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Here is this winter’s first real list of cold fingertips.  It’s soft and sweet – sometimes a bit folky, but not in a that-annoying-guy-with-a-guitar kind of way.  If you can’t look out because windows are frosted up, you’d might as well have something good to look into.

There’s the newer end with Deptford Goth, Vancouver Sleep Clinic and a Wild Beast’s remix, to some less new from the likes of Bon Iver and Youth Lagoon.

Tell us what you like, share your favourite tracks, or send us a list and we’ll stick it up.

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CIA

The Central Illustration Agency began life as one guy with a packet of drawing pencils, an eraser and not even a hint of Photoshop 1.0, and ended up bringing together a ton of great other graphic designers, illustrators and animators.  These days they’re still a heavyhitting agency with a roster of the top dogs of modern graphic art.

Better yet, they’ve got a blog of the newest and coolest in the world of illustration – from fun facts in cartoon, to interviews, toffee apples and exhibitions.

centralillustration.com/blog

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IN HIGH FASHION, THE CONDE NAST YEARS 1923-1937

In 1923 Edward Steichen took up the enviable position as chief photogapher at Condé Nast, where he both kickstarted modern fashion photography and became the highest paid photographer in the world.  Not a bad gig.

For the following 15 years, he enjoyed the privilege such a role afforded and shot some of the most iconic figures in politics, literature, theatre and, of course, haute-couture fashion. In High Fashion brings together over 200 vintage prints, many for the first time since the 1930s, and gives real insight into the time.

Until 18th January at the Photographers’ Gallery W1, £4.50

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HOLIDAY HOURS

Though we’d like to be there for every second of your holiday celebrations, there are probably places you’d rather be / have to be, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to sleep late and drink whisky.  Hours are mostly the same, but here are the ones you need to remember:

Dec 24th – open until 4pm
Dec 25th – closed
Dec 26th – closed
Dec 27th – open from 11am

Then…

Dec 31st – open from 9am ’til late

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HE SPOKE STYLE

Oh girls, you’re spoilt for fashion advice. From uber quirky tips via Susie Bubble to the simplistic monochrome looks of We The People Style, if you don’t know which shoes to wear with culottes then for goodness sake we can’t help you.

If you’re a man, help can be a little harder to find. We suggest immediately checking out Brian Sacawa’s fashion pointers. With posts like When Is It Time For New Jeans? and High Risk / High Reward: Paisley Tie, He Spoke Style oozes the stuff.

hespokestyle.com

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designboom

Officially, by their count at least, designboom was the first web-based design and architecture magazine.  It was 1999 – Google was still sucking at the teat of a 56.6k modem and this team had the vision realise the world wasn’t going to apocalypse itself and the internet might be a great place to gather up the worldwide expanse of cool.

They haven’t achieved global domination, but they’ve proven that there’s no replacement for real clever humans curating interesting content.

www.designboom.com

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WHO DID YOU MEET?

Once upon a time, we chatted to strangers, brought jams to neighbours in times of plenty and said hello to passersby.  We hear it still happens up North.

We also hope one might choose to shoot the breeze with fellow diners at the sharing table.  Maybe you might debate current affairs; maybe you share a secret haunt; maybe you might just pass the pepper.

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DAILY CAKE QUOTIENT

Everyday, our kitchen brings us a jar of cookies.  Or sometimes a pretty little cake stand with a banana loaf.  Macaroons.  Meringues.   Depends how they’re feeling.  But everyday, regardless, there is a new batch of home made treats to eye up on your way in and have with a cup of tea.

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    At last, we’re through the long nights and cold days, and the time of year that doesn’t afford us a single three day weekend, mini-escape, cause for lightweight celebration.  But here we are!  Easter is upon us, not just one short week, but two, with sun in the forecast and four whole days of weekend [...] Read More
  • CHRISTMAS PARTIES

    Knees-ups, shake-downs – whatever you want to call your festive get-together, they’re not far off now. Village East’s Little Room will be back with a lovely new look just in time, and of course all our restaurants have spaces for private parties and big groups.  Get in touch with our events team so they can talk [...] Read More
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KITCHEN HOURS

Breakfast
M-F: 7.30am to 12pm
S-S: 9am to 11.30am

Brunch
S-S: 11.30am to 4pm

Lunch
M-F: 12pm to 3.30pm
S-S: 12pm to 4pm

Dinner
M-S: 6pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm to 9.30pm

All day menu available throughout the afternoon.

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WE AND THE COLOR

We’ve spent much time perusing fonts. We’ve fallen out with good friends over the use of Times New Roman. Don’t get us started on Impact.  We’ll give into Comic Sans in only the most ironic of applications, because we’ve got a sense of humour, right?

Dirk Petzold’s blog, We And The Color, circumnavigates graphic design, illustration, photography and these things pleasing to the eye. We, however, swoon at his appreciation of a decent font.

weandthecolor.com

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