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Savoy The Restoration

This exhibition of photographs by Siobhan Doran gives a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the £220 million, three year restoration of The Savoy hotel. Granted exclusive access to the property while it was closed, Siobhan’s work shows the beauty of the hotel even without the gilt and glamour. For those three years, Siobhan visited The Savoy regularly after it closed its doors in December 2007 and her photographs provide a fascinating record as the building was stripped down to its bare bones and painstakingly rebuilt and restored.  Photographs capture moments when original details were exposed through to the finishing touches of […]

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Sette

Just opened in Chelsea’s Sydney Street on the former site of Cavallino is Frankie Dettori’s new restaurant venture, Sette. The jockey has always had a passion for his homeland Italian cuisine and previously collaborated for several years with Marco Pierre White on a group of informal eateries and still maintains a business interest in Frankie’s Bar & Grill. Sette is a true labour of culinary love for Frankie and he has personally overseen the refurbishment of the Chelsea site and closely collaborate with new head chef Stefano Stecca on many aspects of the modern regional Italian menu. The name Sette […]

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Brasserie Zedel

At the end of June Chris Corbin and Jeremy King will launch Brasserie Zédel, a large, bustling Parisian brasserie with historic Art Deco interiors by David Collins studio, a Bar Américain and also The Crazy Coqs, a live music and cabaret venue. Brasserie Zédel is located in the original Grill Room of the former Regent Palace Hotel. This entire city block, now known as Quadrant Three, claims to be Europe’s most sustainable building. Revitalised in the 1930’s by Oliver Percy Bernard, a revered West End stage set designer, the Art Deco interiors of the Grill Room, the Chez Cup Cocktail […]

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Culture

Hats off to Piers Atkinson at St Martin’s Lane

Newest pop-up at St Martin’s Lane Hotel’s Front Room exhibition space is mad hatter Piers Atkinson’s dedicated Ascot shop. The St Martin’s Lane location is particularly resonant Atkinson as it’s practically next door to ‘The Coliseum’ where his mother used to make hats for the opera! The maverick milliner loved by Anna dello Russo and Lana del Rey, has created an exclusive “Racing Season” collection inspired by the Great British summer featuring blueberries, strawberries and cream all in red, white and blue – and all adhering to the strict new dress code of the posh Royal Enclosure. “When the rules […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Chase & Country Tails Terrace

Harvey Nichols new terrace has been created by Chase Distillery with a traditional English country look and feel inspired by the Herefordshire countryside where the distillery is based. A refreshing, citrus aroma of Penhaligons Blenheim Bouquet will scent the air, creating the perfect atmosphere to sip summery, country-infused cocktails such as Gooseflower Fizz (Chase vodka combined with Chase Elderflower Liqueur, Harvey Nichols Gooseberry Jam, lemon and honey topped with English Sparkling Wine) and Marmalade Root Martini (Chase Marmalade Vodka shaken with fresh carrot juice, fresh parsley and lemon, with a dash of honey)  In addition,  Fifth Floor chef Jonas Karlsson, […]

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A Fifth for Canteen

They're stationed at Canary Wharf, the Royal Festival Hall, Baker Street and Spitalfields – but there's to be a fifth joining this select group in a matter of days. You've probably guessed it, but yes, Canteen is evolving again. Its Covent Garden restaurant will be the next outpost for this tremendously popular chain, famous for its promotion of nothing more than simple, humble and excellent British grub. (Daily roasts, day boat fish, meaty pies, sausage and mash, salads, tarts and so on). It was last year's 'restaurant in residence' within Covent Garden itself which made co-founders Dominic Lake and Patrick […]

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Jubilee Treats from Pierre Herme

Clue: it's a small, round biscuit, characterised by its creamy filling and crunchy exterior. What am I? Yes, you've guessed it. A Macaroon. But head to master chocolate chef and baker Pierre Herme' in London this weekend and you can be getting your mits round an extra special sort. A Jubilee sort, naturally. The delicious creamy biscuit will be garnised with a milk chocolate and Earl Grey tea cream, so to give the effect of drinking tea, when in fact you're eating chocolate-based calorific treats. Priced at £1.85, it's a steal. Try one. They really are delicious.    

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The Art of Summer

The athenaeum is partnering with The Royal Academy of Arts with ans Art of Summer package including one night’s stay at The athenaeum and two tickets to the RA’s Summer Exhibition (4 June – 12 August). Now in its 244th year, the show marks the start of the Summer Season and is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. This year’s highlight will be Matisse’s The Red Studio. Following the exhibition, guests can indulge in a quintessentially British afternoon tea for two in the hotel’s Garden Room with finger-sandwiches and freshly baked scones with Regents Park honey and Devonshire […]

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LIMA

At the end of June LIMA will open on Fitzrovia’s Rathbone Place. The creation of chef Virgilio Martinez and the Gonzalez brothers, LIMA will integrate both traditional and contemporary Peruvian cuisine. Virgilio Martinez is currently chef patron of Central restaurant in Lima and this is his first international solo venture. He will continue to run both ventures in parallel. Head chef is long-time friend and collaborator, Robert Ortiz who constantly travels back to Peru to visit Central for inspiration as well as his hometown in the country’s Amazon region. The two met in London 13 years ago. Restaurant manager is […]

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Eat London Afternoon Tea

It's likely that come Friday, you'll have a long gourmand Jubilee weekend ahead of you – and you may already feel too full to contemplate it. But don't overlook events down at the Wyndham Grand, where from Friday 1st June, an EAT LONDON Afternoon Tea will be gracing the menu. Served in the Wyndham Grand's glass-fronted dining area, which directly looks out over pristine Chelsea Harbour, the £28pp treat is a celebration of Allsop's recently-launched EAT LONDON, a collection of chocolate bars which celebrate the multicultural flavour of the capital city.  For example, there are Indian Lassies representing the Brick Lane […]

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