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Our favourite afternoon teas

In the early nineteenth century it is said that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford complained of a ‘sinking feeling in the afternoon’, at the time it was common just to eat breakfast and supper, and so she began to snack on sandwiches and little cakes to curb her hunger. On returning to London, Anna started inviting friends over to join her and so the tradition of afternoon tea was formed. Today, the quintessentially English tradition is still as popular as ever and whilst  choosing a definitive list is arguably impossible, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites. The only question […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Chop Shop: Review

Over in Haymarket the Chop Shop has just launched their new Sunday lunch set menu: a beef rib chop, roast potatoes, side and half a bottle of red wine for £35. We arrived late afternoon to find the restaurant had mellowed after a busy lunch service and there were just few a couples spending long, lazy afternoons with bottles of wine. The restaurant itself is long, narrow with tables for two down the side, at the end it opens out into a larger space where there was a mix of tables for larger parties. It is all very laid back, […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Chop Shop: Review

Over in Haymarket the Chop Shop has just launched their new Sunday lunch set menu: a beef rib chop, roast potatoes, side and half a bottle of red wine for £35. We arrived late afternoon to find the restaurant had mellowed after a busy lunch service and there were just few a couples spending long, lazy afternoons with bottles of wine. The restaurant itself is long, narrow with tables for two down the side, at the end it opens out into a larger space where there was a mix of tables for larger parties. It is all very laid back, […]

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Openings & Launches

Taj Group

Taj Group has rebranded its two London hotels – St. James' Court, A Taj Hotel and Taj 51 Buckingham Gate, Suites and Residences. The hotels will now be promoted within the Group’s portfolio of luxury hotels, resorts and palaces, with the Group also taking sole ownership, management, operational and marketing control of both properties. St James' Court is bordered by Buckingham Palace and Green Park. Enhanced experiences include in-room check in, signature welcome and signature fragrances. Guests will also have access to an extensive fleet of exclusive vintage and classic vehicles, including the Queen Mother's favourite Jaguar DS420 Daimler limousine […]

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The Boudoir Club, The Button Club and Sanderson Party

Next week sees Sanderson hotel hosting a party in collaboration with The Button Club and The Boudoir Club at their Long Bar. The Button Club owned by Kaja Wunder, is a global community who provides its members with access to exclusive events, (they are also the team behind events such as the Bloodlust Ball); whilst The Boudoir Club are a gathering of people from the worlds of music, art, fashion and film, they are the Home of Deep House. And next Wednesday they are coming together to throw a party at one of London’s hottest boutique hotels, Sanderson – it’s […]

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deWintons at Opera Holland Park

It may seem a long way off now, but come summer Kensington’s Opera Holland Park will be alive with a wonderful programme of performances, including Norma and The Turn of the Screw.  The beautiful building and elegant Dutch Gardens make it the perfect place to host a party for friends or clients, whether you are after a pre -opera seateddinner for up to 60  guests or larger Champagne receptions on the mezzanine overlooking Kensington. With drinks included as well as the best seats in the house, it’s not like you need another reason to say yes, but if you do […]

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Soft Paris Party at Shimmy

Valentine’s Day – it might seem a while away yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start brushing up on our seduction techniques – single or not! Which is exactly what guests did this week at Bayswater club Shimmy, at the Soft Paris party! Shimmy, whose website tells you to ‘leave your inhibitions at the door’ invited guests into their wonderland-esque themed club to sample their new  'French Letter' aphrodisiac cocktail – (which includes cherry marnier and Champagne and a special drop of goat’s plum ), indulge in pink cupcakes and most importantly learn the art of seduction. French company, […]

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Openings & Launches

Burns Night

Now for a quick history lesson; regarded as Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns – or Rabbie as he was known, only lived until he was 37 but in that time his literary accomplishments were great. His poems portrayed his love of Scotland, the beauty of his birthplace Ayrhsire, and his appreciation of haggis. So it is not surprising that when his friends started to celebrate the anniversary of his death on the 25th January, haggis took centre stage.  200 years later and come Burns Night, you are sure to find a veritable Scottish feast near you. From whisky cocktails, to […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Bumpkin launches super healthy menu

Detoxing and eating the right kinds of food can be a depressing thought when the weather is this miserable and it is dark before you leave for work. But what about if the food was already made for you, and it was being served in one of your favourite South Kensington restaurants? Suddenly seems much easier doesn’t it? Good thing then that is exactly what Bumpkin is doing. Their new super healthy menu has been created by Julie Montagu – Julie Montagu, the Flexi Foodie: Yogini, Health Coach and Wellness Warrior. She is a firm believer that what you eat […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Brontё inspired afternoon tea at The Gilbert Scott

When you think of the Brontё sisters, you probably think of the bleak moorlands in Wuthering Heights or the plain, but determined Jane Eyre. What might not spring to mind though is afternoon tea, but that is about to change as The Gilbert Scott launches its Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Created by by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory, this traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea is a tribute to the famous writing sisters, who would sup on tea between penning the paragraphs of their novels. Charlotte Cory is a cult artist and […]

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Openings & Launches

One Kensington

This spring Tamarind Collection will launch a new lifestyle restaurant concept that boasts the atmosphere a private members’ club. Due to open in March, One Kensington will be open all day from breakfast through to drinks and dinner – or a glass of Champagne at an elevated champagne table with views over Kensington Palace Gardens. The new venue is housed in a Grade II listed, late Gothic revival Victorian building (built in 1885 for the London and County Bank to designs by architect Alfred Williams). B3 Designers have created the interiors,making full use of original architectural features such as the […]

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Celebrities & Influencers

Celebrity Premiere at Cirque du Soleil

Last night celebrities including Vanessa White from The Saturdays, Tamera Foster, Joanna Page and Tamara Ecclestone hit the blue carpet for the VIP premiere of Cirque du Soleil Quidam. Quidam is the story of a young girl, ignored by her parents, who finds herself lost in an imaginary world full of high energy performances and colourful characters. Also in attendance was British gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE who is no stranger to acrobatic stunts herself. David Jason also turned up to enjoy the popular travelling show in good spirits after enjoying high viewers ratings on Boxing Day for his role in ‘Still […]

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