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James Middleton makes Nice Cakes

With pregnant Duchess of Cambridge dolls already on sale in the US and the Daily Telegraph inviting comparison of the Middleton sisters’ posteriors following K-Middy’s recent outing in rear-revealing black velvet Alexander McQueen, you might have missed the fact that baby bro James has soft launched his new online cake company, Nice Cakes. The name of the game is personalisation – sort of Moonpig cards that you can eat – and JM is purveying a gourmet gamut of cakes and cupcakes handmade  and decorated to order by high tech printers using  edible inks. You order online and choose either a […]

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The Vest is History

As they say at this time of year, it’s out with the old and in with the new. Or not as the case may be. Come and watch what happens when consumerism eats itself at The Vest is History, an installation-meets-exhibition curated by MINT Vintage in its soon-to-be-new-store in Dalston. As a prelude to the launch of his new MINT Vintage, owner James Wright is calling on us to question the impact of technology and mass production with an homage to the string vest. Cross a threshold carpeted with pages torn from decommissioned books to witness what is (probably) the […]

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Leon De Bruxelles

Renowned for its moules frites and hearty Flemish classics, Chez Léon, one of Belgium’s oldest and most famous restaurants is opening its first international outpost in London in the city’s Cambridge Circus. Entrepreneur Léon Vanlanker first opened Chez Léon back in 1893 near Brussels’ Grand Palace and to this day the company remains family owned and run. While nowadays it’s part of a nine-strong group in Belgium with 67 franchises in France, the original menu remains practically intact. The new London outpost seats 220 at marble tables draped in crisp black and white gingham. The interior represents a contemporary take […]

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Hix Belgravia

Come 2012 fans of Mark Hix’s Smithfield Oyster & Chop House, Hix Soho and Mark’s Bar can add another destination to their go-to list. Next month, Hix will collaborate with the brand new Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel for the opening of Hix Belgravia and his second Mark's Bar. Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel is a joint venture with The Harilela Group, designed by Tara Bernerd and HIX Belgravia will be an 80-seat restaurant with a menu inspired by Mark’s travels. Mark’s Bar will pay homage to his famous Soho bar boasting an additional cigar garden and artwork commissioned from British artist […]

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Game Birds at Corrigans

While we're all aware that the Glorious Twelfth marks the start of the game season, it takes a real aficionado to know that it's the first frosts that really get the pheasant, grouse and woodcock in flight. Frost. Check. So this week, we decided to see if Corrigan's of Mayfair had bagged themselves a winner… We went for the humorously titled Game Birds Menu (£25pp) where you get a choice of three plates out of a selection including Pressed heritage beetroot, Salad of teal, Nettle gnocchi (although admittedly this hasn't been shot) and Mallard and brown butter. Fave by far […]

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Game Birds at Corrigans

While we're all aware that the Glorious Twelfth marks the start of the game season, it takes a real aficionado to know that it's the first frosts that really get the pheasant, grouse and woodcock in flight. Frost. Check. So this week, we decided to see if Corrigan's of Mayfair had bagged themselves a winner… We went for the humorously titled Game Birds Menu (£25pp) where you get a choice of three plates out of a selection including Pressed heritage beetroot, Salad of teal, Nettle gnocchi (although admittedly this hasn't been shot) and Mallard and brown butter. Fave by far […]

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East London Steak Company Boxing Day Box

There’s always so much focus on Christmas Day, isn’t there? But what about its younger sibling … Boxing Day? The East London Steak Company, for one, are keen not to neglect 26th December .. and in a bid to celebrate it, are putting together a very special Boxing Day Box for all those who are forced (through work, etc) to miss out on the festivities of the 25th. Inside their boxes, which come in sizes of 1.5kg (£45) or 3kg (£90), are these seven delights: A 28-Day Dry Aged Dexter Beef Rib Roasting Joint The Legendary Trencherman’s Gravy Marrow Shafts […]

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Hot Hampers

From Annabel’s £3000 humdinger of a hamper to The Modern Pantry’s £30 per head version for reluctant chefs and everything in between – not least Bompas & Parr’s Adventure Hamper where flares and ice picks come as standard Christmas kit. The Bear Grylls of hampers The Adventure Hamper, £699.99 From today, aspiring explorers can snap up Bompas & Parr’s Adventure Hamper exclusively at Selfridges. Expect an array of provisions and equipment from pickles and jams that will help with malaria, altitude sickness, insect bites and jellyfish stings to more practical kit including a hand customised ice axe perfect for defrosting […]

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Christmas at The Corinthia

Looking for somewhere to enjoy Christmas in the capital … ? Look no further than The Corinthia Hotel. But why, you ask? Many reasons, we answer. Firstly, the kind Corinthia people have set up a festive Afternoon Tea for us all to enjoy. Sevred in the chic Lobby Lounge, under the beautiful Baccarat crystal 'Full Moon' chandelier, tea-goers will have their pick of delightful British produce: free range bronze turkey with chestnut stuffing finger sandwiches, creamed Innes goats cheese … along with various cakes, warmed scones and mince pies. Corinthia Festive Afternoon Tea £35, Laurent-Perrier Afternoon Tea £45, Louis Roederer Brut Rosé N.V. Afternoon Tea £53 per […]

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Tequila gets inked

2011 has been the year of the tattoo from Damien Hirst’s naughty butterfly version to celebrate the launch of Garage Magazine to the rather more parent friendly Girl With the Dragon Tattoo collection (launching tomorrow) for H&M by the movie’s costume designer Trish Summerville. And now, Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia tequila is celebrating the creative subculture as well. It has teamed up with Mexican artist Jerónimo López Ramírez who has designed a handcrafted wooden box and homage to the work of famous Mexican tattoo legend, Dr. Lakra who takes inspiration from comic books to flamenco. All Cuervo’s special […]

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