look. I’ve really felt that autumnal chill begin to creep in over the past few days, so not only does the addition of a corduroy jacket make the look more dashing (and dare I say intellectual)… but it certainly keeps your warm too.

 

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Day 5 – The London Slim Fit White Curved Cutaway Collar

The London Slim Fit White Curved Cutaway Collar makes an effortlessly elegant statement, subtly framing the face whilst also drawing attention to your tie.  I’ve teamed this shirt with a sharp blazer, tailored trousers and chunky brogues, keeping my separates simple to let the collar do the talking. With this being one of my favorite looks it’s almost a shame that the person on the other end of the line couldn’t see me… maybe next time I’ll Skype.

Michael in The London Slim Fit White Curved Cutaway Collar

 

 

London on a Shoestring : Notting Hill

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London on a Shoestring… Notting Hill

With such busy schedules, it is hard for the working man or woman to find time to truly relax. We live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – so why not schedule in a day with London? All you need is £20 and a good pair of walking shoes for a day out in Notting Hill.

Begin the day with a late breakfast or lunch at Mike’s Café. This local treasure is known especially for their Full English Breakfasts and is within minutes of both Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove.  With their huge portions and great staff, you will leave with a full stomach and a smile – the perfect way to start the day.

If you are looking to spend the rest of the afternoon simply relaxing, why not check out Kensington Gardens? Just a short walk from Notting Hill Gate, it is one of the eight Royal Parks, and boasts 5,000 acres of historic parkland. Take a blanket, a book and your iPod and escape the rush of the city at one of London’s most beautiful parks.

Alternatively, if you are keen to explore the area a little more, head down to London’s famous Portobello Road Market. The world’s largest antiques market is open from 9am-7pm on a Saturday and you are bound to stumble across a few bargains! You may even see some talented (and not so talented) street performers too.

Grab yourself a snack for the journey home at Lisboa’s Patisserie. Recommended by Notting Hill locals, it is a Portuguese treasure that sells the best traditional pastries for the lowest prices.

Men’s Grooming : The Perfect Shave

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The perfect cut and shave is fast becoming the well groomed gentleman’s secret weapon. With that in mind we sat down with Bradley Stainton of Pankhurst London for a quick round up on male grooming.

 

Barbershop_NewHow would you describe the style of the typical Pankhurst customer?

Sharp, well groomed and timeless.

For those of us who are yet to visit a Barbershop for a traditional shave, how does a professional shave differ ?

A professional will get the shave much closer, not missing any tricky parts that can be hard to reach when shaving yourself, and the luxury of a bit of indulgent male pampering.

How has Pankhurst held on to some of the old school grooming habits of our fathers?

The Classic shave has changed very little, a hot towel and a sharp blade will always give good results, however what has evolved is the quality and technology used to create shaving products – balms, creams etc – this can give a superb finish.

A hot towel treatment is the ultimate indulgence for the well groomed gent. What benefits should you expect from this treatment?

The hot towel opens the pores, cleaning the dirt out with the massage, it also relaxes the skin, while the cream moisturizes and rejuvenates.

And finally, what would be your three top tips when it comes to male grooming?

The first would be to get a good consultation! Before you get a cut, make sure your barber understands each facet of your style, whether at work or at home your haircut has to fit your wardrobe, even a bespoke suit can look awful with a bad haircut. Secondly, your hair needs to compliment your features and personality, not the model in the magazine. Always have this in mind when choosing a new style. And finally, if you wear a beard always make sure the top lip is clear of hair… kissable.

 

For more male grooming tips, or to book a consultation visit the Pankhurst London website here : www.pankhurstlondon.com/

 

 

City Parks

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Richmond ParkThere is nothing we love more at T.M.Lewin HQ than grabbing lunch and heading to the nearby park for some much needed R&R. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this handy list of the best city parks nationwide for fellow al fresco diners – as voted for by our Social Media Followers.

 

Hampstead Heath, London

Arguably the trendiest of all city parks, drawing in the arty crowd from nearby Camden Town. Don’t be surprised to see a few famous faces too. Hampstead Heath has been the scene of many a paparazzi snapshot. Whether you’re there for an afternoon picnic, a stroll with the dog or a cooling summer dip in one of the swimming ponds, the Heath is the perfect choice for a sunny day.

Bute Park, Cardiff

A peaceful retreat right in the heart of Cardiff’s central business district, Bute Park is the right kind of place, whether it’s for a quick 30-minute lunch break or a whole day. The scenic little trails that wind there way around are challenging enough to give accomplished hikers, runners and cyclists a pretty decent work out too.

Victoria Park, East London

Victoria Park is still an oasis of fresh air amidst the hustle, bustle and traffic of Hackney and Bethnal Green.  It plays host to a wide range of great festivals and events throughout the summer too, including Lovebox and The Field Day.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

A slice of Scottish countryside encircled by the city of Edinburgh, Holyrood Park is located just a stone’s throw away from the old city centre. Lined with rock formations the trails you can wander along make you feel as if you’ve stepped straight out of the city into the wilderness.

Richmond Park, London

The undulating hills and plains of Richmond Park are shared harmoniously by families, dogs and more than 650 local deer. The on and off-road park trails are always lined with cyclists, walkers and people en route to their favourite shady spot below the trees or beside the ponds.

Queens Square, Bristol

Although this picturesque square is sits in the busiest part of Bristol – just along from the harbour – it has a uniquely peaceful charm about it. On the grass surrounding a statue of King William the 3rd, people from surrounding office blocks and nearby houses gather to enjoy some summer sunshine or take time out to read beneath the trees.

Abington Park, Northampton

Abington Park is Northampton’s favourite public space for families and dog walkers. Special features include a fantastic museum, lake, an aviary, playground facilities, and sports fields. In summer time, the bandstand area comes alive to the sound of Folk Music, with a packed schedule of concerts.

Coed Y Brenin, Snowdonia National Park

Coed Y Brenin is the Rolls Royce of city parks. Walking, hiking and biking trails dissect an area of 1,600 acres, which hosts a number of impressive waterfalls, a volcano trail and view points over breathtakingly beautiful Welsh forestland.

Platt Fields, Manchester

The main attraction at Platt Fields is the lake – a place to water ski, fish and laze.  Visitors can also take a stroll along the trails and surrounding gardens. During summer, there are also numerous festivals, concerts and events.

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