Archive | February, 2012

Sponsored Video –  Don’t Follow the Pack

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Sponsored Video – Don’t Follow the Pack

Posted on 22 February 2012 by Chris Ford

Shangri-La is a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by English author James Hilton.  Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a Monastery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, I often wonder what or where is my Shangri-La?

The new video from Shangri-La Hotels shows a wolf running , heading off on its own and I think the message is clear,  don’t follow the pack choose a different kind of holiday, away from the package holidays, crowded streets, tacky souvenirs, 2for1 drinks  and pounding music. Choose somewhere you want to go and do it

Don’t follow the crowd , I certainly won’t be this year and I hope you follow your heart too and head to that destination you have always dreamed of, let’s  make 2012 the year dreams become reality.


Sponsored by Shangri-La

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Sranrom Launch Grooming Range for Men

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Sranrom Launch Grooming Range for Men

Posted on 21 February 2012 by Chris Ford

Sranrom are delighted to introduce their first collection just for men; True Spirit. Specifically developed to help moisturise and revitalise tired masculine skin. Containing natural revivers, including Imperata Cylindric, Aloe Vera and Guava leaf extract, the True Spirit range includes the following five products:


Facial Scrub – A zesty and energizing scrub that gives your skin a new lease of life. The oil free base helps cleanse and tone, giving you a more vibrant appearance. Formulated from natural exfoliators, the scrub unblocks pores and helps the skin to replenish itself.

Soothing Facial Moisturiser – A natural, non-greasy cream that is ideal for applying after shaving. The masculine scent has been blended from woody essential oils and mixed with citrus extracts to complete the refreshing formula.

Shaving Cream – A fusion of Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Bergamot oils helps to restore and infuse energy into your day and skin. Aloe Vera is added to help combat skin irritation and is great for sensitive skin.


Moisturising Body Lotion – This light, non-greasy lotion is great for application after bathing, helping to give your skin long lasting protection. The lotion is formulated to lift your spirits as well as improving the texture and feel of your skin.


Combined Hair & Body Wash – An energising, wood-scented hair and body wash; its invigorating ingredients cleanse without taking moisture from the skin or hair. Using naturally potent essential oils and herbal extracts, the wash helps lift your energy levels through its stimulating aromatherapeutic properties.


Available in Fenwick stores
Prices starting from £10

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Posted on 20 February 2012 by Chris Ford

The Gentry Grooming Co have come up with a fantastic way to Keep your skin looking in tip top condition while on the road or travelling.

THE SHAVE IN A BAG, £17.95 contains The 3D Shave System (100ml) a genius 3-in-1 Shave Cream, Shave Oil and Moisturiser that can be used without water, with an electric or manual razor, infused with Black Pepper & Mint, The Face Cloth and The Expert Shave Guide in a Stylish Black Hessian Drawstring Bag.
This is perfect for travelling or as I have been keeping mine in my locker at work – along with a razor so I can look sharp when going out after work, which is rather handy.

Stockists: / / / / / and The Gentry Grooming Co Salons

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Sponsored video: Learn how to seduce with Expert James Charm

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Sponsored video: Learn how to seduce with Expert James Charm

Posted on 15 February 2012 by Chris Ford

This week we had the single Gentleman’s  nemesis – Valentines Day.  Although does any man really enjoy Valentines Day?

If you are single you may feel alone and  unfulfilled, hearing the plans of all your colleagues and friends for their special night,  if you are with someone you have all the stress of curating a perfect evening to please your loved one and show you care.

The thing is though ultimately we all want to find that special someone and as they say first impressions count!

But fear not men’s fragrance Joop! Homme have sponsored a series of videos presented by seduction expert James Charm who will guide you onto the right  path to woo the object of your desire.

Take a look at the latest video here


Joop Homme itself  has  marvellous  rich citrus scent and since I started wearing it this week in place of my normal scent I have been getting constant remarks from both men and women asking what I was wearing, a definite winner and looks destined to replace my 5 year love affair with Issey Miyake!



sponsored by Joop


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Posted on 10 February 2012 by Chris Ford

Whether you’re loved up or playing the field, you’ve got to do something on February 14th, and we’re not talking candlelit dinners or rose petals…. here’s how not to want to die inside on this cheesy day.


