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Fancy a celerytini?!

Tired of sticking to your detox regime with a teetotal New Year? Harvey Nichols may have a cheeky solution for you. February will see the launch of their brand new skinny cocktail menu where the drinks will be less than 200 calories per glass, and will consist of various interesting combinations involving juices normally seen in a LA health drink. Tickets for the launch are going for only £25 and will begin on the morning of the 12th February. First the ‘dawn’ been greeted with yoga, under expert instruction from the teachers at Kensington’s new Equinox Gym. Afterwards you and your […]

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Harrison’s re-launch with brand new cocktail bar

Harrison’s Restaurant and Bar in Balham, co-owned by Rick Stein, will be reopening with vamped-up menus and an exciting new basement cocktail bar Downstairs at Harrison’s. The whole venue has been redesigned by Design LSM, who have created a neutral colour scheme with vibrant turquoise bar stools and rich orange banquette seating in the front window area. Downstairs at Harrison’s features intimate candlelit booth seating, heavily influenced by New York bars and evoking a luxurious feel of times gone by. The bar will be full table service or sitting at the bar – with a no standing policy. The raised […]

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Claridge’s celebrates The Great Gatsby

Limber up for spring’s must-see movie, The Great Gatsby by learning the Charleston in Claridge’s Art Deco ballroom. The hotel is partnering with London’s finest flappers, The Bee’s Knees, for monthly masterclasses in the dances of the Roaring Twenties. You’ll learn to execute authentic Charleston steps, including the scare crow, bees knees, bunny hop, fish tail and Josephine Baker and if you want to look the part as well, The Bee’s Knees will also be offering style tips on everything from sequinned headbands to strings of pearls and satin elbow-length gloves. The lessons will last for 90 minutes, after which […]

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Simply fish

The first Simply Fish opened in Camden at the end of last year with its convivial atmosphere and menu of fish and seafood, delivered daily from its own merchants in Cornwall and transformed with a range of Mediterranean, Asian and Middle Eastern influences. And now owner Chris Singham is fast tracking his plans to expand the brand with Simply Fish St Paul’s opening next month on 13 February. A third outlet will launch in Chiswick in the summer. “The reaction to Simply Fish has exceeded all our expectations,” says Singham. “Customers seem to love the flexibility of being able to […]

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Quarter Café

Heal’s has joined forces with restaurateurs Doron and Valeria Zilkha at its Tottenham Court Road flagship store to launch Heal’s Quarter Café and Heal’s Quarter Café Express next month on 12 February. The 80 seater first floor restaurant space, previously operated by Peyton & Byrne, will be fully refurbished and extended. The new menus will represent The Quarter Group’s signature modern mix of seasonal, healthy comfort food – including homemade pastries, all-day breakfast, delicious sandwiches and soups, charcuterie plates, hearty salads, afternoon tea, cakes and tarts – to sustain hungry shoppers. In addition, at the main entrance to Heal’s, there […]

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The BNC Events Show

Following the success of last year’s sell-out event on board the HMS President, the BNC Global Event Show 2013 is to take place at London’s The Brewery on 20 and 21 February and promises to bring together top event planners with the world’s top suppliers for two days of amazing networking opportunities and lots of fun! If you are a full time professional event planner from the 'MICE" industry, either a corporate event manager or work at an event planning agency, then you can register to attend at www.theBNC.co.uk. Successful applications will receive an amazing item to go in their […]

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PipsDish does Burns

Converted Citroen garage, PipsDish in Islington is hosting a Burns Night that would make Rabbie proud. Twinkling lights, candles, your own private table in a little red van and all the theatre of an open kitchen. Factor in Pip’s typical simplicity, flavour and top-notch ingredients, and a magical experience is guaranteed. The traditional four-course Scottish menu begins with a hearty bowl of cock-a-leekie soup followed by the offal-stuffed centrepiece, the haggis. Served with neeps and tatties, it will be  welcomed to the table by a bagpiped serenade. Leave room for the Cranachan, though, a delicious concoction of cream, whisky, honey, […]

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London Eye-catching Moments

The London Eye has teamed up with legendary street photographer Matt Stuart to bring to life many of the inspiring perspectives that make London one of the must see places in the world. Matt has taken twelve pictures from the London Eye which capture the essence of London through its iconic skyline. He commented; ‘London is one of the most exciting cities in the world and we sometimes forget this – the pictures I have taken try to bring to life the people and the skyline of London.’ To encourage people to get out and take the opportunity to look […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Primo – Italian Attitude in Soho

Bringing a genuine Italian experience to London’s Soho, here is a restaurant with attitude. Primo, launched December 2012, serves mind-blowing Italian dishes that capture the imagination of any diner. Perfect for both lunches and evenings out, Primo offers an array of hearty tapas, as well as classic dishes such as Risotto of the day, Rigatoni with aubergine, and Tagliatelle al ragu. Relax and enjoy a taste sensation while served by Primo’s charming Italian waiters, who are genuinely passionate about the food. The restaurant features comfortable and understated décor, with pieces of Ronnie Wood’s dramatic artwork lending a splash of colour to […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Primo – Italian Attitude in Soho

Bringing a genuine Italian experience to London’s Soho, here is a restaurant with attitude. Primo, launched December 2012, serves mind-blowing Italian dishes that capture the imagination of any diner. Perfect for both lunches and evenings out, Primo offers an array of hearty tapas, as well as classic dishes such as Risotto of the day, Rigatoni with aubergine, and Tagliatelle al ragu. Relax and enjoy a taste sensation while served by Primo’s charming Italian waiters, who are genuinely passionate about the food. The restaurant features comfortable and understated décor, with pieces of Ronnie Wood’s dramatic artwork lending a splash of colour to […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Zeo: booze free style

Looking for a booze alternative for January? Step forward ZEO, inspired by the challenging flavours of premium gin and vodka, master blenders have created the alcohol free spritz in the spirit of alcohol but without the content. Intrigued? The intricate flavour is made from a secret blend of botanicals from all over the world and the clean, crisp taste and peculiar kick promises to be chilling, warming, peppery and tingling all at the same time. Oh yes and if you’re looking for any more encouragement, it comes in at only 38 calories per bottle – which had it served at […]

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Openings & Launches

Barts Downright Bloody Mary Menu

So how’s the head? Not to worry, this month Barts is launching the Queen of all hangover cures, The Bloodshot Bloody Mary Menu.Drinks have suitably sanguine names such as Mary Tudor (a devilish blend of Bloodshot, Rose Jam, Fresh Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup and served with a garnish of Rose Jam on Toast), Bloody Liability (a heady mix of Belvedere Vodka, Bloodshot, Fresh Beetroot, Fresh lemon Juice, Honey and a garnish of Green Salad topped with Beetroot and Parmesan Shavings), The Devil’s Punchbowl (a warm drink served in a teacup and saucer and made with Harvey’s Bristol Cream, Bloodshot, Merlot, […]

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