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Dates for your diary


Working on a magazine, we're privileged to hear about the next big things in fashion, music, TV, travel and more before they happen. But what use would that knowledge be if we didn't share it? With that in mind, we've looked to the next 12 months to tip you off on the shows, events, openings and launches that should be firmly marked in your diary.


Restaurant: One of the most anticipated launches of the year, Dinner is renowned chef Heston Blumenthal’s long-awaited second restaurant, following The Fat Duck. Opening at the end of the month within the resplendent Mandarin Oriental in London, we’re expecting something spectacular.

Book: By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham (Fourth Estate). Fans of Cunningham’s The Hours will be thrilled by his new book out this month.

Theatre: Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour sees Keira Knightley and Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss tread the boards in this emotional and thought provoking play. Opening night is 22 January and it runs until 2 April.


Fashion: David Koma may not be a name you recognise, but you're sure to be familiar with his clothing - remember that futuristic fan dress Cheryl Cole wore on The X Factor a few years back? Already loved by the fashion industry, Coma's about to go mainstream with a line for Topshop scheduled for February.

Theatre: Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller playing the much misunderstood ‘monster’ and his creator. They’ll both be playing each role on alternating nights at The National Theatre, London

Restaurant: Acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open his first London restaurant, Spice Market, at the hip W Hotel on Wardour Street on Valentine’s Day.


TV: Set the Sky+ for Friday Night Dinner on Channel 4. Tamsin Greig (Green Wing), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners) and Paul Ritter (Pulling) play a dysfunctional family who gather every Friday for their dinner. Laugh out loud viewing guaranteed.

TV: The Crimson Petal and The White (BBC 2) boasts an outstanding cast, including Romola Garai, Gillian Anderson, Richard E Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss . It’s an adaptation of Michel Faber's bestselling novel.

Travel: The W group unveil their latest bolt hole with the opening of W Bali Retreat & Spa. We're expecting it to be cooler than cool, as has become their standard.


Technology: It's widely rumoured that Spring will see the launch of the much-anticipated iPad 2. With an improved quality display and a front-facing camera for Facetime, now may finally be the time to invest.

Events: The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place on 29th April - had you heard? With the day declared a national holiday and following Easter weekend, book the preceding Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday off for an extra-long break.


Music: With 1.3 tickets sold in the first 24 hours of going on sale, saying that Take That's first tour as a five-piece in 15 years is highly anticipated is a bit of an understatement. If you got tickets to the Progress Tour, do try not to talk about it too much - you'll only make those of us that missed out all the more jealous.


Music: Glastonbury festival takes a break next year, meaning there's all the more reason to relish this year's festivities. No acts have been confirmed yet, but there's talk of Coldplay, Prince, U2, Rihanna and Kings of Leon appearing.


Film: After 10 year, it will finally be time to say our goodbyes to Harry, Ron and Hermione, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released.

Music: The 3rd of July will see the original line-up of Britpop favourites Pulp reform once more to take to the stage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.


Restaurant: Celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck will open his first restaurant in Europe at 45 Park Lane, London. A celebrity chef Stateside, he’s been the caterer for The Oscars for several years and is known for his amazing food. CUT at 45 Park Lane will be a modern American steak restaurant.


Film: One Day with Anne Hathaway, based on bestselling novel by David Nicholls.


TV: What To Do When Someone Dies (ITV) is a three-part drama with our very own Anna Friel, following about a widowed school teacher investigating the death of her husband.

Music: Rihanna's tour starts this month. Given her performance on last year's The X Factor, we can't wait to see more of her live.


Travel: The men in your life may be boycotting Qatar but, with the St. Regis Doha due to open on the 11th of this month, there's no reason you should. Steeped in Middle Eastern mystique, the hotel will be located on the beachfront in the West Bay area - relaxation bliss.


Travel: Legendary Italian jewellers Bvlgari are preparing to open an exclusive boutique hotel in London's Knightsbridge. In addition to the obligatory spa, pool and steam room, there's also plans for a ballroom, members' club and 50-seat screening room. Sure to become a top destination in the Capital.



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