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A Room For A Duchess

Sometimes, you just want everything to be a little bit girlie. (Well, most women do, anyway).   Well, Dukes London – the gorgeous, quintessentially British hotel in the heart of Mayfair – is coming to the assistance of all those who subscribe to the above theory….after all, their ‘Duchess Rooms’ are a discreet service tailored to female business and leisure guests. As part of the special attention, female guests can expect a make-up mirror, hair dryer and styling accessories provided atop all the rooms’ dressing table. Female slippers will be available, too, as well as fresh flowers, a complimentary fruit […]

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Andaz Advent Calendar

Advent calendars are certainly getting imaginative this year. We’ve already seen Selfridges’ £18,000 calendar cabinet filled with mini-me versions of shoes by the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson and Love Magazine’s effort featuring mini flicks of models Lindsey Wixson, Douzen Kroes and co getting down to All I Want for Christmas and Santa Baby but now for something we can really get our teeth into. Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street has collaborated with designer Eyal Burstein of Beta Tank to create an advent calendar table piled with vintage tea cups and bowls capturing the essence of […]

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KIN

Clerkenwell’s Leather Lane may have a few similarities to the Khao San Road of Bangkok but today it’s getting another in new restaurant, KIN (meaning ‘eat’ in Thai), serving up street foods from across Asia. The genesis of the idea came after founder Kwok Tang discovered he had a gluten intolerance whereupon he and his wife and business partner began to investigate the benefits of Vietnamese cuisine which is gluten and wheat free. We’re talking a delicious mix of Pho, Chicken Katsu Curry, Pad Thai and Green Curry – most of which is also available to take away. Banh Mi, […]

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We wish you a Lanvin Christmas

There’s nothing like the annual tradition of Claridge’s uber fashionable tree to tell us that the festive season is well and truly underway and although it was officially erected at the end of last month, it was properly christened this week with a star studded Christmas party. Guests including Sir Paul Smith, Gordon Ramsay, Tallulah Harlech, Mary Charteris, Emilia Fox, Fergus Henderson, Mike Figgis and, of course, Alber Elbaz downed pomegranate and mulled apple cocktails  and feasted upon parsnip and chestnut croquettes, turkey and ham pies and mini gingerbread houses while being serenaded by pianist Rosey Chan. The 20 foot […]

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Think Pink at the Mandeville

This week, the pink haired one, aka fashion doyenne Zandra Rhodes, is launching a specially designed Iconic Afternoon Tea at The Mandeville Hotel based on her trademark eccentric jewellery and fashion collections. Guaranteed to stave off those winter blues the tea features clouds of bright pink meringues, buttery butterfly lavender shortbread and macaroon buttons plus sandwiches and scones galore all served on his 'n' her blue and pink patterned crockery designed especially for the hotel. Launching officially on Thursday with a Rhodes themed afternoon tea party where guests can also take in a Q&A and book-signing with Zandra herself and […]

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The Delaunay

It’s finally happened, just like the iPhone 4S, The Wolseley 2.0 is upon us just in time for Christmas and following a media blackout The Delaunay launched yesterday on the corner of The Aldwych and Drury Lane. But will its Euro Grand Café style usurp the Piccadilly forebear of its breakfast hegemony? Who knows but we reckon that Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have it covered from the Birchermüesli through to Choucroute à l'Alsacienne, Moules frites and Schnitzels. This could also be the place to come for afternoon tea as promises of Pear and Blackcurrant Millefeuille, Stroh Rum Cake, Ice […]

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Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail

Christmas is lovely: everything is green, gold and red. This year, it’s also pink. Pink? I hear you shriek. Yes, pink … The Drunken Monkey in East London – renowned as much for its wondrous array of Dim Sum, as it is for its Kung Fu setting -is helping urn a few things on its head this Christmas. On their long and popular cocktail list, the festive ones down at the Shoreditch locale have produced a special ‘Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail’ especially for all you hardcore revellers. What’s in it? ’50ml Pink Pigeon, 25ml Freshly squeeze orange juice, 15ml Fratello hazelnut, Dash of […]

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Stuart Semple for Amnesty at Boxpark

From floating 2000 Happy Clouds above the Tate Modern to make us all feel a bit better a couple of years ago to his brilliant comic-book-meets-social-commentary pop art canvases, artist and Aubin Gallery director Stuart Semple is always on message. And now he’s lending his talents to Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign. He’s created a series of prints on sale at Amnesty’s pop-up retail concept in Shoreditch’s newly opened Boxpark bearing the slogan, Shine a Light the Whole World Over. “It’s a lyric from Diana Ross’ Chain Reaction,” he told me, “each of us can do something that shines […]

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Del Aziz

Clapham’s really been upping its culinary game of late with Soif and The Rookery opening only last week. And now Eastern Mediterranean restaurant group Del’Aziz is launching its sixth site and serious South London hub bang in the middle of Clapham Old Town. Just like its sister sites, Del’Aziz in Clapham has been designed by Shaun Clarkson with warm rosy and saffron tones and wooden and copper features throughout the restaurant, bars, deli-café and gift shop. The restaurant and main event will be open from 7am until 11pm at night. Breakfasts and brunches feature muesli and Greek yoghurt and Berber […]

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Theatre Menu for NOPI

As soon as you walk into NOPI, it’s immediately clear Yotam Ottolenghi is behind it. A string of Asian flavours and those from the Middle-East, too, run through the menus of this all-day, modern brasserie … and it’s little wonder it’s fast becoming the discovered treasure tucked away behind busy Piccadilly. But the restaurant – whose piece de resistance is the long, canteen table which looks out into the open, frenzied kitchen in the basement – is getting just that little better. Because of its prime location in TheatreLand, NOPI has quite rightly produced its very own theatre menu. On […]

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The (very) Long Table

There’s room for everyone … and a few more. But have you thought about taking up your spot yet? Portuguese-born creative chef Nuno Mendes is hoping you might join him at his latest venture (in co-ordination with the Bootstap Company), The Long Table. But what is it other than just a very long, never-ending slab of wood? Appearances are deceiving, however, because The Long table is a nocturnal food market set in a covered car park in Dalston, Hackney. It is East London’s first-ever night market .. and its aim? To encourage an atmosphere of pleasant conviviality. It offers visitors a […]

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Proud Panto

When we heard that Proud Cabaret was branching out into panto we knew it wouldn't be any old pantomime. Hold onto your magic lamps for Voix de Ville's laugh-out-loud burlesque panto with cabaret faves Missy Fatale, Betsy Rose and Banbury Cross along with seasonal star turns from hilarious double act Coco Du Bois and Velma Celli who'll be narrating the show. There'll be tinsel, tassels, the odd tiara and tears of laughter as Proud is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with an ever-changing line-up of stars. Forget about pumpkins and magic slippers too, Proud is pulling out all the stops […]

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