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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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Maggie Mania in Chelsea

If you had failed to miss the opening of this month's hottest film, The Iron Lady, you're quite probably still on the come down from a heavy Christmas. But here's your chance to catch up – and fast! The 1980s-inspired nightclub Maggie's – on Chelsea's end of the Fulham Road – will be celebrating 'Maggie Mania' with a special Margaret Thatcher cocktail. The Maggie's Head (above) will be making up part of a refurbishment, 'Maggie's Facelift', which the nightclub has recently undergone (think new Pacman DJ booth, new 80s wallpaper, etc). In addition to this funky, topical cocktail, Maggie's will be hosting a […]

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Gourmet movies

Popcorn and pic-n-mix not quite cutting it? Never fear. Superchef Rowley Leigh (Le Gavroche, Kensington Place, Le Café Anglais) has teamed up with Odeon’s new Whiteleys cinema for a full on menu to be enjoyed from the comfort of your seat. Opening this month, each of The Lounge’s five screens will have a maximum of 50 reclining leather seats – each of which has its own call button so you can put in your order without missing a moment of the movie. You’ll munch on Hamburger ‘royale’ with fillet steak (and maybe cheese), Red mullet risotto, Squid and salsify fritters […]

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Drag-Queen Dance Classes

The silly season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the ‘silliness’ has to end. Floridita – in Wardour Street – is still very much in the party spirit. They are hosting Drag-Queen Dance-Classes – led by the dancing drag troupe, The Globe Girls – from 18th January onwards. It’s billed as the ‘latest exercise craze’, but what exactly is one signing up for? Well, there’s a full-on dance routine to be enjoyed, lots of fun, laughter, glitter and fun … but in the end, it’s all designed to improve and work on muscle tone, flexibility, coordination and core strength. If […]

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One Room, Three Global Names

Kicking off 2012 at The Front Room St Martin’s Lane is an exhibition curated by Crane.tv showcasing favourite objects created by their most-loved artists and designers. The series starts on 9 Jan with work from Sir Terence Conran’s retrospective at London’s Design Museum. Next up on 16 Jan artist Kate MccGwire will present a cabinet of curiosities which she has collected over the years and continue to inspire her work and closing the show on 23 Jan is digital artist and founder of ‘Universal Everything’ Matt Pyke who will exhibit ultraviolet trees grown out of mathematical formulas and 3D-printed figurines […]

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Ceviche

Martin Morales’ Peruvian restaurant Ceviche, is coming to London this year introducing us to the delights of ceviche, Pisco Sours and other Peruvian classics. Morales, a former Apple executive and DJ has been working on the launch for two years and already has fans in Ferran Adria of El Bulli who is currently making a film on Peruvian cuisine and René Redzepi who cites ceviche as ‘one of the best foods of the world’! Morales has been cooking Peruvian food for his family and friends since the age of 11 when he moved to Britain and tested the waters for […]

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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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Mari Vanna

Babushka cooking is coming to Knightsbridge this year with the launch of Mari Vanna. Diners will be transported into a Russian home where shelves are adorned with matryoshka dolls, trinkets and tchotchke. A traditional Russian Pechka oven is a focal point for a dining room of high ceilings adorned with elaborate chandeliers. Mari Vanna is co-owned by Vadim Lapin & Dmitry Sergeyev, founders of restaurant and hospitality holding company Ginza Project, and Quintessentially co-founder Luca Del Bono and the team will be serving up their trademark Russian dishes with influences stretching from Armenia to Georgia and Uzbekistan. The menu features […]

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A Nose for Newbury

The first race of the new year falls on 18 January so if you haven't yet experienced the new hospitality at Newbury Racecourse, it's a perfect opportunity for sophisticated racing fans to take a stylish flutter. The Wine Cellar is a quintessentially British, hideaway furnished with the luxury leather armchairs and the wooden paneling and low lighting of a traditional gentleman's club. An impressive wine list is compiled with Berry Bros & Rudd – all stored behind bespoke iron gates and served from a bar made from vintage wine cases. But if it's a spot of sparkle you're after, then […]

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A NYE Ball in Mayfair

If your keen to keep your NYE options open and haven't quite decided on what to do ….. why not consider Quaglino's in Mayfair? Come in for some cocktails and nibbles by the bar. Or, how about joining the restaurant – whose grand staircase surely has to make it one of the more memorable places to dine in the capital – and head out early enough to tag along to another party? But then, perhaps you want a longer night? Come for cocktails, dinner .. and then stay on for Quaglino's live swing band, the midnight champagne …and a lot […]

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A Dim Sum of a New year

Fancy a game of table tennis on NYE? Ok, am only joking. But what about some Ping Pong? Dim Sum restaurant Ping Pong are throwing an extra special deal our way on 31st December in eight of their London restaurants. Dim sums, dumplings, rice pots… you name it … and it’s on their £15-a-head menu. To accompany it? How about a guava and lime martini, or a lemongrass and lime one? After all the turkey and mulled wine, a trip to the Orient might just be up your street. http://www.pingpongdimsum.co.uk/

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