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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is to be performed for a limited run of 18 performances at The Old Vic Tunnels. This much loved English poem will star the inimitable Fiona Shaw, whose extensive acting career has seen her perform in The Good Person of Sichuan, Medea and as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films, her co-star will be dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon. The Young Vic production will be directed by Phyllida Lloyd, one of Britain's leading theatre and opera directors, most recently directing the all-female production of Julius Caesar and choregraphed by Kim Brandstrup who has created […]

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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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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Hawksmoor Air Street: We try the ultimate London steakhouse

Hawksmoor recently opened a new outpost to add to its celebrated restaurants in Shoreditch, Seven Dials and Guildhall, eateries known for high quality, expertly sourced steaks. Hawksmoor Air Street, aimed to bring an added extra to its already successful formula; a seafood slant.  The restaurant epitomises Art Deco; polished wood veneer, tasteful green leather upholstery, stained glass, vintage mirrors with a lively, buzzing atmosphere. The menu did not disappoint. We started with cocktails, sampling the Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew (50p from each one served goes to Football Gambia) and a Rogerio’s Batida, and quickly moved onto our starters opting for […]

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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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Master Classes at Bentley’s Oyster Grill and Bar and Corrigan’s Mayfair

Calling all cooks, chefs and cigar connoisseurs! Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill and Corrigan's Mayfair are offering something very special to indulge in this Winter: cigar and cookery master classes! Jimmy McGee from Hunters & Frankau will be at Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill showcasing the Montecristo 520 (2012 Limited Edition) 6 1/8" (156mm) x55 ring gauge cigar, whilst expert whiskey sommelier Anthony Parker will be on hand to pair the cigar with Dalmore 18 year old whiskey. The Montecristo was created to commerate the 520th anniversary  of the arrival of the Habano in Europe and has flavours of black pepper, roasted spices, orange peel and cedarwood […]

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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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Buddha-Bar London Launches Buddha-Bites

Buddha-Bites, a delicious new set lunch menu is launching at Buddha-Bar London, featuring a meticulously selected range of light Pan-Asian dishes to cater for every taste. The new Buddha-Bar Restaurant, located in Knightsbridge, embodies a unique and unrivalled dining experience providing delectable Pan-Asian dishes, reputable music and striking interiors, headed by co-founder Tarja Visan. Buddha-Bar's central location ensures ultimate convenience for business meetings and lunches of any size group with guaranteed efficient service. Furthermore, due to its prestigious position in Knightsbridge surrounded with bespoke boutiques the Buddha-Bites menu has become a firm favourite of fashionistas and ladies of leisure looking […]

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