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Openings & Launches

Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

Come July 3 Will Beckett and Huw Gott will open Hawksmoor Knightsbridge on Yeoman’s Row. Number five in the posh chain of steak restaurants, the new 130 cover venue features a glamorous subterranean 1930s interior – not least a reclaimed oak flooring from a Blackpool dancehall and walnut veneer panelling the doors of a Deco building in Marylebone. Each restaurant has its own distinct personality and Knightsbridge is informed by the duo’s travels to Japan, Hong Kong, mainland China and Singapore so diners can also expect an exciting seafood and shellfish offering. Underscoring the ethical approach, group chef, Richard Turner […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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 […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

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 […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Is it Brazil or Covent Garden?

Didn’t make it to Brazil this year for the World Cup? Or are you more like us and food is more your thing than football? Well we have just the thing for you Brazilian barbecue restaurant, Cabana are recreating a corner of Rio’s beaches in the heart of Covent Garden in the form of The Grill from Ipanema – a Brazilian beach grill complete with golden sand from Brazil’s shores. Starting on Saturday 28th June until July 13th The Grill from Ipanema will be serving up a selection of new Cabana dishes including flame grilled skewers, chicken coxinhas and cassava […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Mussel Men Restaurant

Succulent seafood will now be served seven days a week at the permanent Mussel Men restaurant. The new eatery will take all the best bits from their current seafood specialties but with a menu expansion of BBQ influenced items and a proper navy-inpsired cocktail menu. As for dessert, guests can indulge in golden waffles drizzled with decadent chocolate sauce and bacon infused ice cream with salt caramel sauce as well as weekly specials.  After a successful summer of pop-ups in 2013, the Mussel Men have now found it's current location just a stones throw up the road at Dalston Junction in […]

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Openings & Launches

Draft House

Craft beer aficionados will be pleased to know that Draft House Westbridge has launched a new Barrel Bar, alongside a complete refurbishment of the pub. Open daily, it’s up on the first floor and boasts huge Victorian windows, exposed brick walls and glazed tiles plus the caged barrel counter with its exposed casks and piping and of course distressed leather sofas and antique chairs. The rest of the facelift comprises animated neon signage, massive hanging vinyl blackboards with red galvanised chains, a blackened steel glass-rack over the bar and a working fireplace in the main bar. The rear and front […]

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Champagne + Fromage Opens in Brixton

We love cheese, we love champagne and now they are living side by side in the brilliant new bistro Champagne + Fromage in Brixton. The recently launched eatery boasts 25 delicious champagnes to choose from which can be enjoyed as a cocktail, for a gift or simply on its own. The menu is filled with cheese plates and French dishes which you can enjoy in-house or as take-away i.e. to take to a party to impress your friends with. With over 50 soft and hard cheeses to choose from it is fromage heaven but if the choice is a bit […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The 50th Prohibition Party

Prince maybe partying like it’s 1999 but he’s 77 years too late because partying like it’s 1922 is where it’s at.  Because next Saturday the Prohibition Party at Bloomsbury Ballroom is back for its 50th soiree which is set to be more lavish, more debauched and more glamorous than ever before! Entertainment comes in the form of DJs on gramophones, silent cinemas, dancing troupes and gambling tables. Speakeasy Bourne and Hollingsworth will also be serving up drinks in teacups, whilst cocktail menus are hidden between the pages of books – well your chosen poison was probably prohibited back in 1920s […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Retro Revival Cocktails at The Arch London

Ever fancied having a cocktail with Marilyn Monroe? Or perhaps sipping Bourbon with Frank Sinatra? Well now you can thanks to The Arch London in Marylebone who has recently launched a range of retro revival cocktails. The cocktails, inspired by classic icons, can be enjoyed in the suitably glamorous settings of the vintage style Martini Library, or Champagne de Salon within the hotel. Our favourite is the Rock Around The Clock Martini inspired by the 1950s hit by Bill Haley, it is an unusual blend of Bloom Gin with Fresh Cucumber and Lemongrass, St Germain, Aloe Vera Water and Elderflower. […]

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