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HKK

The gulf between restaurants and bespoke supper clubs is ever decreasing. This week, Hakkasan Group, will open HKK. Inspired by the long-standing Chinese banqueting tradition, it will offer a single, ever-evolving tasting menu at lunch and dinner. The launch follows the group’s September opening of Chrysan, in partnership with Japanese Michelin-starred chef Yoshihiro Murata. Michelin-starred chef Tong Chee Hwee heads up the kitchen. He has 11 years’ experience at Hakkasan, first as the Head Chef of the original restaurant at Hanway Place (he won it a  Michelin star in 2003) and then Executive Head Chef for the group globally. He’s […]

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Gary Card’s Electric Christmas

Another week another Christmas-Lights-Switching-On-Ceremony (by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christis). But this one at uber-hip The Kings Cross Filling Station (KXFS) was definitely the coolest on the block. Together with Vauxhall Motors, it commissioned set designer and illustrator Gary Card, to create an Electric Christmas tree lighting up Regents Canal as part of the Vauxhall Ampera Season. Card created a giant, electric tree made up of and powered by engine parts from the Ampera car!  Card is famous for his sets and installations for the likes of Dover Street Market, Liberty, Topshop and Uniqlo while his work has appeared […]

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InterContinental

The InterContinental London Westminster opens its doors this week in the capital’s political heartland, a stone’s throw from Parliament. It is the first InterContinental hotel to open in London for over 36 years. The hotel will inject a new lease of life into former government building, Queen Anne’s Chambers. Behind its townhouse exterior lie six floors featuring 256 beautifully designed rooms including 44 luxurious suites and an imposing penthouse. Dine and drink at Blue Boar Smokehouse restaurant and bar which echo a sophisticate traditional British pub with local ales, classic cocktails, and British wines. Decor is all dark wood panelling […]

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3 Day Protein Christmas Market

Hewett Street is bringing the spirit of Christmas to Shoreditch with three days of eating, drinking and feasting with the 3 day Protein Christmas Market running from the 14th – 16th December. There will be a whole host of food merchants offering some of the finest foodie treats such as Whisky Salt Caramel Popecorn and Choco Smoked Walnuts and Brownies from Lily Vanilli and artisanal chocolate and traditional Panettone from Gelupo. The DunneFrankowski boy’s Protein coffee shop will be open selling Irish coffees and The Shelf at Protein selling the best food and culture publications such as Feasting with Bompas […]

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Electric Diner and Electric Donuts on Portobello Road

A little bit of Chicago is coming to Portobello Road from the start of December in the form of the Electric Diner and Electric Donuts. Soho House has collaborated with renowned Chicago chef and owner of Chicago restaurant, Au Cheval, Brendan Sodikoff to create the American style diner. The Diner which is based on Au Cheval, seats 75 takes on the appearance of a traditional diner with both booth and bar dining and a specially chosen track list played from an old fashioned reel to reel machine. It will feature an all day French- American inspired menu with signature dishes such […]

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Gourmet Burger Bus

Gourmet Burger Kitchen is bringing its Burger Bus to Covent Garden’s Piazza on Friday 30 November and in keeping with GBK’s new Zealand heritage, players from the All Blacks rugby team and chef, Peter Gordon will be taking the GBK experience direct to customers, serving up delicious burgers from the newly converted mobile kitchen. If you are early enough (before 11.30am) or so inclined you can pick up a free burger for breakfast or brunch. The first GBK opened its doors in 2001 when three Kiwis, fed up with the burger joints that proliferated in the UK, decided it was […]

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Opium

Chinatown has come a long way since the Opium dens of the late 19th Century: enter Dre Masso and Eric Yu’s Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour. Sprawling over three floors of a historical townhouse, with nine distinct rooms, this Opium is a den for the more salubrious pursuits of fine dining and drinking. Behind a jade door is a cornucopia of flexible drinking and dining spaces: lounge seating, for grazing and sharing; intimate boudoir-drinking-dens and open-plan bars. Centre-piece of the second floor is the Chinese Apothecary bar where 'mysterious' liquids are identified by a coding system of Chinese characters. […]

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Patty&Bun

Following pop-up residencies at the Doodle Bar in Battersea and Endurance Pub in Soho, Patty&Bun is opening its first ever restaurant this Thursday at former Stockpot site on Mayfair’s James Street. Burger entrepreneur Joe Grossmann has transformed the venue into an eat-in takeaway hotspot with seating for up to 30 people – strictly no reservations. With help from Mark Jankel (founder of Street Kitchen), they developed all of their products with the simple ethos of doing a few things well. Says Joe: “People think it’s very easy to do something very simple well, but it isn’t, it takes time and […]

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Dance it off at Maggie’s

Do your worst on the mince pies this festive season because come 9 January you can work them all off at Maggie’s with new year’s 1980s style dance classes. The Chelsea hotspot is teaming up with Lomax Bespoke Fitness, Nutrition & Wellbeing, for a Dance Fitness class every week with choreographer and X Factor dancer Chloe Tangney. The Lomax Way, as it is known, helps people follow a healthy diet, exercise and relaxation part of their everyday lifestyle and what better way than sweating it out to you favourite 80s classics. Chloe has danced with Jessie J, The Saturdays, Lily […]

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VIVA FOREVER! Afternoon Tea Menu at Harvey Nichols

In celebration of the opening of the Spice Girls musical, VIVA FOREVER!, produced by Judy Craymer and written by Jennifer Saunders, Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor has created the exclusive VIVA FOREVER! Afternoon Tea Menu. On Tuesday 27 November the bespoke afternoon tea, inspired by the Spice Girls, will be launched and is available for three months. Tickets for the contemporary musical, VIVA FOREVER!, can be bought together with the afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols.  The VIVA FOREVER! Afternoon Tea Menu is creative, imaginative and unabashedly pop-tastic, drawing inspiration from the Spice Girls' individuality, demonstrated in the presentation and uniqueness of each […]

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Kooza

Roll up roll up for the annual Cirque du Soleil extravaganza London’s Royal Albert Hall. Commencing 5 January 2013 is Kooza which promises thrills, chills and total immersion – not to mention some very special VIP experiences! In the grand old tradition of Cirque du Soleil story-telling, Kooza is the tale of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. Returning to the origins of Cirque, the show combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning – juxtaposing a demanding physical performance with bold slapstick humour. The Innocent's journey brings him […]

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Mark Poynton at The Landmark London’s Winter Garden

Under the soaring eight story glass roof atrium, in the heart of Marylebone is The Landmark London's Winter Garden and for three weeks only something very special is happening: Mark Poynton, Chef Patron of  the Michelin starred Alimentum in Cambridge is going to be whipping up a gourmet storm, from Tuesday to Saturday diners can choose between three gorgeous menus. Bringing a taste of the Alimentum to London, dishes such as pan fried halibut, squash puree, pumpkin seeds, creamed cabbage and trompette can be found on the three course, à la carte menu. The six course tasting menu has puddings such as baked […]

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