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Openings & Launches

Bompas & Parr Launch ‘The Soyer Memorial Library’

Following the launch of Bompas & Parr’s own publishing house, Bompas & Parr Editions, on 8 November 2013 Bompas & Parr will launch a small library, featuring some of its more luxurious cookbooks drawn from the studio’s in-house culinary library, including Dali’s, Tolouse-Lautrec’s, and romance-novelist Barbara Cartland’s cookbooks. Dedicated to Alexis Soyer, Victorian celebrity chef, philanthropist, showman, and one of Bompas & Parr’s culinary heroes, the library will become a permanent feature at the Bompas & Parr studio, and will regularly open to visitors. Sam Bompas comments: ‘Soyer was one of the greatest culinary innovators known to mankind and god […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

Dolce & Gabbana design Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2013

Claridge’s has today announced that its Christmas tree for 2013 will be designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana – long terms guests and friends of the luxury hotel. The Claridge’s Christmas tree is considered to be a renowned festive landmark, and this is the fourth year that the decoration has been designed by one of Claridge’s favourite guests. The famous designers comment: ‘When we think of London we always think of Claridge’s and of its typically English atmosphere that fascinates us and makes us fall in love with the city every time as if it were the first. Our […]

Reviews

Asia de Cuba afternoon tea review

After wandering up and down St Martins Lane dodging the tourists we finally found St Martins Lane Hotel. We should have guessed really that it would be the building with no sign, and neon yellow glass. It’s cool, quirky and unashamed. What we assume were stools in the shape of gold teeth lined the foyer, huge oversized vases stand in the corner and cheeky little gnomes hold up small tables. But we weren’t there to stand and admire the foyer, no we were there for the Cuban afternoon tea at Asia de Cuba. Starting with the cutlery being presented in […]

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Openings & Launches

Far Rockaway

Brand new venue Far Rockaway, named after the buzzing Queens NY resort of the late Fifties and early Sixties, occupies a 400-capacity space on Shoreditch’s lively Curtain Road. Under the curatorial eye of Ben Oakley’s Gallery and Kevin Martin Hoxton Gallery, a roster of top-flight street artists including Xenz, Above, Lucas Price, Cranio, Cept and Guy Denning have created unique works of art from hand-painted totem poles to murals and sculptures. Neon artist Andy Doig has re-interpreted Far Rockaway amusement park’s signage in a new original work using 100 feet of coloured glass requiring 30,000 volts of electricity but artwork […]

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Culture

Hush’s ‘Classics in the Courtyard’ Film Screenings

Due to popular demand, ‘Classics in the Courtyard’ is returning to the Hush courtyard on 2 November. A different film will be screened in the al fresco courtyard every Saturday until 29 March. Worried it might be a little cold for an outdoor cinema? The Hush courtyard will be equipped with plenty of patio heaters, and cosy blankets and winter warmer cocktails will be available so you can snuggle up and enjoy the film. Hush also has an a la carte menu, which features comforting dishes like ‘Slow roast pork belly with Mayfair cassoulet’ and ‘Risotto of tiger prawns with […]

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Openings & Launches

Boisdale of Bishopsgate

City stalwart, Boisdale of Bishopsgate opened over a decade ago and the establishment reflects the eclectic and idiosyncratic atmosphere of its sister restaurant in Belgravia with those signature end of Empire style interiors – think dark reds and greens and an extensive collection of paintings and objets d’art – providing a clubbable environment with that inimitable tartan twist. Now, however, in response to our growing love affair with posh fast food, Boisdale of Bishopsgate has launched its brand new Burger & Oyster bar. Diners choose between fillings of Aberdeen Angus beef prime rib, Wild Highland venison and Fillet and bone […]

Seasonal & Celebrations

The Bluebird Chelsea Ice Rink Opening

Ice-skating is a popular festive activity for all age groups in London at Christmas time. With famous rinks at Somerset House, The Tower of London and the V&A, to name but a few, there will be a new addition this year: the Courtyard at Bluebird Chelsea will be hosting a glamorous skating rink, flooded with colourful lighting, right in the heart of Chelsea. The rink will be open all day, and into the evening, from 11 November until 5 January, so it could be the perfect break from a long day of Christmas shopping on King’s Road. Guests can enjoy […]

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Openings & Launches

Shimmy London

Shimmy London launches today on the site of the former cherryjam on Porchester Road. Brains behind the new night-spot are Hugo Heathcote and Deji Carr – respectively as Creative and Musical Directors. The duo, part of the team behind the hip LoveBrunch and E.T.A. parties, plan to take the venue back to its legendary ‘noughties’ musical roots. The new club encourages playfulness and eccentricity, with an enchanted wardrobe staircase, Scrabble tiled bar and Magic Far Away Tree theme. Optical illusions and quirky Victorian trinkets are offset by stylish exposed brickwork and staff are smartly attired in Gatsby-eque, flapper or bow-tie […]

Openings & Launches

Live screenings and dinner at One Aldwych

If you’ve always wanted to tick seeing a ballet or opera at the Royal Opera House off your bucket list, but you just haven’t got round to it yet, then look no further. From October, One Aldwych will be commencing ‘Live at One’, a unique and exciting venture, combining a delicious three-course meal with live screenings of opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House. Prior to the screenings, One Aldwych will serve guests their starters and main courses, followed by a glass of crisp champagne to enjoy while they watch the performance. During the interval, decadent desserts and coffee […]

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Openings & Launches

Tirage: a champagne all-day dining experience

If you like Champagne, you’ll love Tirage, a new concept pairing Champagne with all-day dining. Opening in the City in November, Tirage will boast a 120-strong Champagne and sparkling wine list, featuring familiar, unfamiliar and rare labels. 15-18 of these will be available by the glass, and there will be an opportunity for customers to purchase and take away their favourite variety. Open all day, Tirage will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Head Chef Alasdair Fraser has come up with some inventive menus to accompany the extensive Champagne selection. The lavish Champagne breakfast will include boiled truffle eggs with […]

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