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The Rib Room

Fifty years after it first opened its doors, carnivorous Knightsbridge stalwart, The Rib Room is back with a vengeance this October. Following an extensive refurbishment from designer du jour Martin Brudnizki (St Pancras Grand Brasserie), a new Michelin-starred head chef in the shape of Ian Rudge from Northcote promises the start of a brand new era. Hollywood stars, politicians, supermodels and even royalty have all graced its hallowed halls (not to mention its tables) but we reckon everyone will love the new look space with its glamorous destination cocktail bar, two private dining rooms and cigar terrace. The elegant restaurant […]

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Jewel St Pauls

It already boasts glittering sister venues Jewel Piccadilly and Jewel Covent Garden but now Jewel is expanding eastwards with brand new site Jewel St Pauls – set to bring that trademark baroque glamour to the City of London. The new and super opulent venue promises to deliver top notch service and the best cocktails in EC2. Spread over three floors, there’ll be plenty of room to relax throughout the week whether you’re in the mood for a chic lunchtime treat or evening party hotspot at which to shake your thang complete with top DJ’s playing the best tunes until the […]

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Music Box Tuesdays

If you’re suffering from Made In Chelsea withdrawal symptoms, fear not… Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes’  Chelsea speakeasy bar Barts is launching ‘Music Box Tuesdays’ tomorrow night hosted by none other than Made in Chelsea star and aspiring singer Gabriella Ellis. Half Greek Gabriella has already had a number one hit single in Greece with a cover of ‘Hit the Road Jack’ and is preparing to take the UK by storm, starting with SW3. So to hob nob with the Chelsea set and get the inside scoop on Series 2 (will Gabs and Ollie rekindle their romance?), we suggest you […]

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Get your “Body Back”

  British author Heather Porter is releasing her first book “Body Back,” the definitive guide to getting your mind, soul and body back during pregnancy and after becoming a mother, due for release next January. The beautiful Brit and mother of four tells tales of the trials and tribulations associated with pregnancy and beyond, written with words of wisdom by a woman who has experienced it all – four times over. Having expanded and shrunk back down to supermodel size with four pregnancies under her size four belt and quicker than you can say ‘Heidi Klum’  – everyone wanted to know Porter’s secret. “Body Back” shares them […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

SW4 – coolest postcode?

So it’s nearly the August Bank Holiday and that usually means just one thing in the capital. By Monday, Clapham Common will be a mess. But for now, we won’t let that worry us. South West Four 2011 returns on Saturday in all its crowd-pleasing and popular glory. But while tickets for that particular day (which, by the way, will have the likes of Underworld and Pete Tong taking to the stage), there are, I hear,  a few dwindling Sunday tickets remaining. Still not tempted? Well, the day will be showcasing Annie Mac, Pendulum, Magnetic Man, and others on the main […]

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The Wash

Car ads are really stepping up a gear this year. You’ve already seen Mercedes-Benz’s tongue-in-cheek lads’ mag style Spring/Summer 2012 campaign with Jessica Stam getting steamy in Ungaro for Terry Richardson. But Vauxhall certainly wasn’t going to be outdone by the high fashion brigade. Staying true to its edgy Vauxhall Fashion Scout roots, the brand tapped hip mens’ streetwear designer of the moment, James Small, director Konstantinos Menelaou (behind Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View of Fashion film) and one Jaime Winstone as lead Vauxhall diva. Wash does the double, showcasing James’ S/S 2012 Miami rockability collection and announcing Vauxhall Motor’s […]

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Iberica Food & Culture

Ibérica Food and Culture of Great Portland Street is branching out with a second location at 10 Cabot Square in Canary Wharf this autumn continuing the ethos of the original as an outpost of Spanish culture in the capital. Executive Chef, Nacho Manzano of the two Michelin starred Casa Marcial in Asturias, together with protégé, Cesar Garcia, will serve authentic yet contemporary gastronomic tapas. Classic Spanish favourites such as Jamon Iberico – from three different regions or Fabada, alongside signature dishes such as Manzano’s Iberica Burger with Secreto Pork Loin & Piparras Peppers and Fried Chorizo Lollypops with Pear Alioli […]

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The Wigs are Back

It all started when a group of friends in the late 90s devised a wig-tastic invite-only event. But its popularity meant that it fast outgrew its small Holland Park surroundings, and has since become one of London’s most anticipated annual parties. On Saturday October 1st, The Wig Party returns for its eighth year at One Mayfair. This year, the theme is ‘Gods and Monsters’ and as ever, the National Aids Trust (NAT) will be the party’s nominated charity partner. Guests, as always, will be invited to compete in the Wig Party Pageant, where the most elaborate costumes and hair vie it out to be crowned Wig Party […]

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Curtain Call

If you haven’t already done so, you’ve only got until 29 August to catch Curtain Call, Ron Arad’s brilliant installation at Camden’s The Roundhouse. And today, sees a pretty good reason to give it a whirl as Arad’s collaborators and acclaimed artists Christian Marclay and Mat Collishaw are each presenting audio-visual work created especially for the installation. Christian Marclay’s Pianorama kicks things off at 7pm and features Marclay’s film of pianist Steve Beresford’s hands crashing across the keyboard with a real life Beresford performing a live accompaniment to the film alongside his projected self. There follows Mat Collishaw’s Sordid Earth, […]

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SUDA

London’s latest Thai restaurant SUDA has just launched in Covent Garden’s new development, St Martin’s Courtyard off Upper St Martin’s Lane. The regional all day dining menu has been created by S&P, the company behind the popular Thai restaurant group Patara. SUDA takes its name from the Siamese rice bar, evoking the Thai culture of eating rice, aka ‘the bread of Thailand’, with every meal. Happily though, the menu doesn’t only feature rice. Rather it’s an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Thai dishes. Providing a modern take on classic Thai cooking, highlights include Choo-chee pla, a sea bass red […]

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Westfield Stratford City

While we may not be overly enthralled at the prospect of the Tube closures and general TFL mayhem in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games, we are, none the less, getting rather excited at the prospect of Westfield Stratford City with its fast encroaching opening date of 13 September this year at the gateway to the Olympic Park. The 1.9 million sq ft development will create a new lifestyle destination for London that will infuse shopping and leisure with the creative spirit for which East London has become famous. It is set to house over 300 stores, 70 […]

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Our House at V Festival

  Looking forward to V Festival at the weekend? We certainly are – not least to catch Eminem and Rihanna singing Love The Way You Lie on the Virgin Media stage at Hylands Park on Sunday. However, there’s so much more guaranteed to keep us entertained. We know we shouldn’t gloat but we can wait to hang in the Louder Lounge where you’ll find us swapping glad rags for vintage in Cupboard Love, topping up our tans courtesy of St Tropez, having a festival face-off with the MAC girls and having our talons a thorough overhaul at the brilliant WAH […]

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