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Gardens at your service

While London this week basks in the kaleidoscopic Chelsea Flower Show, its green-fingered fans, it seems, will not need to wait an entire year for another such event. For come June 11th, £7.50 will buy entry into an astonishing 214 of the capital’s gardens when Open Garden Squares Weekend gets underway. On offer is the chance to walk and idly roam around some of the city’s verdant nooks and crannies that London otherwise keeps private under lock and key. Middle and Inner Temple, Kensington Roof Gardens, Gray’s Inn, Eaton and Belgrave Square, as well as the private enclosure Kate Middleton spent her last […]

Experiences & Pop-Ups

Chase at Henley

Competition, they say, is healthy. And such will be the case at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta, when rowing aficionados will find their attention diverted away from the Thames and onto dry land.   For after leading the pack for three years, Mahiki’s pop-up tent will in 2011 be joined by drinks company Chase, who are setting up their very own stand for Henley-goers to enjoy. Throughout the 500-person capacity bar – which will be situated on the course’s half-way point – the theme will be vintage and outside, a 1940’s Land Rover will greet guests. Cocktails will be made from either Chase Vodka or Williams Gin, both […]

Openings & Launches

The Langham’s 7p tea

Afternoon tea for 7p? Those were the days – the days of 1865 in fact when tea at London's Langham Hotel cost just that. To celebrate the hotel's 146th anniversary on 10 June, Palm Court at The Langham, London is offering guests the chance to enjoy its delicious Wonderland Tea, £38 these days,  for the original 1865 price one shilling and sixpence or seven pence to you and me. The tradition of afternoon tea can be traced back to 1840 and is widely acknowledged to have been invented by Anna, Seventh Duchess of Bedford, to ward off hunger pangs in […]

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World’s End

World's End lies at the end of the King’s Road which, in Chelsea terms at least, may well be the end of the world as we know it. A fashionable hub since the 1960s with the uber cool Granny Takes a Trip, the locale is on our hip radar once more, with the launch of the eponymous World’s End at 459 King’s Road. The three pronged venue taking its name from the iconic World’s End distillery in which it is housed, is the baby of First Restaurant Group’s Mitchell and Meredith Tillman, stylish offspring of BFC chairman Harold Tillman. There’s […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Nobu lands in Cannes

Seven days down, four yet still to go. But would you be surprised to discover that notwithstanding all the head-turning glamour and star-filled red carpets, it’s food that has had everyone talking at this year’s Cannes Film Festival? The arrival of Nobu Berkeley ST’s pop-up restaurant has been the reason for the stir. For while most ‘Festival-goers’ have taken up the annual sport of judgement-passing – be it on outfit choice or film direction – there are others who have been just as happy flocking to the rooftop pool of boutique hotel 3.14 Cannes, idling, drinking or eating at Nobu’s newest […]

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Coco di Mama

    Workers in the City’s Square Mile now have a brand new lunch spot to love. Enter Coco di Mama (a play on the Italian for ‘Mama’s boy’), a 20 seat venue combining the finest Italian ingredients and offering a fresh alternative to humdrum high street sandwiches, soups and wraps. Amid a sea of cheerful red and white gingham table cloths and take out bags to match, we’re talking freshly prepared Al Bronzo pasta from Sicily with homemade sauce. It’s been slowly drawn through bronze dies to create the tiny ridges for sauces such as fiery arrabiatta or decadent […]

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Al Grelha

It’s that time of year again and in anticipation of those balmy summer days ahead of us, Tom and Ed Martin’s Docklands gastropub The Gun hase just reopened its summer pop-up staple Al Grelha serving a barbecue menu plucked straight from the Algarve for a summer slice of Southern Portugal. With sweeping riverside views from a south facing decked terrace, A Grelha provides a welcome haven from the cut and thrust of the City. Visitors are invited to grab a glass of sangria or an ice cold Super Bock from the outdoor bar and choose from a menu inspired by […]

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On yer bike…

We’re big fans of the food at Asia de Cuba at St Martin’s Lane and Suka at The Sanderson and it looks as though we’re not alone. In fact, we’re beginning to wonder whether Morgans Hotel Group is worried that guests may be enjoying their gourmet charms a tad too much. They have just launched a brand new bicycle program, offering guests complimentary hire of the stylish Dutch inspired Public J7, encouraging them to explore the city and its nearby parks on two wheels. Move over Boris. These bikes are beautifully crafted and skillfully designed for stop-and-go city riding. The […]

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The Coach and Horses

We’ve already fallen for the butterflies at Syon Park Waldorf Astoria and now it looks as if Isleworth is on its way to becoming a destination in its own right. Enter The Coach and Horses, a former Syon House estate 18th century coaching inn which has just undergone a brand new refurbishment and come under new management too. Just minutes from the Waldorf Astoria hotel and situated on London Road, the original thoroughfare to the West Country, the Coach & Horses is famed for its literary appearance in Dickens’ Oliver Twist where Bill Sikes and Oliver stopped en route to […]

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Teapots to Tapestries

Starting today  is a new free exhibition at Piccadilly’s celebrated Fortnum & Mason. Teapots to Tapestries will highlight and champion traditional skills still prevailing today and will be showcased on the first floor of the store until 29 July. Building on the success of its Handmade exhibition of last year and the emporiums’ support for small independent producers, Fortnum’s invites visitors on a journey into the world of traditional craftsmanship, in which skilled artisans display exquisite works of art in porcelain, glass and fabric and where you can meet master technicians in book binding to embroidery at special throughout the […]

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