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More tease vicar?

Cabaret supperclub Volupté is reviving the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea with its own boozy, burlesque twist. Every weekend, Voluptéa is now being served in Volupté ‘s subterranean City space where you can drink Earl Grey with gin poured prohibition-style in a teapot. Voluptéa is sure to get any party started in provocative fashion as a backdrop of burlesque beauties such as Ginger Blush, Miss Rose Thorne and the gorgeous Gateaux Vivants get down to business with nothing but well-placed cakes to cover their modesty. But if you fancy a nibble, make sure you stick to the finger sandwiches, […]

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Skylon turns five

Happy fifth birthday to Skylon. Ok so it’s not until June but everyone’s been talking about the Queen’s Jubilee for the last year so we figured it’s never too soon to start broadcasting the celebrations. To mark the anniversary, brilliant head chef Helena Puolakka is preparing a fabulous five course tasting menu  (£59pp) featuring a favourite dish from each of the past five years.  It will be available from Monday 11 to Saturday 16 June and to get the party started Skylon is offering a complimentary glass of Champagne on the Monday for every guest dining from this celebratory menu. […]

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Vinoteca Soho

Brett Woonton, Charlie Young and Elena Ares, the team behind Vinoteca in Farringdon and Marylebone will open their third wine bar, dining room and wine shop in Beak Street next month. Set over two floors, the venue will offer a great value wine list alongside a frequently changing menu of modern British and European dishes. The 300-strong list, with 25 wines available by the glass, will feature a broad variety of interesting and sometimes quirky wines full of character, often sourced from artisan producers, smaller importers or directly from vineyards. Interiors will highlight the building’s original features such as exposed […]

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Paternoster’s Butchery masterclasses

Forget flower arranging and check out Paternoster Chop House’s unique butchery master classes in which master butcher Eddie White and head chef Bruce Wilson will show you the tricks of the trade. Eddie will demonstrate how cuts are taken from the animal and turned into those you know and love while Bruce will show you how to prepare and cook the results! After the demonstration you will be invited to sample the freshly cut organic, free range results in a delicious three course meal. Classes are available at an all-inclusive price of £100pp and consist of tea, coffee or juice […]

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Redistributing Fashion

Head to Westbourne Grove tomorrow for Redistributing Fashion, a spring pop-up sale in aid of Notting Hill youth, education and housing charity, The Rugby Portobello Trust. The event is curated by luxury clothing agency, Chic&Seek and will feature a wide range of London’s boutique fashion and lifestyle brands selling luxury labels at discounted prices. There’s also the Celebriy Chic & Seek rail filled with must-have pieces donated by high profile individuals and celebrities including Kirsty Young, Princess Marie-Chantal and Poppy Delevingne. And when you’ve shopped til you’ve nearly dropped, chill out in the Health & Happiness zone, get snapped in […]

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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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An Irish Plateau

What are you doing for St Paddy's Day?   Here's a tip (if, that is, you're not planning on falling over on the pavement from start to finish this Saturday 17th March ….)   Head to Canary Wharf. Why? Well, the bankers will have disappeared and despite it being the day for great Irish celebrations, the area will be fairly quiet and pleasant.   More excitingly, Plateau – a restaurant serving French bistro classics – is gifting its customers with Guinness and Steak Pies. Not just that – there will be a selection of Guinness-inspired cocktails at the bar, too. […]

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A Suite Tooth

No one with even a semi-sweet tooth could have missed the masses of chocolate bunnies appearing all over London. Easter is well and truly upon us, and like any good indulgence-seekers, we have spied a particularly tasty package available at Belgravia's Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel. The cleverly named Suite Tooth package includes a beautifully chocolate-y afternoon tea in the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, one night in a luxurious suite at  the Jumeirah hotel, and the rather divine Chocolate Ecstasy Tour, guaranteed to teach you something new about your old favourite treat. The Suite Tooth Package is available on Saturday or Sunday […]

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Art at the Arts Club

Not a member of The Dover Street Arts Club? Well you can get a sneak peak at what you’re missing and scope out two brilliant new exhibitions from US-based artists Brendan Fowler and Marlo Pascual being staged within the hallowed venue. Using vintage photographs and film from Ebay and thrift stores as a point of departure, Pascual blows up, crops, rotates, re-stages and adds what she calls ‘props’ – such as fluorescent tubes, rocks or anvils – to her images to create photo-based sculptures and installations. Fowler’s photos all come from personal moments in his life – from his studio […]

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A Venetian Banquet

On Sunday 25th March, the Opera Tavern are hosting a Venetian Banquet. The cost is at £95, but every penny will be worth it – trust us. For at Mediterranean-inspired Tapas restaurant Opera Tavern (23 Catherine Street, WC2B), will be hosting an overwhelming spread of food ….. all of it coming from the culinary-rich Italian region of the Veneto.  Ben Tish – the restaurant's executive chef – will be in charge of this gastronomic treat. If that's not enough, he'll be on hand to explain the stories and tales behind each of the dishes and courses. Pomp, pageantry and a […]

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Wine at Bodega Catena Zapata

Just how does one sail through March to the (hopefully) warmer climes of April? Wine could be a start. Well, if that's your train of thought, too, why not attend the Argentine wine tasting with Bodega Catena Zapata (a family-run winery which dates back to the early 1900s), that is being hosted by Plateau Restaurant on Monday 12th March? The Canary Wharf-based event, which starts at 6.30pm, is priced at £20 for 5 wines … while there are canapes being thrown in on the side, too. (Anything to help the wine go down well). Started up in 1902 by Nicola Catena, […]

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