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The Rookery

Clapham Common South Side has just got itself a New York style Lower East Side makeover in the shape of The Rookery Bar and Restaurant complete with exposed brick work, cables, ceramic tiles, mismatched wooden furniture and suspended light bulbs. The new venue from Mark Angell and business partner, Ben Burston promises well-sourced, sustainable and seasonal food at reasonable prices courtesy of head chef, Stephen Gadd, formerly of Hibiscus and Pied a Terre. Steve’s admiration for famed cookery writer and former Bibendum chef, Simon Hopkinson is reflected in his cooking and he marries a back-to-basics style with contemporary touches and […]

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ABSOLUT Blank

With the approach of Christmas panto season, now’s your chance to be the life and soul of the party by becoming an Aladdin style genie in a very special bottle. ABSOLUT VODKA has teamed up with video artist Saam Farahmand to create ABSOLUT BLANK Live with a specially commissioned art installation at The Truman Brewery. Simply rock up, choose your favourite music track and dance your socks off to create unique digital trails using your body as a paint brush. 3D motion tracking technology reads depth, velocity and colour via an infrared camera for a unique portrait with its own […]

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Delia Day

Who doesn’t like to know that Delia’s always on hand to help at Christmas? Well, such is Delia Smith’s culinary influence and widespread comfort, that Waitrose – whose ‘Delia’s Classic Christmas Cake Prepared Ingredients box’ have already sold 97% profit on last year – have declared that this Sunday will be ‘Delia Day’. The silver box of goodies contains all the dry ingredients (dried fruit mix pre-soaked in brandy, soft dark brown sugar, flour, chopped almonds, black treacle and mixed spice with nutmeg) needed to make the Classic Christmas Cake…. so what are you waiting for? Everything is pre-prepared inside, correct […]

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The Angel & Crown

They already have the keys to The Cagodan Arms, The Botanist and The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, but it was always going to be hard dissuading brothers and partners Tom and Ed Martin from opening more of the same thing. So it comes with little surprise that the ETM Group owners, the company which oversees operations at the afore-mentioned venues (and a few more, at that), have decided to add another string to their bow. Though perhaps ‘empire’, would be more apt. For in the very near future, the brothers will be launching another public house, The Angel & Crown […]

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Greenleaf Restaurant & Karaoke

X-Factor wanabees (and Frankie Cocozza – well, he could do with the practice after all) take note. Greenleaf Restaurant & Karaoke bar opens this week in Holborn combining Cantonese and Chinese food with a state-of-the-art singalong. On ground level, pull up one of the ghost chairs in the 30-seater restaurant and enjoy head chef Hu Xie’s signature creations such as Celery and Scallop Balls and Cheese Baked Lobster. The back wall is embedded with 16,000 one-penny coins which, depending on your cocktail consumption, might seem worth a late night heist (until someone does the maths). But downstairs is where the […]

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Eyeskate

Fancy perfecting your pirouettes in the shadow of the capital’s iconic London Eye? Well the EDF Energy London Eye is reprising the popular Eyeskate and the rink opens tomorrow 18 November with a breathtaking free performance of The Nutcracker on Ice choreographed and performed by the National Ice Skating Association. But if you think you can do better, the Eye will host a Spectacular Skate-Off on Sunday 4 December, a free-to-enter competition for budding skaters with the winner being crowned the London Eye’s ice-skating champion. Everyone’s a winner though as all those taking part will receive a complimentary ticket to […]

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A Repetto Christmas

Quite soon, it’ll be hard to get away from Christmas decorations. But if you’re saving yourself for something really magical, we suggest you head to the French city of Bordeaux. At the heart of L’Orangerie inside The Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux and Spa, a sensational Christmas tree – decorated with pink and black satin ballet shoes and golden medals – will be erected. It is designed by Repetto, the world-renowned French ballet shoes company created in the 1940s by Rose Repetto at the request of her son, the dancer Roland Petit. The tree, which will be half an ode to Christmas, […]

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Carmen: A Life in Fashion

London College of Fashion’s brand new Fashion Space Gallery is getting some christening! Today sees the launch of an exhibition documenting the life and work of the world’s most enduring supermodel, Carmen Dell’Orefice. Using photographs from Carmen’s personal archive, the exhibition tells the story of a staggering 66 year career from her modelling debut in 1945 at just 13 years old via some never before publicly exhibited images lensed by the likes of Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Norman Parkinson, Horst P Horst and Lillian Bassman. The exhibition has been curated for the Fashion Space Gallery by close friend […]

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Hippodrome Casino

Next spring London is getting a Vegas style make-over with the opening of The Hippodrome Casino Leicester Square in the former theatre-cum-dodgy-nightclub. Set over four floors, the 1800 capacity £35 million venture will combine a restaurant and lounge bar, cocktail bar, dedicated live entertainment space and, of course, serious amounts of both traditional and state-of-the-art electronic gaming. Says British entrepreneur and owner Simon Thomas, “First and foremost, we’re not just about gaming. The Hippodrome Casino is about fun, entertainment, great food and drink in amazing surroundings. And if you want to have a flutter on the tables, then we’ve got […]

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Spiegel Saloon

Hyde Park’s annual Winter Wonderland has its obvious appeals. Yet this year, it’ll be joined by one other must-see/must-visit sight. The Spiegel Saloon – which opens this Friday, 18th November – is a large restaurant, bar and entertainment venue at the heart of the fairground.   It is the only fully-heated and sheltered restaurant within the walls of Winter Wonderland, but its beauty goes beyond that, after all, Spiegel Tents were traditionally travelling ballrooms and entertainment salons that originated in Belgium in the early 19th Century. Winter Wonderland’s structure – made from wood, mirrors and sumptuous red velvet -promises to authentically hark back to that time.   There’s a piano juke […]

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Bear Necessities at Floridita

If you associate the ditty 'Bare Necessities' with Baloo and Mowgli from Disney's The Jungle Book, well, prepare to relive your childhood – albeit with a slightly more adult twist. Tomorrow evening, Floridita is holding a charity performance of its popular Cabaret Floridita to raise money for the Lord Mayor's Appeal 2011 – Bear Necessities (Building Better Lives) which helps children in London access education and opportunities and also supports international disaster relief. And in case you're wondering, 'Bear' ain't a typo, the campaign has a teddy for its logo not the above shot. That's Burlesque Queen Sophia St. Villier […]

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Canary Wharf Ice Rink- Get your skates on!

Returning for its seventh successive season, the Canary Wharf Ice Rink will be buzzing with fun and festivity throughout the coming winter months. Opening on Saturday 12 November, skaters can take to the ice in Canada Square Park beneath the iconic towers of Canary Wharf. Surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights and an impressive 200 shops, bars and restaurants offering an array of tempting treats, the rink will once again be the longest running ice rink in the Capital and the perfect addition to a day’s Christmas shopping.   Whether you are looking for a picturesque glide under starry skies, expert […]

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