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Eid Al -Fitr at Dishoom

Dishoom is a wonderful Indian restaurant, not least because it's no ordinary curry house. Oh no, it's a Bombay Cafe that pays homage the city's old Irani Cafes' and it's situated bang in the middle of London on St Martin's Lane. But this month, it's set to be even more attractive as it marks the end of Ramadan, or Eid Al-Fitr, with a special menu. Starting on 19th August (and ending 2nd September), Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated with Eid delicacies and Dishoom favourites. For example, guests will be able to enjoy freshly-made sweet ‘paan’ (a popular Indian digestive, with spices […]

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Be a film director with Bombay Sapphire

If you like gin and fancy yourself as the next Scorsese or Tarantino you could just be in luck.  Bombay Sapphire has teamed up with London film director and lecturer, Justin Trefgarne to host a series of ‘Learn How to be a Film Director’ workshop evenings where guests can also have fun creating an imaginative treatment for a film script whilst enjoying specially created Bombay Sapphire cocktails – including the signature film-themed Bombay Sapphire Popcorn Collins. The events are part of the recently launched Bombay Sapphire ‘Imagination Series’ global film experience, in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival and Oscar-winning screenwriter […]

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The Red Market Pop-Up

Starting today, Old Street is hosting a collaboration of East London’s most prominent street  traders, artists and musicians in a unique outdoor pop-up combining social regeneration and shared cultural pursuits. The 20,000sqft outdoor space boasts a stage, summer house, sand area, table tennis, hammocks, graffiti artworks and even petanque pitches. A custom made giant screen will show feature films, video art and selected Olympic and Paralympic games. You can also expect plenty of surprises with the exposure of two classic works of street art by Banksy which have been unseen for 5 years. A daily programme of events and entertainment […]

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The Vuitton Olympics

Louis Vuitton is getting into the Olympics spirit with an exhibition of 12 limited edition prints by artists including Gary Hume, Rachel Whiteread, Fiona Banner and Tracey Emin – all commissioned to celebrate London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Since 1912, each Olympic host city has commissioned one or more posters to celebrate the Games and this year, twelve  UK artists were selected by a panel including Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota. The artists responded to a brief to use the city of London as a source of inspiration while interpreting the key values of the Olympics […]

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Capital Hotel flies the flag for GB

In the run up to the Olympics, The Capital Hotel is flying the British flag this summer.  It is currently offering a very sporting tea. So what’s on the menu? Think Valhrona chocolate dumbbells, a Winners’ Podium of glazed lemon sponge, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals with Valhrona chocolate buttons on poppy seed and ginger sable biscuits and Basket Balls (that’s glazed carrot cake) – all served alongside delicate sandwiches and home-made scones with clotted cream and The Capital’s own jams, £25pp. Guests will dine amidst stunning arrangements of indigenous English flowers created by Hayford & Rhodes and while cakes […]

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Banca

This month Mayfair bids benvenuto to Banca, the latest restaurant from Arjun and Peter Waney (co-founders of Zuma and Roka) and entrepreneur Giuliano Lotto (Aurelia and Il Baretto). The glamorous new Italian promises classic interiors, Northern Cucina Italiana and timeless style. Banca’s menu celebrates Northern Italian dishes using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients from Executive Chef Marzio Zacchi and Head Chef Gabriele Milani. Expect dishes such as baked Sea scallops with spicy Calabria N’duja; Char grilled Asparagus with slow cooked Egg and Black Truffle; Saffron risotto "al salto" gratinee with asiago cheese and Potato gnocchi with taleggio, girolles and summer […]

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The Ombrellini Terrazza

Nothing about our skies at the moment tells us it's summer. But that's not to say we're not keeping the season's spirit alive. Aqua London are helping us along, not least because this week they have launched 'Ombrellini Terrazza', a new rooftop space designed with fabrics from Missoni Home. The Italian giant's 2012 collection, Ombrellini Outdoor, was the inspiration for the ultra stylish Mediterranean lounge that has now popped up on top of Aqua London – a dead cert for most popular place to socialise and hang out while the Olympics move into town and busy up our streets and […]

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Le Caprice Saturday Brunch

Le Caprice is launching a Saturday brunch from 14 July. Chef Director of the Caprice group, Tim Hughes and Head Chef of Le Caprice, Andrew Mclay have developed the luxurious but keenly priced new menu. Highlights include a bacon, egg and foie gras muffin with hash browns; fried duck egg with chorizo, broad beans and Padrón peppers and a Wagyu rump steak sandwich with black pepper garlic mayonnaise, rocket, Datterini tomatoes and Parmesan. The extensive brasserie-style menu will continue to feature the all-time classics such as steak tartare and eggs Benedict – the favourite of Princess Diana who would often […]

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Bubbledogs

Fitzrovia is going to the dogs this month but in rather a delicious way with the launch of Bubbledogs hotdog emporium on Charlotte Street. Bubbledogs is the brainchild of foodie dreamteam James Knappett and Sandia Chang with Knappett whose curriculum vitae spans Roganic, Noma, Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley and The French Laundry at Harrods as Head Chef and Chang who has worked at The Ledbury, The Berkeley, Noma, Per Se and The French Laundry at Harrods as General Manager. But as you’d expect from the duo’s rather posh pedigree, Bubbledogs won’t be your usual fast food joint. The new […]

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BLOOM: Soho Strawberry Fields

There's no doubt about it: we have to support British Farmers. And here's a great way to do it …. BLOOM London Dry Gin – stocked at Harvey Nichols, Waitrose and various specialist retailers – are launching a pop-up Pick Your Own experience in Soho this week.  From this Wednesday, until Friday 13th July, there will be rows upon rows of strawberries lined up on Beak Street ready to be picked by any one who is keen to bend down and take part in this quintessentially British pastime. The aim? To support the numerous Pick Your Own farms scattered across […]

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