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Season Finale of Sherlock

Almost as soon as it has come back to our screens, it is almost time to say farewell to Sherlock once more, as this Sunday sees the last episode in this series. Finally everyone’s questions have been answered as Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) explained just how he faked his death – or did he? Who knows if that really is how it happened… In the meantime while he has been away it seems as if everyone has been finding their other halves as Dr Watson (Martin Freeman) introduces his fiancée Mary Morstan, played by Amanda Abbington; and even poor, timid Molly […]

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5 O’Clocktails launches at the Playboy Club

It might be your first day back to work today and you might feel like eating all the left over Christmas chocolate in one go,  and despairing at how early you had to get up; but there is light at end of the working day as 5 O’Clocktails launches today at Salvatore’s Bar at the Playboy Club. Head over to the Mayfair club between Monday and Thursday 5pm – 7pm for the next two months, buy a cocktail and they’ll pay for your friend to have one too, think of it as a last little gift! With cocktails such as […]

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Cirque du Soleil Quidam

Stunning acrobatic show, Cirque du Soleil, has just returned to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate its 30th birthday, arriving just in time to help us banish the January blues with a burst of colour – now that that Christmas is behind us. Known the world over for its death-defying physical circus stunts and amazing visual and musical performances, it’s been 30 years since Guy La Liberté founded the company in 1984. Yet mention Cirque du Soleil to anyone and the excitement it envokes is as if it was just launching for the first time. Running until mid-February, Cirque du […]

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Oslo

Prepare for the opening of Oslo in Hackney. The day-to-night destination will launch on Friday 17 January with its weekly Valhalla clubnight. The new venue promises food, drink and an exciting music programme – all within the redeveloped railway station on Amhurst Road next door to Hackney Central train station. Oslo will operate as both a daytime hub with food and a night time locale for socialising, eating and new music. Head chef is Dave Ahern (House of Wolf and Burger Breakout) who has created the menu around the idea of presenting familiar flavours in unfamiliar combinations. His food features […]

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Tommi’s Burger Joint

Chelsea is getting a new burger bar for 2014 with the opening of Icelandic export, Tommi’s Burger Joint on the King’s Road – following on from the success of the Marylebone original in Thayer Street.  Head chef is Siggi Gunnlaugsson who will divide his time between both sites. As with the initial venue, ingredients will be carefully sourced from trusted British suppliers, with meat from HG Walter butchers in Barons Court, and bread from Millers Bakery. The burgers will be cooked on an American gas grill for that authentic the charcoal flavour and garnished in classic diner style with iceberg […]

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House of Ho

Bobby Chinn will open his new London restaurant, The House of Ho, this new year – 6 January 2014 on Soho’s Old Compton Street. The modern Vietnamese menu will echo Chinn’s 18 years living and working in both Hanoi and Saigon. Known for his quirky, contemporary approach to Vietnamese cookery, diners can expect a combination of authentic and adventurous. Signature small dishes on the menu include Smokey aubergine and crispy shallots with warm scallion vinaigrette, Apple-smoked pork belly with braised cabbage, Lemongrass monkfish, Duck "a la banana" (shredded confit duck banana blossom salad), Seafood ceviche with mangosteen truffle vinaigrette, "Shaking […]

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New Year’s Eve at Buddha Bar

Paying homage to its east meets west background, one night only revellers at Buddha Bar can experience all the glamour and debauchery of 1950’s Paris and the incredible events that would change China forever; as its New Year’s Eve party is being inspired by two of the most iconic films of the 20th century Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor and John Huston’s Moulin Rouge.  Being split into two distinctive, surreal and decadent areas, the Buddha Bar is being transformed into the ‘Heavenly Upstairs’ and the ‘Forbidden Downstairs’. In these two separate areas there will be unforgettable and immersive entertainment, think everything […]

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Salt n Pepper

This is the first overseas restaurant from the eponymous Pakistani restaurant group spearheaded by hotelier, restaurateur and food writer Mahmood Akbar who opened his first restaurant launch in Lahore in 1983. The new venue in London’s theatreland aims to bring the authentic flavours and culinary sensibilities of traditional Pakistani cuisine to the UK – setting its cuisine apart from its Indian neighbours and giving it its own identity. Expect classic Pakistani dishes with influences from the Punjab, Sindh, Turkish, and Persian regions – adapted for contemporary tastes. Specialities include kebabs, karahis and biryanis – all prepared to  Akbar’s secret, signature […]

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#StreetFeastNYE

#StreetFeastNYE brings together the best of Street Feast with Hawker House favourites Baba G and Rola Wala, Dalston Yard regulars Sweet Tooth Factory, Yum Jungle and Vinn Goute, and Merchant Yard legend Ben Spalding, all making an appearance. Plus many more. There’ll also be a few special extras to help bring in the New Year including a champagne bar, jazz band and DJ’s playing ‘til 3am. Ben Spalding’s Stripped Back is making a return for the first time since Merchant Yard, offering a multi-course menu featuring ten of the best dishes of 2013, plus a look into the future with […]

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New Year’s Eve 2

The second half of our New Year’s Eve round-up features lavish dinners, raucous caberet and a whole host of performances including shows from fire performers, entertainers, trapeze artists, marching bands, and even a lone trumpeter. So it is time to well and truly say goodbye to 2013 with a great send off and welcome in 2014! Happy New Year! Hush Hush Mayfair will be looking back to the mischievous 1920s for their NYE party theme. Party-goers will be immersed in the Great Gatsby experience as they indulge in a classic New York-themed menu, a gangster casino in which guests will […]

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