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The Timber Wave

Normally, it’s the contents of the V&A which sees its historic premises stacked full of returning perennial visitors. But this week, you may just find your jaw drops even before you cross its threshold.   If you head South Kensington way this week, you’ll be hard pressed to miss The Timber Wave, a three dimensional latticework spiral – a self-supporting structure made of American red oak by Cowley Timberwork, designed by award-winning architects AL_A and engineered by Arup – adorning the Cromwell Road entrance of the museum. Reaching 12 metres, the Wave – which is hoping to bring an interesting ‘walk through’ experience […]

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DECADES of Proud

Enter the autumn with a bang with Proud Cabaret's new theatrical sensation, DECADES, the only floor show in London to take you through a timeline of the art of the burlesque. Launching tomorrow 21 September, DECADES co-incides with the completion of the venue's renovations – think an extended stage with runway, expanded seating islands for 275 guests and a new raised ceiling for aerial performances. The show's 10 week run promises a whirlwind journey from the 20's right up to the present day. We're talking glamour, swing, jive and rock culminating in the experimentational contemporary scene of neo-burlesque and sensational […]

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The Plough Clapham Junction

The Plough, just opened on St. John’s Hill a few minutes walk from Clapham Junction station, is a stylish Anglo American bar and kitchen which satisfies our craving for grazing and insatiable appetite for sliders, miniature mains and sharing dishes. Open all day, The Plough is a relaxed neighbourhood bar and a welcome addition to Clapham Junction area. Serving food from both sides of the pond, and an unrivalled range of drinks; from craft beers and cask ales, to spirits, sparklers and shakes, there’s something for everyone. Head chef Josh Garner leads his brigade from the open plan kitchen located […]

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Bread Street Kitchen

Representing a new direction for Gordon Ramsay comes Bread Street Kitchen at One New Change, London. The restaurant and bar promises a relaxed dining experience set over a large warehouse-style location inspired by its East London environs. Informal in its approach, it’s open all day and in addition to the regular kitchen, the menu takes in dishes from a raw bar and a wood-burning oven too. The dramatic space has been designed by Russell Sage – in keeping with its industrial roots. We’re talking striking lighting displays, an exposed lift shaft and viewing platforms through the centre of the restaurant. […]

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Top Chefs Celebrate Launch of Slow Food

Yesterday, 15th September 2011. Leading lights of the culinary world came together , at an exclusive event to mark the launch of Slow Food UK’s Chef Alliance; a new initiative, which will encourage chefs to actively support the aims of Slow Food UK. Twenty-five of London’s celebrated chefs, including the Michelin starred Michel Roux Jr, of Le Gavroche fame, Bryn Williams, Chef Patron at Odette’s and The Berkeley’s Marcus Warering, congregated at Richard Corrigan’s eponymous Mayfair restaurant (28 Upper Grosvenor Street) for Slow Food UK’s inaugural Chef Alliance gathering. The star-studded event was hosted by Slow Food UK CEO, Catherine […]

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Oysters pop up at The Botanist

It’s the start of the oyster season and The Botanist is getting into the spirit of things with its Pop-Up Chapel Down and Oyster Bar popping up this weekend from 16-18 September and is inviting patrons to celebrate in luxurious style with a chilled glass of Chapel Down English sparkling wine and an indulgent oyster selection, in the heart of Sloane Square. For just one weekend, the elegant bar will offer offering a selection of seafood fresh from Billingsgate Market each morning, including four different varieties of oysters, Poached Scottish Isle of Benbecula langoustines served cold with lemon and mayonnaise […]

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Banana Tree

Bayswater, Clapham Junction, Angel, Hampstead, Maida Vale and now Wardour Street. As of today, William Chow’s Banana Tree group is spreading its wings or should we say leaves into the West End with his sixth and flagship London site. It’s been over twenty years in the making but Chow’s passion, Indochinese food, lies at the heart of this labour of love. Malaysian by birth, Chow has travelled extensively around the region over the last two decades refining his menu and sourcing recipes and the ingredients which help create the layers of flavour in every dish. His interpretation of the cuisine […]

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Alchemy at Annoushka

Friday sees the opening of Alchemy, the newest artistic collaboration from Annoushka Ducas at her flagship Chelsea boutique. The exhibition continues the designer’s mission to integrate her fine jewellery into original artworks and project her designs beyond the traditional milieu of the glass case of jewellery box. Photographer Rosie Emerson has captured celebrity subjects Amber Le Bon, Daisy Lowe, Ophelia Lovibond and Eliza Doolittle plus scensters Caroline Issa of Tank Magazine and Vogue.com’s Virginia Bates in stunning collage style shots alongside statement pieces from Annoushka’s collections. Explains Annoushka, “Alchemy transposes my jewellery into the fantasy world Rosie Emerson has conjured […]

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Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

An exciting new dining venue in the heart of Belgravia Village will opened earlier this week. Designed to combine a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere alongside modern British cuisine, Lowndes Bar & Kitchen offers all-day dining plus a newly created cocktail and wine list. The main restaurant has indoor table and outdoor ones too on a heated terrace. Otherwise, diners can relax in low-level snug areas with coffee tables and Chesterfield tub armchairs for a mid-morning coffee with a pastry and complimentary newspaper. The extensive all-day menu has been created by Head Chef Martin Gabler and is designed to cater to […]

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Opening of Spencer Hart Flagshop Store

Thursday 15th September 2011 marks the opening of the new Spencer Hart flagship store. The space, a former bank on Mayfair’s Brook Street reflects Nick Hart’s vision and iconic references of a modern utopia influenced by the likes of Neutra, Sinatra, Warhol and Kerouac, into a fresh and modern retail world for men. The store set across 2-floors will demonstrate Nick Hart’s underlying vision with the iconic influences reflected within product ranges, store interior and atmosphere. The store has two distinct environments used to showcase the new collections. The new ‘Palm Springs’ collection will include denims, chinos underwear, luggage, shoes […]

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