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Harrods Hotspots

Following on from last year’s successful French Laundry pop-up at Harrods comes news of two exclusive new restaurant openings for 2012 by celebrated chefs Richard Corrigan and the Galvin brothers – the launch of Galvin Demoiselle and Corrigan’s Bentley’s. First up in March comes Galvin Demoiselle within the store’s iconic Food Halls, fifth London offering from Galvin Restaurants, founded in 2005 by Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Having spearheaded the concept and design for the new bistrostyle eaterie, Chris’ wife, Sara Galvin, will take the role of patron. Set in a unique, elevated location overlooking the bustle of […]

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Burns at Le Cafe Anglais

They may have ‘Anglais’ in their name, but that doesn’t mean chef Rowley Leigh’s West London restaurant is neglecting the very Scottish 25th January: Burns Night. Head to his Bayswater restaurant on ‘Scottish Wednesday’ next week, and expect to enjoy yourself like a true Scot. On offer for £29.50, is an evening full of haggis, tatties, Springback whisky, a ceilidh and a lot of good cheer. Who needs to go to Scotland, when Leigh has brought all the best of the traditions down to W2? Go and raise a glass with them. You won’t regret it. www.lecafeanglais.co.uk

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The Oyster Shed

Rupert and Jo Clevely’s pub group Geronimo Inns is adding another venue to the fold this month with the launch of The Oyster Shed in the City serving up a mean mix of seafood, trad Brit dishes and lashings of fizz, wines, whiskies, ales, stouts and cocktails.   Bar Snacks range from Jersey Rock Oysters, Cockles and Whelks, Salt Cod Fritters, Quail Scotch Eggs or the more exotic Pickled Octopus starting at a budget busting £1.75 a pop and then if sharing’s your thing, try the platters: Fishmongers’ Board (Smoked salmon, spiced prawns,fish cakes, fish fingers, mackerel, with accompaniments), Butchers’ […]

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All RISE for ALDO

We love a good designer collaboration especially when it means we can snap up footwear from some of London’s hottest young talent for January friendly prices – you can’t argue with £125. Last night saw the launch of the ALDO RISE SS/12 collection with a party at Selfridges’ Aubaine which spilled out into the Shoe Galleries which is hosting a month long ALDO RISE pop-up shop. No shortage of eye-candy there – the boyish good looks of ALDO RISE collaborator and trained actor(!) JW Anderson rendering him our new fashion crush – but the real stars were the shoes… The […]

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GBK Helps a Capital Child

Gourmet Burger Kitchen has been working with Capital FM’s Help a Capital Child for the last few years but 2012’s promotion may well be the best yet. Gourmet Burger fans can scoff two of their favourite burgers for a combined price of £10 (saving of up to £8) with the added bonus that 20p from each sale will go directly to the Capital FM charity helping disadvantaged kids in London. Running alongside the promotion is a competition to win a trip of a lifetime to the home of the hamburger where they’ll visit the annual Hamburg Hamburger Festival (don’t worry, […]

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The Feng Diet

It’s hard enough to start a diet in January – what with all those hidden Christmas chocolate treasures scattered around your house. Motivation, however, is the trickiest part. On learning that, Feng Sushi have decided to help. The Japanese sushi chain have created an affordable ‘door diet plan’ – in conjunction with leading nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston – which is delivered straight to your door. The ‘Feng Diet’ costs a reasonable £95 for three days, and is essentially a twice-daily run of packages consisting of three meals and two snacks. Silla Bjerrum, Feng Sushi’s Managing Director, commented:  ‘Although there are a lot […]

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Raymond Blanc at Texture

Tomorrow gastronomes are in for a treat when, for one night only super chef Raymond Blanc OBE guests at Marylebone’s Michelin starred Texture restaurant. Owners Aggi Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset welcome the renowned chef into their kitchen where he will reproduce some of his classic dishes from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons alongside Sverrisson who will also be cooking some of his most popular Texture recipes. The evening, priced at £195 per person, will begin with a Champagne reception in the Texture bar followed by a seven course tasting menu in collaboration between Blanc and Sverrisson.  A glass of wine to […]

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Hush Comedy Cabaret

If your new year detox isn’t proving too much fun, here’s something that should cheer you up. On Friday 27 January, Lancashire Court’s glamorous Hush restaurant is hosting its first ever Comedy Cabaret, in collaboration with Laughing Boy Comedy Club. The event will be held in the venue’s newly refurbished Private Dining Room, where guests can enjoy a two course meal alongside side-splitting entertainment from three exciting acts. Headlining is Simon Evans who featured on last year’s Mike Mcintyre’s Comedy Road show and he’ll be followed by fellow comics Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell. Doors open 7pm and tickets cost […]

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The Botanist doesn’t do detox

Botanist doctor of mixology Paolo Brammer doesn’t do January detoxes. In fact he’s a staunch believer that a little of what you fancy actually does you good. Until 12th February both The Botanist on Sloane Square and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in the City will be serving up a selection of good-for you cocktails that promise to keep you fighting fit and each creation is packed full of vitamins and minerals designed to restore your body and mind ready for the year ahead. Ours is a skinny Green Business with vodka, fresh cucumber, basil and spirulina powder – the dietary […]

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Le Cordon Bleu

Made any new year’s resolutions yet? No? Well here’s some food for thought. Gastronomic standard setter, Le Cordon Bleu, is opening a new International Flagship Institute tomorrow in Bloomsbury Square with a new state-of-the-art school and café set to place London firmly on the map as the world’s new gastronomic capital. The new flagship has capacity for up to 700 students (over twice that of the school’s current London location in Marylebone) and will offer a variety of new courses from professional diplomas in culinary management to short courses in food and wine. It is also introducing a scholarship worth […]

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Juiceology

We didn’t thing juice was such a scientific discipline but we’re happy to go back to school for any beverage containing an ‘ology’. Juiceology is a new line of organic soft drinks created by entrepreneur Richard Watson and mix master Joe McCanta  (ambassador of our favourite Grey Goose Vodka and touted by the New York Times for creating the ‘epicentre of organic cocktails’) and their four blends of fresh purees, botanicals, herbs, spices and spring water can go straight to the top of the class. There’s the thirst quenching Apple, Lime & Mint; the spicy Mandarin, Citrus & Cardamom; Lychee, […]

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Dabbous

New Year new diet? Portion control a problem? Don’t worry. Texture’s Ollie Dabbous and former Cuckoo Club mixologist Oskar Kinberg have teamed up on their first solo venture, Dabbous in Whitfield Street – to be characterized by small(er) dishes. And while these are geared toward sharing, they’ll also be perfect for calorie counting. Décor-wise, the ground floor restaurant and basement bar will fuse industrial with organic, offsetting exposed brick and copper piping with rustic candles and natural woods. Similarly, the menu, described as ‘elegant yet restrained’, will be feature clean flavours and simple presentation and will change according to the […]

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