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Virgilio Martinez at LIMA Fitzrovia

Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant, Central, is currently ranked 4th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In an ideal world, we’d be in Peru just for a taste of his food, alas, we don’t live in an ideal world, however, this December, Martinez is hosting an exclusive one off event at LIMA Fitzrovia, bringing the flavours of Central to London. Bringing some of the rarest ingredients from Peru, Martinez will be creating meringues from clay from the altiplano (where the Andes are at their widest), he’ll be garnishing Peruvian paiche fish with edible huacatay (Peruvian black mint) flowers. There’ll also […]

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Christmas at The Savoy

Iconic hotel The Savoy will be transformed into a frozen fantasia this Christmas, inspired by luxury jewellery brand Boodles, complete with a 15ft tree, an ice rink and a Louis Roederer Champagne bauble installation…quite the Christmas celebration. The magnificent tree will be adorned with bespoke decorations inspired by some of Boodles most iconic designs – the tree will be covered in mirrored deco squares and rectangles, in their signature pink tones, whilst the hotel itself will be adorned with ice and diamond inspired decorations. The Savoy’s floral design team are set to work overnight, giving the guests a wintry surprise […]

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Oh Schnapps, Après Comes to Bodo’s Schloss

While not all of us are smooth on the slopes, there is one thing we are all good at: après. This winter, Après Ski London have teamed up with Bodo’s Schloss (where else?) to bring the alps to your doorstep. Kicking off from midday, there’ll be snow cannons, reindeer – yes, they will be real, and an hour of complimentary Moët Chandon cocktails. The snow cannons will be blasting fresh snow onto the street and the reindeers will be there to greet you at the door. Following the cocktails will be 2 hours of Austrian inspired brunch buffet, getting you ready […]

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Siberian Nights at the Churchill Bar & Terrace

At this time of year, Oxford Street can be a bit of a nightmare, but this season, The Churchill Bar are providing solace in the form of a Siberian hideaway. They’ve transformed their alfresco terrace into a fur lined haunt complete with rugs, blankets, hot water bottles and Siberian decor. You’ll also be sitting under twinkling northern lights, it’ll be easy to forget you’re sitting by one of the busiest streets in London! Beluga Vodka have teamed up with the bar to create a cocktail and snack menu, with each cocktail telling it’s own story (or history lesson!). The 7 […]

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18 Restaurants To Book Now For Christmas

Not that we need an excuse to eat, but if we did then Christmas would be a good one. The time of the year (along with Easter, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day et al) when no one is going to bat an eyelid if you eat enough for a small country. So if you’re going to eat a lot, you want to eat properly – we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Christmas menus from across the capital this year, so that when you plan your party you get the best. The Arch London What: Lavish Winter Wonderland Package Why: Being […]

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The Capital Hotel Christmas Collaboration with Claire Clark

Afternoon tea at boutique Knightsbridge hotel The Capital has undergone a festive revamp by critically acclaimed pastry chef, Claire Clark. Clark has worked at some of the country’s most prestigious restaurants and has also created a high end patisserie catering service. The hotel has collaborated with Clark, who has judged on Masterchef and Bake Off Creme de la Creme, to offer a menu that would get the scroogiest of us into the spirit. Tuck into a mint meringue Christmas tree, a panettone marmalade or a lemon cheesecake snowman. Slather your scones with clotted cream and the Father Christmas inspired marmalade […]

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Christmess! at The Vaults

The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, but that can mean only one thing – Christmas is nearing! You’re going to start eating more carbs, gymming less and drinking more…or maybe that’s just us. You could say it’s more Christmess than Christmas, pop -up supper club Slap Ya Papa certainly think so as they have teamed up with event producers Marble & Ware Collective to create Christmess! Inspired by the soul food and culture of Louisiana, Slap Ya Papa promise decadent feasts – think candied yams and truffled sprouts, accompanied with deliciously naughty cocktails and delectable fine […]

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The World’s Biggest Rum Collection

This year, Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Salon de Rhum have earned themselves a coveted Guinness World Record…for the bar with the most varieties of rum commercially available. They’ve got a total of 372 rums behind the bar, but maybe don’t try them all at once! The rums themselves have been sourced from all over the world; there are well known brands as well as rarer, small batch rums, like the Nepalese Khukri. Some of the rums may not be so pleasing for the bank account but you won’t be able to find them anywhere else so we’d say it’s worth a […]

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Awesome Afternoon Teas

Sir Winston Churchill Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley

One of Britain’s most prized politicians made it onto the £5 note this year, and to honour that, boutique hotel The Wellesley has launched their Sir Winston Churchill afternoon tea. Churchill already has a huge presence within the hotel – there’s a suite in The Penthouse named after him but perhaps more fitting is the portrait that looks over the Cigar Lounge, which is in fact painted on tobacco leaves! The afternoon tea itself is a true nod to the icon; there’ll be tiramisu bowler hats, chocolate cigars, and a bespoke tea blend. The menu has combined Churchill and traditionally […]

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Nordic Yulefest

Christmas in Scandinavia is often a thing of envy – who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by unthinkable amounts of snow, pulled along in a sledge by huskies, through the conifer forests?! Well we can’t all be flying off to Scandinavia, so instead, pop up extraordinaire Meredith O’Shaughanessy has conjured up Nordic Yulefest, a Nordic wonderland in the heart of Shoreditch. Transporting guests to Scandinavia, the archways will be adorned with antlers and taxidermy whilst adding warmth to the venue will be the sheepskins laid out all around. There’ll be Scandinavian inspired entertainment, maybe try your hand at a game […]

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The Handbook Meets: Theo Randall

Get into a conversation about London’s best restaurants and, chances are, Theo Randall at the InterContinental gets a mention – but we bet you didn’t know they do a great kids menu? With a flair for authentic Italian cooking, Theo has had a passion for this way of eating from a young age, ever since family holidays involved driving round rural Italy, stopping off at trattorie and panetterie along the way. Given this, it makes sense that Theo wants to share this experience with other families so has just launched a kids menu at his rustic Kensington restaurant, Theo’s Simple Italian. We caught up with Theo […]

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Rugby Lunches at The Bingham

This winter, Twickenham will be hosting 4 international Rugby games…if you’re more of a spectator than a player though, line your stomachs (before the inevitable heavy drinking) at The Bingham as the boutique hotel has put together pre-match feasts, each week serving up a new menu. Launching on the 12th November and running every Saturday until 3rd December, the pre-match feasts keep to Head Chef Andrew Cole’s signature style of natural flavours and the freshest ingredients available. Dishes include beetroot mousse with balsamic jelly, frisbee lettuce and toasted pine, venison haunch with dauphinoise potatoes, roasted shallot and horseradish puree, whilst […]

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