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Aubaine Mayfair

We love a bit of Aubaine and its new Dover Street location has us beside ourselves with glee at the prospect of its Provencal style bistro and patisserie. Hmmm croissants or eggs benedict with our breakfast cappuccino? Ugie smoked salmon with beetroot, new potato and dill crème fraîche or Chicken salad for lunch? Octopus carpaccio with fennel, chilli and olive oil or Roast rack of lamb with nicoise garnish for dinner. Decisions decisions. So far so good but there’s more. Head downstairs to the basement and you’ll find a private screening room for 32 promising a series of French classic […]

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Drag-Queen Dance Classes

The silly season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the ‘silliness’ has to end. Floridita – in Wardour Street – is still very much in the party spirit. They are hosting Drag-Queen Dance-Classes – led by the dancing drag troupe, The Globe Girls – from 18th January onwards. It’s billed as the ‘latest exercise craze’, but what exactly is one signing up for? Well, there’s a full-on dance routine to be enjoyed, lots of fun, laughter, glitter and fun … but in the end, it’s all designed to improve and work on muscle tone, flexibility, coordination and core strength. If […]

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Babylon Retox

January is when we all slow down enough to take stock of just how much we scoffed in December. No wonder it’s a depressing time of year. But Babylon restaurant, situated within Kensington Roof Gardens in London’s W8, is not going to let you get away with it that easily. In fact, Babylon are bucking the trend and instead introducing a ‘retox’ menu this month. Eat less? No way, they say! A set lunch menu (priced at £21 for two courses and £23 for three) will include an array of rich dishes, including, roasted monkfish, beetroot tart tatin, baked Alaska […]

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Supperclub in Rehab

In case you are in dire need of a diet, portion-cut-down and general detox but are too shy to join your equally-suffering cohorts in saying so at the gym, there is help at hand in Notting Hill. Well, sort of. Supperclub London – situated in Notting Hill – is lending (an interesting kind) of a helping hand. Admit yourself to their Supperclub Maximum Security Rehab Centre .. and they are promising to have your ailments solved in no time. Here, 'the road to recovery involves performance therapy, massage therapy and nutritious food' .. all helped along by the 'hottest nurses in London' […]

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NYE at Orrery

Still wondering what to do for NYE? Well, what about Marylebone High Street's elegant Orrery restaurant?  This gorgeous restaurant is putting on quite a spread for its guests on the 31st December. Head chef Igor Tymchyshyn has created a six course menu for its visitors: Baked fillet of brill with wild mushrooms and Champagne velouté, Roquefort Papillion with cranberry chutney and walnuts, are just two of the items on the list. The menu is priced at £85-a-head … and just so you're not empty-handed at midnight, includes a glass of Champagne on arrival (which you can enjoy later, if you prefer). […]

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Think Pink at the Mandeville

This week, the pink haired one, aka fashion doyenne Zandra Rhodes, is launching a specially designed Iconic Afternoon Tea at The Mandeville Hotel based on her trademark eccentric jewellery and fashion collections. Guaranteed to stave off those winter blues the tea features clouds of bright pink meringues, buttery butterfly lavender shortbread and macaroon buttons plus sandwiches and scones galore all served on his 'n' her blue and pink patterned crockery designed especially for the hotel. Launching officially on Thursday with a Rhodes themed afternoon tea party where guests can also take in a Q&A and book-signing with Zandra herself and […]

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Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail

Christmas is lovely: everything is green, gold and red. This year, it’s also pink. Pink? I hear you shriek. Yes, pink … The Drunken Monkey in East London – renowned as much for its wondrous array of Dim Sum, as it is for its Kung Fu setting -is helping urn a few things on its head this Christmas. On their long and popular cocktail list, the festive ones down at the Shoreditch locale have produced a special ‘Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail’ especially for all you hardcore revellers. What’s in it? ’50ml Pink Pigeon, 25ml Freshly squeeze orange juice, 15ml Fratello hazelnut, Dash of […]

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Theatre Menu for NOPI

As soon as you walk into NOPI, it’s immediately clear Yotam Ottolenghi is behind it. A string of Asian flavours and those from the Middle-East, too, run through the menus of this all-day, modern brasserie … and it’s little wonder it’s fast becoming the discovered treasure tucked away behind busy Piccadilly. But the restaurant – whose piece de resistance is the long, canteen table which looks out into the open, frenzied kitchen in the basement – is getting just that little better. Because of its prime location in TheatreLand, NOPI has quite rightly produced its very own theatre menu. On […]

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Reach for the Skylon

It offers some of the best views over London. But it delivers some of the best food, too. But now it's December, Skylon – the restaurant situated within the Royal Festival Hall – is getting festive. Its Finnish Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, has created a special £65-a-head five course Christmas Dinner for Christmas Eve. On the menu? 1. Cream of Jerusalem artichoke, horseradish cream. 2.Butter poached lobster with cashew nuts, pink grape fruit chilli and mango. 3. Pan-fried foie gras, smoked eel and granny smith salad, poppy seed dressing. 4. Ballotine of turkey, cocotte potatoes, chipolatas, cranberry sauce   And to finish? […]

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A Bunga Lunch

If you've failed to hear about Bunga Bunga – London's boisterous Englishman's Italian Bar, Pizzeria & Karaoke in Battersea – you've most probably been living on another planet for the last ten, or so, weeks. Fear not, there's still plenty of time to head south of the river before Christmas to enjoy Bunga Bunga's endless fun and great food. Except, in the run up to the holidays, those behind the venture will be making it even easier for you to reach them. As of the beginning of December until 24th, Bunga Bunga will open for lunch. But don't come over […]

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British Food Fortnight

When it runs at the same time as the London Olympics next year, it’ll be hard to avoid its allure. So when the British Food Fortnight kicks off next week on September 17th, it’s destined to be awash with curious, give-us-a-peek visitors. And they wouldn’t be wrong to do so. The event, which runs until Sunday 2nd October, celebrates its 10 year anniversary this Autumn, and promises to deliver all of its usual highlights. And more. Foodies from all parts of Britain will be treated to a plethora of culinary delights. In London, celebrations will range from a new specially-designed […]

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Feast on a Beast

Did you neglect to overindulge at the weekend? Fear not. There’s an entire pig waiting for you in Shad Thames. Butler’s Wharf Chop House – the excellent British restaurant that enjoys superb views of Tower Bridge from its prime riverside location – is currently feeding its customers to their very limit .. and you could be one of them, too. Book a table now and head chef Nick Foley will be on hand to cook you and your guests an entire pig to share, along with the necessary potatoes and vegetables. The feast can be prepared for a party of […]

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