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Openings & Launches

Gaslight Grill

'Modern steakhouse meets Victorian gin palace’ is how the new Gaslight Grill is being dubbed but you can see for yourselves when the sister venue to The Lost Angel in Battersea  – it’s housed in the same venue – opens later this month. We’re promised a refined yet relaxed eatery and after hours drinking den. The Gaslight Grill's kitchen will focus on the best of British, observing British produce's seasonal calendar. But seasonality isn’t only important in the food and at the bar too, fruits, barleys and hops will be sourced from crops in season. Chefs Marke Novak and Jindra […]

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Sunday Brunch at CUT

Wolfgang Puck’s first European restaurant, CUT at 45 Park Lane has just launched Sunday brunch and diners can enjoy a menu of traditional American breakfast classics (pancakes aplenty!) alongside savoury dishes such as Pork belly with parmesan polenta and brioche toasts and Salt beef hash cakes with poached eggs. There’s also a Bloody Mary Bar at which you can order your own bespoke concoction – whatever your preference. Special ingredients include CUT beef stock, horseradish vodka, chilli syrup and spice gomme. Chill out to live jazz music or if you’re feeling more energetic you can even take one of the […]

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Chef Season in the Cinnamon Kitchen

You may want to head to Vivek Singh's Cinnamon Kitchen come May 15. Why? Well, the executive chef at Tuddenham Mill in Suffolk, Paul Foster (who was named as Young Chef of 2011 by Observer Food Monthly and up-and-coming chef to watch in 2012 by Good Food Guide), is moving his pots and pans in for one very special day. Grab your tickets for a very reasonable £40-a-head and enjoy some of his extraordinary guest-cheffing. On the menu, he's preparing a menu which he is describing as 'natural modern British'. There'll be hazelnut and chickweed, organic salmon, asparagus, mugwort juice, […]

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Lawn Bakery

French born chef Ollie Couillaud’s Lawn Bistro which opened last year in Wimbledon Village is launching a new café, bakery and deli. The Lawn Bistro is all about well sourced, excellent, seasonal ingredients and the new bakery menu will include Croissants, Porridge with sultanas, brown sugar and cinnamon, Homemade yogurt with granola, Scrambled eggs on sour dough  with smoked salmon, Smoked salmon and asparagus quiche, Mozzarella and Provençal vegetable panini and tartines of Goat’s cheese, broad beans, basil and Spanish olive oil. Ollie’s background spans The Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea, Bord’eaux in the Grosvenor House […]

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Edible Cinema

Soho House Group is launching a new series of happenings at The Electric Cinema in Notting Hill wth an integrated tasting experience on Sunday 13 May. Edible Cinema is a collaboration with event organiser Polly Betton and experimental food designer Andrew Stellitano. Following a Bombay Sapphire Pan’s Labyrinth cocktail on arrival, the audience will be provided with a series of numbered ‘packages’ before the start of the film, Pan’s Labyrinth, which contain various foods. Then at specific points during the movie, large placards with corresponding numbers will be shown instructing them to consume the contents to heighten their sensory experience. […]

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Pret a Diner: Italians do it Better

Following the sell-out success of the first round last year in the Old Vic Tunnels, Kofler & Kompanie’s Pret a Diner is back. The new instalment of the temporary restaurant sensation named Italians do it Better, is taking place from 9 May to 30 June at 50 St James’s Street. It is spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli who has selected five other Michelin starred chefs (Accursio Craparo, Cristian and Manuel Costardi, Norbert Niederkofler and Viviana Varese) and challenged them to create fresh innovative style dishes marrying Italian cuisine old and new. 50 St James boasts a grand sweeping marble […]

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Openings & Launches

Central & Co

Today, Urban Leisure Group (Café Libre, Graphic) is launching Central & Co, a contemporary brasserie and bar in the heart of the West End. The Brasserie sits on the ground floor with an intimate Bar below. The new opening celebrates great British-sourced produce from suppliers including Taste Tradition, a North Yorkshire farming family specialising in rare and traditional breeds and Cornwall’s Helsett Farm in Cornwall with its herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows. The head chef is Mark Beardshall from Yorkshire who has a real passion for British food. His Brasserie menu includes small plates so people can sample some of […]

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Bombay Sapphire Ginbilee

To celebrate the Royal Jubilee, Bombay Sapphire has collaborated with Brit creative including 40 Winks’ David Carter and party queen Fiona Leahy to create their own take on the classic G&T – reportedly the Queen's favouite tipple. The label is also hosting 'Ginbilee' Masterclasses at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at Knightsbridge’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel. Guests will be greeted with G&Ts and canapés while Bombay Sapphire brand ambassador Sam Carter gives an overview of gin’s British heritage interspersed with anecdotes on the bevvy’s history. There follows a lesson on preparing five different infusions and then an invitation behind […]

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Rioja Capital

Now that we are all, to some degree, food and wine connoisseurs, is there anything better than a perfectly cooked dinner with expertly chosen wine pairings?   Even better if said wine pairings are Rioja. On Monday, 21st May, the Spanish favourite is taking pride of place at the Capital Hotel restaurant, located in the heart of Knightsbridge. The four course meal will be accompanied by some of the finest bottles from the Bodegas Roda vineyard, introduced by winemaker and oenologue Gonzalo Lainez. Gonzalo will be hosting the club table, to share the experience with fellow food and wine fans, […]

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Silent movie season at Volupté

Silence is golden at cabaret supperclub Volupté with an all-new season of silent movies. The series begins 6 May with a launch party complete with a DJ on the decks, shots at the bar and flapper dresses on the floor transporting film fans back to a bygone era of glitz and glamour. Then every first Sunday of the month at 7pm the downstairs Cabaret Salon will be transformed into an old-world theatre with a pianist tinkling the ivories as guests are seated by dickie-bow-wearing usherettes. First up is Piccadilly this Sunday with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea on 1 June. […]

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