If you want to impress a hot date without coming across as clichéd and predictable you’ve got to let BarChick, the ultimate guide to London’s best bars (if not the world’s), give you a little heads up on where to go….

Garlic and Shots – London
Prove it’s really love and dose yourselves in copious amounts of garlic. Sure, people class this as much of a faux pas as rules such as “don’t eat spaghetti on a first date” but who cares, you may as well start as you mean to go on. Not for the faint hearted (… or vampires) this place is serious about its ingredient of choice, even the beer has raw garlic floating in it, nice. If your date can’t hack it then you don’t want them anyway, so get out while you’re ahead.

Dans Le Noir – London
So you / your date are not looking great, a bit pale, or perhaps you woke up with a massive spot. Not a problem, this is what Dans le Noir is all about: taste, senses, smells, touch, everything but your eyes (kinda kinky too). Dans le Noir (‘in the dark’ for those with a D in French!) immerses its customers into pitch black and you are served by blind waiters, so no fear of them clocking/stealing your hot date although they might have a little feel.

The Beefeater 24 Science of Love Molecular Masterclass – London
Top dog Tony C (the Heston of the cocktail work for those not in the know) is offering you a chance to create a love potion in his much talked about laboratory. Take an insider’s tour into the molecular mixology world and learn some tricks to making unique molecular creations from the master. Make Valentine’s recipes and twists on old classics with Beefeater 24 and afterwards sample Tony’s work in the intimate award winning 69 Colebrooke Row. This is the perfect place to go either as a couple or solo with a mate. If you want to avoid the predictable and try something different, then this is the one for you.

River Restaurant at The Savoy – London
OK so if you really crave a bit of a cliché date then at least do it in style. No one is going to do Valentine’s Day better than The Savoy really, and you’ll definitely get her in the sack. Pull out the stops then head down to the River Restaurant for their meal for 2. Eat seafood, lamb and veal, all washed down with Champagne and finished off with melting chocolate sensations and pink Champagne mousse. This isn’t the cheapest option, at £125, but you do get 4 courses and a glass of Champagne thrown in and the high quality of food won’t disappoint!


However, If you’re single, or boycotting the other sex for whatever reason then don’t feel as though you’ve got to lock the door, draw the blinds and leave the couples to it. If anything you’re probably going to have a better night. BarChick has your back: here are some alternative nights that are anti-couples for your pleasure:

Bar Kick – A Game of Two Halves – London
Speed dating with a twist: forget repeating what you do, what your interests are or how much cash you’ve got. Instead head to Bar Kick, get a free cocktail and “find your goal mate”. Get involved in their game of two halves, get given a load of ludicrously preposterous yet informative and insightful topics, play some table football, fill out the score sheet, leave the rest to them. Table football and strange questions mean whether you are on the pitch or on the bench you’ll be chatting about ridiculous things so you won’t have any awkward silences. Nice breath of fresh air from “what music are you in to?”


The Shop NW10 – London
Embrace your hate for Valentine’s Day, make a voodoo doll of ex and hit  the Anti-Valentine’s Day Massacre at The Shop.  They’ll have heartbreak themed cocktails; think “it’s not you it’s me”, “the restraining order” or “the sour grape”, and punk and rock-abilly music to rock and cry to.  They’ll even be giving a prize to the person with the best break up story. Classic.


MeatLiquor – London
Forget the candles, the violins and the petals. What you’re after is a slab of meat, lots of cheese and a shed load of cocktails. Grab your mates, drink your sorrows away and stuff your face.


Apotheka – Manchester
Following the success of last year’s party, Apotheka are going to have an Anti-Valentine’s day event for 2012! Take a sigh of relief if you aren’t under the thumb. Think mutilated teddies lining up the bar, banging Rock ‘n Roll music and most importantly NO romance.



About BarChick is the guide to the very best bars from London to New York, and increasingly everywhere in between.  With unrivalled and totally independent insight, BarChick is buzzing with up-to-the-minute news on bar openings, drinks trends and what’s hot now in bar culture.  More than just a listings site, it offers a diverse range of ‘BarChick approved’ bars, recommending venues to meet drinking needs of revellers and relaxed drinkers alike.  Even better, iPhone users can have all this at their fingertips thanks to the BarChick app which comes complete with maps to get you perched on your chosen bar stool pronto.

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