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Openings & Launches

Soft Paris Party at Shimmy

Valentine’s Day – it might seem a while away yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start brushing up on our seduction techniques – single or not! Which is exactly what guests did this week at Bayswater club Shimmy, at the Soft Paris party! Shimmy, whose website tells you to ‘leave your inhibitions at the door’ invited guests into their wonderland-esque themed club to sample their new  'French Letter' aphrodisiac cocktail – (which includes cherry marnier and Champagne and a special drop of goat’s plum ), indulge in pink cupcakes and most importantly learn the art of seduction. French company, […]

Openings & Launches

The Lockhart

For 2014, Brooklyn’s Brad McDonald takes the helm at Marylebone’s The Lockhart, relaunching the Seymour Place venue with a new menu of regional ‘Deep South’ dishes from Southern States such as Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and his native Mississippi. Alongside his refined approach to Southern cuisine, the style of The Lockhart is also informed by McDonald’s previous culinary ventures in New York where he was part of the team behind Colonie and Gran Electrica in Brooklyn. The dinner menu sees snacks and appetizers including Grilled chicken oysters in a yellow mustard sauce, Smoked mallard gumbo and Tokyo turnips and […]

Openings & Launches

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is launching its first UK outpost on 16 Jan at London’s O2. The 800-capacity concert venue will feature 12 lanes of bowling – three of which are elevated in a private party area with its own bar – and food by Bromberg Bros’ Blue Ribbon Restaurants. It will celebrate its grand opening weekend with three nights of performances by the Brooklyn Bowl All-star Players – a collective of funk and soul musicians from Antibalas, Lettuce and Soulive, launching with party to coincide with the Brooklyn Nets playing the Atlanta Hawks. "When thinking of another city that's as influential […]

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Sequel

After the success of the British comedy film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in 2012, the sequel has begun filming in India. The film was based on the novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach and tell the tale of a group of young pensioners who move to a retirement home in India. The original star studded cast have returned including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Maggie Smith and Celia Imrie. Newcomers to the sequel to look out for are Richard Gere, David Strathairn and Tamsin Greig. The second installment follows Sonny’s dreams (played by Dev Patel) of purchasing […]

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Openings & Launches

Misschu

Having opened amidst the pre-Christmas madness at the end of last year, you might have missed misschu’s Whitechapel debut but with further expansion into the City planned over the next 12 months, it’s certainly one to watch. Hailing from Australia where it is one of the continent’s most popular boutique fast food brands, it was founded in 2007 by Nahji Chu, known to the Aussies as ‘Queen of Rice Paper Rolls'. Born in Luang Prahbang, Laos in 1970, Chu and her family escaped the Pathet Laos Regime in 1975 and were amongst the first Vietnamese/Laotian refugees to settle in Australia. […]

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Openings & Launches

Russian Old New Year at Morton’s

Just because New Year is over and we are now in dreary January, it doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate, which is exactly what Morton’s is doing as they throw a party to celebrate the Russian Old New Year on Monday 13th January and it isn’t too late to get tickets! Head Chef, Yvonnick Lalle has created an epicurean feast, a sumptuous five course feast, which naturally finishes with a chilled shot of vodka and is followed by traditional Cossack dancing! Places are limited so if you want to go to this wonderful event then make sure you get in […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

5 a day Wednesdays at Bunga Bunga

It’s universally known that when detoxing in January you’re allowed at least one day off a week – at least. We say that day off should be a midweek treat at Bunga Bunga, because every Wednesday throughout January they are hosting 5 a day evenings. Before you panic, this isn’t an evening of vegetables and fruit, far from it, no instead it is a karaoke and live music evening – well it is Bunga Bunga after all. The 5  a day comes in the form of the five must have Italian components on a night out: a glass of Prosecco, […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Season Finale of Sherlock

Almost as soon as it has come back to our screens, it is almost time to say farewell to Sherlock once more, as this Sunday sees the last episode in this series. Finally everyone’s questions have been answered as Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) explained just how he faked his death – or did he? Who knows if that really is how it happened… In the meantime while he has been away it seems as if everyone has been finding their other halves as Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) introduces his fiancée Mary Morstan, played by Amanda Abbington; and even poor, timid Molly […]

Openings & Launches

The Fable

This February The Fable arrives in Farringdon. Inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tales and Aesop’s Fables, every detail – from sparkling crystal to twinkling candelabras – is set to tell a story. Created by Drake & Morgan (The Folly, the parlour, The Anthologist, the happenstance), The Fable will be an all-day bar and restaurant. Flooded with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and spread over three floors, the site – a 15th century former house – seats 426 or holds 1,000 standing and has been designed by Fusion Design and Architecture. There will also be a wine room brimming […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

D&D: Konik’s Tail Cocktail Competition

Forget ‘dry January’ as next week sees the launch of Konik’s Tail Cocktail competition at South Place Hotel. Open to all D & D employees the competition starts on the 14th January with a Konil’s Tail cocktail master-class, which will teach the entrants the basics, hosted by Pleurat Shabni, the founder and creator of Konik’s Tail handcrafted vodka.  It will then be up to the competitors to come up with their marvellous drinks as the final will take place the following week at The Old Bengal Warehouse.  The finalists will have to mix, muddle and concoct their cocktails as they […]

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