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The Tea Room

There are many reasons to visit the eponymous Harrods – but could we give you just one more? Located on the Second Floor, Harrods have opened a brand new quintessential Tea Room. Along with a list of 20 teas, there will be scones and mini sandwiches aplenty, accompanied by ‘Tea Fancies’, which will include anything from a strawberry jam tart with English rose marshmallows and a boozy English trifle. That’s not all. As well as a breakfast menu (crumpets, teacakes), there’s a lunch menu and supper menu, too. These diners can expect ‘time-honoured British staples’ like Lancashire hot pot and […]

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Bed down in a Jaguar

If you spent the night camping out in your car at a festival this summer, we bet you wish it had been a Jaguar – or more to the point, the new Jaguar Suite at 51 Buckingham Gate. The collaboration between Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and the famous car marque is a  1,832 square foot, two-bedroom abode that’s a super sleek homage to the Jag – from the 1960’s E-type to the state-of-the art C-X75. The creation of the suite was overseen by Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum and from the moment you walk in the door you’re greeted […]

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Cabana

This autumn sees a double Brasilian whammy in the shape of two Cabana restaurants opening in quick succession in Westfield and Covent Garden. Duo behind the new barbecue sensation are Jamie Barber (Hush, Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana) and Rio born David Ponté (Momo, Mocoto). Starters of cheese dough balls Pao de Queijo, Palm Heart Pastels and Chicken Coxinhas take their cue from the traditional churrascarias found on Brasilian street corners from Sao Paolo to Salvador. But the real highlight, of course, is the meat. Cabanistas will circulate the restaurants with colour coded barbecue skewers offering choices such […]

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Fornata

The team behind Mayfair’s popular Babbo Italian restaurant have just launched Fornata, in London’s Kingly Street. The name derives from the Italian word ‘forno’, meaning oven and the restaurant’s exposed kitchens form a focal point amidst a rustic interior inspired by southern Italian lemon groves that transport the diner into sunnier climes. Chef Douglas Santi and his kitchen team oversee both Babbo and Fornata and the menu has an emphasis on oven-cooked dishes from Southern Italy that lend themselves to sharing. In fact, the importance of the oven can be traced back to village life of Roman times, where villagers […]

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Luna & Curious at Sanderson

Shoreditch Aladdin's Cave of a boutique, Luna & Curious has taken up a permanent residency at the Sanderson purveying an eclectic mix of homewares, jewellery, art and accessories. It is run by collective Rheanna Lingham, Kaoru Parry of welovekaoru and Polly George who make a talented trio of jewellery designer and quirky ceramicists with a passion for British design. Kaoru and Polly's English fine bone china is created by artisans in Stoke-on-Trent using increasingly rare manufacturing traditions in the ceramic industry and Rheanna's exotic feather jewellery is hand-dyed in her Kent studio where iridescent green beetle wings are also turned […]

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Mishkins

From the birth of little Beak street Bacaro, Polpo, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty were onto a sure fire winner. Now, following three further variants on the theme – Polpo, Polpetto above The French House, the more casual da Polpo and Spuntino in Rupert Street – will open fifth instalment, Mishkin’s next month. Set in the heart of London’s Covent Garden like da Polpo, Mishkin’s promises to bring a slice of the East End and New York’s Lower East Side to London’s West End and is described by Russell Norman himself as “a kind of Jewish deli with cocktails”. Norman, […]

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Pudding Parlour at The Athenaeum

It’s. Officially. Cold. So cold in fact that even an invitation to Pink Berry is likely to meet with a frosty reception. So it’s lucky that the pudding bar trend is on its uppers. Enter The Athenaeum’s new Pudding Parlour, launching next week. Open every evening except Sunday in The Athenaeum?s Garden Room, the menu will consist of an array of treats, cakes and tarts with monthly changing specials created by new it-baker-boy, Edd Kimber aka The Boy Who Bakes. To accompany the exquisite puddings on offer, an extensive menu of delicious pudding wines – all of which have been […]

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Kitchen Joel Antunes

We’ve already reported on that Parisian landmark boite Le Baron is setting up a London outpost on the site of London’s Embassy club. But while details of the boite itself are still somewhat sketchy, we now know that chef Joël Antunès will launch Kitchen Joël Antunès, a dazzling restaurant in the same building. A complete refurb is currently underway with the new 95-seat ground-floor restaurant, complete with extended 40-seat terrace due to open in early November. The interior will be all mid-20th century Riviera glamour with classic French patterned limestone tile flooring, a Carrera marble topped bar and leather seating […]

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Winter at The Summerhouse

Little Venice’s The Summerhouse may have started life as a summer pop-up and offshoot of First Restaurant Group’s The Waterway but it’s become such a West London staple that it’s now to remain open all year round, transforming itself into a warm and welcoming haven to stave off the cold months ahead. The new winter menu retains a fishy theme with its catch of the day specials, starters of Popcorn shrimp and Seared scallops with cauliflower puree and spiced pakoras and mains of  Roast rump of lamb, roasted garlic mash and green beans, Beer-battered haddock and chips and that famous […]

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

The newest addition to the Lost Group stable (Lost Society, Lost Angel, Citizen Smith, Blind Tiger) is Powder Keg Diplomacy on St John’s Hill in Clapham – its colonial-style setting matched with Victorian influenced concoctions. Head chef Warren Beesely and libations maestros Murray Slater and Matt Roberts are the trio behind the new venture and dedicated to celebrating British food, wines, spirits, beers and ales. Their manifesto? “honouring tradition whilst subverting convention.” Which probably explains the giant map of the world stretching across the ceiling and the 3D antelope sculpture coming to life from within an oil painting on the […]

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