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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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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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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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South Place

D&D London has announced its first hotel, South Place, to launch at the beginning of September. Developed by D&D’s property partner, Frogmore, and located between Moorgate and Liverpool Street in the City of London, the venue will combine the buzz of D&D London’s restaurants, Conran-designed interiors and specially commissioned work by contemporary London artists. South Place Hotel will feature 80 bedrooms, two restaurants and three bars including a rooftop terrace and a secret garden on the first floor within the atrium, with a specially commissioned sculpture by Grace and Webb. Crowning South Place Hotel is Angler restaurant on the seventh […]

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Penhaligon’s Peoneve Terrace

To coincide with the launch of Penhaligon’s new Peoneve scent, Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace is to be transformed into a multi-sensory experience – think an eccentric English garden in high summer. The Peoneve Terrace will feature an innovative cocktail list created by Fifth Floor Bar manager Dominic Jacobs using spirits from Chase Distillery. These include Penhaligon’s Peony Punch served in a 5-litre Penhaligon’s perfume bottle for six to share – blending William’s gin with a bespoke tea inspired by the notes in the fragrance. There’s also The Rose Garden – made with Kentish raspberries, fresh white peach, Naked Chase […]

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Feng Sushi goes North

It's bewitched us for years now with its in-restaurant aquariums, calming trickling-water sounds and exquisite, constantly ever-modernising menus. But this month, to surprise us all a bit more, Feng Sushi comes to West Hampstead. It is the award-winning company's eight incarnation in London and it remains still a proud provider of Sustainable Fish (in March this year, Feng Sushi win the Sustainable Cities award in the food category). Architects Stiff + Trevillian have been in to ensure that the restaurant retains its tranquil setting, but this branch will come with the added bonus of having over 40 covers in total, […]

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Platterform presents Bonnie-On-Sky

Having just won the Young British Foodies award for Best Food Experience 2012, Platterform is collaborating with British seafood restaurateurs Bonnie Gull of Bonnie & Wild for Bonnie-On-Sky; a three week seafood supper club at London’s Skyroom. Bonnie-On-Sky will be a three-week immersive dining experience at the striking rooftop pavilion in London Bridge. With the freshest, responsibly sourced seafood from Britain’s shores, diners can enjoy Isle of Lewis mussels steamed with Aspall cider and Cumbrian bacon; whole Devon crab with brown meat mayonnaise and the classic beer battered whiting with chunky chips, mushy peas and handmade tomato ketchup. Desserts are […]

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Estée Lauder’s Brasil Dream at Harvey Nichols

Inspired by the exclusive launch of Estée Lauder’s new make-up collection, Brasil Dream, Harvey Nichols has just launched a cocktail and macaroon offer in its Fifth Floor Bar and Restaurant. Customers who buy two or more products from the collection at the ground floor Estée Lauder counter will receive a complimentary cocktail and a trio of macaroons at the Fifth Floor Bar or Restaurant. Alternatively those who indulge in the Brasil Dream cocktail and macaroons offering receive a fabulous ten minute makeover at the Estée Lauder counter downstairs. Made with Cachaça, ginger liqueur, coconut cream, coconut water, lime juice and […]

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5 Hertford Street

Once upon a time, this Mayfair establishment was meant to be called Birley's. There was another instance in which it was due to be named Rupert's. It was also supposed to open in January. But it's better late than never for Robin Birley, who this month has opened his Mayfair establishment 5 Hertford Street after much delay and thwarted attempts. Birley, the son of the late Mark Birley, who once owned Harry's Bar, The Ivy, Le Caprice, among others, before selling the lot to restaurateur Richard Caring five years ago for £100million, will be much relieved his project is off the […]

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The Good Food Guide for BlackBerry

Who says you can’t get any decent apps on your Blackberry! Enter The Good Food Guide’s brand new app for BlackBerry smartphones which aims to make dining decisions a doddle. There’s a GPS based map function to find restaurants nearby (less creepy than Facebook's stalking app friend finder) which you can then sort by distance, cuisine, cooking score, and price; the option to bookmark your favourite restaurants and immediate click-through to the websites and telephone numbers of over 1300 restaurants across the UK. You can even contribute directly to The Good Food Guide with your own reviews. www.thegoodfoodguide.co.uk

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