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Pomona’s: California Comes to Notting Hill

What do Notting Hill and L.A have in common? You might have said yoga, you might think pressed juices and whilst you’re right, in this case you’re wrong, because the answer we were looking for is Pomona’s. A city in L.A and now an all-day restaurant and bar coming to Hereford Road on Monday. Executive Chef Gareth Sanderson (The Thomas Lord, Druskos Namai Sallt House and Le Butcher Group) has created a menu based on his travels around America’s West Coast. Dishes will include steak tartare, shredded kimchi and lardo toast; sweet potato toast, avocado, labneh, lime and cilantro gremolata, […]

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The Tower of London Gets an Ice House

When winter comes around, we find an abundance of heated bars/terraces etc. etc. cropping up all over the city. What if you fancy doing something a little cooler? Popping up by the Tower of London is the Eis Haus, which, if you already hadn’t figured out, translates directly as ice house. It is a bar, made of ice. Yes, real ice, in fact, ten tonnes of it. Guests will be treated to a complimentary shot, served in an ice glass, or a non-alcoholic ice pop, after which you can take in the magnificence of the bar whilst enjoying more drinks (still […]

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New Celebrity Mums & Dads

Celebrities get a lot of flack when pregnant, there’s months of denial and hiding any trace of a baby bump followed by the announcement and guesses over the baby daddy. Then finally breaking the news to the public and then of course speculation over which bizarre baby name they are going to inflict, Apple, Pilot or Destry? Here is our list of top celebrity mums and dads who embrace pregnancy in style. For a full roster of any celebrities full contact details, please click here or to sign up and get full contact details of any celebrities agent, manager and publicist please click here! […]

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Baked Camembert and Hot Cocktails at the Roof Gardens

Generally, there really aren’t many better things than a big wheel of molten cheese. Combine that wheel of cheese with sweeping views across London and you’ve got yourself a winner. Tuck into baked Camembert and Stinking Bishop on Babylon’s heated Winter Terrace and choose from a number of carefully selected wines – carefully selected to complement the cheeses. If you’ve been outside lately, you’ll know that you need all the warmth you can get so follow cheese/wine indulgence with more indulgence: a hot chocolate or hot cocktail. Or combine the two and spike your hot chocolate with your choice of liqueur. […]

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Soul Music and Christmas Shopping

We all love Christmas, and we all love getting presents. But what about buying presents? Admittedly, sometimes this can get a little stressful. A bottle of bubbly or a box of chocolates may suffice at the best of times but why not mix it up this year? Festival and event curators Marbles and Ware Collective host a ‘bizarre bazaar’ every year, and this year is no different. Every weekend, until 17th December, The Vaults will be home to the bazaar. Independent artists, traders and makers will be showcasing and selling their unique vendibles. Treat your loved ones to handcrafted jewellery, […]

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Strand Palace Festive Afternoon Tea Review: What We Thought

New? The Festive Afternoon Tea menu has been specifically created for Christmas and is available in the glamorous surroundings of the hotel’s Gin Palace cocktail bar until 31st December 2016. Where? Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, WC2R 0JJ, www.strandpalacehotel.co.uk On the menu: Traditional sandwich fillings have been swapped with much-loved Christmas flavours to create the likes of turkey and cranberry, and stilton and tomato pickle. The sweet side of the tea includes festive favourites like mince pies, stollen bites, rich fruit cake marinated in house brandy, chocolate and amaretto cheesecake, bosco tart and macaroons. First Impressions: As most of central London is currently, the […]

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The Landmark London Christmas Afternoon Tea Review: What We Thought

New? Whilst The Landmark London is one of London’s iconic hotels, having opened at the end of the 19th century, the Christmas afternoon tea has only just launched and is available throughout December replacing their traditional afternoon tea. Where?  222 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1 6JQ, www.landmarklondon.co.uk On the Menu: Despite being called a Christmas afternoon tea, there aren’t any of the usual Christmas foods on the menu. You would have thought that they might have included some turkey somewhere, added in some stilton, made use of a pig in blanket, topped something with mincemeat or at least shape the cake into […]

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When The Nutcracker Met The Sugar Plum Fairy

Now while we’re all anticipating a visit from a certain Father Christmas, we are neglecting someone special…a rather sweet lady. Of course we speak of the Sugar Plum Fairy but while we haven’t been in touch recently she’s been off sprinkling her magic over at London Hilton on Park Lane, specifically over their afternoon tea. The quintessential English classic has been given a Nutcracker make-over with the likes of an iced soldier biscuit, snowman macaron with coconut and white chocolate, and a cupcake turned into a Christmas tree with pistachio and raspberry flavoured icing. The special sweets are joined by […]

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Openings & Launches

El Pastor Opens

When Sam Hart and Crispin Somerville lived in Mexico City they ran cult nightclub El Colmillo, they also spent their days looking for the best al pastor taco around. For those who aren’t taco buffs then the al pastor taco roughly translates to ‘shepherd style’ and has its origins in Arab shawarma, in Mexico City they adapt it to use pork instead of lamb, marinating it in spices and chillies and replacing the flatbread with corn tortillas. Well now they think they have found it and are bringing their own Mexican taqueria to Borough Market as they open El Pastór […]

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Vauxhall’s Alpine Winter Village

Christmas is now only 19 sleeps away and you know what that means… only 19 more chances to visit the thousands of winter pop-ups that it feels like London has welcomed this year. If your skiing holiday is not until the new year, or you’re actually just about the après, then you’ll want to be heading to Val de Vauxhall instead of Val d’Isere. Everything you’d expect of a winter pop-up can be found at Vauxhall Winter Village, from roasted chestnuts, churros and egg nog to a cable car photo booth and retro ski wear rental so you can look the part as […]

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The Gate Opens 3rd Restaurant

The countdown to Christmas begins, you can now listen to Mariah Carey on repeat and you’ve probably already opened the second day of your advent calendar. Who isn’t looking forward to Christmas though? Turkeys that’s who. They will love The Gate though, because the vegetarian restaurant is opening its third branch today in Seymour Place. Following on from the Hammersmith and Islington restaurants, this central restaurant will serve up classic dishes such as the green banana fritters, aubergine teriyaki and plantain chips and green dragon. New additions will include a three-way filled globe artichoke, aubergine schnitzel and wild mushroom rotolo. […]

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Alexandrie Review: What We Thought

New? November saw “Aladino’s Restaurant” become “Alexandrie Restaurant”. Aladino’s Restaurant was a restaurant originally in Alexandrie that came to London in 2015, and now has new management, new menus and a new name. Where? 38c Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8 4BX www.alexandrie.co.uk On the menu: Described as fine dining from Alexandria (Egypt) in the heart of Kensington you can expect to find dishes such as molokheya; Egypt’s famous viscous herb soup, sea bass with cauliflower purée and citrus sauce, and spiced chicken roulade, filled with buffalo mozzarella cheese, harissa, and pesto. First Impressions: It’s quiet on arrival and smaller than I expected; the […]

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