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Cocktail Nights at Natural History Ice Rink

On December 1st and 15th 2011, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink will become the capital’s coolest destination for the cocktail crowd. Overlooking the stunning Romanesque architecture of the world famous museum, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is set amidst 76,000 sparkling white pea lights and is recognised as one of London’s landmark winter destinations.   The Cocktail Nights, set to be a sure-fire hit, will be organised by high-profile outside caterer Zafferano, who oversee the Ice Rink’s Café Bar. A series of special drinks promotions will be on offer, including half price Bellinis alongside a range of classic […]

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Hermès takes Harrods

A woolly scarf is all very well and good but a Hermès version is so much chicer n’est-ce pas? And from 1 December to 3 January, the brand is celebrating its new silk campaign Paris Mon Ami in Harrod’s Room of Luxury 2 and has created this limited edition H en Voyage silk scarf (pictured below) to celebrate 20 years of Hermès at Harrods. What’s more, every Wednesday and Friday afternoon in December you can come and take advantage of expert advice from a team of crack scarf stylists and be immortalized in you new-found finery by the official Paris […]

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Blakes Hotel & Restaurant

Original boutique hotel Blakes is beloved by designers and celebrities in equal measure – not least Gwyneth Paltrow! The original boutique hotel created by Anouska Hempel back in 1978, is packed full of eclectic artefacts from all over the world amassed by the designer during her globe-hopping from China to Cambodia. Just like the famously discreet hotel itself, Blake’s decadent subterranean restaurant is a well-kept Chelsea secret with walls decorated with fans made from the feathers of exotic birds with the cuisine drawing its inspiration from all corners of the globe. So if you’re dreaming of Christmas in a far […]

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Russian Resplendence at Eighty-Six

Have you made plans for New Year yet? If you haven't, this might be up your street. Eighty-Six, Fulham Road's secretly excellent restaurant and bar, will be turning into an 'ostentatious Russian winter paradise' on the 31st. For an £86 ticket, Eighty-Six are inviting you to spend 2011's end with them and their magical Russian wonderland. Champagne is handed out on entry, while caviar will mark the start of a four-course feast. As well as dinner, wine will be catered for, as will a bottle of Russian Marquis Vodka per 6 people. Magnums are given to parties of 12 and […]

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Take a walk on the wild side

Tomorrow sees the launch of a new designer collection in the Harrods accessories department and it’s a bit of a animal. The buyers have scored hot new handbag designer Ethan K who has created an exclusive line of delectable minaudiere clutches and totes especially for the London store. Ethan may have only recently graduated from London College of Fashion but he’s got three generations of artisan skills behind him – his great grandfather began working in exotic skins at the turn of the 20th century back in Singapore and both his grandfather and father too are accomplished craftsmen. “I grew […]

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The Rookery

Clapham Common South Side has just got itself a New York style Lower East Side makeover in the shape of The Rookery Bar and Restaurant complete with exposed brick work, cables, ceramic tiles, mismatched wooden furniture and suspended light bulbs. The new venue from Mark Angell and business partner, Ben Burston promises well-sourced, sustainable and seasonal food at reasonable prices courtesy of head chef, Stephen Gadd, formerly of Hibiscus and Pied a Terre. Steve’s admiration for famed cookery writer and former Bibendum chef, Simon Hopkinson is reflected in his cooking and he marries a back-to-basics style with contemporary touches and […]

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Beer and Cheese at The Bull

Beer and cheese go well together, don’t they? Head down to The Bull in Highgate this November to discover the true wonders of their culinary marriage. Wheat beer traditionalists, Schneider, have teamed up with the Swiss family-owned Jumi Cheese, to create a one-off beer and cheese tasting session on 28th November. The event runs from 7-9pm. One of the matches being wheeled out? …’Belper Knolle’ (dried cream cheese with Himalayan salt and garlic coated in black pepper) with Schneider’s iconic Weisse beer. But if you want to know more about what you’re eating and drinking, Susanne Hecht from Schneider and Hansueli Preisig of […]

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Swedish Ski Lodge down The Well

Freezing fog over central London at the weekend… yes winter’s here but we suggest you embrace the chills at Clerkenwell gastropub The Well and hire out the venue’s pop-up Swedish Ski lodge. For the second year running, revellers can head downstairs for the ultimate après-ski party with more Nordic kitch – fake furs, glittery reindeer and party popper pinging Christmas trees (apparently!) than you can shake a sleigh bell at! Warm up with shots of infamous local schnapps Aquavit and ice-cold vodka and then heat up the dance floor with everyone’s favourite Swedish pop numbers from Abba, Ace of Base […]

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’34’ Arrives

In its initial planning stages, residents of Mayfair's exclusive Grosvenor Square voted vehemently against its opening. Their reasons? They feared the project would cause insurmountable noise pollution and that its proximity to the US Embassy would mean a higher risk of terrorism. But when the doors to new restaurant '34' swing open on Thursday of this week, perma-tanned restaurant tycoon Richard Caring – the mogul behind the venture – will be hoping to once and for all lay much of the vitriolic pre-judged criticism to rest. That said, there was always a slight sense this restaurant would survive the early slander. […]

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ABSOLUT Blank

With the approach of Christmas panto season, now’s your chance to be the life and soul of the party by becoming an Aladdin style genie in a very special bottle. ABSOLUT VODKA has teamed up with video artist Saam Farahmand to create ABSOLUT BLANK Live with a specially commissioned art installation at The Truman Brewery. Simply rock up, choose your favourite music track and dance your socks off to create unique digital trails using your body as a paint brush. 3D motion tracking technology reads depth, velocity and colour via an infrared camera for a unique portrait with its own […]

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