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Antiques Fair returns to Olympia

Weekend fairs often come and go in all their short two-day glory. But starting tomorrow, Olympia Exhibition Centre will open its doors to a ten day event, hoping to once more attract it’s 30, 000 (if not more) designers and collectors for the annual Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair. It is by far London’s most established art fair – and one need only look at the events list for confirmation of this point. Visitors will be privy to a large collection of artistic one-offs – to include textiles, ceramics, lighting, jewellery, clocks, sculpture, Art Deco and kitchenalia – all collected by 200 specialist […]

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Picasso

King’s Road just got a new all-day eatery (well sort of) from Black and Blue group. Following on from their successful steak and burger joints across the capital from Borough to Notting Hill Black and Blue have just taken over Chelsea’s Picasso and given the erstwhile, and dare we say, slightly grotty cafe a whole new lease of life with a contemporary and stylish decor flooded with sunshine via the sky light window. Menu-wise, steaks and burgers are the name of the game alongside a selection of seafood dishes and salads. All meat comes directly from the restaurant’s own butchers, […]

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Soho Sky Terrace

It’s surely one of the ultimate joys of summer – good food, fine wines, flowing cocktails and a scenic rooftop terrace. The Soho Sky Terrace at the Courthouse Doubletree by Hilton hotel on Regent Street has opened its doors (and roof) to the public for a season of al fresco drinks and BBQ delights. Open from 3pm to 10.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, the hotel’s location provides unrivalled views over buzzing Soho and is ideally located for some post-work revelry. Planted safely between London’s prime shopping district and the glitz and glamour of the West End, it’s sure to be a […]

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Mahiki Motel

This summer Polynesian paradise Mahiki, beloved by Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Emma Watson (to name but a few celebrity guests) and erstwhile favourite of Kate Middleton is launching two brand new concepts – a dining area in the lounge and the enigmatically titled No-Tell Motel Room. Diners can settle down on colourful Hawaiian cushions surrounded by hand-carved wooden figures, and suspended flotsam and jetsam to enjoy sharing style dishes created by head chef Darius Endriukaitis. Think Mahiki Burgers, Mini-Sliders of Angus Steak, Canadian Lobster Nachos with guacamole and Duck Confit Egg Rolls with sweet plum sauce and truffle. […]

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Maria Elia for Joes

Not only has the fashionable Joseph owned Joe’s Cafe on Draycott Avenue dropped the cafe bit – it’s now known as simply Joe’s, presumably on the basis that like Kylie, Madonna and co, it’s now too famous to need further introduction – but it’s also just hired the rather lovely Maria Elia as head chef. Maria, formerly of London’s Delfina and the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, has cooked at Spain’s legendary EL Bulli and eclectic and flavoursome dishes include Pigeon with orange lentils, bitter leaves and pistachio aioli and Sea Bream with broccoli couscous, pine nuts and sultanas. The cafe […]

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Maria Elia for Joe’s

Not only has the fashionable Joseph owned Joe’s Cafe on Draycott Avenue dropped the cafe bit – it’s now known as simply Joe’s, presumably on the basis that like Kylie, Madonna and co, it’s now too famous to need further introduction – but it’s also just hired the rather lovely Maria Elia as head chef. Maria, formerly of London’s Delfina and the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, has cooked at Spain’s legendary EL Bulli and eclectic and flavoursome dishes include Pigeon with orange lentils, bitter leaves and pistachio aioli and Sea Bream with broccoli couscous, pine nuts and sultanas. The cafe […]

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Giant Gingerbread House

Whether you have the kids in tow this weekend or you just like gingerbread and fairy tales, head to The Brunswick Centre to check out a giant gingerbread house built in aid of Great Ormond Street Hostpial Children’s Charity. Set within an enchanted garden with a cupcake lined lawn, it’s filled with giant gingerbread men, accordion players and storytellers reciting mesmerising tales of wicked witches, handsome princes and magical lands, the house itself will be covered in three delicious types of tile: gingerbread, vanilla shortbread and chocolate short pastry, whilst blue helium balloons with meringue clouds hang from the ceiling. […]

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Vista

Vista, the rooftop bar at The Trafalgar Hotel, has gone for broke this summer, more than doubling in size making it the biggest in Central London. A lift in the hotel’s glossy lobby speeds revellers up to the sixth floor whereupon you’ll find yourself in an oasis of tranquillity with unparalleled views over Trafalgar Square and other iconic landmarks from Big Ben to the London Eye. The sleek and exclusive space which has proved popular with celebrities and royalty alike has increased its capacity to accommodate 180 people and with monochrome furniture and splashes of pink running throughout it’s easy […]

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FTV Fashion Hotel in Dubai

Michel Adam president of fashiontv has signed contracts with Mohammed Al Habtoor the CEO of Al Habtoor Group to flag the world´s first Fashion Hotel in Dubai . Under the agreement, Al Habtoor Group will operate Fashion Hotels – trendy, 5 stars smart hotels of international standard. The first one to start with the construction and operation will be Fashion Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The hotel is planned to have 33 floors and 300 rooms which will be covered with a led  video net broadcasting 24/7 the latest fashiontv highlights . The fashion events in the hotel will be available to all […]

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Bushstock

This weekend, Shepherd’s Bush will come alive with the sound of music when Bushstock – the annual one-day music festival showcasing the best of west London’s new talent – returns.   Organisers are expecting over 1000 people to descend on the festival, which will take place in 4 different areas around the Bush, including popular pub, The Goldhawk, St Stephen’s Church and underground nightclub, Ginglik. Some of the bands playing will be British folk band The Staves, indie rock band The Guillemots (above) and country soul group, The Tree Top Fillers. As it’s sponsored by Vedett, the event will not only be overwhelmed […]

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Jose

Celebrated Spanish chef José Pizarro, pioneer of new wave Spanish cooking in the UK is opening his first solo restaurant venture in Bermondsey at the beginning of June. José was co-founder and executive chef at Brindisa Tapas Kitchen for five years before taking the plunge and going it alone. The eponymous José promises to be an atmospheric little tapas bar serving simple, seasonal food accompanied by an array of wines and sherries on London’s Bermondsey Street. Small, cosy and perfect for informal eating and drinking, José is channelling the informal bustle of the tapas bars at Barcelona’s La Boquería alongside […]

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The Botanist in bloom

Sloane Square stalwart, Tom and Ed Martin’s flagship bar and restaurant, The Botanist, is celebrating the neighbouring Chelsea Flower show with a phalanx of floral-inspired cocktails. We love the the Lavender Bloom – fresh aromatic lavender muddled with honey and Apricot du Roussillon liqueur and charged with Joseph Perrier Champagne and as for the Dusty Rose – homemade white rose syrup and fresh pink grapefruit with pinky vodka and a splash of fresh lime juice – it will have you viewing the world through (dusty) rose tinted spectacles in no time at all. Those with a sweet tooth can pair […]

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