Honor 8 Launch

Last month I joined a group of techies and lifestyle bloggers for an exciting launch in Paris. I rarely write about technology and new electrical products, because I rarely know how to work them or how to describe them. The same is true of the Honor 8, the new smartphone from Chinese company Huawei. When I boarded the early morning Eurostar to Gare du Nord with the other bleary eyed journalists, I had no idea what to expect from the next 24 hours.

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Sitting next to a lovely, rather more informed journalist, I quickly learnt about this all-important smartphone we were travelling so far to celebrate.

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We were staying in the advantageously located Hotel Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower which had simple but luxuriously comfortable rooms, many of which offered amazing views of the Eiffel Tower. Before the grand launch party a few of us bloggers went out exploring, and settled in a traditional bistro for a delicious steak lunch.

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At 5pm we piled into buses and headed to the Molitor Paris, which has a stunning central pool, perfect for showing off on Instagram! We listened to a detailed presentation about the suave new phone before receiving our own to trial.

Here’s all you need to know…

The Honor 8 is Huawei’s latest flagship Honor phone and it has recently launched in the UK and worldwide. The phone design is slick and smart with a dual lens camera. The compact Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch LTPS screen, full HD 1920×1080 pixel resolution and 32GB storage. It is available in a range of sophisticated colours, from pearly white to royal blue.

On the back of the phone there is a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera with laser autofocus. One of the Honor 8’s lenses captures a vibrant colour image while the other snaps a monochrome photo. Working in combination, they produce sharp, detailed shots. On the back of the Honor 8 there is a fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone in just 400 milliseconds.

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Next morning we were all up early before the Eurostar home, and had just enough time to try out the Honor 8 for some Paris photography. The best thing about the Honor 8 for me, and other lifestyle bloggers, is the quality of the camera, allowing you to create professional standard imagery with an impressively small and light gadget.

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The Honor 8 is available to buy in the UK from today, for a SIM-free price of £369. More information here.

Salon Couture High Tea with Suzie Turner at The Savoy

The selection of decadent afternoon teas on offer in London is second to none. The finest hotels and top restaurants present beautiful themed cakes, sandwiches and scones to suit every occasion and celebration. The Savoy, one of cities most prestigious and beautiful hotels to dine in, has recently introduced the Salon Couture High Tea with Suzie Turner, a fashion focussed tea for London’s stylish trendsetters.

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This special tea is inspired by the salon-style fashion shows of the 1950s and harks back to the stunning soirees and shows held within The Savoy decades ago. The high tea launched on July 4th and takes place on the first Wednesday of each month, with one sitting at 5.30pm. Guests relax in the radiant, glass-domed Thames Foyer, nibbling on immaculate finger food, whilst stunning models present a catwalk show showcasing iconic gowns from British couturier, Suzie Turner’s magnificent collection.

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The tea includes a fruity cocktail, luxurious sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam and cream and a selection of bespoke eclairs, delicately decorated with patterns to match the Suzie Turner designs. I particularly loved the Duck pastrami with herb cream tartlet from the savoury plate, and the warm apricot scones were dangerously moreish, especially when layered with dollops of rich clotted cream and homemade lemon curd!

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My sister and I watched in awe as the tall, slender women sauntered past us, dripping head to toe in jewels and lace. I thought the exclusive fashion show perfectly suited the setting and complimented the array of delicious food, even if I did feel a little guilty eating so much whilst the models walked past looking much more in need of feeding than me! The show was accompanied by a talented saxophonist, who moved around the room belting out soulful riffs and jazzy melodies.

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Afternoon teas can be tedious to review time and time again, but this chic offering from The Savoy offers so much more than just tea and cake, I loved the glamour and glitz, and the food was fresh and tasty too.

More information and book afternoon tea at The Savoy here.

Mercato Metropolitano

Mercato Metropolitano is a vibrant new market in Elephant & Castle which celebrates Italian food and drink. Housed in a disused paper factory, this covered market covers 45,000 ft, with brilliant Italian producers and chefs selling regional delights.

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Choose from irresistable pizzas at ‘Pizza Napoletana’, fresh handmade pasta from ‘Tortellino’, or indulge with an ice-cream from Gelateria Badiani, Florence’s award-winning gelato makers. Within the market you can find everything from artisan coffee roasters to butchers, a juice bar, a bakery and a decadent mozzarella bar.

Also onsite is Prezzemolo e vitale, a family-run Palermo supermarket who sell every Italian ingredient you could ever hope for, including premium cured meats, cheeses, and a wonderful range of olive oils. The founders hope this will become a hub for locals and professionals working nearby, within the complex there is a boxing gym and a coworking music space.

As well as providing delicious food, MM hope to educate and raise awareness of food sustainability, and will be hosting events and live demonstrations in the coming months.

As a South Londoner I couldn’t be happier to have this tasty new market on my doorstep.

Find Mercato Metropolitano at: Borough Triangle, Newington Causeway, SE1.

More information here: www.mercatometropolitano.co.uk