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Ultra Vie

Want to sort out your social life in one fell swoop? Welcome to Ultra Vie, the brand new and exciting lifestyle concierge service founded by Johannes Kraft, Dipak Panchal and Simon Taghioff. Launching in the autumn, Ultra Vie, presents a new way to discover premium experiences in hospitality and retail. Manned by a dedicated team of social and industry insiders, Ultra Vie focuses on selecting unique, exclusive venues and events for a demanding clientele always on the lookout for the next big thing before it happens. “Our audience want to be in the know – to pick and choose from […]

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Green Fairies…

Brompton Bar and Grill launching London’s first ever absinthe bar decked out with leather bar stools (all the better to fall off), a zinc topped bar and authentic Parisian sketches harking back to the days when absinthe was imbibed by fashionable bohemians such as Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec who no doubt fell off their stools all the time. Guests can expect contemporary twists with cocktails including the Absinthe Caipirihna, a blend of Absinthe La Clandestine, Brown Sugar and Lime Juice and the Absinthe Daiquri, Rum, Campari, Absinthe Butterfly, Sugar and Lime Juice but you’ll also find classics […]

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Cox Cookies & Cakes, giving you the recipes to be naughty!

Based on the trendy Brewer St., Soho, Cox Cookies & Cake have been attracting the masses with their unique combination of bakery and fashion. Since September 2010, pâtissier Eric Lanlard and designer Patrick Cox and come together to create some of the most original looking and certainly tasting cup cakes. And now they aim to bring their master pieces into your own home with their new book. With more than 75 recipes, for cupcakes, biscuits as well as cookies and bars, there really will be something for everyone. A recipe I’m particularly keen to try are the Mexican chocolate cup cakes, covered […]

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Get slushy at Maggies

Just in time for the hot weather, 80s inspired nightclub Maggie’s has created the ultimate summer cocktail: the aptly named Slush Yuppie.     Bar manager Alejandro Madrid has introduced an original Slush Yuppie machine to the venue but he’s added one key ingredient- alcohol meaning that revellers can slurp the original sweet slush yuppie flavours blended with Bacardi Superior rum, crushed ice and strawberries. Maggie’s is named after 1980s Prime-Minister-turned-icon Maggie Thatcher whose famous speeches you can hear playing in the loos, while Thatcher memorabilia vies for space on the walls along with iconic ’80s paraphernalia from A Team […]

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Rodizio Rico

Thanks to Rodizio Rico, London’s authentic Churrascaria de Rodizio, a Brazilian carnival atmosphere is at play in Fulham Broadway – spilling out onto the street courtesty of a stunning alfresco Caipirinha Bar. But what is Churrascaria? Prounounced ‘shoe-hoss-korea’ it means barbecue in Portuguese and Rodizio means rotating. Just like in its native Brazil, there’s no formal menu so diners pay a fixed price and carvers pass from table to table, slicing sizzling roasted meats – straight from a charcoal fire – from skewers onto your plate. Experienced passador carvers glide from table to table with a huge array of meats […]

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Bubbleology At Fifth Floor

Bubble teas have arrived at Harvey Nichols. Rupert Street’s Bubbleology has just launched at the Fifth Floor Foodmarket.     Bubble Tea originated from Taiwan in the early Eighties and said bubbles are created by the vigorous shaking involved its making. There are now over 8000 Bubble Tea Cafés alone in Taiwan. The drinks, served warm or cool, have a red or green tea base, which are infused with delicious fruit flavourings from Passioin Fruit to Kumquat with the addition of caramelly but 0% fat tapioca ‘boba’ pearls at the bottom. Expect to be served by expert trained Bubbleologists dressed […]

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The Gallery

Opening this week is elegant new Mayfair brasserie, The Gallery, from The Westbury Hotel on an adjacent spot on Conduit Street – previously Joseph Ettedgui’s Connolly Shop. An all day every day Mediterranean menu from head chef Brian Fantoni (formerly Cantina del Ponte, Enoteca Turi, Claridge’s, and The Savoy) will feature typical dishes such as Octopus carpaccio with chilli, lemon and parsley, Daube of squid with fresh peas, tomato and tarragon, Ravioli of langoustines with fennel and tomato confit, Risotto of broad beans with salted ricotta and hazelnuts and Slow-cooked brisket of veal with baby artichokes and fresh peas. Desserts […]

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Spice up your breakfast

A regular breakfast not hot enough for you? Don’t worry, just head over to Spice Market at Leicester Square’s W Hotel: Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s hip restaurant has just introduced a new Asian-Inspired breakfast menu.   Start the day with Cornish crab & egg scramble with sesame, chillies and lime, or Coconut pancakes with maple, lavender syrup and pomelo, go native with Scottish smoked salmon with toasted brioche and poached eggs, stick to the regular buffet of yoghurt, seasonal fruit and freshly baked pastries or mix it up a little. Remember, yoghurt’s an ideal cooler if you’ve OD’d on the chilli. Authentic […]

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Dorchester in print

To commemorate its 80th anniversary The Dorchester is releasing 80 limited edition prints of the hotel by master fashion illustrator David Downton. Over the last decade Downton has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading fashion artists, renowned for his classically elegant, yet highly contemporary images that are instantly recognisable. Downton's work includes commissions by Vogue, Chanel, Christian Dior, Tiffany's New York, SAKS 5th Avenue, the V&A Museum, and a portfolio of life portraits of some of the world's most beautiful women including Erin O'Connor, Paloma Picasso, Catherine Deneuve, Linda Evangelista, and Dita Von Teese. Says the artist, "It was […]

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The Little Black Door

Not heard of The Little Black Door? Where have you been. The LBD (not to be confused with the Little Black Dress though you might want to wear one on your visit) is a new secret speakeasy from Nick House and Piers Adam of Whisky Mist, Mahiki and The Punch Bowl fame.     Popping up until the end of August in a subterranean location just behind shopping mecca, Selfridges, it will open Thursday to Saturday nights and promises an oasis of glamour peopled by London's It crowd. Think plush leather lounge seating and dark and uber-flatering ruby hued lighting, […]

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Doors of Perception

Lighting the fire at Proud Camden this week is The Doors of Perception, a photographic portrait of The Doors and  charismatic front man, Jim Morrison, by Bobby Klein, Guy Webster and Frank Lisciandro. The exhibition of as yet unseen images marks the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death.   During the vibrant late 60s, the group gained notoriety for a controversial public personae and  Morrison’s theatrical stage persona fuelled the public imagination that defined the 1960s and 70s counterculture. The photographs are a real window into the life of the enigmatic Morrison and The Doors, both on and off the […]

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Rock Lobsta

The well-trodden territory of the well-heeled gourmet, the lobster has, alongside oysters and caviar, long enjoyed pole position on the expensive section of the menu. However, just like the trustafarian, it’s recently decided to go a bit more, well, street. The ultimate reclamation of the lobster, launching today for a limited four day run is Rock Lobsta, taking up residence next door to hip East London fashion boutique, Luna & Curious. Rock Lobsta is the brainchild of Harrods’ food hall GM (formerly of the Conran restaurant group), Adam van den Bussche, chef and food consultant Carl Clarke (Turnmills, Wish in […]

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