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Museum of Broken Relationships

Today sees the launch of The Museum of Broken Relationships in Seven Dials. This innovative, multi-site exhibition created by the award-winning Tristan Bates Theatre showcases poignant objects from failed relationships, donated by people from around the world, including those who live and work in the Covent Garden area. Visitors have three weeks to view a  dramatic mix of objects, each of which tells the story of a past relationship, love, romance or passionate affair – from a wedding dress, and an ‘I Love You’ Teddy bear to more obscure objects such as a crumbling garden gnome and even the cast […]

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Sweden in Soho Square

Believe it or not, there’s more to Sweden than Mikael Blomkvist and his sidekicks. This summer, London is being treated to one of the country’s lesser known traditions: Fika, the Swedish ‘high tea’. A pop-up ‘parlour’ (in the form of a free picnic and a bookable one, too) will be setting up shop in Soho Square on 24th, 25th and 26th August, between the lunchtime hours (making it worker friendly) 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Enjoy Fika’s traditional 7 cookies and a cup of hot coffee made especially by a team from the Southern Swedish holiday destination of Skane, led by the world famous pastry chef, Jan Hedh […]

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Talisker Sail-In Cinema

If you’re heading to Cowes at the weekend make sure you stop by Talisker whisky’s sail-in cinema on August 12th. We’re talking a floating movie drive-through with a huge screen showing Master and Commander for sailors moored up on the Solent. However, there will also be a Talisker catamaran which non-yachties can join to watch the film… AND enjoy Scotch whisky tastings while they’re at it. Being the only single malt Scotch whisky made by the sea on the Isle of Skye (with a hint of seawater saltiness don’t you know), there is a connection here – albeit kind of […]

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Openings & Launches

The French Laundry

Move over Selfridges and Pierre Koffman. On 1 October Thomas Keller will be touching down at Harrods for a 10 day pop-up residency. The French Laundry at Harrods will see Keller rocking up with 14 of his elite kitchen and dining room brigade to recreate his three Michelin-starred Napa Valley restaurant in Knightsbridge. The collaboration will mark Keller’s first European venture and will be housed in a temporary structure within Harrods’ famous fourth floor Georgian Restaurant. The design will mirror the original restaurant in Yountville, California, with fixtures, fittings and signature dinnerware flown over for service. The French Laundry is […]

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Experiences & Pop-Ups

The Big Chill

Thankfully (and hopefully), the title has nothing to do with this weekend’s weather. Hurry. There are still tickets remaining for one of this summer’s hotly anticipated events, The Big Chill. Having kicked off last night, the annual event is already underway and building up to its set of climaxes: Kanye West, Calvin Harris, The Chemical Brothers, Jessie J and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant will all be playing live on various stages around the ground over the weekend. Organisers of the 17th Big Chill are expecting this particular event to be the biggest and most frequented of the festivals so far. But it won’t just […]

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The Langham Guide

Way back in 1877, Europe's first Grand Hotel, The Langham produced The Langham Guide to London written by the then GM. Now, over 130 years later, the hotel has brought its guide bang up to date with a digital audio version pre-loaded onto an MP3 player allowing guests to enjoy walking tours of neighbouring Marylebone and Fitzrovia. The Marylebone Tour will guide you through charming residential squares and historic mews taking in the former home of Sherlock Holmes' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the imposing Hertford House aka The Wallace Collection and all the eclectic mix of boutiques and cafés on […]

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The May Fair Spa Summer

In the five years since its grand renovation, The May Fair hotel has acquired a fair few fans. This summer, it will undoubtedly be grabbing a handful more when its May Fair Spa introduces a trio of luxurious treatments especially suited for battling summer's dehyrdating excesses. First up is the hour-long Milk and Honey wrap, a hydrating treatment which includes a full body salt scrub, followed by a wrap consisting solely of nourishing 'milk & honey'. (£99) Next? The Vitamin C Infusion Facial and Hand Treatment, one which helps lighten pigmentation, reduce the appearance of fine lines and brightens skin. (£99, 1 […]

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Auchentoshan Presents…

If you thought whisky was an old man’s drink, think again. And Auchentoshan – a triple distilled Single Malt whisky, with a twist – is this month setting out to prove that the tipple is not one exclusive to late-night-drinking ‘pipe and slipper-wearinggentleman’. This robust, simply-packaged whisky is different, as it’s the only Single Malt that triple distils every single drop (its triple distillation gives it its smooth and delicate flavour). But how are they intending to persuade us to fall head over heels with it? By introducing itself via East London-based Shacklewell Nights, London’s most talked about supper club. On Thursday 18th August, Auchentoshan Presents […]

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Pampered in the Paddock

This year, racegoers attending Ladies Day on 13 August at Newbury Racecourse will have a lot more to celebrate than just their winnings. The racecourse has partnered with Randolphs, providers of luxury butler service, for Pampered in the Paddock, a unique package that will ensure they are waited on hand and foot. Expect your Champagne glass to be magically refilled, an umbrella that appears at the first speck of rain and doors held open exactly when you need it. The package includes everything from a Premier Enclosure ticket and car park badge to your own private escort to the Pampered […]

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Giraffe Cafe

With its fluffy family friendly appeal, it would be easy to write off the Giraffe restaurant group as an ingénue of the culinary savannah but actually, the chain, run by husband and wife team Russel and Juliette Joffe alongside Andrew Jacobs, is a super slick machine that tailors each of its restaurants to blend into the local community. Rewind to 1998 and the first restaurant in Hampstead’s Rosslyn Hill which the group has just re-launched a sophisticate all-day café where that jarring yellow is toned down with natural, raw materials, plus feature wall covered with National Geographic magazines, mosaic bar […]

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East India in EC2

Luxury restaurant operator D&D London behind gastronomic destinations including Bluebird and o Quaglino’s has announced plans to re-develop the ground floor and basement of the Old Bengal Warehouse off Bishopsgate in the City on London. The warehouse forms part of the Devonshire Square Estate or DSQ to its fans, which has recently completed its Western and Central Courtyards. The planned 10,000sqft development will include two restaurants, bars and a specialist wine shop. One of the restaurants is to be a steak house and the second will specialise in seafood while both venues will have extensive outdoor seating within the building’s […]

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Mad for it

So you’ve enjoyed the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea in the Courtyard Garden at Sanderson. Well now it’s available to go! The hotel’s pastry chefs have created a takeaway version that’s available from St. Martins Lane hotel too.     So prepare to tumble down the proverbial rabbit hole and explore London’s parks and green spaces with a Mad Hatter’s Picnic including gastronomic adventures such as, ‘Eat Me’ Queen of Hearts – a strawberry and cream mousse, a chocolate and coffee layered sponge cake and a chocolate rabbit’s clock that melts in the mouth and finger sandwiches too served in a […]

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