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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Shisha Parlour at The Lancaster London

Fancy something a bit different to sipping a Cosmo sitting at a bar after work? Lancaster London has launched a Shisha Tent for all to enjoy over the summer, offering a selection of Shisha flavours, from apple and grape, to blueberry, rose and mint.   Sit back and relax in the beautifully patterned sofas, or lounge over the sporadically placed cushions in a variety of exotic colours. The décor of woven rugs and jewelled lanterns encompassed in shisha smoke brings a Moroccan-Arabian atmosphere to what would otherwise be a plain white marquee, and is a very chilled but suave alternative […]

Openings & Launches

LIBRARY

Sitting behind an inconspicuous door on the bustling St Martin’s Lane is LIBRARY, a new private members’ club aimed at the design community to be launched next Monday by entrepreneur and Ronald Ndoro. The main hub features a double mezzanine, stage and four-metre, floor-to-ceiling bar, but factor in a six bedroom hotel complete with 24-hour concierge, a whisky and wine room, that eponymous library with its towering curated bookshelf, indoor smoking terrace and then a mini gym promising mindfulness meditation courses and Kitchen restaurant – both of which will launch at the end of the summer – and you’ve got […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Buddha Bar Wellness Menu

Still not quite ready to sport a bikini on the beach in August? Still snacking on your 3pm chocolate bar in the office, or just feeling a bit sluggish and in a rut with your diet? We all know how hard it is to discipline oneself into a good shape and take the time after a long day at work to pick the right ingredients for a well-balanced meal… Which is why Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge has created a bespoke Wellness menu, specifically for those of you who want to live and eat more healthily. Launching on the 1st July, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Restaurant Review: Stax Diner

As an American I have some pretty high standards when reviewing an American diner like Stax. This new restaurant situated in Kingly Court got its name from the 1960s Memphis based record lable, Stax Records. Located on the first story, it's hard to miss the red and white, front-porch style of this Southern-inspired joint.  We were greeted by a friendly staff and the ‘Beyoncé of Kingly Court,’ who sang and danced as she brought us some refreshing Mint Juleps –  an iconic Southern drink composed of Bourbon, mint and brown sugar. Whisky Lemonade, and Bourbon Sweet Tea are a few of the […]

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Openings & Launches

Scarpetta

Pasta fast food style is usually consigned to a plastic pot in the supermarket’s chilled section but new casual dining concept, Scarpetta, opening in the City’s Cannon Street on the 7th July is set to change all that thanks to native Italian founders, Uberto Jasson D’Oria and Patrick Philion. Say buongiorno to fresh pastas from Southern Italy, made from scratch by third generation pasta chef, Michele Fiore. Fiore who has run his own artisan pasta shop called Pastificio in Puglia’s Bari for some 25 years, will work from a specially designed station at Scarpetta  – where customers can watch his skills […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Exclusive Fitness Retreat at Jumeirah

So it’s summer and for the a millionth time we promise ourselves to get buff and bronze for the months ahead of revealing our untoned winter body but yet again we have fallen at the first hurdle. Boring gym sessions? No thanks. Go for a run in London, are you mad? An exclusive Fitness Retreat that promises to equip guests with ‘take home’ tools to enhance physical and mental performance and support ongoing wellness. I’m listening. Jumeirah Carlton Tower is offering an exclusive weekend of fun activities like Thai yoga, boxing, self-defence classes, massages and nutritional workshops. Attendees will also […]

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Escape To Rum Island

Summer is officially here – and so is the city's hottest new destination.  Floridita opens an island inspired retreat located underneath the restaurant’s iconic sweeping staircase. The late-night Soho hotspot is known for housing the most extensive rum selection in Europe and its new space, suitably named Rum Island, will offer a cocktail menu celebrating the liquor's versatility. Guests can sip on libations like the Watermelon Punch, a concoction created from Brugal Rum, watermelon, Aperol Liquer, cranberry juice, lemon juice with sugar and served in a hollowed watermelon, or the Navy Sangria, a nautical tribute with a Brazilian twist combining Pusser’s Navy Rum, Mandarine Napoleon, sugar and […]

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Places to go during Wimbledon

With the Wimbledon Championships 2014 now underway, we bring you the top events and venues going on around London over the next fortnight of legendary tennis to keep you occupied if not sat in the stands of Centre Court…  – The Ampersand Hotel Enjoy a Wimbledon inspired afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington in true British style. The tea boasts some delightfully themed pastries such as coconut mousse, mango and passion fruit jelly tennis ball on a lime sponge tennis court, gingerbread tennis rackets and strawberry and cream tarts. Available from the 21st July until 6th July. www.ampersandhotel.com – […]

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Seasonal & Celebrations

A Groom’s Last Hurrah

Brides-to-be are perfectly pampered months, weeks and days before the wedding date…but what about the groom? Now St Pancras Renaissance Hotel offers  ‘The Last Hurrah,’ a special package that caters to grooms and ushers on the brink of the big day. Services include traditional wet shaves at the on site barbershop Gentlemen’s Tonic, a three-course steak dinner in the Booking Office, an overnight stay in the hotel and an usher’s brunch in the Gilbert Scott restaurant.  The hotel's central location at Kings Cross makes for an easy journey to wedding venues across the city, complete with a concierge team to help […]

Culture

Brown’s London Art Weekend

Over 95 galleries and auction houses will open their doors to art fans for Brown's London Art Weekend which will feature a series of guided tours, fascinating talks and exhibitions of art spanning 3 thousand years. This is a unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in art, from collectors and artists, to the simply curious to see inside London’s normally exclusive art houses.  Arts Editor of the Financial Times, Jan Dalley, will also host The Hix Art Brunch where she will be in conversation with leaders of the art world, including Philip Mould. Brown's London Art Weekend takes place […]

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