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Friday Night Socials

Far from just bringing his well-established inimtable flair to the restaurant world, Oliver Peyton, famous for transforming dining in London, is launching a new creative project: Friday night's at The National Cafe'. From 28th September, the restaurant, owend by Peyton's Peyton & Byrne, will open its doors and welcome anyone within the creative or food industries, to enjoy an evening of sumptuous food and brilliant conversation. Anyone with anything interesting to say is welcome to take the floor. Peyton says, "The National Gallery is an amazing space and I want to use it to create a convivial experience that unites […]

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Spianata & Co

Rome’s most popular lunchtime choice, the Spianata sandwich, has arrived in London’s Mayfair with the opening of independent Roman bakery & paninoteca Spianata & Co on Hay Hill.  Spianata is the brainchild of former Italian investment banker Stefano Nicolai. Disgusted with our capital’s lunch offering, he gave up the day job and went back to Rome to learn the art of baking directly from the masters. Spianata is an essential part of Roman life made with traditional pizza bianca romana. It is stone-baked flat, typically in two metres lengths and prepared using the finest strong white flour. Low in fat […]

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Christmas Dining at The Ritz

I know, it might seem a little early to be talking about it, but you must jot this down.. As usual, The Ritz will be transformed into a gorgeous Christmas winter wonderland this coming festive year, and much to our advantage, it all happens on 24th November 2012. The Ritz will be transformed into an Edwardian gem, garlanded with rich red and gold trimmings, while a towering Christmas tree will take pride of place in the lobby. The Long Gallery will be onrate in traditional, decadent decorations before arriving at the legendary world-famous Ritz Restaurant. Food-wise? You can expect Traditional […]

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A Honey Tea at the Caxton Grill

After its £30 million refit, St Ermin's Hotel in Westminster – just minutes away from Victoria railway station – is causing a fair few ripples. Its location is superb, but its luxurious decor within, is its main draw. But if that wasn't enough, a new Afternoon Tea at the Caxton Grill, is set to blow you away, too. It's all because of the 200,000 bees which the St Ermin's staff have made a home for on their roof. The St Ermin's Honey Afternoon Tea features a delectable honey and caramel moussed with crunchy honeycomb topping. There's also a honey Bakewell […]

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Gin and Jazz

The Intercontinental LondonPark Lane, is iconic for all the obvious reasons. It's no wonder it's long been one of London's most important and admires places to stay. But aside from luxury, its excellent CookBook cafe and Theo Randall restaurants, its monthly Gin & Jazz nights, which pay homage to the classic cocktials of the Jazz Age, are causing quite a storm. This November, in fact, it celebrates its first birthday, so it's really time you go and experience one of these evenings, if you haven't already. You'll be treated to a night of beautiful music – among the acts you'll […]

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The Fox Club

Mayfair has many secrets, but this is probably one of its best. (And well-kept). The Fox Club is the elegant bolthole ensconced on Clarges Street – it just happens to be the former home of statesman, Charles James Fox. The Restaurant, which serves such delights as Maple Roasted Leg of Duck, Warmed Spiced Apple Charlotte with Brandy Butter, etc, is a favourite among locals during busy lunchtimes, or for early evenings for a much-needed sundowner. Supper is sumptuous and draws just as many people, if not more, into its dining halls. There are pristinely-kept, hand-furnished rooms upstairs, too, just in […]

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Almeida and Paul A Young

There's some scrumptious news coming from the Almeida this week: renowned chocolatier Paul A Young is joining the ranks for this year's Chocolate Week. The event, which falls in the week of 8th – 14th October, will see Paul A Young team up with the Almeida's head chef Alan Jones, and together will present Paul's special dish which will feature on the restaurant's pudding menu. The Sticky Chocolate Fig pudding, which will come fit with warm, salted caramel, milk ice cream – and all for only £7.50 – will no doubt be the hot choice on Alan Jones' Chocolate Week-special […]

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Five years in Paradise

This month West London gastropub Paradise by Way of Kensal Green is turning five and to mark the anniversary, it’s teamed up with Kids Company for a five-day programme of events. Festivities kick-off Wednesday 12th September with a comedy night hosted by Jeff Leach. Thursday sees Kids’ Co founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh and Amber le Bon hosting an exclusive invite only party while things get started in earnest for the rest of us at the weekend with performances by Hollie Cook and DJ sets by Norman Jay, Jazzie B, Lonsdale Boys Club and Sam Young. All of the door entry charges […]

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Byron Craft Beer

What would help wash down a particularly delicious burger? Why, beer of course! At least, that's what the brains behind Byron thought ahead of this very week, the one which sees the chain's launch of its new craft beer list.  Some of the few that are available at your nearest Byron are… Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Kellerweis, the Hawaiian Longboard and Racer 5 IPA from California. All the regulars will still feature, so if you're a fan of the Camden Hills lager, Brooklyn Lager and the Byron Pale Ale, all is certainly not lost. Bottoms up! www.byronhamburgers.com/

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Counter Culture at Fortnum & Mason

There’s a new concept in dining at Fortnum & Mason: The Counter Culture offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the finest seasonal selections from the fresh counters, paired with a choice of wines from Fortnum & Mason’s celebrated cellar.  Before being seated at the 14-cover Atrium, diners take a tour of the Food Hall counters where they can pick from the Buyers’ Choice of the Season (mix and match with two, three or five items).  Choose from charcuterie options including Highgrove lomo and Suffolk salami and  the stores’ signature specialities such as Hen Scotch Eggs and Royal Game Pie from […]

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Eat Ideas for Breakfast at W London

W London – Leicester Square is launching Ideas for Breakfast, a special Sunday season of exclusive breakfasts bringing together a roster of London’s thinkers and innovators who set the cultural agenda on subjects from design to fashion and music to entertainment. Expect an engaging and intellectual series of thought-provoking events giving guests a unique insight into ‘what’s new and next’ from industry insiders. You’ll enjoy a breakfast of pastries, fruit, juices and hot drinks in the W Lounge before being inspired with talks and workshops in the hotel’s Screening Room or the W Studios. This Sunday’s effort delves into the […]

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Matt Roberts for Sumosan

Sumosan Executive Head Chef Bubker Belkhit has collaborated with lauded personal trainer Matt Roberts to offer diners take-away bento boxes to help repair and rejuvenate their bodies. Two new menus have been created, one to ensure a well-balanced intake of proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables for optimum health and the other, under 400 calories to aid weight loss. Says Roberts, “Raw fish is a lean protein source and the vegetarian dishes rely on low fat plant proteins like soya bean and tofu. The portions of vegetables and salads have been maximised to ensure these dishes go a long way to helping […]

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