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Sketch & The Royal Academy

London's exclusive Sketch restaurant and club is flexing it creative muscles once more. The hip Conduit Street venue has joined forces with the Royal Academy of Arts to offer the ultimate afternoon of fine dining and fine art. From 7th June to 15th August Sketch will be offering cultural vultures a three-course lunch with a glass of Champagne in the Michelin-starred Lecture Room restaurant plus and a ticket for the acclaimed Summer exhibition at the nearby Royal Academy – and all for a bargain £46 per person. Sketch was launched in 2002 by Mourad 'Momo' Mazouz and French master chef Pierre Gagnaire […]

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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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Queen of Hoxton Rooftop Cinema.

With greats such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Lock Stock and my personal favourite, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid all showing on a rooftop in the middle of London, this summer the Rooftop Cinema Club is somewhere to take friends, or even a date. Showing some classics as well as recent film releases during the summer months, it’s a great night out. Of the many things it has over a regular cinema, it’s held on the Queen of Hoxton’s roof garden, has room for up to 200 and is catered by a fully stocked bar serving up cocktails, cold […]

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Watatsumi – A New Kind of Sushi….

London’s sushi restaurants better be prepared to compete with what promises to be an incredible dining experience as Watatsumi will be bringing some of the most unique concoctions of Japanese flavour. Be it for lunch, dinner or just a drink, I doubt this restaurant will disappoint as it brings with it the husband and wife team of Peter and Hili Makohus and their experience garnered form Nobu Park Lane.   If you’re just going for lunch, The Raw Bar will be ideal for you as it provides an affordable selection of bento boxes, which can be filled with the usual […]

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Service with Style

  Whether Murray’s your man or you’re following Federer, afternoon tea is something everyone can agree on. And to celebrate two classic Brit institutions: tea and tennis, The Dorchester is game on this summer with its annual Wimbledon Afternoon Tea, served with stylish panache in The Promenade. Executive Pastry Chef, Claude Lemarche, has created two tennis-inspired pastries – the citrus court and the coconut smash accompanied by traditional strawberries and cream, finger sandwiches and homemade scones, plus, of course, that sporting staple glass of champagne. The Wimbledon afternoon tea is just the latest in The Dorchester’s repertoire of culinary delights […]

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VOC

The capital already boasts watering holes encompassing every decade from 1920’s elegance to 60’s kitch and everything in between. But just launched in Kings Cross is VOC, London’s first 17th century inspired bar from Fluid Movement mixologists’ collective aka Thomas Aske, Matt Whiley, Bryan Pietersen and Tristan Stephenson, the team behind Marylebone’s Purl and the Whistling Shop in Shoreditch. VOC specialises in barrel-aged drinks so you can expect bespoke cocktails aged in wax sealed bottles and oak casks and a pioneering cocktail menu offers punches and shrubs made on the premises. And to ensure guests get the full-on 17th century […]

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Caravaggio in The City celebrates.

An AA Rosette has been awarded to Italian restaurant Caravaggio on Leadenhall Street. Thinking of itself  as a “serious” Italian restaurant, they should be taken seriously as the award has only been given to the top 10% of restaurants in the UK. Opened in 1996 by the late Luciano Pavarotti, it has become a big  favourite within the square mile. Having once been a city bank, it still retains it’s high ceilings and Art Deco light fittings. And the long marble topped bar make it a pleasant environment to wait or even eat at while in it’s busy lunch time […]

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Tea at The Goring Hotel

If you're coming from a tour around Buckingham Palace, or simply running early for your afternoon train at Victoria Station, why not indulge yourself on a selection of delicious finger sandwiches and unique cakes at The Goring Hotel. For £35 per person, treat yourself to their award winning teas 'brewed to your liking', the egg savoury and a variety of small dishes like the lobster and mango appetiser or the more traditional freshly baked scones. A more unusual take on tea features a sponge flip flop that you can try while overlooking 'tea on the beach at basil's' in the garden, […]

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Game on at Gaucho

Wimbledon too much of a schlep but still want to engage in a spot of tennis action? Head to  Gaucho Piccadilly on Swallow Street to take in the game Argentinean style fuelled by cervice and ice-cream together with more traditional serves of Pimms and Champagne a plenty.     To celebrate the two-week tournament, Gaucho is creating its own Centre Court outside the restaurant on the terrace where tennis whites bedecked ball girls and boys will serve up signature Gaucho empanadas and authentic ceviche  whilst you take in the game on giant screens. And if watching Nadal breaking a sweat […]

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40 years of The Capital

This year, Knightsbridge's The Capital, which was London's first boutique hotel when it was opened 40 years ago by visionary David Levin, is celebrating the big 'four o' anniversary with a special menu or dishes from the past four decades plus a fabulous line up of 1970's drinks. The list will include cocktails from the decade that became known as 'the era of global travel' with Sours, Harvey Wallbangers and Godfathers and a fine selection of 1971 vintages in the wine list as well – of which head barman Cesar da Silva is particularly proud including a Laubade Armagnac, and […]

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Marylebone Summer Fayre

If you're going to relinquish just one of your days away from festivals and sun-blessed holidays this summer, give it to the Marylebone Summer Fayre. On Sunday 19 June, the annual Fayre – organised by The Howard de Walden estate – will be once more kicking off (10 am – 5pm) its shenaningans in the hope of this year raising more for its charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, than ever before. But this year, there's a special addition. Cafe Luc, the stylish all-day European brasserie situated on trendy Marylebone High Street, is getting in on the action by partnering up with Duvel beer. […]

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