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New Cocktails at The Cinnamon Club

It’s the perfect time to be bidding farewell to 2011 with a good tipple. But do you want to try something new? Head to the Cinnamon Club – Vivek Singh’s impressively gourmet Indian restaurant in Westminster – for a set of brand new cocktails that look set to raise the bar on the already-popular existing list. Mixologist Salvatore D’Amico, has devised a menu of 15 winter cocktails. Two highlights: ‘Don’t Mess With Naga’ ..made with Plata tequila, caramel liquor, lime juice, green-pear syrup and Naga Bitter – made using high-proof, eight-year-old Bourbon and Naga Chillies. They’re the world’s hottest and administered with a […]

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Proud Panto

When we heard that Proud Cabaret was branching out into panto we knew it wouldn't be any old pantomime. Hold onto your magic lamps for Voix de Ville's laugh-out-loud burlesque panto with cabaret faves Missy Fatale, Betsy Rose and Banbury Cross along with seasonal star turns from hilarious double act Coco Du Bois and Velma Celli who'll be narrating the show. There'll be tinsel, tassels, the odd tiara and tears of laughter as Proud is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with an ever-changing line-up of stars. Forget about pumpkins and magic slippers too, Proud is pulling out all the stops […]

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The Lucky Pig

On paper, London could probably survive without any new openings for quite a while. To say the capital is inundated with choices and places-to-go, is an understatement. Nonetheless, an undeniable excitement builds when indeed something does open up – after all, it’s better to have too much choice than none at all. Right? Enter The Lucky Pig. On 2nd December, this new cocktail bar will be opening in Central London, or more specifically, in the heart of Fitzrovia. Classic cocktails, decadence and old-fashioned glamour are some of the three ways this new locale has been described by its launchers, Keith […]

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Jom Makan!

Do you know much about Malaysian food? If not, head to Jom Makan … literal translation, ‘Let’s Go Eat’. Opened very recently in Westfield Stratford, Jom Makan offers menus packed full with Malaysian family recipes, Kuala Lumpur street food and a whole host of dishes produced as a result of Western fusion. Popular so far are Nasi Lemak Ayam, (a mixed plate of coconut rice and chicken rendang with a hard boiled egg and sprinkled with crispy fried anchovies, peanuts and spring onions, £8.90) and Roti Canai (traditional Malaysian griddled flat bread, £2.00). But there’s much more than just that to try. There […]

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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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A Christmas Pizza

Italians do Christmas well. No, really. There are several feasts of Leviathan proportions … and then just a few more sprinkled on top. But if you can’t make it down to the boot-shaped country for the festive period, why not head to a branch of Fire and Stone instead? This Christmas, they’re unveiling the ….. Christmas Pizza! It sounds gimmicky, but is actually really rather fun. What can you find on such a pizza? A red wine gravy base topped with a medley of roast turkey breast, Brussels sprouts sautéed with pancetta, melted brie, roast potatoes, chipolatas and stuffing, finished with cranberry […]

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Hermès takes Harrods

A woolly scarf is all very well and good but a Hermès version is so much chicer n’est-ce pas? And from 1 December to 3 January, the brand is celebrating its new silk campaign Paris Mon Ami in Harrod’s Room of Luxury 2 and has created this limited edition H en Voyage silk scarf (pictured below) to celebrate 20 years of Hermès at Harrods. What’s more, every Wednesday and Friday afternoon in December you can come and take advantage of expert advice from a team of crack scarf stylists and be immortalized in you new-found finery by the official Paris […]

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Blakes Hotel & Restaurant

Original boutique hotel Blakes is beloved by designers and celebrities in equal measure – not least Gwyneth Paltrow! The original boutique hotel created by Anouska Hempel back in 1978, is packed full of eclectic artefacts from all over the world amassed by the designer during her globe-hopping from China to Cambodia. Just like the famously discreet hotel itself, Blake’s decadent subterranean restaurant is a well-kept Chelsea secret with walls decorated with fans made from the feathers of exotic birds with the cuisine drawing its inspiration from all corners of the globe. So if you’re dreaming of Christmas in a far […]

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Russian Resplendence at Eighty-Six

Have you made plans for New Year yet? If you haven't, this might be up your street. Eighty-Six, Fulham Road's secretly excellent restaurant and bar, will be turning into an 'ostentatious Russian winter paradise' on the 31st. For an £86 ticket, Eighty-Six are inviting you to spend 2011's end with them and their magical Russian wonderland. Champagne is handed out on entry, while caviar will mark the start of a four-course feast. As well as dinner, wine will be catered for, as will a bottle of Russian Marquis Vodka per 6 people. Magnums are given to parties of 12 and […]

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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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Free Oysters at Loch Fyne Restaurants

To celebrate its 21st birthday, Loch Fyne Restaurants is offering 21 year olds a taste of the good life, with an invitation to come in and enjoy a free oyster. Loch Fyne is internationally renowned for its irresistible oysters which are in demand all over the world. The group’s Managing Director, Liz Williams, wants to give youngsters ‘coming of age’ the opportunity to taste their first oyster at one of its 42 Loch Fyne restaurants across the country. Liz Williams, said: “Not many young people have tried oysters by the time they turn 21 and many assume they won’t like […]

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