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The Zetter Townhouse

The Good Hotel Guide’s London Hotel of The Year 2012, World's Best New Cocktail Bar at the World Cocktail Awards in New Orleans and Best Place to Drink in the recent Observer Food Monthly Awards. Yes, 2012 has been a great year for The Zetter Townhouse. Located just across the cobbles of St John’s Square from the original Zetter Hotel, the 13 bedroom Georgian townhouse and cocktail lounge is dubbed the private home of the hotel’s eccentric aunt. With interiors by Russell Sage, each room is completely unique, featuring bold heritage shades and eclectic antique pieces. There are two spectacular […]

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SushiSamba opening party

Wednesday night saw the opening party of SushiSamba on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower.  Looking down on the twinkling lights of the city below, guests, including, Matthew Williamson, Amber Atherton and Jaime Winstone, drank cocktails and Champagne and nibbled on mini burgers, sushi and indulgent chocolate tortes. With stunning views of London’s iconic landmarks, an unrivalled set from Mark Ronson and a performance from Pixie Geldof’s new band Violet, SushiSamba definitely know how to put on an opening party.   sushisamba.com

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Harvey Nichols launch Menu Exhibition project in aid of StreetSmart

Harvey Nichols has collaborated with StreetSmart, a charity for the homeless, to give each diner the unique opportunity to win bespoke signed artworks by photographer Rankin, menswear and accessories designer James Long and artist Stephen Walter during December.  Throughout the years Harvey Nichols restaurant diners have helped contribute to the huge sum of £500,000 raised for StreetSmart. This milestone deserves a celebration; the Menu Exhibition project. During December, all Harvey Nicols Christmas menus will feature one of three bespoke artworks printed on the back as a means of gratitude for the customers continued support of StreetSmart. One lucky diner will even discover […]

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Aperitivo in Mayfair

Mayfair’s Banca Ristorante Italiano has just launched its Milano Aperitivo concept – whereby an early evening drink is accompanied by a range of freshly prepared complimentary snacks and small dishes, eaten standing at the bar. From 5pm – 7:30pm on Tuesday to Friday, classic Italian aperitivo will be laid across Banca’s restaurant spanning long bar for guests to graze on while enjoying Italian cocktails, such as the Negroni, Aperol Spritz or Bellini. The authentic menu – created by Executive Chef Marzio Zacchi and Head Chef Gabriele Milani – is derived from the fare found in Milan’s smartest bars and restaurants […]

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Faulty Towers Dining at The Charing Cross Hotel

Based on the beloved British sitcom, Fawlty Towers, the Faulty Towers dining experience is the work of Australian theatre company, Interactive Theatre International, having debuted in Brisbane in 1997, it has become a huge success and it has now recently arrived at the Torquay Suite Theatre at The Charing Cross Hotel. The 5 star critically acclaimed production is a hectic mix of eating, drinking, comedy and acting. During the two hour interactive show diners are served a three course meal amongst the comic madness. With only a third of the show scripted anything could happen, and when the actors are […]

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Poncho 8 set to open third London site

Poncho 8, the London-based Burrito restaurant is set to open its third site ahead of further expansion next year. The new restaurant will be based at Leadenhall in the City, opening at the end of November close to the current Poncho 8 outlets in Spitalfields and St.Paul's. The chain founded in 2009 by college friends Frank Yeung and Nick Troen plans to open several more sites in 2013. www.poncho8.com

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Italian restaurant group Il Calcio’s London Openings

The established Romanian-based Italian restaurant group Il Calcio is set to open two new restaurants in London. Il Calcio Mayfair will be the group's flagship restaurant based on North Audley Street launching in late November, with the second location on Old Brompton Road set to open in December. Il Calcio is led by acclaimed chef and owner Valentino Salagean serving authentic Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere managed by Leandro Longo.

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Michelin-starred Wild Honey unveils its new decor

Wild Honey, the celebrated Mayfair restaurant, has recently undertaken a fabulous refurbishment to present stunning new decor. The restaurant is part of the acclaimed group owned by legendary Michelin-starred Chef-Patron Anthony Demetre and front house Manager Will Smith, renowned for offering beautiful, simple food at affordable prices.  Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki, commended for his exquisite restaurant and retail architecture and design, has transformed the interior of Wild Honey.The design evokes an elegant, classic feel apt for the mood and setting of the Mayfair restaurant.  www.wildhoneyrestaurant.co.uk

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Atherton strikes again

We hear that Gordon Ramsay alumnus, super chef Jason Atherton of Pollen Street fame has just taken possession of a site on Poland Street,  where he plans to open a new restaurant with a bar called The Social Eating House, in partnership with his long standing head chef Paul Hood. The premises, which is located at 58-59 Poland Street, comprises of ground, first and mezzanine floors and was brokered by Dean Gambles of commercial property agents Coleman Dean, who also acquired the site for Jason's flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social, which opened in April 2011. Says Atherton, "I am really […]

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Newman Street Tavern comes to Fitzrovia

Opening at the end of November, Newman Street Tavern in Fitzrovia will celebrate the very finest and expertly sourced produce from around the British Isles served alongside a preeminent list of outstanding wine. A traditional kitchen will be run by Head Chef and Partner Peter Weeden, previously of Paternoster Chop House and The Boundary. The Tavern will have a vintage, antique finish producing a very comfortable dining room. Newman Street Tavern is situated on the corner of Goodge Street and Newman Street, comprised of a ground floor bar, raw bar and informal first floor dining room providing a welcome respite […]

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