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End your year at SUDA

Not been brave enough to shell out cash and send yourself off for some Thai winter sunshine? Not to worry. Thailand’s come to us this December. SUDA, St Martin’s Courtyard Thai restaurant, is welcoming us all in for NYE. Except, there’s a twist: expect no set-menus. Instead, enjoy what you want from their long food lists… som tum salads, sharing platters of porpia tod and satay gai …or why not settle for their chilli jam fried rice alongside their green and red curries? So much choice … and yet so little space inside. Still, there’s room enough to make a dent. Head […]

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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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Reach for the stars at Bunga Bunga

We're already fans of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes' Battersea Bunga Bunga – two storeys of pizza, karaoke and glossy Chelsea lovelies – but the duo are going even further up in the world with the opening of their top floor L'Osservatorio or Observatory Room. The 60 capacity private events space – perfect timing for the Christmas party season – has stunning views across the capital's skyline and guests can also go that extra mile or two by taking advantage of the telescopes positioned at intervals beside the glass windows. But whether you scoping out Orion's Belt or trying to […]

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I do, Cinnamon Kitchen

Indian weddings are well-known for their magnetic pageantry. But is it your dream to recreate the country’s inimitable pomp for your own special day? Well,  you’ve come to the right place. Believe it or not, Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Kitchen – the Devonshire Square restaurant famed for its modern Indian cuisine – is now licensed to host civil ceremonies. Tie the knot on the restaurant’s terrace or within the sumptuous ‘Maharaja Marquee’, before cocktails and canapes (Singh has a mouth-watering variety: grilled aubergine with peanut crumbled yoghurt and lamb seekh kebab in roomali bread), and a ‘wedding feast’ with its very own a la […]

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Sanderson goes street

We're used to pop-up restaurants and pop-by food carts but now the good folk at Sanderson's Suka restaurant are launching an authentic 'pop-up' street-food menu to capture the energy and flavours of the Malay scene with prices to match. Ok so we're exaggerating a little here but when it comes to top notch cuisine, dishes at £8-£15 a pop are practically free! Available for a limited time only, the menu takes diners and would-be adventurers on a culinary journey through the street-food capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Tawau. Dishes are served in typical Malaysian sharing style with lunch options […]

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The Tea Room

There are many reasons to visit the eponymous Harrods – but could we give you just one more? Located on the Second Floor, Harrods have opened a brand new quintessential Tea Room. Along with a list of 20 teas, there will be scones and mini sandwiches aplenty, accompanied by ‘Tea Fancies’, which will include anything from a strawberry jam tart with English rose marshmallows and a boozy English trifle. That’s not all. As well as a breakfast menu (crumpets, teacakes), there’s a lunch menu and supper menu, too. These diners can expect ‘time-honoured British staples’ like Lancashire hot pot and […]

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A New Chapter for Kensington Place

Ahead of its 25 birthday, Notting Hill hotspot Kensington Place has just reopened following a fabulous redesign to its interior. The grand refurb overseen by British Designer Polly Dickens (The Conran Shop) sees a beautiful black and white tiled floor, a distinctive handmade wire sculpted shoal of fish across the rear wall, custom made communal table and banquette seating and fish shaped water jugs for the tables. Look carefully at that trademark mural for a few surprise additions to reflect Kensington Place's new direction. A new menu from recently appointed head chef Dan Loftin will celebrate the best of British […]

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Umbrellas in London

Umbrellas are useful. And in a city like London, can you really ever have too many? Well, there are an awful lot about to make their way to the capital rather soon – though not for the reason you might be thinking. For holding court in central London in-between 12th to 15th of October, will be Hendrick’s Unusual Umbrella Emporium, whose timing will coincide with London Cocktail Week. The pop-up, situated on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden, will be showcasing the history of the humble cocktail umbrella and of its inventor, Jonas Hanway. Some of the strange creations on show (anything from pipes, […]

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Boulevard Brasserie

Situated in the heart of Covent Garden's Opera Quarter, Boulevard Brasserie is as an authentic Parisian brasserie as you could want this side of The Channel. Ideally located for Theatreland and the Covent Garden Opera House, this atmospheric little number has recently been taken over by Maxwell's Restaurant Group benefitting from a sympathetic refit but without losing any of its Gallic charm. It's a great place to go on a Friday night – when we visited it was merrily buzzing without being packed to the rafters – and the fact that it's spread over three floors (the basement cellars with […]

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The Corinthia is taking reservations

The launch has been put back more times than we can count but it has finally been confirmed that the world's ninth Corintia hotel is launching in April. And this time we know it's true as it's taking reservations! That's all 294 rooms of it including , 43 luxurious suites – some of which are located over two-storeys inside the turrets of the historic Victorian building with their own private lifts and terraces. There are also two restaurants and a bar. The Northall, promises the best of British artisanal produce with a leaning towards raw, seasonal and sustainable ingredients and […]

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