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Proud Cabaret Camden

London’s cabaret and burlesque fever shows no signs of abating and to prove it Proud has just launched Proud Cabaret Camden on the site of the former Proud Kitchen – £150,000 more glamorous and decadent than before and with a 360 º entertainment experience to boot. The space adjoining Proud Gallery and Live Music Venue has been transformed with blood red velvet curtains draping the walls, gold chandeliers hanging from the former Horse Hospital’s 200 year old beams and art deco style black banquette seating. Lipstick red bordello style candelabras and a cluster of purple silk balloon lanterns hang above […]

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DSTRKT

As a district, we’re got sure that NoHo aka North Soho ever really caught on but the new DSTRKT club, restaurant and bar from Brompton Brands (Whisky Mist, Mahiki, The Brompton Club) and the founders of Buddha Bar and Restaurant in Vienna is an entirely different matter. Head chef George Yaneff (Bazaar Restaurant by José Andrés in Beverly Hills,) and his team have created a menu of contemporary European dishes including Tuna cubes with soy air and avocado and foie gras bon bon, Venison tartar and brown rice crackers with white truffle oil, olives, paprika and quail egg yolk, Seared […]

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Flip out with Tom & Ed

It’s Pancake Day tomorrow and Tom and Ed Martin certainly aren’t letting it slip by unmarked and at both Chelsea’s The Botanist and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in the City, it’s going to be a flipping fabulous occasion. Top pastry chef Boyne Kleynhans has devised a medley of variables taking us from breakfast (we’re starting the day with Blueberry pancakes with cured crispy bacon and lashings of maple syrup thank you very much) through to lunch and dinner. Hmmm will it be a Poppy seed crepe with foie gras and wild mushrooms or a blood orange Crêpe Suzette with caramelised […]

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A Bunga Bunga Brunch …

Brunch, brunch and more brunch. It's the London trend that will simply not die …. But there's one particular one to be noting down around about now … and that's the one at Bunga Bunga, the Battersea-based 'Englishman's Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke'. For soon, guests coming to enjoy the £35 brunch menu, (which includes such three-course menu choices as platters of cured meats, the characteristically-named pizzas or the Bunga’s Benedict, topped with Hollandaise Sauce and Silvio’s Sweet Seducer made with Chocolate Sauce, Banana and Strawberries, among others), will also be treated to a unique form of entertainment. This new […]

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Hendrick’s Courtship Clinics

Hendrick’s Gin is well known for flouting the rules of convention so as 29 February is set to reverse the rules of normal courtship, Hendrick’s Unusual Month of Reverse Courtship is hosting a variety of events to celebrate. Both ladies plucking up the courage to pop the question and gentlemen searching for a fail-safe get-out clause should head over to The Lonsdale on Monday 20 Feb when the Ladies School of Nuptial Conquest and Hendrick’s School of Scoundrels will be running concurrently. But who are the best students? Find out at the end of the month when Hendrick’s Preposterous Proposal […]

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Mele e Pere

An Italian restaurant co-owned by a chef is a promising start. New Soho trattoria Mele e Pere has been established by entrepreneur Peter Hughes and chef Andrea Mantovani and promises a delicate balance of traditional and modern regional Italian cooking. The Verona born Mantovani has lived in the UK for the past seven years and boasts impeccable credentials including a five year stint at Arbutus with Anthony Demetre in addition to roles at Wild Honey and Les Deux Salons. He has also collaborated with Giorgio Locatelli at Refettorio and worked at Harry’s Bar with Alberico Penati. On the menu you’ll […]

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Art for Heart’s Sake

You may perhaps be celebrating Valentine's Day with your beloved a little belatedly this year. Or, perhaps, the 14th never really ended for you? Either way, this is something of which you ought to take note. (And you have two days left to enjoy it ….) There is a gorgeous exhibition in London this week that ticks all the right boxes. Art For Heart's Sake, created by duo Si Elborne and Sophie Wharmby, in partnership with Hipstamatic, is a contemporary creative art exhibition and auction (think photographs, paintings, drawings, etc) which is raising money for charity Kids Company. From 10th […]

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Eat Sleep Fashion at The May Fair Hotel

You may have noticed the May Fair Hotel's new Fashion Week facade which was unveiled earlier this morning. This year, it's been created by Rihanna and Florence go-to designers FelderFelder. But trust us, there's a lot more going on inside so get ready to party like a fashionisha… Step 1 Hot foot it to the May Fair Spa which has devised a series of express treatments to deal with LFW fatigue such as the Fashion Eco Chic Pedicure (50 minutes £65.00) or The Crystal Face of Fashion Massage (30 mins £55) to emerge fresh-faced as a supermodel and ready for […]

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52°North Bar & Kitchen

New Soho eatery 52°North Bar & Kitchen prides itself on serving up the best of British cuisine with all ingredients sourced right here in the UK, a wine list selected from the best English grapes and draught artisan beers from the Harviestoun Brewery in Scotland. Set over two floors, on ground level there’s a large bar, lounge area with fireplace and big sharing tables while the speakeasy style lower ground features another bar and fireplace. Brains behind the outfit are entrepreneurs Tim Lalic and Vahram Papazyan who appointed the team behind Chelsea’s The Penny Black Restaurant to create their new […]

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Chef Season at Benares

Head to Benares Bar, Mayfair, this month .. and you'll get more than you bargained for. Because head chef, the renowned Atul Kochaar is launching Chef Season: when top chefs from some other of the capital's top restaurants come together at Benares to create a series of fusion menus. Some of the guest chef highlights? Well, Anna Hansen, from The Modern Pantry, will be around from 21st February to 5th March wowing the crowds with her talents, as will Richard Corrigan (20th March to 2nd April) and Nigel Haworth, from Northcote, from 3rd May to 16th May. All the chefs […]

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