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The British Are Coming!

Awards season is well underway and the UKs big weekend is upon us with the Orange British Academy Film Awards this Sunday. Hosted by the ever magnificent Stephen Fry we can expect self-deprecating jokes and a lot of digs at Anne Hathaway’s dedication to her art. British stars a plenty are nominated including the ever present Helen Mirren and Daniel Day-Lewis. Anna Karenina – starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson – also has a couple of nods; fighting the British corner. The Americans hold a strong position though with Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Helen Hunt and Jennifer Lawrence […]

Openings & Launches

Love, lust and late nights in London…

Love (100ft) in the air at The Roof Gardens Sip Rose Petal Martinis and watch as your message to your loved one is projected 100ft above London on a multi-coloured laser system.  That’s after you’ve dined on quail eggs and rump of lamb at the Babylon Restaurant overlooking the capital’s skyline and been serenaded by a live Jazz band. Four course menu, £75pp. www.roofgardens.virgin.com Babylonian Ball Beach Blanket Babylon’s two venues in Notting Hill and Shoreditch are hosting evening of Valentine’s Day Decadence and Rococco Romance complete with four course menus and a glass of Champagne or French Kiss Cocktail […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Barts boycotts Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is looming, for some it is a day to indulge in and be spoilt, for others it is that last minute tacky card and flowers from a garage, and for others it is a day to be dreaded as you drown your sorrows in the nearest bar. Well this year Barts have had enough, they are boycotting celebrating just Valentine’s Day rather the speakeasy styled bar is running a month of good old fashioned, laid back fun. They have installed a secret message board on the French windows where you can write your secrets, tell your loved how much they […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Inn-ovation Within Ancient Walls

Although The Spaniards Inn has recently reopened following renovation, don’t expect a great visual transformation. This is a pub that’s received a behind-the-scenes makeover; think of a car having a new engine installed. As The Spaniards was built in 1585, hardly any actual renovation is permitted – instead the money has mostly been spent on exceptional training for staff and the reworking of the menu into a culinary masterpiece. The venue still exists as an ancient and rustic pub, but this appearance veils a seamless operation that’s on par with a high quality restaurant – waiters are efficient and endlessly charming, with great conversation […]

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Reviews

Django Unchained: The Modern Western

Quentin Tarantino's latest, Django Unchained, is a bold take on the old hat that is the western genre. A field which hasn't seem much air time recently is taking off this year. The Lone Ranger as well is due for release – with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Django Unchained is Tarantino on his best form with the gritty yet carefully constructed reality he specialises in. A stellar cast consists of some of the hottest stars this year; including Jamie Foxx. Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson and Christoph Waltz. The gripping story follows a German 'dentist' (Waltz) who travels in old slave-based America, picking up […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Anna Hansen at Harrods

Launching today Harrods will be welcoming The Modern Pantry and Anna Hansen as ‘Chef of the Season’ for Spring 2013 to its Food Hall. For three months The Modern Pantry will be offering exclusively to Harrods a selection of takeaway meals and a range of condiments, spices and pantry goods.  The Modern Pantry’s fresh foods can be purchased at the counter in the traiteur section of the Food Hall as individual dishes or complete meals for dinner parties at home. Starters include Jasmine tea-smoked salmon with black garlic, liquorice & macadamia crust, tomatillo salsa, mains feature Rose marinated poussin with […]

Openings & Launches

B.Y.O.C.

A unique hidden cocktail bar launches in Covent Garden today. And it doesn’t sell alcohol. Intrigued? You might well be. This tiny nook of a cocktail bar hidden away in the depths of Bedfordbury Street in Covent Garden is an entirely new concept and BYOC stands for Bring Your Own Cocktails. With absolutely no alcohol available to buy on the premises, guests are invited to bring their own favourite tipple, for the mixologist to create a little something bespoke to a backdrop of exposed brickwork, an original fireplace, gramophone and vintage signs from the 1920s, B.Y.O.C. lies behind a discreet […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Beyonce Announces New Tour Dates

Beyoncé is beginning the highly anticipated UK leg of her World Tour on April 26th in Birmingham before hitting The O2 for four nights followed by one night in Manchester on May 7th and for two nights, May 11th and 12th in Dublin, Ireland. The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour is slated to run for almost one year. O2 customers can get tickets 48 hours before general release from 9.30am Thursday 21st February by texting Beyonce to 2020 or visiting o2priority.co.uk/beyonce.  Tickets go on sale to the general public from 9.30am on Saturday 23rd February so make sure you don't miss out!  2013 UK Tour Dates: April 26        Birmingham          LG Arena April […]

Reviews

The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare bricks, simple artwork and toilet doors labelled with lips for girls and a moustache for the boys; no confusion there then! Another plus was the comfy booths which we discovered are bookable online – perfect for spontaneous group nights out. Smith’s offers a very extensive and exciting cocktail list. We started off with the Elderflower […]

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Reviews

The Hidden Bar of Hammersmith

Hidden away in the basement of the Brook Green Hotel in Hammersmith is the contemporary cocktail bar Smith’s. We recently paid a visit and enjoyed a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient service and of course, stunning cocktails. The bar décor was casually creative with bare bricks, simple artwork and toilet doors labelled with lips for girls and a moustache for the boys; no confusion there then! Another plus was the comfy booths which we discovered are bookable online – perfect for spontaneous group nights out. Smith’s offers a very extensive and exciting cocktail list. We started off with the Elderflower […]

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