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Green Goddess

Feeling a little Mojitoed out? Well never fear, Dominic Jacobs, bar manager at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor has created the Matchito, an original and (somewhat) healthier version of your favourite tipple. Matcha is a finely ground green tea that is grown in the shade so it produces more Chlorophyll than other forms of tea and is choc full of antioxidants, fibre and nutrients to boot. However, in his inimitable wisdom, Jacobs has decided that it also goes rather well with  gin – hence the Matchito: Beefeater 24, apple, lime, mint and Tea Pigs Matcha tea. Beats putting vodka in your […]

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Gone Fishing

Sushi is big business in Brazil and to prove it, launching in March on Lexington Street, is Yoobi, London’s first Brazilian inspired temakeria serving freshly made temaki rolls using high quality natural ingredients from its own rice blend to sustainably-sourced fish and fresh wasabi to locally sourced vegetables. Leading up to the opening, Yoobi is inviting the good people of Soho to play a little game with the chance to win free temaki. The Yoobi site is currently concealed behind a brightly coloured hoarding that hosts a school of black fish, each bearing its own QR code. Just scan them […]

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Truffles in Babylon

If you gave up chocolate for lent and are struggling – would it be sensible to give you something else to look forward to in the meantime? Probably not, but here you go anyway. Head to Babylon at the end of April and you may just find yourself needing to give Truffles up for next year's lent. The eponymous Kensington Roof Garden Restaurant is launching its very own Truffle Menu that week …. running for both lunch and dinner. It will be priced at £55. Be prepared for the famous hidden 'mushroom' to be ensconced into just about every course […]

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Cotidie

Next month celebrated Michelin-star chef Italian chef Bruno Barbieri is partnering up with fellow-Italian Francesco Ortone and opening his first UK restaurant  – elegant modern Italian Cotidie in Marylebone Village. Meaning “everyday” in Latin, Cotidie will showcase a daily changing menu in a spacious 75 seater restaurant while at the ten-seater BARbieri (geddit?) you can order from a separate menu of cicchetti dishes, designed to complement the extensive and predominantly Italian wine list. Alongside his Italian seasonal Italian produce, Bruno will source beef, lamb, seafood and fish from the British Isles and the pasta will be handmade on site by […]

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Tickets Now On Sale for ‘WIE’

Since last Friday designers, models, bloggers, fashionistas and rock stars have swept the streets in one svelt sweep. One could certainly be forgiven for forgetting that a world outside Burberry, Victoria Beckham’s eye bags and 'the' Mary Katrantzou Topshop dress exists.  Nevertheless, with February's fashion frenzy and the big freeze finally over, sunnier skies and Spring offer a great chance to get reenergised with new ideas. So if you want some fresh inspiration, then put The 'WIE' Symposium (‘Women Inspiration and Enterprise') in your diary. WIE Symposium is the brainchild of June Sarpong (former T4 presenter) and Dee Poku, created to […]

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Welcome to the Courtesan’s Boudoir

The Grosvenor Hotel has marked the completion of its 18-month renovation with the opening of a brand new suite, which, in a humorous twist, is dedicated to a guest that didn’t even make it through the door! The Courtesan’s Boudoir – The Cora Pearl Suite celebrates the day in 1870 when the Parisian courtesan was actually turned away from the hotel. She’d booked into a suite but was refused entry when stories of her hedonistic lifestyle (and the rest) surfaced. The Grosvenor's new luxurious rococo-themed suite draws its inspiration from the French interiors of the late 1800s and features glass […]

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Bon Bon at Volupté

We've all heard of Volupté: London's number one burlesque bar, where cocktails don't come with a side order of nuts, but rather, of cabaret. But change is afoot at this subterranean marvel, for it has launched The Bon Bon Bar, a sweet-shop-cum-speakeasy. Behind a velvet curtain, The Bon Bon Bar will await guests with a pretty array of jam jars filled to their brim of tantalising retro sweets. But if you that doesn't quite tickle your fancy enough, why not try some of their cocktails? Among the selection are, ‘Miss Marshmallow’, a raspberry and vanilla vodka concoction, topped with a […]

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ABSOLUT Gorillaz

ABSOLUT vodka is teaming up with artist Jamie Hewlett of the Gorillaz with a collaboration that’s perfect for even the most discerning of drinks cabinets. This latest limited edition bottle represents a stylish romp through the last 200 years of London fashion taking in seven pivotal characters who have shaped our present wardrobes. Yes they’re all there in all their glory from the Dickensian and 18th Century Dandy, through to the Pinstripe gent, the Sixties siren and Seventies Punkrocker. And all with a decidedly Gorillaz-esque twist. Check out www.facebook.com/absolutuk to find out how to win one otherwise you'll have to wait […]

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Proud Cabaret Camden

London’s cabaret and burlesque fever shows no signs of abating and to prove it Proud has just launched Proud Cabaret Camden on the site of the former Proud Kitchen – £150,000 more glamorous and decadent than before and with a 360 º entertainment experience to boot. The space adjoining Proud Gallery and Live Music Venue has been transformed with blood red velvet curtains draping the walls, gold chandeliers hanging from the former Horse Hospital’s 200 year old beams and art deco style black banquette seating. Lipstick red bordello style candelabras and a cluster of purple silk balloon lanterns hang above […]

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W and James Small on film for Vauxhall Fashion Scout

W Hotel has always fostered a strong relationship with fashion and the arts. It even cast David Gandy and Helena Christensen in Blow-Up homage short, Away We Stay to celebrate its launch. This year the enigmatic Mr W has teamed up with Vauxhall Fashion Scout and James Small to create a fashion film for the latter’s AW12 collection. Conductivity stars Richard Rawson aka British hip-hop artist Fazer and model/presenter Zara Martin alongside the new Vauxhall Ampera electric car. Director Jak FrSH was influenced by iconic sci-fi movies like Tron and Bladerunner, explaining, “I wanted to create a futuristic backdrop and […]

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Art for Heart’s Sake

You may perhaps be celebrating Valentine's Day with your beloved a little belatedly this year. Or, perhaps, the 14th never really ended for you? Either way, this is something of which you ought to take note. (And you have two days left to enjoy it ….) There is a gorgeous exhibition in London this week that ticks all the right boxes. Art For Heart's Sake, created by duo Si Elborne and Sophie Wharmby, in partnership with Hipstamatic, is a contemporary creative art exhibition and auction (think photographs, paintings, drawings, etc) which is raising money for charity Kids Company. From 10th […]

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Eat Sleep Fashion at The May Fair Hotel

You may have noticed the May Fair Hotel's new Fashion Week facade which was unveiled earlier this morning. This year, it's been created by Rihanna and Florence go-to designers FelderFelder. But trust us, there's a lot more going on inside so get ready to party like a fashionisha… Step 1 Hot foot it to the May Fair Spa which has devised a series of express treatments to deal with LFW fatigue such as the Fashion Eco Chic Pedicure (50 minutes £65.00) or The Crystal Face of Fashion Massage (30 mins £55) to emerge fresh-faced as a supermodel and ready for […]

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