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We wish you a Lanvin Christmas

There’s nothing like the annual tradition of Claridge’s uber fashionable tree to tell us that the festive season is well and truly underway and although it was officially erected at the end of last month, it was properly christened this week with a star studded Christmas party. Guests including Sir Paul Smith, Gordon Ramsay, Tallulah Harlech, Mary Charteris, Emilia Fox, Fergus Henderson, Mike Figgis and, of course, Alber Elbaz downed pomegranate and mulled apple cocktails  and feasted upon parsnip and chestnut croquettes, turkey and ham pies and mini gingerbread houses while being serenaded by pianist Rosey Chan. The 20 foot […]

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The Delaunay

It’s finally happened, just like the iPhone 4S, The Wolseley 2.0 is upon us just in time for Christmas and following a media blackout The Delaunay launched yesterday on the corner of The Aldwych and Drury Lane. But will its Euro Grand Café style usurp the Piccadilly forebear of its breakfast hegemony? Who knows but we reckon that Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have it covered from the Birchermüesli through to Choucroute à l'Alsacienne, Moules frites and Schnitzels. This could also be the place to come for afternoon tea as promises of Pear and Blackcurrant Millefeuille, Stroh Rum Cake, Ice […]

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Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail

Christmas is lovely: everything is green, gold and red. This year, it’s also pink. Pink? I hear you shriek. Yes, pink … The Drunken Monkey in East London – renowned as much for its wondrous array of Dim Sum, as it is for its Kung Fu setting -is helping urn a few things on its head this Christmas. On their long and popular cocktail list, the festive ones down at the Shoreditch locale have produced a special ‘Pink Pigeon Rum Christmas Cocktail’ especially for all you hardcore revellers. What’s in it? ’50ml Pink Pigeon, 25ml Freshly squeeze orange juice, 15ml Fratello hazelnut, Dash of […]

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Stuart Semple for Amnesty at Boxpark

From floating 2000 Happy Clouds above the Tate Modern to make us all feel a bit better a couple of years ago to his brilliant comic-book-meets-social-commentary pop art canvases, artist and Aubin Gallery director Stuart Semple is always on message. And now he’s lending his talents to Amnesty International’s Write for Rights campaign. He’s created a series of prints on sale at Amnesty’s pop-up retail concept in Shoreditch’s newly opened Boxpark bearing the slogan, Shine a Light the Whole World Over. “It’s a lyric from Diana Ross’ Chain Reaction,” he told me, “each of us can do something that shines […]

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Bluebird Christmas Grotto

Winter wonderland comes to King's Road this month when a Xmas grotto pops up in the restaurant's famous courtyard complete with Father Christmas, hot dogs, toffee apples and popcorn – ostensibly for the kids but let's face it – it sounds pretty good to us as well – especially if you factor in the spiced mulled wine. You can also browse through festive stalls selling foodie gifts including gingerbread men and mince pies from the Bluebird Bakery, hog roast and burgers, roasted chestnuts and Bluebird Christmas trees – all while being serenaded with carols and lashings of good cheer. The […]

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3 night stand at Canteen

Covent Garden’s pop-up offshoot of Canteen  is hosting a very special season of guest celebrity chefs this month. Kicking off proceedings tonight is dynamic duo Angela Hartnett and Emma Duggan of Murano and Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room fame with Rare Roast Rib of Longhorn Beef, Dauphinoise potato, cavolo nero, thyme jus and horseradish cream. But don’t worry if you’ve not managed to score yourself a reservation. You can either get on the phone and try your luck, like, ASAP or get in early for the next two instalments of seasonal shenanigans. Tantalising our tastebuds on 8 December is Mark Sargeant, […]

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Flute

A little bit of Manhattan is coming our way next week in the shape of NY nightclub entrepreneur Hervé Rousseau’s Flûte Bar and Lounge bringing some trademark Big Apple fizz to London’s Great Portland Street. As well as a 100 strong Champagne list starting at £45 per bottle, Flûte already boasts two locations in Manhattan (Flûte Midtown won the NY’s Nightclub & Bar Award 2010 for Wine Bar of the Year) and a Paris offshoot called Flûte Etoile and promises VIP treatment for one and all. We’re talking vintage, non-vintage, prestige cuvée, rosé and boutique varieties; rare grower Champagnes from […]

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Reach for the Skylon

It offers some of the best views over London. But it delivers some of the best food, too. But now it's December, Skylon – the restaurant situated within the Royal Festival Hall – is getting festive. Its Finnish Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, has created a special £65-a-head five course Christmas Dinner for Christmas Eve. On the menu? 1. Cream of Jerusalem artichoke, horseradish cream. 2.Butter poached lobster with cashew nuts, pink grape fruit chilli and mango. 3. Pan-fried foie gras, smoked eel and granny smith salad, poppy seed dressing. 4. Ballotine of turkey, cocotte potatoes, chipolatas, cranberry sauce   And to finish? […]

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Glittermasque

Harvey Nichols knows that summer festivals aren’t the only excuse to sparkle so taking up residence at the Knightsbridge store from tomorrow until New Year is the first ever Glittermasque pop-up dispensing bespoke glittery face art to all comers. Glittermasque is the brainchild of make-up artist Helen Lewis who’s spent her career beautifying the worlds of fashion and music and has also been spotted working among the shiny happy people at the Secret Garden Party. And we’re not talking stencils either – her talented team goes in free-style so you get your own bespoke couture creation (unlike wearing Versace for […]

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aqua kyoto

Somerset House, Hyde Park and Canary Wharf may all have city skate rinks on which to execute those perfect figures of eight/spend the day on your bottom (delete as applicable) but if you want to keep your dignity intact, then the West End’s exclusive aqua kyoto is the spot to embrace the big chill. The venue’s Sake & Sushi Ice Bar promises to be the capital’s only outdoor ice bar where guests can chill and dine alfresco on the aqua kyoto terrace amid an array of dazzling festive decorations and hand-carved ice sculptures. Take in the London sky line whilst […]

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Archer Street: Singing all the way to the bar…

Bar launch of the week is Soho’s Archer Street set over two floors of comfy velvet sofas and armchairs and combining pop-up entertainment with all-singing, all-dancing staff and marvellous mixes. Upstairs is all large French windows and distressed wood panelling while the downstairs area has a playful feel with reclaimed rafter board walls, stripy cushions, quirky mirrors, and a long bar covered in antique steel panels. In addition to the talented staff, there’s a calendar of special themed evenings and a monthly soirée in which celebrities are invited to host their own nights – selecting playlists and even taking a […]

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A Fabulous Finale

All good things must come to an end. But when Priscilla Queen of the Desert takes her final bow this December after a roaringly successful three year run, there’s going to be no avoiding a lavish goodbye party. Soho brasserie and cocktail bar, Kettners, will be hosting a rather unmissable Priscilla Fabulous Finale Afternoon Tea. Kettners is conveniently around the corner from the Palace Theatre .. so it’s not far to walk to an emporium full of Priscilla treats. Among the homemade sandwiches and ‘Hot Stuff’ cup cakes, there’ll be a range of  fruity tarts to choose from, as well as […]

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