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Seven Shades of Pink

If you're keen to know a tad more about wine than you currently do, head to Kensington. For Kensington Place, the renowned D&D London restaurant, is launching '7 Shades of Pink', an event to mark the increasing popularity of Rose in Britain. Wine expert Jamie Wynne-Griffiths will be guiding you throught just which Rose wines go with Dan Loftin (Place's head chef) wonderful tasting dishes. It all kicks off at 6.30pm and is priced at £20 per person. But if for any reason you can't make this event …. why not book yourself in to Jamie's other hosted evenings?  On […]

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Almeida

It’s all taking off at Islington hidden gem, Almeida. It's obviously been taking tips from TV’s PanAM as it's just launched a rather brilliant Trolley of Charcuterie. This tongue-in-cheek twist on the glamour of a Martini trolley will be wheeled up to your table so you can choose exactly what you want from a delicious selection including saucisson sec, rosette, coppa and Bayonne ham, foie gras and chicken liver parfait and rillettes maison.   If you would prefer to sample some Petit Plats at the bar or perhaps in the atmospheric Sunken Room, you can enjoy some sensational small dishes to […]

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Holi at Trishna

Did you know that's it the Hindu Spring Festival of Holi next week? Well if you didn't, Head Chef Karam Sethi of Trishna, the Marylebone village restaurant which specialises in the coastal cuisine of South West India, is welcoming you into its festival-going arms. Between 5th – 11th March, Karam will be celebrating Holi, or in other words, 'the coming of Spring' (traditionally, Indians celebrate the special day by throwing powdered pigment and coloured water at each other and making a beautiful kaleidoscopic mess in public places), by installing a tasting menu for all his customers. There will be 4 […]

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Umami

Remember all the fuss about Umami, the fifth taste? Well although we’re still a little hazy about what it actually is, it seems to have been absorbed into the foodie lexicon as meaning something that is basically ‘dead good’. So we have high hopes for this new South Kensington restaurant of the same name. Cuisine takes its influences from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea and dishes come in two sizes: to taste and to share. Expect grilled and wok-fried dishes like Ped Makham (pan seared duck with tamarind and mange tout) and Ikan Bakar (grilled red snapper in banana leaf […]

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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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People’s Pop-up

The pioneering The People’s Supermarket, the shop run by the people and for the people, is becoming the hub of events for Fairtrade Fortnight including the opening of its own pop-up Fairtrade restaurant. For one night only, the shelves will be pushed aside and a three-course Fairtrade feast served in style – created of course using ingredients that have been produced under decent conditions and traded for a fair price. The events, each themed to raise awareness of producers in the developing world,  include Fairtrade chocolate-making workshops, wine-tasting with guest sommelier Christophe Charbonnet and cinema screenings, showing some of the […]

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Mary Katrantzou for The May Fair Hotel

London Fashion Week may be done and dusted for another season but The May Fair Hotel isn’t ready to hang up its stilettos quite yet. It’s joined forces with the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt and guest of honour is Queen of Prints, Mary Katrantzou’s Teflon Egg – in residency for 40 days and 40 nights. Katrantzou’s show was one of the hottest tickets of London Fashion Week  and her Topshop collection too has been an absolute sell-out. Her vibrant three-colour tiered egg is adorned with an army of tiny metal flowers, Swarovski crystals, bells and whistles and described as “Man […]

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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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Flashmobbing with Gaucho

Fancy a spot of Flashmobbing? Head to the City, then. Tomorrow afternoon, Broadgate Circle will be descended upon by City workers of all varieties. Coming to pick up their sticks, balls and …. glasses of champagne, they'll be congregating for a bit of high-octane afternoon sport. Of course, we're talking about .. Polo. For in honour of The Gaucho International Polo event, held on 21st March, at The O2 arena, Gaucho are inviting City workers (and anyone else who'd like to come along, too) to get involved with Argentina's best-loved sport.  But whether you're interested in coming for the bubbly […]

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Hendrick’s Courtship Clinics

Hendrick’s Gin is well known for flouting the rules of convention so as 29 February is set to reverse the rules of normal courtship, Hendrick’s Unusual Month of Reverse Courtship is hosting a variety of events to celebrate. Both ladies plucking up the courage to pop the question and gentlemen searching for a fail-safe get-out clause should head over to The Lonsdale on Monday 20 Feb when the Ladies School of Nuptial Conquest and Hendrick’s School of Scoundrels will be running concurrently. But who are the best students? Find out at the end of the month when Hendrick’s Preposterous Proposal […]

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