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Bon Bon at Volupté

We've all heard of Volupté: London's number one burlesque bar, where cocktails don't come with a side order of nuts, but rather, of cabaret. But change is afoot at this subterranean marvel, for it has launched The Bon Bon Bar, a sweet-shop-cum-speakeasy. Behind a velvet curtain, The Bon Bon Bar will await guests with a pretty array of jam jars filled to their brim of tantalising retro sweets. But if you that doesn't quite tickle your fancy enough, why not try some of their cocktails? Among the selection are, ‘Miss Marshmallow’, a raspberry and vanilla vodka concoction, topped with a […]

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Bella Howard & Lana del Rey at St Martin’s Lane

It’s all about the music right now at St Martin’s Lane hotel with The Front Room’s new pop-up exhibition, Love Buzz, from London photographer Bella Howard. Presented as collage, it’s a vibrant mash-up of the fanzines she started making in her teens interspersed with candid yet stylised shots from popstars to models being effortlessly beautiful at an ultra-hip line-up of parties, festivals and road trips – Corinne Day in glorious technicolour. And ‘that’ NME cover of Marmite pop sensation Lana del Rey – yup that was a Bella special too – believe it or not, originally shot for a style […]

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Vintage Nights at Canary Wharf

For all of you who turn a blind eye to the sop-fest that is the annual Valentine's Day buzz, this may well be one worth noting. Vintage Week at Canary Wharf (which runs through the week of 14th February), are hosting a fun-packed week ..which promises not to be of the sickly, love-themed variety. So, what's on in the East Wintergarden? Sing-a-Long-a Grease (15th February): At a special screening of hit movie Grease, take your quiff and a tight, pink jacket onto the dancefloor and enjoy some hip-snaking.  Swing Dance (16th February): Learn how to jive and jitterbug from the JiveSwing.com group. […]

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Russian Resplendence at Eighty-Six

Have you made plans for New Year yet? If you haven't, this might be up your street. Eighty-Six, Fulham Road's secretly excellent restaurant and bar, will be turning into an 'ostentatious Russian winter paradise' on the 31st. For an £86 ticket, Eighty-Six are inviting you to spend 2011's end with them and their magical Russian wonderland. Champagne is handed out on entry, while caviar will mark the start of a four-course feast. As well as dinner, wine will be catered for, as will a bottle of Russian Marquis Vodka per 6 people. Magnums are given to parties of 12 and […]

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Belgium Day in Shoreditch

You may not know this, but tomorrow is National Belgian Day. In celebration of this event, Shoreditch’s Bar Music Hall will be transforming into a mini-Belgium, offering a multitude of Belgian beers and dishes for all the nation’s compatriots and all those new to it, too. On tap to enjoy will be the country’s speciality golden ale, Duvel 8.5%, as will Vedett, Maredsous and Liefmans’ unique fruit beers. Alongside the booze will be an array of delectable dishes straight from the ‘Low Country’, including dark chocolate, waffles, moules, ceviche, burgers and frites. If that lot doesn’t take your fancy, they even […]

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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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40 years of The Capital

This year, Knightsbridge's The Capital, which was London's first boutique hotel when it was opened 40 years ago by visionary David Levin, is celebrating the big 'four o' anniversary with a special menu or dishes from the past four decades plus a fabulous line up of 1970's drinks. The list will include cocktails from the decade that became known as 'the era of global travel' with Sours, Harvey Wallbangers and Godfathers and a fine selection of 1971 vintages in the wine list as well – of which head barman Cesar da Silva is particularly proud including a Laubade Armagnac, and […]

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Mahiki Motel

This summer Polynesian paradise Mahiki, beloved by Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Emma Watson (to name but a few celebrity guests) and erstwhile favourite of Kate Middleton is launching two brand new concepts – a dining area in the lounge and the enigmatically titled No-Tell Motel Room. Diners can settle down on colourful Hawaiian cushions surrounded by hand-carved wooden figures, and suspended flotsam and jetsam to enjoy sharing style dishes created by head chef Darius Endriukaitis. Think Mahiki Burgers, Mini-Sliders of Angus Steak, Canadian Lobster Nachos with guacamole and Duck Confit Egg Rolls with sweet plum sauce and truffle. […]

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Chase at Henley

Competition, they say, is healthy. And such will be the case at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta, when rowing aficionados will find their attention diverted away from the Thames and onto dry land.   For after leading the pack for three years, Mahiki’s pop-up tent will in 2011 be joined by drinks company Chase, who are setting up their very own stand for Henley-goers to enjoy. Throughout the 500-person capacity bar – which will be situated on the course’s half-way point – the theme will be vintage and outside, a 1940’s Land Rover will greet guests. Cocktails will be made from either Chase Vodka or Williams Gin, both […]

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SATC2 at The Dorchester

Just in time for the release of Sex and The City 2, London's swanky The Dorchester hotel is offering a Girls' Weekend package styled around the fashionable foursome and what's more if you book over selected Bank Holidays, they'll even through in a second room for free! Priced from £425 per room, the package includes a veritable cornucopia of stylish treats. The hotel concierge will brief nearby Harvey Nichols on each guest's style preference and on arrival at the Knightsbridge shopping Mecca, a personal stylist will be on hand for the ultimate in store experience. Remember girls, Halston's situated on […]

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