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Umbrellas in London

Umbrellas are useful. And in a city like London, can you really ever have too many? Well, there are an awful lot about to make their way to the capital rather soon – though not for the reason you might be thinking. For holding court in central London in-between 12th to 15th of October, will be Hendrick’s Unusual Umbrella Emporium, whose timing will coincide with London Cocktail Week. The pop-up, situated on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden, will be showcasing the history of the humble cocktail umbrella and of its inventor, Jonas Hanway. Some of the strange creations on show (anything from pipes, […]

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MET Bar

The interior of the old Met Bar was sold at auction on eBay with the money raised donated to “Teens Unite – Fighting Cancer,” and now the Met is re-launching with a brand new look, innovative cocktail menu and seasonal British cuisine served day and night. For the first time, it’s also ending its members-only policy enabling everyone to grab a piece of the action. There’s a black sleek lava-stone bar top snaking through the space capped by a leather-clad bar front and tables are back-painted glass with golden highlights reflecting the natural light which floods through a newly created […]

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Rotunda Restaurant

Located on the Regent’s Canal’s Battlebridge Basin, Rotunda is a real escape from busy London life despite being a five minute walk from King’s Cross Station. To be able to enjoy a Hot Red Frenchman or two (the cocktail that is) on the terrace in the sun as traditional canal boats pass you by, makes it worth a visit alone. Rotunda is a meat-lovers sanctuary and about as old-fashioned as chique London restaurants can get. Stocked by its own farm in Mafen in the remote heart of the Northumberland countryside, the beef and lamb is butchered by their very own […]

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Kettners Jeanius Quiz

On Wednesday 5 October Kettner's is hosting a Jeanius Quiz Night in aid of Jeans for Genes, the charity, which aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders. Hosted by the Konnie Huq and OK! TV's Nick Ede, doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start and tickets including an entry drink and nibbles cost £20 per person, £15 of which will go directly to Jeans for Genes. And while teams of five people are encouraged, Kettner's matchmakers will hook you up if need be. Also, until the official Jeans for Genes Day on 7 October, there's a […]

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Pink Swan

  From today until 1 October, London’s Gagosian Gallery is going pink with an exhibition of photographs by Evelyn Lauder to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Salon Beauties showcases porcelain vases (collected by Laude over 20 years) depicting women’s heads – shot to create bold and theatrical shadows. However, visitors can also catch an exclusive London preview of this season’s Pink Swan Project in New York. The Project, organised by SUITE, sees 19 leading interior designers, architects and fashion icons customising Arne Jacobsen’s iconic 1958 Swan Chair in homage to BCRF. Originally designed for the lobby of the Royal […]

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The Arts Club

Most glamorous relaunch of the season is surely the Arts Club in Mayfair’s Dover Street – the pre-launch dinner the other week saw a guest list including Mario Testino, David Bailey, Dinos Chapman, Thandie Newton and Gwyneth Paltrow. The new owners, property investor Gary Landesberg and restaurateur Arjun Waney (Zuma, Roka – say no more) tapped their celebrity friends to ensure the club was transformed into the perfect a-list hangout. We hear that Gwyneth Paltrow has collaborated on the venue’s design, producer supremo and newly-wed Mark Ronson, is Director of Music and even Stella McCartney cast her fashionable eye over […]

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Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cocktail Menu

The Fashion Week circus is in full swing and The Dorchester Collection is showcasing a special fashion season cocktail menu celebrating the five designers who have been shortlisted for the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize – exclusively at its hotels in leading fashion capitals: 45 Park Lane and The Dorchester in London, Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, and Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. The shortlisted designers have collaborated with the Collection bar managers and creations include  Hôtel Plaza Athénée's Thierry Hernandez's Anndra Neen Ruby, a red mescal-based drink inspired by the Mexican heritage of Anndra Neen's […]

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Harvey Nichols

We’ll miss Harvey Nic’s Cafe when it closes this month but with the promise of a complete refurb to look forward to in late November alongside a brand new interior and new food and drink offering, well, we suppose we mustn’t grumble. There’ll be a new horseshoe-shaped Espresso Bar, now with enlarged seating area and a cocktail list including Marshmallow Martinis while the main Café area will mix up its seating with intimate leather banquettes running along the side and by the floor-to-ceiling windows and a regular open-plan zone in the central space. Decor wise it’s herringbone patterned flooring (very […]

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French Film Night at The Jam Tree

As the chill nights draw in, why not hole up in Kensington's The Jam Tree for a cosy evening of French cinematic classics. Kicking off tomorrow 28 September, the Jam Tree's chic new French Film Night will run on the last Wednesday of every month. Customers can book dinner in advance and enjoy The Jam Tree's delicious a la carte colonial-inspired menu and French wine selection, before settling down for a free French flick. Tomorrow's showing will be be Conversations With My Gardener winner of people's favourite film award at the Cambridge Film Festival and starring Daniel Auteuil by Jean Becker. […]

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The Vaults

Home House knows how to throw a mean party but now the exclusive members' club is launching The Vaults, its new late night party rooms. Inspired by Studio 54, Regines, Annabels and Harry’s Bar, The Vaults promise a timeless playground of pleasure in the basement of No 21 Portman Square and claims the moniker, ‘the ultimate portal to hedonism’. It boasts its own private entrance leading down a resin staircase to a leather-clad door complete with gold chain-mailed peepholes – a perfect backdrop for working the fetish trend. The rooms come complete with ambient lighting, luxurious textures and cutting edge […]

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