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Pret a Diner: Italians do it Better

Following the sell-out success of the first round last year in the Old Vic Tunnels, Kofler & Kompanie’s Pret a Diner is back. The new instalment of the temporary restaurant sensation named Italians do it Better, is taking place from 9 May to 30 June at 50 St James’s Street. It is spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli who has selected five other Michelin starred chefs (Accursio Craparo, Cristian and Manuel Costardi, Norbert Niederkofler and Viviana Varese) and challenged them to create fresh innovative style dishes marrying Italian cuisine old and new. 50 St James boasts a grand sweeping marble […]

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Silent movie season at Volupté

Silence is golden at cabaret supperclub Volupté with an all-new season of silent movies. The series begins 6 May with a launch party complete with a DJ on the decks, shots at the bar and flapper dresses on the floor transporting film fans back to a bygone era of glitz and glamour. Then every first Sunday of the month at 7pm the downstairs Cabaret Salon will be transformed into an old-world theatre with a pianist tinkling the ivories as guests are seated by dickie-bow-wearing usherettes. First up is Piccadilly this Sunday with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea on 1 June. […]

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Lyle goes Royal

We're nudging ever nearer to the festivities for the Queen's Jubilee – and it seems even one of our most-loved brands is getting its party hat on. Lyle's Golden Syrup, which is made in the exact same way and manufactured on the same spot on the banks of the Thames since Abraham Lyle founded his sugar refinery there in over 125 years, is marking the special June date by a change in look. It is to change its tin for the first time since 1904, the date when the historical and traditional “lion and bees” image was registered as Lyle’s […]

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Street Feast

Street Feast is a new Friday night food market launching tomorrow off Brick Lane with eight of London's top street food sellers. There’s also a fully licensed cocktail bar and street artists will be performing live artwork from 5pm to midnight. Confirmed traders include: Big Apple Hot Dogs, The Rib Man, Home Slice and Kimchi Cult. But if you don’t want to eat on the go try the uber-posh Car Wash Dining Room covered by a canopy borrowed from the market in case (when) it rains. Waiters will be on hand to pick up any chosen dishes you'd like from […]

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Asprey’s Bijoux Tea at The Langham

The Langham London is teaming up with the British luxury goods brand to launch the new Asprey Bijoux Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s glittering centerpiece, Palm Court. The partnership celebrates Asprey’s elegant design and royal heritage alongside The Langham’s illustrious past as Europe's first 'Grand Hotel' and the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition over 140 years ago. The hotel’s head pastry chef, Cherish Finden has created a selection of irresistible treats, inspired by the marque’s exquisite jewellery from Daisy Heritage to Woodland and featuring rather a lot of that iconic signature purple branding with Blueberry and bilberry battenburg cake, […]

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Sketch gets arty with the RA

Mayfair’s Sketch restaurant is collaborating with The Royal Academy and combining tickets for the latest exhibition, Johan Zoffany RA: Society Observed with a three course Champagne lunch in the restaurant’s Library and Lecture Room.  Enjoy a glass of Champagne and fill up on Pierre Gagnaire’s delicious dishes and then scoot off to the exhibition – it’s only round the corner. You’ll love Gagnaire’s Cucumber and wasabi sorbet and Slow cooked pollock – plus those famous desserts, of course – and are sure to be equally enamoured with Zoffany’s oils, drawings and prints. Ticket combo, £45pp, til 9 June www.sketch.uk.com

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Draft House

  Charlie McVeigh’s The Draft House is coming to East Dulwich and the man himself has been foraging around in auction houses (and skips, so we hear!) looking for atmospheric items to lend Draft House Lordship Lane a lived-in feel. Walls will be papered in matt parcel wrapping paper and covered in a fabulous mix of art and framed posters and vintage rock album covers. Says Charlie, “I have splashed out on a couple of new Chesterfield banquettes for the dining room using a new kind of instant-ageing leather which I am especially excited about.” The menu includes Draft House’s […]

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Noma comes to Claridge’s

World’s best chef René Redzepi is to create ‘A Taste Of Noma’ at Claridge’s. The head chef of Noma in Copenhagen is to join forces with the iconic Mayfair hotel this summer to mark the celebrations of the London Olympics 2012. Redzepi has sparked a cultural revolution with his focus on foraging and the reinterpretation of Nordic cuisine. For ten days, he will be creating a five course menu at Claridge’s which will reflect his signature flavours  and dishes  from Noma, using local, seasonal British ingredients. “We are excited about the opportunity to be part of the celebration of the […]

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Mr Parsons Bar

This week there’s a new bar is opening in Parson’s Green. Step through Mr Parson’s ancient wooden doors and into his living room – a brooding mix of rare, vintage William Morris fabrics, Vivienne Westwood wallpaper and unique items he has collected on his travels. Oh yes and there’s also a portrait of Made in Chelsea’s Francis Boulle. You couldn’t make it up. But if that doesn’t grab you, you’re sure to love the extensive wine list and exciting boutique spirit cocktails from Old School to Nouveaux. Mr Parsons’ handpicked staff (Jack Wills but better looking we hear) are ready […]

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Saddlers

Irish restaurant and hotel entrepreneur Rory Smyth and Director of Food Maurice O’Callaghan have just launched their first London location, Saddlers Grill in Mayfair with a menu of the finest Irish meats, fresh seafood and organic, seasonal produce. With an emphasis being placed on provenance, Saddlers sources its ingredients from some of the most highly regarded producers in Ireland. The freshest fish, shellfish and sea vegetables originate from the gleaming Atlantic waters off Co. Galway whilst the prime beef comes from the O’Connor farm in Co. Limerick in the South West which has produced the highest standard of beef for […]

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The Moët & Chandon Jubilee

Established in 1743, Moët  has held Royal Warrant since the time of Queen Victoria. And said warrant was reaffirmed in 1955 by HM Queen Elizabeth II herself. Now the Champagne marque is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with an exclusive commemorative label which has been specifically approved by the royal household! The Moët & Chandon Diamond Jubilee Cuvee will be available from Rolls Royce of supermarket chains Waitrose  from May plus other selected stores including Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. RRP £33.49

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Eat 17 launches Bacon Jam

The brains behind the award-winning Walthamstow Spar and neighbouring Eat 17 restaurant have launched cult condiment, Bacon Jam, set to get foodies’ pulses racing country-wide. The versatile, umami-packed relish is made with prime British ingredients and the perfect addition to a burger, base for a canapé or secret ingredient for stews, pies and casseroles. Or you could just dollop it onto a cracker. We hear it all stems from the signature Eat 17 burger topping of onion jam and a rasher of bacon. Customers began to ask if they could take a jar home and Bacon Jam was born. C. […]

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