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Beer on White Horse-back

Over the years, its popularity with the booze-swivellers of SW6 has meant it is often endearingly known by a rather more informal title: The Sloaney Pony. Soon, The White Horse, Parsons Green’s much-loved watering hole, may well find itself even more popular with the masses.  Flying Dog, the Denver-based brewer of attitudinal craft ales that are stocked at the Pony, will be hosting a beer and cheese tasting session at the pub come Thursday, 4th August. ‘Brewmaster’, Matt Brophy, will be taking the alcohol aficionados through the company’s rare, experimental and limited-edition brew range: Doggie Style, In Heat Wheat, K-9 Cruiser, Snake Dog and Raging […]

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Bompas & Parr flood Selfridges

We know it’s been a tad wet of late but a flood on Selfridges roof? It’s ok, it’s just the newest installation from Jelly Mongers Bompass & Parr. From today til  24 July they are creating a boating lake and and crystal island on said roof – The Truvia Voyage of Discovery – celebrating the UK arrival of Truvia® calorie-free sweetener. The new agave, it’s made from the leaf of the stevia plant – 200 times sweeter than sugar! But back to that lake. Visitors will find an emerald green expanse of water complete with 8,000 stevia plants, 12 rowing […]

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The Drift

The Drift invites Square Mile workers to escape the cut and thrust of fast paced City life and to stay, linger, explore and quite simply drift into a world full of quirky collectibles, hidden alcoves, a mixology table and fine dining nook, afternoon tea cocktails, a crustacea bar and decadent liquid desserts. Located in Heron Tower on Bishopsgate, the drift is the newest venture from the team behind The Folly, The Anthologist, the parlour and the refinery. A seven foot walnut bar features floating Chinese-style lanterns and a glass staircase leads to a secluded ‘cabana’ seating 12 surrounded by the […]

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Pan Asian Circus

Run away to join the Circus and roll up for Circus’ brand new Pan Asian menu served in the stylish venue’s surrealist interior while you’re entertained by the dazzling skills of contortion, illusion and acrobatics of the Circus Troup. Created by Andrew Lassetter (formerly of E&O and Cocoon), the menu has been specifically designed with sharing in mind and is peppered exciting flavours and textures. We’re loving the Tempura Soft Shell Crab with Green Chilli Aioli and Baked Barramundi Parcel with Asparagus, Coriander, Lime Leaf and Lemongrass. And to drink? A complementary Asian flavoured cocktail list including an Hibiscus Margarita […]

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The Dorchester turns 80

Considered as one of London's greatest landmarks, The Dorchester's 80th anniversary year was never going to go uncelebrated. So far, charity Trees for Cities, have planted 80 'Future Great Trees' around the capital to mark this special date and the hotel is in the process of putting together its very own commemorative cocktail and anniversary tea. But now master fashion illustrator David Downton appears to have got in on the act. To mark the birthday, he has designed 80 special prints of the hotel.Downton – who is renowned for his classically elegant and inimitable portraits – said recently, "It was fascinating for me to try and […]

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45 Park Lane

Following on from the 2010 launch of Coworth Park country house hotel and spa in Ascot, the iconic Dorchester Collection is launching new hotel 45 Park Lane in September alongside CUT, European debut from celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck behind the famous Spago and Trattoria del Lupo. The hotel, itself designed by internationally renowned architect Thierry W. Despont, (behind the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty and the Ralph Lauren flagship store on Bond Street in London) will feature 45 contemporary rooms and suites (from which it takes its name) all with views of Hyde Park, plus a penthouse suite […]

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London 2012 has arrived

If your tickets to the 2012 event are already burning a hole in your pocket, have no fear. The Olympics have arrived earlier than expected. This week, Open Weekend 2011 will be celebrating the proximity of the Olympics and Paralympics by hosting several cultural and sporting events for the general public in various locations around the capital. From 22nd – 24th July, Londoners will be invited to enjoy ‘ Dysarticulate’ (a large installation situated in Canary Wharf, where artists and audiences will create paper flags made from book pages), ‘BP Saturdays’ (an artist-led set of workshops for all the family at […]

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Bunga Bunga

Alone, they're responsible for reintroducing Londoners to the wonders of revolving dance floors and spirit-sipping from pretty china teacups. But that was never going to be the end of Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling's influence on the capital. For while the entrepreneurial duo have popularised the cult of speakeasy bars through Chelsea locale Barts and made the upbeat, cheesy tracks synonymous with the 1980s cool again at nightclub Maggie's, their next project – whose Battersea location will sit outside their tried and tested zone of Chelsea – will not so much see them delving into a theme, as much as […]

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Wahaca Street Kitchen

Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers of Wahaca are taking their Mexican street food to the streets of London with the launch of their Mexican Street Kitchen. Housed in a fully converted 1958 Citroen HY van, in Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park, it will be throwing open its hatches for the first time with a festival of free burritos tomorrow and Friday.     The van, is equipped with its own charcoal Robata grill, which promises to give the steak and chicken wrapped in those burritos and tacos a mouth-watering flame grilled flavour. The menu will also feature Wahaca’s signature Pork […]

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The Windmill

Clapham Common hotspot The Windmill has just launched a brand new dining room, elegant gardens and South London’s first alfresco day club. Party animals looking forward to their next spell in Ibiza will be in their element with The Day Club’s a flamed torch entrance, bright red umbrellas and DJ spinning the latest chill-out dance beats. You can also enjoy delicious Mediterranean salads and grilled goodies from the satay barbecue bar – the perfect sustenance for lounging in the sun – plus cocktails at the outdoor bar from mojitos to fruity daiquiris. However, for those who prefer the thought of […]

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