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Sensational Sideshow Starlets: Run away and join the circus

What do you get when you cross the toy box with the travelling circus? Amanda Fatherazi’s Sensational Sideshow Starlets of course. The debut solo exhibition by the textile artist on show at Calvert Avenue’s quirky Luna & Curious boutique features a unique collection of Amanda’s provocative boudoir dolls. Roll up for a troupe of beautiful and wondrous damned damsels and sinful sirens featuring Shireen The Snake Charmstress of Persia (pictured above), Lilian The Sinister Spider Woman, Indigo The Incredible Tattooed Lady and The Delightfully Conjoined Samuel Sisters… Amanda who learned her couture embellishment techniques at her Mother’s atelier – later […]

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Aurelia

Next week, Mayfair’s Cork Street is getting a sophisticated new tenant by the name of Aurelia. Of impeccable pedigree – The Waney family behind Roka, Zuma, La Petite Maison and Il Baretto – she takes her name from Via Aurelia, the old Roman coastal road to Spain and her menu takes inspiration from Tuscany, Provence and Catalonia alike. Head chef Rosie Yeats has, for the past four years, worked at Roka under executive chef Nic Watt and has also journeyed through Europe in search of inspiration. The menu comprising Mediterranean sharing dishes from different regions is split into sections – […]

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High Tea at The Royal Horseguards Hotel

Head Pastry Chef at the Royal Horseguards Hotel, Whitehall, has a treat in store for us this Christmas. The afternoon 'Festive High' tea is not to be missed, after all, it offers a little more than one's average every-day array of sandwiches and hot drinks. An international flavour comes in the shape of German mini stollen topped with fresh red currants and a French ginger bread macaroon. The Far East is represented via a wonton-wrapped traditional English Christmas pudding. But there are other highlights: mini pear and chocolate yule logs, spiced scones and blood orange & vodka jellies. The Taste of […]

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Reach for the stars at Bunga Bunga

We're already fans of Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes' Battersea Bunga Bunga – two storeys of pizza, karaoke and glossy Chelsea lovelies – but the duo are going even further up in the world with the opening of their top floor L'Osservatorio or Observatory Room. The 60 capacity private events space – perfect timing for the Christmas party season – has stunning views across the capital's skyline and guests can also go that extra mile or two by taking advantage of the telescopes positioned at intervals beside the glass windows. But whether you scoping out Orion's Belt or trying to […]

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Bear Necessities at Floridita

If you associate the ditty 'Bare Necessities' with Baloo and Mowgli from Disney's The Jungle Book, well, prepare to relive your childhood – albeit with a slightly more adult twist. Tomorrow evening, Floridita is holding a charity performance of its popular Cabaret Floridita to raise money for the Lord Mayor's Appeal 2011 – Bear Necessities (Building Better Lives) which helps children in London access education and opportunities and also supports international disaster relief. And in case you're wondering, 'Bear' ain't a typo, the campaign has a teddy for its logo not the above shot. That's Burlesque Queen Sophia St. Villier […]

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Canary Wharf Ice Rink- Get your skates on!

Returning for its seventh successive season, the Canary Wharf Ice Rink will be buzzing with fun and festivity throughout the coming winter months. Opening on Saturday 12 November, skaters can take to the ice in Canada Square Park beneath the iconic towers of Canary Wharf. Surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights and an impressive 200 shops, bars and restaurants offering an array of tempting treats, the rink will once again be the longest running ice rink in the Capital and the perfect addition to a day’s Christmas shopping.   Whether you are looking for a picturesque glide under starry skies, expert […]

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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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Photo-Me by Philippe Starck

Say goodbye to bad passport snaps with the brand new Philippe Starck designed Photo-Me photobooth. The creative maestro has turned his attention to automated photobooths, helping to create a new generation of machine incorporating augmented reality guaranteed to turn the humble photobooth into a veritable creative studio. In addition to Starck’s elegant design (it even had its own launch party at the Saatchi Gallery last week), the booth is equipped with a high resolution 32″ touch control screen, heating (just in case you feel the urge to strip off) and state-of- the-art camera technology that automatically adjusts to users’ heights. […]

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Azulito at Wahaca

Tequila fans will be in their element at Wahaca Soho’s brand new underground Azulito bar. Literally meaning little blue, it takes its name from the blue agave plant that’s fermented to create tequila and promises a choice of 80 of the world’s finest  100% agave tequilas. With interiors a mix of graffiti, neon lighting and reclaimed and recycled wooden furniture, prepare to enjoy delicious tequila cocktails to a backdrop of DJs mixing Mexican contemporary urban music and maybe even a game or two of table football – Mexico’s national bar sport. Those who take their tequilas very seriously, can lock […]

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Poilane

Francophiles with a penchant for the delicious baked goods purveyed at artisan bakery, Poilâne, on Elizabeth Street will soon be able to sate their passion all day long and a whole lot nearer to Sloane Square with the opening of informal all-day dining concept, the Cuisine de Bar by Poilâne. The original Parisian establishment opened 15 years ago on the Rue du Cherche-Midi in St Germain des Prés and the interiors of the new 80-cover restaurant in Cadogan Gardens will follow that trademark ergonomically simple style with a large sky light flooding the venue’s verdant space with natural light. Pull […]

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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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Sanderson goes street

We're used to pop-up restaurants and pop-by food carts but now the good folk at Sanderson's Suka restaurant are launching an authentic 'pop-up' street-food menu to capture the energy and flavours of the Malay scene with prices to match. Ok so we're exaggerating a little here but when it comes to top notch cuisine, dishes at £8-£15 a pop are practically free! Available for a limited time only, the menu takes diners and would-be adventurers on a culinary journey through the street-food capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Tawau. Dishes are served in typical Malaysian sharing style with lunch options […]

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