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Pommeroy POP Art

Frieze Art Fair may be over and done with for another year but if you couldn’t afford any of the creative on offer you can still grab a bit of the arty action with the fair’s official Champagne sponsor Champagne Pommery’s collector’s set.     The marque has collaborated with Chilean artist, Federica Matta to produce a collection of limited edition bottles printed with real works of art and Matta has been commissioned to create a series of six colourful illustrations for its POP range. Each bottle depicts a fantasy scene featuring mermaids, flying hearts and smiling suns. The artist […]

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Wright Brothers Soho

Following on from last year’s opening of Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House comes the Wright Brothers Soho Raw Bar, designed by Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim, opening out next week onto the courtyard of Kingly Court. Charming interiors feature reclaimed wood panelling covering the ceiling, a dark oak-finished bar with antique crates containing porter and stout beers from Belgium, America and the UK and a patinated zinc crustacean display with an aged Verano mirror. Ribbed halophane Venetian glass lamps with antique triple-braided cables hang above the bar and on the walls are Victorian Tin-Type photographs depicting portraits and curios. The bar is surrounded […]

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Jameson Apartment at Kettners

Discovering new places in London is always exciting. Well, here's a secret. As of today, a partially-hidden door on Greek Street will make way to a pop-up cinematic speakeasy, fit with romantic gramophone music, low lighting and Ed McAvoy and his cocktail-tastic talents behind the well-stocked bar. This is Kettner's Jameson Apartment, the 1920s themed top-floor of Kettner's much-loved Brasserie, Cocktail and Champagne Bar – but the catch? It's only open until 27th October, shutting its doors to time simultaneously with the end of the 55th BFI London Film Festival. Hurry! www.kettners.com

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A starring role for The May Fair Hotel

Kicking off the 55th BFI London Film Festival today is a silver screen spectacular from The May Fair Hotel which boasts a serious filmic heritage harking back in the 1950s when it was owned by Elstree Studio founders the American Danziger Brothers. The venue is transforming its famous facade with screens into a giant movie theatre, hosting midnight shows and serving up silver screen inspired cocktails and gourmet popcorn. On Friday 21 October all hotel guests will be invited to watch a complimentary cult classic at midnight in the hotel's luxury 201-seater theatre but everyone can get a piece of the action […]

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Sketch does Frieze

It's Frieze time again and in addition to 175 of the world's leading galleries, from Los Angeles to London and Berlin to Beijing, for the second year running, Sketch's Masterchef the 3 Michelin starred Pierre Gagnaire, will be taking up residence in the fair's VIP room. Gagnaire's menu will feature bespoke dishes for the fair plus others taken from the different restaurants within Sketch itself. Starters include the Lecture Room Salmon, and Red beetroot with sorrel cream and raspberry while main courses feature the classic Pierre Salad and  Champs Elysees Chicken will. Capou – a sable biscuit with white chocolate, […]

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The Lady Ottoline

Fans of The Princess of Shoreditch will love Bloomsbury’s new Lady Ottoline from gastropub dreamteam Scott Hunter and Maria Larsen featuring a downstairs pub and restaurant above. The ground floor pub boasts a wooden bar housed within backlit, glazed cabinet doors complete with vintage distressed mirrors and a winning line up of whisky, Cognac and Armagnac. An open fire is perfect for the encroaching winter. House beers are the locally produced Meantime Pale Ale and Sambrook’s Wandle and there will also be a rotating selection of craft guest beers. The 100 bin wine list includes a large selection available by […]

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L.T.D. @ The Social

Option paralysis? Then head to The Social. In a move away from the choice overkill we get at many of the capital’s bars, L.T.D @ The Social gives customers the ‘choice’ of just one rum, vodka, cognac, whisky or tequila. The idea was conceived by bar consultant Dre Masso (Green & Red, LAB, The Atlantic, Bungalow 8 and Lonsdale to name but a few) and The Breakfast Group’s Eric Yu who have gathered together the UK’s leading drinks experts to create a ‘best of the best’ drinks policy – based on quality not perceived coolness or marketing budget. For three […]

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The HIFF

The HIFF, you say? What’s that? You’ll duly discover its meaning at the beginning of November because that’s when HIFF – aka the Henley International Film Festival – hits London’s riverbanks. The Cinema Cube – replete with comfy bean bags – will be where Henley’s films are to be shown. (Scheduled films include What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Delicatessen, Fried Green Tomatoes, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Julie & Julia, including others). Have you noticed the food theme? That’s intentional, for Henley Film Festival (founded by commercials and documentary filmmaker Richard Truter in 2009) also prides itself on its close connection to all things culinary, and while the films […]

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Bonkers Ball

Looks like Mahiki’s Treasure Chest isn’t the only uber luxe sharing cocktail on the block. W London’s Wyld club has just unveiled brand new rival, the Bonker’s Ball! Appearing from under the red glow emanating from the bar, it’s served in a cut mirror ball – the mini me version of the mother ship hanging from the ceiling. Designed for six people to share (though fewer are, of course, allowed as well) it contains SantaTeresa Gran Reserva rum and other spirits mixed with splashes of orange and pineapple and charged with a cascade of chilled Moët & Chandon Champagne. However, […]

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Palm Beach Bar & Kitchen

With the UK gaming laws having been relaxed to allow anyone casino access, we can expect a new raft of 24/7 dining options to accompany the international jet set lifestyle. Later this month, glamorous Mayfair gaming spot, The Palm Beach Casino, is launching The Palm Beach Bar & Kitchen. Open 24/7, food service starts at 7.30am for breakfast and finishes at 4am. Lunch and afternoon tea are more civilised affairs and after 5pm, the space evolves into an intimate lounge bar with a DJ playing laid back sounds alongside light bites of chicken satay, prawn tempura and mini baked potatoes. […]

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Pink Swan

  From today until 1 October, London’s Gagosian Gallery is going pink with an exhibition of photographs by Evelyn Lauder to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Salon Beauties showcases porcelain vases (collected by Laude over 20 years) depicting women’s heads – shot to create bold and theatrical shadows. However, visitors can also catch an exclusive London preview of this season’s Pink Swan Project in New York. The Project, organised by SUITE, sees 19 leading interior designers, architects and fashion icons customising Arne Jacobsen’s iconic 1958 Swan Chair in homage to BCRF. Originally designed for the lobby of the Royal […]

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The Arts Club

Most glamorous relaunch of the season is surely the Arts Club in Mayfair’s Dover Street – the pre-launch dinner the other week saw a guest list including Mario Testino, David Bailey, Dinos Chapman, Thandie Newton and Gwyneth Paltrow. The new owners, property investor Gary Landesberg and restaurateur Arjun Waney (Zuma, Roka – say no more) tapped their celebrity friends to ensure the club was transformed into the perfect a-list hangout. We hear that Gwyneth Paltrow has collaborated on the venue’s design, producer supremo and newly-wed Mark Ronson, is Director of Music and even Stella McCartney cast her fashionable eye over […]

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