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Get the skinny on Mexico

We’re ahead of the curve… what can we say. We hit Tulum in 2009 thank you very much. Way before Terry Richardson et al gave it the trademark thumbs up ( www.cabanascopal.com/ as it goes). But yes, we too are hungry for Serge Becker’s Esquina to hit Moor Street later this year so stay tuned…  Meanwhile we’re rather partial to the healthy burritos served at Poncho 8. We’ve happily bid adieu to January detox but we’re talking maintenance people so check out the Slo Carb Box produced in collaboration with the personal trainers at The Foundry or get the skinny […]

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I Do at 1 Lombard Street

Landmark City brasserie 1 Lombard Street is hosting the City’s largest wedding fair on Monday 6 February, perfect either for those planning their nuptials or hoping to receive something sparkling come Valentine’s Day. Some of the country’s most experienced companies catering to the wedding market will be in attendance from dress designers to make-up artists, wedding planners to florists and photographers to luxury cake makers with themes taking in everything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Bridget Bardot. And if you’re after a hat that’s more Dita Von Teese than mother of the bride, look no further than Katherine Elizabeth Millinery, […]

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Saf Express at Harvey Nichols

The Harvey Nichols sale may be but a happy memory but apart from a slew of Spring Summer collections set to whet our fashion appetites, there’s now another reason to hit the Knightsbridge store that will have you feeling as good on the inside as you look in the mirror. Just launched on the Fifth Floor is Saf Express serving up unique healthy food jam packed full of natural flavour – the Saf kitchen, specialising in raw food prepared below 48˚C to preserve optimum flavour and nutrition, is committed to providing a healthy lifestyle using predominantly plant based ingredients. Saf […]

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Bourbon & the Boilermakers at Byron

Tom Byng’s brilliant Byron hamburger chain has just introduced another American classic to its restaurants: a list of ten Kentucky Bourbons including Woodford Reserve, Four Roses Single Barrel and Eagle Rare 10 Year Old – all at a budget busting £3-£4 a shot. Drink straight up or Boilermaker style with a beer chaser. Bourbon has been distilled in Kentucky since the 18th-century and all the new whiskeys have been chosen to complement Byron’s menu. The Byron Boilermaker Combo lets you combine any hamburger from the main menu with any Bourbon and any beer for £14.50. Believe it or not, down […]

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Dim Sum Diner

Being Londoners, we're all thankfully treated to a wonderful array of food. Something with which we're all fairly familiar these days … is Dim Sum. But have you ever tried a Dim Sum .. with Guinness Crab? No, probably not. Take yourself down to the all new Dim Sum Diner in Bayswater, a three-month old restaurant whose Executive Chef, Chris Kwan, has incorporated a wide range of Irish influences he acquired during a stint in Dublin, into his food. Dim Sum Diner say, "Chris decided to fuse his love for the velvety stout with his skill for making dim sum […]

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Club Hearts in Westminster

  Have you thought about Valentine's Day yet? Don't worry a jot, someone else has done the hard work for you. Or at least, take your beloved to The Cinnamon Club, the famous Westminster restaurant manned by top Indian chef, Vivek Singh, and you can both indulge in a five-course menu – and all for £75. Schmoozing couples of the sickly kind, can opt for 'Two Spoons', a doubled portion that comes on one plate with, you guessed it, two spoons for sharing. One item on offer? Chargrilled black leg chicken breast stuffed with pistachio and chicken liver. They'll love […]

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Blitz it up at Volupté

If you're wanting to explore the 'unconventional' this Valentine's, Volupté might be the place for you. For the burlesque and cabaret supperclub is hosting its very own 'Blitz Party' …   Among the air-raid sirens, an unannounced black out and a menu packed full of oysters, lobsters and seductive chocolate fondue (plus a couple of live performances), Volupté are expecting you all to fall in love with each other's sharp suits and 1930's pearls and pencil skirts. And well, you probably will.   Interested? Get this package for £75 … it includes three courses and a show.   http://www.volupte-lounge.com/

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Fashion & Beauty

Happy New Year of the dragon

Welcome to the year of the dragon – in Chinese astrology one promising powerful therapeutic waves of change and wisdom combined with a deeper level of collective understanding. So in the spirit of acquiring some extra wisdom and shifting some cellulite I checked out Marylebone’s brilliant Chi-Yu spa. My therapy of choice was the Deep Tissue & Remedial Massage with the amazing Noriko which promised to help release muscle tensions and stimulate blood circulation and her slow deep pressure strokes using juniper and geranium oils were massage music to some shamefully sedentary gluts. The spa’s holistic approach means they can […]

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Openings & Launches

Harrods Hotspots

Following on from last year’s successful French Laundry pop-up at Harrods comes news of two exclusive new restaurant openings for 2012 by celebrated chefs Richard Corrigan and the Galvin brothers – the launch of Galvin Demoiselle and Corrigan’s Bentley’s. First up in March comes Galvin Demoiselle within the store’s iconic Food Halls, fifth London offering from Galvin Restaurants, founded in 2005 by Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Having spearheaded the concept and design for the new bistrostyle eaterie, Chris’ wife, Sara Galvin, will take the role of patron. Set in a unique, elevated location overlooking the bustle of […]

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Mini Polo with Gaucho

Have you ever wondered what mini Polo would be like? Well, neither have we, but it's looks as though we're all being invited to enjoy it first-hand next week in Mayfair. In Swallow Street on Tuesday 31st January, Gaucho – the Argentine restaurant group famous for its mouth-watering steaks – will be hosting 'the world's smallest ever polo match'. Two horses, Jamie Morrison, one of England's finest polo players, and Argentinian Oscar Mancini, will be taking to the tiny Mayfair street in a duel that is likely to prove an explosive encounter. Swallow Street will be turfed, and two five-a-side football […]

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Hush Comedy Cabaret

If your new year detox isn’t proving too much fun, here’s something that should cheer you up. On Friday 27 January, Lancashire Court’s glamorous Hush restaurant is hosting its first ever Comedy Cabaret, in collaboration with Laughing Boy Comedy Club. The event will be held in the venue’s newly refurbished Private Dining Room, where guests can enjoy a two course meal alongside side-splitting entertainment from three exciting acts. Headlining is Simon Evans who featured on last year’s Mike Mcintyre’s Comedy Road show and he’ll be followed by fellow comics Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell. Doors open 7pm and tickets cost […]

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The Botanist doesn’t do detox

Botanist doctor of mixology Paolo Brammer doesn’t do January detoxes. In fact he’s a staunch believer that a little of what you fancy actually does you good. Until 12th February both The Botanist on Sloane Square and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in the City will be serving up a selection of good-for you cocktails that promise to keep you fighting fit and each creation is packed full of vitamins and minerals designed to restore your body and mind ready for the year ahead. Ours is a skinny Green Business with vodka, fresh cucumber, basil and spirulina powder – the dietary […]

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