Private Member Clubs: Century Club review

Century Club  The first of London’s Private Member Clubs opened their doors in the 1800s, with many not permitting female members...
Century Club  The first of London’s Private Member Clubs opened their doors in the 1800s, with many not permitting female members until almost a century after opening. In 2017, London is now rumoured to be home to over one hundred private members clubs with many still based in Mayfair, Pall Mall and the West End. Among the almost one hundred diverse Private Member clubs that the UK’s capital has to offer, the Century Club in Soho is London’s best-kept secret when it comes...
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Six times the cut throat razor had us on edge

Straight razors are also known to many as an ‘open razor’ or ‘cut-throat razors’, with the name itself highlighting the...
Straight razors are also known to many as an ‘open razor’ or ‘cut-throat razors’, with the name itself highlighting the danger associated with the tool. The only people able to practice using such a razor has to be a licensed barber and they must be fully trained.   Bronze cut throat razors with cutting edges and fixed handles are rumoured to have been produced by craftsmen from Ancient Egypt. The first steel-edged cut throat razors were manufactured in Sheffield in...
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Ageing: What is it and can we stop it?

What is the science behind ageing? While prevention of ageing begins to feel more and more like a race against...
What is the science behind ageing? While prevention of ageing begins to feel more and more like a race against time or a quest to turn the clock back, understanding the actual process of ageing remains unknown to many. Which leads me to ask: Why are we so fearful of something that is unknown to so many of us? Our pursuit of youthfulness is best represented through the pages of myth and legend. Stories of the Fountain of Youth, for...
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The best razor for your skin type

Traditionally, caring about your skin type may have been something that mainly women would have put time and effort into...
Traditionally, caring about your skin type may have been something that mainly women would have put time and effort into knowing. In 2017, however, it can’t be denied that men are beginning to care about their skin and beginning to realise that if they want ‘good’ skin they’re going to have to do something about tailoring what razor tools they use to their specific skin type.   You may have heard people often speak about your ‘skin type’ but knowing...
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Founding Fathers

From father’s day to the Founding Fathers Although Father’s Day is now a few weeks behind us, the Fourth of...
From father’s day to the Founding Fathers Although Father’s Day is now a few weeks behind us, the Fourth of July invites us to reflect once more on our fathers. Only this time, we are pondering the forebears of the United States of America. The Founding Fathers, who on this day in 1776 declared America a free and independent state, have intriguing histories with grooming. Here we take a closer look at a few of them. Alexander Hamilton Hamilton’s love-hate...
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How to defeat the signs of a hangover

If a look in your diary over the next few weeks presents you with the prospect of more evening appointments...
If a look in your diary over the next few weeks presents you with the prospect of more evening appointments than a pizza delivery driver on Champions League night when your hangover hits you may have cause for concern regarding the state of your appearance at morning meetings. “Too much work and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work’s the curse of the drinking classes.” – Oscar Wilde. The festive period, in...
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How to look after your skin while you travel

Travel may well broaden the mind, but there’s no doubt it can play havoc on one’s skin. Changing climates, air-conditioned lounges,...
Travel may well broaden the mind, but there’s no doubt it can play havoc on one’s skin. Changing climates, air-conditioned lounges, aeroplane cabins and train carriages, as well as the inevitable lack of sleep and stress which comes with long-distance travel, will all take their toll on our face. The lack of humidity in air-conditioned environments (most aeroplane cabins sit at around 20 percent humidity, and our skin is generally happiest between 40 and 70) causes a lack of hydration, which...
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5 Great Christmas gift ideas

Whether you are of a Humbug persuasion or are the ultimate festive enthusiast, there is no getting around it. The...
Whether you are of a Humbug persuasion or are the ultimate festive enthusiast, there is no getting around it. The lights in every city centre are blinding, shop assistants are looking uncomfortable in their Christmas uniforms, some truly terrible albums will reach improbably high chart numbers and your wine stocks will soon be considerably depleted thanks to the various thirsty new additions to your extended family. Christmas is nearly upon us. With this comes the inevitable ‘what-to-buy’ jitters and endless...
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Hommage to Robert Burns

The 25th of January is fast-approaching and Scotland is bristling. Each year on this day — the anniversary of their...
The 25th of January is fast-approaching and Scotland is bristling. Each year on this day — the anniversary of their most celebrated poet’s birth — preparations begin for the night ahead. Burns Night, or Burns Supper, is an evening where the all those who participate feast on haggis (a savoury Scottish delicacy of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal and suet which is seasoned before being wrapped in sheep’s stomach and cooked), neeps and tatties (turnips and...
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