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Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is Making Waves…

The Hyatt Regency London is staging an exhibition called Making Waves: International Contemporary Art from the Saatchi Gallery. The show, displayed throughout the hotel’s lobby and restaurant areas, features works by artists from the UK, the US, Germany, Poland, Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo, India and South Korea. With The Olympics in mind, there is also a sporting theme at play including Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie’s large-scale painting of gymnast Olga Korbut and South Korean artist Jin Myerson’s painting of a cycling race and Congolese artist Kura Shomali’s homage to Muhammad Ali. And finally, in honour of The Queen’s Diamond […]

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Fly to Ripley

If you're an aviation enthusiast but you can't get yourself to the Farnborough Air Show this month because you're stuck at work in London, there may be an alternative for you. Head to Ripley's Believe It Or Not in Piccadilly Circus… and you'll see why: there's an aviation theme this summer. There are artefacts galore here: a fragment of Amelia's Plane, the Lockheed Electra, discovered following its disappearance in 1937, and on show, there will be the original propeller of a Sopqith Camel Fighter from 1981. This was the plane responsible for over 1000 British air victories in World War […]

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Floridita fetes The Rolling Stones

Floridita in Soho is celebrating fifty years since the first ever Rolling Stones gig at its former incarnation, the Marquee Club, by staging a one-off evening of dining, music and dancing with The Counterfeit Stones. On Thursday 12 July, Floridita will lay on a special edition, sixties-themed three-course-meal accompanied by a jam packed night of entertainment. The Counterfeit Stones consist of Nick Dagger, Keef Rickard and Charlie Mott and Mick Jagger himself has described them as ‘The Most Famous Stones Band in England.’ Expect to eat the best of sixties haute cuisine including prawn cocktail, spit roast Appleton pork loin, […]

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Gastro Race around London

Are you taking part in the Olympics? No, neither are we … but this might take your fancy: Tom and Ed Martin (or The Jugged Hare and The Botanist fame) are holding their very own 'Gastro Race'. All you seemingly need to do, is pick up a ‘Gastro Race’ card from any pub or restaurant belonging to the group at any time from Friday 27th July and visit four of your favourite eating and drinking destinations from within the Martin empire up until Sunday 12th August to win. Once you’ve set out your game plan, visit any of the four […]

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Cook with Rowley Leigh

We know Rowley Leigh for the fantastic food he cooks at his Bayswater restaurant, Le Cafe Anglais.  But he's opening his doors soon for something a little bit different – or, to be more precise, to allow us to experience something altogether rather different. A host of well-known and splendid chefs are being invited in to 'Cook with Rowley Leigh over the coming few months. You ought book your spot now so as not to miss the fun and food. Up next is supper club hero James Ramsden on 17th July, swiftly followed by the talents of Florence Knight (picutred), […]

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Cannizaro House, Wimbledon

The Wimbledon Championships will this weekend reach their climax, but that's not to say we don't have a superb handful of days to come yet. To boost your enjoyment of what has frankly been a thrilling one and a half weeks, is the offer the kind people at Cannizaro House, the nearby and splendid country house hotel set in the heart of the very green and pristine Cannizaro Park in SW19, have put on for us all. Until 8th July, for £200 per person, they are suggesting you start your day of tennis with them: enjoy terrace champagne and canapes […]

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Ceviche pops up at Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba is opening a pop-up summer ceviche bar in St Martin’s Lane Hotel Front Room featuring some of the restaurant’s favourite dishes. Ceviche creatively blends Spanish, Japanese and local South American influences all found at A de C. The bar's extended ceviche extended menu includes traditional ceviche recipes with modern twists on classic dishes, including Scottish Salmon and Salted Avocado Helado, Curry Kingfish and Passionfruit; Grouper, Seville Orange and Aji Amarillo, and Prawn, Snapper and ‘Confit’ Watermelon. Get further into the spirit of things and sip on a range of classic South American creations and cooling cocktails. Oh […]

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The Chamucos Clubhouse

Lifelong tequila enthusiast, Tom Conran has just launched the new Chamucos Clubhouse downstairs at his Mexican restaurant Crazy Homies in Notting Hill. Named after his new super-premium tequila, Chamucos, the bar is a dedicated tequila lounge. The downstairs bar of Crazy Homies has an infamous past – it’s located on the site of the original restaurant frequented by Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward and Lucky Gordon linked with the Profumo scandal. Chamucos means ‘little devil’ in Mexican and the bar is decorated with Day of The Dead style street art depictions of the devil and a mural of lush Mexican jungle […]

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Gin and Jazz at the Intercontinental

Every third Thursday of the month, at 8pm, the Intercontinental Park Lane takes you back in time to experiences the heady times of the cocktail-swilling, jazz-loving days of the Twenties. And guess what? One of those is coming up rather soon … Gin & Jazz is the night we're talking about, and the next event is taking place on Thursday 19th July – it really ought not to be missed. What is it exactly? Well, it's the exciting combination of two of our most favourite things: smooth jazz and even smoother gin from the award-winning hotel's gin bar (which stocks 35 varieties), […]

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Franco Manca’s Olympic breakfast

Franco Manca Stratford City is celebrating The Games by lighting the fire under its fabulous new Burning Torch Breakfast. Forget the traditional British fry up. Franco Manca is offering a selection of the finest organic ingredients, flame baked in the restaurant’s special wood burning brick ovens. We’re talking Old Spot ham, egg and cherry tomatoes, Smoked cured bacon, Old Spot sausage and egg, and Baked wild mushrooms, egg and mozzarella – all served with homemade sourdough bread baked with the residual heat from the ovens. Celebrating all things British, the eggs are of the Cotswold Legbar variety famous for their […]

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Big Easy Lobsters

Granted, London's hardly a stone's throw from the coast. But there sure are some good Lobsters in this town. Some of the best of these luscious crustaceans are in Chelsea, at the Big Easy, in fact. If you haven't yet tried them there… or even, tried out the restaurant, the ever-fun crabshack, fit with gargantuan-sized portions of ribs, fries, shrimp and live music to accompany it all, now's the time to go. After all, Big Easy are going now offering two pounds of prime Maine Lobster for £19.50 – it all comes with fries, a salad and a beer. Guess […]

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A jubilant afternoon tea by Eric Lanlard

Master patissier Eric Lanlard is unveiling his new ‘Jubilant Afternoon Tea’ menu at Chinoiserie Jumeirah Carlton Tower. Created especially for a landmark Summer in London, it’s the second instalment of the ‘Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard’ series. The menu features savoury delights such as prawn and lobster royal in a hollowed out brioche bap and bridge rolls with coronation chicken. Then, to satisfy the sweet-toothed, a selection of cakes and pastries include a signature strawberry tarte royale adorned with a limited edition edible white chocolate portrait of HM The Queen and Eton mess verrine with Indian mango and pink peppercorn. […]

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