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Hendrick’s High Tea

On Mother’s Day, Mayfair hideaway, Hush is to launch a fabulous new tea menu in partnership with Hendrick’s gin with complimentary cocktails for afternoon tea guests. During Hendrick’s High Tea time (Mon-Sat 3-6pm) everything on offer from jams to macaroons will be influenced by the unique infusions of Cucumber and Rose Petal essences that comprise Hendrick’s Gin. The Hendricks High Tea features Smoked salmon, Cucumber and Corn-fed chicken and Avocado sandwiches, Warm scones with clotted cream and a trio of homemade jams (Strawberry, Rose Petal Jelly and Gooseberry and Elderflower). You can also expect mini macaroons by Bougie. And to […]

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The Jam Tree

Popular West Kensington gastropub, The Jam Tree is spreading its wings with a second branch opening this week on King’s Road. The Jam Tree Chelsea will feature a copper topped bar, roaring fires, mismatched furniture including salvaged tables and chesterfield sofas and then antique mirrors and pop art adorn the walls. We’re also looking forward to lazy summer afternoons in the garden. The menu from executive chef, James Browne – formerly of The Settle Inn, The Well and Alchemy – will mirror that of The Jam Tree original with its diverse line-up from Malaysia, South Africa and India plus good […]

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Harvey Nichols Royal Tea

Another one for the Royal bandwagon – Harvey Nichols restaurants have snapped up the chance to host a Royal Wedding themed afternoon tea, starting from the 4th April. From 3pm to 5.30pm, weary shoppers can indulge in a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones, with the £30 price including their exclusive limited edition celebratory mug. Choosing to go the charmingly humorous route, the mug features “Quince William” and “Skate Middleton”, which ensures it is a step-ahead of every other marriage-themed piece of crockery released thus far. The mugs will also be on sale in Harvey Nichols Foodmarkets at £20. The […]

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Anya Hindmarch bespoke pop-up at Selfridges

Later this month, Anya Hindmarch Bespoke is setting up a temporary home at Selfridges London. Situated on the store’s accessories floor, this exclusive pop-up is a playful interpretation of the Bespoke store on Pont Street with a recreation of the original shop front complete with bevelled edge windows, panelling and gold leaf signage. There will even be antiuqe rugs and skins on the floor and walls and Anya’s craftsmen will reside in an antique mahogany ticket booth! Each piece of Anya Hindmarch Bespoke has been two years in the making, handcrafted from the finested skins from the best tanneries in […]

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YO! Wedding

There’s no getting away from it. Commemorative royal wedding plates are kitch, period, and must, at all costs, be approached with a sense of humour and a large pinch of salt. Or soya sauce as it goes. Yes, the fabulous YO! sushi marketing team behind such joys as the YO! frisbee and YO! collagen certainly can’t be accused of taking themselves too seriously. Alongside the YO! blues, purples, greys and oranges, they are introducing a commemorative kitsch kitten plate and special sushi to mark the wedding of the year. Upholding the notion that commemorative royal wedding plates don’t have to […]

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Westbury Hotel launches brasserie

London's prestigious Westbury hotel is to launch a new all-day brasserie with the opening of the Gallery in the spring. Set to open at the end of May, the Gallery will be located in the site formerly occupied by the Connolly shop on Conduit Street. The restaurant will seat 100 diners and will be overseen by head chef Brian Fantoni, who was previously at Cantina del Ponte. The menu will take inspiration from the flavours of the Mediterranean with typical dishes including langoustine ravioli with fennel confit and wild garlic vinaigrette; poule au pot with asparagus, morels and tarragon nage; […]

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Boulevard Brasserie

Situated in the heart of Covent Garden's Opera Quarter, Boulevard Brasserie is as an authentic Parisian brasserie as you could want this side of The Channel. Ideally located for Theatreland and the Covent Garden Opera House, this atmospheric little number has recently been taken over by Maxwell's Restaurant Group benefitting from a sympathetic refit but without losing any of its Gallic charm. It's a great place to go on a Friday night – when we visited it was merrily buzzing without being packed to the rafters – and the fact that it's spread over three floors (the basement cellars with […]

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Ristorante Semplice

Come next month, chic Mayfair Italian, the Michelin-starred Ristorante Semplice is branching out with the launch of a new private dining room and bar. The former will seat up to 30 people and will also be free to hire. The bar will serve a seclection of those classic Italian bar snacks and drinks that we’ve come to know and love from the likes of Cecconi’s, Russell Norman’s Polpo stable and Jacob Kenedy’s Bocca di Lupo. In addition to being a welcome haven for pre or post prandial drinks, it will also welcome guests to drop in for cocktails or a […]

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Capote y Toros

Abel Lusa’s Cambio de Tercio group is launching fourth venture, Capote y Toros on Old Brompton Road, a ham and sherry bar boasting the world’s most extensive sherry list of over 100 varieties. The venue is based on a neighbourhood joints in downtown Cádiz and following in the illustrious footsteps of famous watering holes such as Casa Manteca or La Venta de Vargas where legendary flamenco musician Camarón de la Isla began his career. Guests can sit at the bar or at one of the eight tables and feast on Iberico pork charcuterie from Spanish producer Sanchez Romero Carvajal or […]

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Cake Boy at The Folly

Patisserie fans with an urge for tv stardom should get themselves down to City drinking and dining destination, The Folly this lunchtime. For one day only, master patissier, Eric Lanlard, aka Cake Boy, will be bringing his delicious and exquisite pastries, cakes and miniature puddings to the deli and flower shop at The Folly. Drop into the City’s secret garden from 1pm to indulge in a decadent afternoon of tarte au citrons, millefuille, cupcakes and éclairs when Eric will be filming his Channel 4 programme, ‘Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.’ Eric, who has baked for the likes of Madonna, Gwyneth […]

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