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A Night of Wine at Busaba Eathai

An important note for the diaries of anyone keen on the Thai food created at Busaba Eathai. On Thursday 1st November, the renowned Annette Scarfe, one of 300 Masters of Wine in the world, is hosting a very special wine night at Busaba Eathai. The Stratford City branch. Among the various tastings she'll invite everyone to complete, she will be discussing and teaching her listeners about forthcoming grape varieties, all about the well-known existing ones and just how to select the perfect wine for different meals. For example, what's best with Thai food? Does the colour of a chilli in […]

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Diwali at Dishoom

You may have heard through the grapevine that Dishoom has recently opened its second London branch in Shoreditch. Well, there's more news to come out of this excellent Bombay cafe. For they are putting on a feast of festivities this Diwali (The festival of light, the biggest celebration in the Hindu calendar) when it comes to pass this November. On Sunday November 11, there will be a long list of events which will all be in association with the South Asian Literature Festival, at the two restaurants. Between live storytelling, face-painting and collaborative pavement art, there will of course be […]

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J Sheekey Fish

You know the restaurant, now know the recipes behind its success. J Sheekey is to divulge all the secrets behind the enduring and ever-crowd-gathering gastronomic options that have been gracing the celebrated fish restaurant's menu since the 1890s. It famously all began when stallholder Josef Sheekey was given permission by Lord Salisbury to serve his eponymous fish and seafood in St Martin's Court. The rest, as they say, is history. If you've never managed a trip to this theatreland haunt, not to worry. The book will certainly give you all the fishy inspiration you need to recreate J Sheekey's grand […]

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Martinis at the Draycott Hotel

You may have heard that the latest 007 film is upon us, but the all-new Skyfall isn't just bewitching film buffs at the pictures. For The Draycott Hotel, part of Mantis, has got in on the act, too. The elegant Cheslea hotel is to offer complimentary “Shaken, Not Stirred” martinis to guests beginning this week on October 25, and will continue on until November 15. The martinis will be offered each evening, along with the Draycott’s signature nightly champagne service. If you didn't know, as part of the attractive service at the Draycott, champagne (and now the limited martini rounds) […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

Day of the Dead Celebrations

With Mexican restaurants springing up everywhere (and Virgin Atlantic now flying direct to Cancun) our love affair for all things Mexican shows no signs of abating. Now Wahaca (with NOMAD and the Embassy of Mexico in the UK) is bringing Mexico’s most vibrant and colorful Day of the Dead celebrations to London – for a four-day festival (Wednesday 31 October to Saturday 3 November) of music, food, art and film hosted at The Old Vic Tunnels. The tunnels will be transformed with Wahaca’s very own temporary street kitchen and Mezcalaria bar (where bartenders will be serving cocktails made from award-winning […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Mahiki COCONUT

You can do Jaime Oliver and Carluccios at home with the brands’ supermarket ranges so why not Mahiki? Ha! Well now you can courtesy of Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s. But while you won’t find a DJ booth in aisle nine and a door bitch at the checkout, you will be able to buy Mahiki COCONUT Liqueur in the drinks aisle. The three bottle designs are super fun and colourama  central an their contents is also rather delicious. 95% of the coconut flavour in the rum is natural and from the Caribbean. Now you just need a grass skirt, celebrity friends and […]

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Honky Tonk

This winter a touch of good old fashioned rock and roll has arrived in Chelsea’s Hollywood Road in the form of New York-inspired restaurant and bar, Honky Tonk. It’s the brainchild of Mark Cutler, one of the founders of Notting Hill’s performance driven Supperclub London. Likewise at Honky Tonk, there will be regular live music and entertainment, with a particular emphasis on a variation of the blues, jazz and rockabilly played over a hundred years ago when the first ‘honky tonks’ appeared in the United States. Enter via a discreet doorway and you’ll find yourself amidst worn brown leather banquette […]

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GO Food

Tim Entwistle and James Hoole are the co-creators behind GO Food, a company which offers on-the-go quality food (think stone baked pizzas, artisan breads, croissants, espresso) at affordable prices. They have just opened in Spitalfields, making this sort of food perfect for the sort of people one finds in this are of London: keen on good food, short on time. Their signature dishes include: Made-to-order pizzas (7” for £3.50)/(10" £5.50) ready under three minutes; Italian Flatbreads (£3); hot filled croissants (£2.50), and so on. If you're in the Spitalfields area (36 Brushfield Street), make you sure you stop off at this innovative food outlet. […]

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Spooky Tea at Royal Horseguards Hotel

If the sound of Spiced Pumpkin Jammie Dodgers and Bitter Chocolate Witch Hats take your fancy, you  may want to head over to the Royal Horseguard's Hotel very soon. For in celebration of Halloween, the 19th Century-built Five Star hotel that overlooks the Thames and is situated at the heart of historic London, is launching a limited edition Halloween Afternoon Tea.  Book online at www.guonman.com/halloweentea, but hurry, as you only have until 5th November once the afternoon tea kicks off on 22nd October. The tea, expertly created by the hotel's resident pastry chef Joanne Todd, is priced at £35 per […]

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A freebie at the all-new Anise

If you're a regular at any of Vivek Singh's mouth-watering Indian restaurants in London, you'll have noticed the vivacious Cinnamon Kitchen – near Liverpool Street – has been missing its branched-on bar, Anise. But that's all about to change – thankfully – as the bar reopens after a complete revamp. The sleek new interiors and refurbished bar, famous for its Bhangra beats and as a perfect location for a post-working-week celebration, has another surprise to share with us all…. On Friday 26th October, Anise will be giving away a free Calcutta Cocktail – a concoction of Bombay Sapphire, assam tea, […]

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Openings & Launches

W Film Club

Welcome to the W Film Club, a fortnightly screening of a new release film in the W London  luxury 39-seater, HD, state-of-the-art cinema. Kicking off tomorrow 16th October with On the Road, the adaptation of the Jack Kerouac’s cult novel starring Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst, the W Film Club will take place every other Tuesday. Cinema goers will also have the option of enjoying a pre-cinema bite or late-night dinner at the hotel’s Asian-inspired restaurant, Spice Market. The special Film Club menu includes Classic, Garden or Healthy bento boxes comprising Spiced Chicken Samosas, Avocado Summer Rolls and Steamed Sea Bass […]

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Breakfast at Quo Vadis

Right now in media land, lunch is truly for wimps. Breakfast is definitely where it’s at. But here’s the thing, I can actually count my favourite power breakfast venues on the fingers of one hand! So… it’s a good job that Soho stalwart Quo Vadis has just stepped into the breakfast breach, opening the doors of its Dean Street venue rather earlier than usual. Super chef Jeremy Lee has drawn up a delectable menu of early morning favourites, inspired by the iconic restaurant’s British and seasonal fare – all guaranteed to set you up for the day. Delicious dishes include […]

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