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Ruby’s at Ruby House

Hip east London shoot location Ruby House at 76 Stoke Newington Road is capitalising on its space and has just launched Ruby’s, a brand new bar in its basement that’s open to all. It has the same textured walls and eclectic decor signature that makes the venue a firm favourite for magazine and tv shoots; Blackberry Mojito's in original 1950’s milk bottles and Bison Vodka Juleps served in tin mugs. Ales have been locally sourced ales from Redchurch Brewery; the wine list is a carefully crafted blend of new and old world and spirits and mixers hail from Fentiman's, Sipsmith […]

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Masterclass in the Art of Fine Dining

This Spring, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester reveals all with the launch of ‘The Art of Fine Dining’ masterclass. Nicolas Defremont, Restaurant Director, will share exclusive trade secrets behind that perfect contemporary dining experience. Set in the Dorchester’s luxurious dining room, students will gain exclusive behind-the-scene access into the world of Alain Ducasse and his prestigious private dining Table Lumière. The intimate classes will take guests through key service and mise-en-place techniques, including folding the famed artichoke napkin plus secret tips from the Alain Ducasse service commandments. Says Nicolas: “it is the finer details that make an enchanting experience; beautiful […]

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Temple of Treasure

This weekend, Andaz Liverpool Street is partnering up with The Girl Who Stole Vintage and retro hair specialist Lipstick & Curls to transform the Hotel’s Masonic Temple into a Vintage Shopping Boudoir. The pop-up event promises a unique shopping experience where fashion lovers and vintage junkies can peruse the wares of fashion blogger and GSV founder Leresse Atkinson and leave transformed into a jazz era flapper girl or even a Mad Man sex kitten courtesy of L&C. All to the backdrop of live music from Shoreditch based folk band Erin K Tash and tea and cupcakes created by Andaz head […]

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The Venal Muse at Other Criteria

Next week Damien Hirst’s Other Criteria gallery in New Bond Street will launch three new projects including a series of new work by leading British artist Mat Collishaw as well as work by Wolfe von Lenkiewicz and Francesca Lowe. In tribute to Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, Mat Collishaw will unveil a resin-sculpted decaying flower displayed in a glass and wood bell jar. The exhibition explores the dark side of humanity and the depraved state of society he feels is exacerbated by a media-saturated culture. Give expression to your angst and buy a roll of his exclusively designed wallpaper, adorned […]

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Stoke Park & The Boodles

By far our favourite rural retreat – and all the more so as it’s but a 35 minute hop from central London – the super gorgeous Stoke Park, five star Hotel, Spa and Country Club is our country house hotel with the mostest! It’s set among 350 acres of glorious parkland, lakes – one of which provided the setting for that rowing scene with Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary, historic gardens and monuments. The Grade I listed Stoke Park mansion itself was designed by James Wyatt, architect to King George III and the parkland is the […]

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Little House

When Nick Jones' media haven Soho House first opened back in 1995, it turned London’s traditional gentlemen’s club scene on its head. From the Greek Street original to Shoreditch and Chiswick, Electric House, country outpost Babington House and international locations in New York, Miami, West Hollywood and Berlin, the empire seemed as far removed from the stuffy St James’ scene as you could get… However, times are a changing. And with the Dover Street Arts Club, Burger and Lobster and hipster ‘secret’, The Scotch, Mayfair and St James are reclaiming their cool factor. Unsurprisingly, Mr Jones is there with bells […]

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Franco Manca Pizza School

At Franco Manca, the first Thursday of the month means pizza making when experienced pizza chefs will host a masterclass on how to create those famous sourdough pizzas from Naples with organic tomatoes, flour from the renowned Molino Caputo and the freshest mozzarella from Somerset’s Greens Organic Farm. A simple step-by-step-guide will enable pizza loving attendees to replicate in their own kitchen what they’ve learnt in the restaurant. The first class will be held on 5 April at the Brixton original with 4 May at Westfield Stratford City and 7 June in the Chiswick branch (5-7pm). Future classes will rotate […]

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Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

  In a fitting tribute to its number 1 customer, Fortnum & Mason recently decked its halls and windows with a beautiful range of food, drink and memorabilia in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Now, the famous grocer is dedicating one of its elegant tea rooms to the 2012 celebrations – the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, designed by David Collins – opening on April 1st. Situated on the fourth floor of the landmark Piccadilly store, the Salon will pay homage to the nation's favourite beverage, which has long been a bestseller at Fortnum's. Experts will be at guests' beck […]

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Go Al Fresco at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

It’s officially British Summer Time and from the middle of next month, the boutique Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in the heart of Belgravia is set to re-open its popular Terrace restaurant – named by the Evening Standard as one of London’s top three al fresco restaurants last year. New for 2012, Terrace will offer Peroni on draught, host a series of early season BBQ masterclasses and serve up a new pizza menu in addition to its seafood, meat and veggie mains. The drinks menu, in conjunction with Pommery Champagne, promises plenty of sparkle with the signature Terrace Breeze – mango juice, […]

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Launching this Sunday 25 March from noon to 8pm are the Sunday Bloody Sunday sessions at Paradise by way of Kensal Green – the perfect remedy for the night before with good food, drink and a touch of vinyl. The Bloody Mary inspired menu created by head chef Tim Payne is a twist on the classic roast and includes Bloody Mary meatballs, fillet of halibut with buttered spinach and Bloody Mary sauce and Bloody Mary sorbet. You can also mix your own Bloody Mary from vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, crushed black pepper, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, sherry, sea […]

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Yalla Yalla

Lebanese and Middle Eastern street food mini chain, Yalla Yalla is opening a third location this month in King’s Cross. Owned by chef Jad Youssef and his partner Aga Ilska, there are currently two London sites – the original in Green’s Court Soho and also Winsley Street. Yalla Yalla King’s Cross will be located on the first floor mezzanine level of the new concourse on the west side of the station. The space has been developed by Network Rail with the 2012 Olympics in mind and features a variety of shopping and eating areas plus an additional ticket office. Yalla […]

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One more FRAE

FRAE's more-ish frozen yoghurt – founded by best friends – has been wowing London with their wonerful array of delicious, 100% fat free, low calorie pots of wonder since 2009. But with branches already spanning the capital (Shoreditch, Topshop OXfrod Circus, Notting Hill, etc) .. there's good news for FRAE fans: today marks the opening of another store. It will be located at 130 Kings Road. And guess what? There's a new menu that comes with it, too. 'Indulgent Treats' will grace these menus, so expect – for £4.10 each – flavours like … English Bramble, Green Goddess and Red […]

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