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Strictly Come Dancing

Whilst X Factor may have finished at the weekend, we can still get our fix of talent competitions as Strictly Come Dancing on BBC continues, with five dancers left, soon to be four on Saturday. The glittering gowns and sequinned skirts continue to sparkle and Bruce Forsyth keeps bringing out the one liners and jokes. Following on from London 2012 this year has seen Olympic heroes and sport stars Victoria Pendleton, Louis Smith and Michael Vaughan take part alongside Girls Aloud and Westlife members Kimberley Walsh and Nicky Byrne. Celebrities from the world of TV have also fox trotted and […]

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The Mince Pie Project

The 72 hour bidding marathon, The Mince Pie Project, begins today at midday. 100 of the UK’s best chefs have each created a unique mince pie recipe and will each cook 50 mince pies, which will be auctioned online over the 72 hour period. Chefs include Michel Roux Jr, Simon Rogan, Raymond Blanc, Angela Hartnett, Clare Smyth, Nathan Outlaw and James ‘Jocky’ Petrie, Head of Creative Development at The Experimental Kitchen for The Fat Duck. Jocky has created a ‘Meat Mince Pie’ and, if the winning bidder is in the UK and available on Wednesday 19 December, will cook the […]

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Passage to Wapping

Passage is an immersive installation by The Wapping Project Director Jules Wright and photographer Thomas Zanon-Larcher who have converted the Boiler House into a desolate cinema to showcase their latest collaboration. A tightly constructed thriller marrying stills and moving image together, Passage is inspired by key cinematic moments, and explores the point where film, realism and installation blur to form a new and disconcerting reality. Shot on location in Cambridge, London, Paris, Vienna, Trieste, Milan, and the Gotthard Tunnel in Switzerland, Passage draws on cultural and social references. Cambridge as the starting point for a spy ring is not too […]

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Chez Gérard

Today sees the relaunch of Chez Gérard in the City of London. The brand was created back in 1975 and delighted diners with its classic steak frites. Now owned by Brasserie Bar Co, the Bishopsgate Chez Gérard will remain true to its founding principles but with a reinvigorated offering. The restaurant is divided into two separate areas, a ground floor à la carte restaurant and a downstairs bar. Steaks, smoked and grilled to perfection, will once again take centre stage. From porterhouse and fillet by way of entrecôte and Boston trimmed rib, all are supplied by award-winning butchers Fairfax Meadow. […]

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Beach Blanket Babylon’s Roaring 20’s Party

Not sure what to do for New Year’s Eve? Embrace the glamour of the 1920s and celebrate at Beach Blanket Babylon’s Roaring 20’s party. Think cocktail dresses and black tie, champagne, a four course supper and guest DJs. And that is not all, Beach Blanket Babylon  Shoreditch, has just launched its new lunch  menu running throughout the week, you can enjoy burgers, salads, winter warmers and on Sundays the Beach Blanket Babylon roast . Based in  the east in Shoreditch and the west in Notting Hill there is no reason to miss out!  Notting Hill, 020 7229 2907 Shoreditch,  020 7749 3540  […]

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Heston Blumenthal’s Festive Feast Menu

Christmas is all about being that extra bit indulgent in food, whether Delia’s Christmas becomes your Bible or you hang off every word Jamie Oliver says in how to perfect your Turkey. And this year Heston Blumenthal is giving us another reason to get excited about Christmas with his festive feast menu at The Fat Duck. For the first three Sundays, guests can enjoy the lunch which includes edible tinsel, savoury lollies including mulled wine flavour and hot and iced spiced cider.  Reservations, 01628 580 333 www.thefatduck.co.uk/

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The X Factor Final

This weekend sees Jahmene, James Arthur and Christopher Maloney take to the stage to prove that they have what the judges are looking for: the X factor. Series 9 has been one of the most controversial yet, with the judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Tulisa squabbling over contestants, such as Rylan, (remember when Gary famously stormed off?) whilst being unanimous in their praise for Ella Henderson, James and Jahmene. Simon Cowell has even joined in, having his say from over in America where he is presenting the US version and presenter Dermot O’Leary has had his work […]

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Lawrence of Arabia’s 50th Anniversary 4K Restoration

David Lean's classic desert epic, Lawrence of Arabia, is being shown this Sunday 9th December and Tuesday 11th December at one of the biggest and best screens in Britain; Screen One at the Empire Leicester Square. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view Lawrence of Arabia through a high quality 56K Watt THX certified sound system with a 1,330 cinema capacity. Craig Jones, Director of Film at Empire Cinemas has said: " We’re really excited to be able to screen Lawrence of Arabia to celebrate its 50th anniversary. To be able to offer our audiences the opportunity to see this classic […]

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It’s a Wrap at W London

W London is getting festive with Christmas Cocktails, Rock Around Teas, Gift Wrap Service, Festive Film Club and a 12 Days of Christmas Twitter give-away this month.  Even the façade is getting an Xmas make-over thanks to a bespoke lighting design from Jason Bruges Studio. Retire from the commotion of Christmas shopping and enjoy a seasonal twist on W London’s signature Rock Afternoon Tea – the Rock Around Tea – £35 with an additional mince pie and glass of Pommery Apanage Rose. And from 10 to 22 December, tea also comes with an exclusive gift wrap service so you can […]

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Flemings Mayfair

Top London hotel, Flemings Mayfair is a gorgeous 129 room boutique property converted from six Georgian townhouses with destination restaurant, The Grill and a sophisticated bar as well. And it’s just launched the perfect antidote to the winter blues: the UK’s most expensive murder mystery night! Breaking the bank at an eye-watering £11,500 for the one night, bespoke event, Flemings is offering 12 guests the chance to spend a evening of old fashioned decadence and deception while attempting to solve its exciting 1920s themed whodunit. Fleming’s newly opened luxurious Townhouse makes the perfect setting for a night of glamour and […]

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COS does Clifton

  In the run up to Christmas, COS has just launched a pop -up store at London’s Clifton Nurseries for a week. Clifton Nurseries has been a green haven of tranquillity and inspiration in the bustling city for 160 years. Based in central London, it offers an extensive collection of outdoor plants, garden furniture and pottery along with indoor, tropical and conservatory plants as well as beautiful Christmas trees. So as our thoughts turn to the important Nordic matter of the festive tree, we need the design led wardrobe to back up the aesthetic right?! Well that seems to be […]

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Claridge’s Unveil Their Christmas Tree

Visitors and Londoners have been flocking to marvel at Claridge’s Christmas tree for many years and the hotel has just revealed their Christmas tree for 2012, designed by Kally Ellis the renowned British floral designers of McQueens. This year’s enchanting design has seen Ellis draw upon the natural world for inspiration. Its magnolia branches are covered with lichen moss and studded with crystal and emerald jewel eggs in white, gold and silver to create a canopy of colour and glamour that reflect and emulate the Art Deco beauty of the Mayfair hotel. Under the boughs of the tree McQueens have […]

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