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Dirty Martini

Covent Garden success story Dirty Martini is heading west this month with the launch of a brand new sister venue in Hanover Square a stone’s throw from the Condé Nast engine room. As one might expect, martinis feature heavily on the menu – all of which are made to order – and star turns include the Hey-Berry Martini – Zubrovka vodka and Chambord shaken with fresh raspberries, mint and pressed apple juice and the Chocolate Martini – Absolut vanilla vodka, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and crème de cacao shaken with cream and cocoa. However, that’s just the tip of the ice-cube. […]

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A Crystal Christmas at Harrods

Ok, ok, I know it’s too soon. But then there’s no denying that Harrods do it best. If you’re looking for a bit of early Christmas cheer, head to Brompton Road on Saturday 5th November. Father Christmas will be arriving to take up residence in his special grotto – and he’s hoping you’ll all be part of the celebration. Around the open carriage that will be taking the long-white-bearded one into his Harrods lair, will be street dancers, real reindeers, giant teddy bears and a whole range of Christmas characters joining in the fun. The procession starts at 8am, and […]

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Party Pan Am style

As we fasten our seatbelts for the BBC’s Pan Am to hit out screens, a brand new hostess with the mostess service is hitting the land of hospitality. Let us introduce you to Troli Doli – a fleet of female (and male) models pushing airline trolleys and prepared to cater to you (almost) every whim. When you hire this season’s answer to Butlers in the Buff, and they’ll glide around your party serving up a choice of hot or cold beverages – though we suspect there’ll be a bit more call for the latter –  plus anything else that takes […]

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Carom

D&D Restaurant group behind such London stalwarts as Bluebird Chelsea, Launceston Place, La Pont de la Tour and Quaglino’s is launching its first Indian restaurant on Wardour Street on the site of the former Meza. Following the success of a pop-up programme featuring star turns from the likes of Michelin star winner, Atul Kochhar and The Modern Pantry’s Anna Hansen, contemporary restaurant and lounge bar Carom will specialise in regional Indian cuisine. Carom is named after an Indian spice (and a game but more of that later) and will offer a suitably spicy menu based around a sharing concept with […]

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Shaker & Company

What do you get when an international bar school, hotel and brand consultancy decides to enter the consumer market? Shaker & Company bar of course. The new venue on Hampstead Road promises a 10 year celebration of cocktails from Adam Freeth who has trained some of the world’s top bartenders including Eric Lorincz of The Savoy. A retro New Orleans vibe is the name of the game. Relax in beaten-in leather sofas and rest your drinks on tables made from 40 gallon Scotch whisky barrels. Lighting comes courtesy of a collection of huge brass lanterns and fittings made from reclaimed […]

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Oh, Muddy Hell!

If you thought it was all quintessential glamour and high-end comfort at Mayfair’s Dukes Hotel, think again. Ok, well, it is those two things most of the time, but tonight, things will be a little different inside the quaint and perfectly-hidden London hotel. Alessandro Palazzi, the effervescent Italian bartender, will be making some changes to his timeless Martinis (don’t forget that it was at Dukes where James Bond creator Ian Fleming was said to have coined the phrase, ‘Shaken, not stirred’). Instead of his traditional tipples, he’ll be concocting a ‘Muddy Hell’ – which is made of Strega Liqueur (Strega in […]

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A Chocolate Festival

Need an excuse to over-indulge your chocolate habit? Here’s one. From 9th to 11th December, the Southbank Centre will be hosting its very own Chocolate Festival. Amid the various mouth-watering stalls (from which one can buy and sample), a series of free tutored talks and tastings given by culinary expert Valentina Harris, will also be on offer for chocoholics within the Chocolate Cookery Theatre. On Saturday 10th, on the ‘Masters of Chocolate Day’, the Festival will be bringing together London’s top chocolatiers to help teach professional cookery techniques and recipes in order to put together homemade gifts. For £5 a head, apply […]

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The Most Decadent Supper Club In Town

Voluptè is usually described as ‘a world of decadence and delight – a place to escape, unwind and be entertained’. But what could it possibly be if this supper-club-cum-burlesque-and-cabaret venue offered just that little bit more? This November, its regulars are set to find out. Voluptè (located near Chancery Lane) is launching a quintessential British staple: Voluptéa, or in other words, afternoon tea. While diners tuck into their fine teas, finger sandwiches, buttery scones, and so on, rest assured that Voluptè’s finest ‘burlesque beauties’ Ginger Blush and Miss Rose Thorne, will be trying their hardest to compete with your attention. Voluptéa is £42 per person. […]

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Armani Hotel Milano

Next week on 10 November sees the grand opening of Milan’s Armani Hotel – or Armani Hotel Milano to be precise and while it may not have made it in time for Milan Fashion Week, we suspect it didn’t want to share the limelight with anyone! With its big brother opened in Dubai last year, in world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa tower, this younger sibling has a lot to live up to but with a premium address in the famous Manzoni 31 building, bang in the centre of the Quadrilatero della Moda – aka the city’s shopping district – […]

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Pie and a Pint in Chiswick

Ever heard of Movember? You have now. The Devonshire Arms pub in Chiswick will be celebrating Movember – an event which raises awareness about men’s health issues over a whole month – by joining up with Spitfire Ale. A ‘Spitfire Pie and Pint’ menu will run from 1st – 30th November, and it’ll essentially consist of a range of pies specially created by head chef David Faunch. On the menu? Chicken and Leek, Steak and Oyster and Skate Cheek and Langoustine, and so on. As an official partner of Movember for 2011, Spitfire has launched a limited edition ‘Mo’ bottle, […]

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Grayson takes the Maison

We loved the Tracey Emin exhibition at Louis Vuitton’s Bond Street Maison in conjunction with her show at the Hayward Gallery earlier this year and now it’s the turn of Grayson Perry. The new installation coincides with the Turner Prize winning artist’s The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum combining his own works with objects from across the museum’s collection and exploring themes connected with notions of craftsmanship and sacred journeys – from shamanism, magic and holy relics to motorbikes, identity and contemporary culture. Centrepiece at Vuitton is a LV trunk – ornately adorned with images of […]

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Luna & Curious at Sanderson

Shoreditch Aladdin's Cave of a boutique, Luna & Curious has taken up a permanent residency at the Sanderson purveying an eclectic mix of homewares, jewellery, art and accessories. It is run by collective Rheanna Lingham, Kaoru Parry of welovekaoru and Polly George who make a talented trio of jewellery designer and quirky ceramicists with a passion for British design. Kaoru and Polly's English fine bone china is created by artisans in Stoke-on-Trent using increasingly rare manufacturing traditions in the ceramic industry and Rheanna's exotic feather jewellery is hand-dyed in her Kent studio where iridescent green beetle wings are also turned […]

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