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Benares pops-up at Meza

Atul Kochhar of Michelin-starred Benares in Mayfair is bringing his contemporary British Indian cuisine to Soho with the launch of a pop-up restaurant at Soho’s Meza from 4th – 28th May. The modern grill menu will be replaced by Atul’s inspiring Benares dishes and for four weeks only, a relaxed menu will offer sharing platters and examples of Indian street food such as Rajasthani crisp okra with harrisa mayonnaise; Goan goat koftas with lavender and peanut honey;  Kashmiri style lamb Roganjosh and potato and ginger cakes. The restaurant will be transformed using brightly coloured silk and ambient lighting. Says Atul: […]

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An Artisan Easter

We’re not sure whether we should eat these or display them on the mantelpiece but this year’s Easter collection from Artisan du chocolat is almost worthy of a spot at the Tate Modern.     We’re loving the pretty peony designed Wrapped Up egg filled with a selection of liquid sea salted caramels, the colourful red and blue Speckled Eggs in layered dark or white chocolate and the limited edition Ceramic Egg – imprinted with an illustration of a growing cocoa pod. Chocolate bunnies spray painted in candy hues with edible ink will certainly give Lindt’s golden rabbit a run […]

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The Royal Wedding

Not snagged an invite to the royal wedding? Don’t worry you can still celebrate in style at one of London’s top hotels with no intrusive paparazzi snapping away at your hat and without your mobile phone being confiscated at the door. Brunch at Brown's Brown’s Hotel will be serving up a delicious Royal Wedding brunch at HIX at the Albemarle. Head chef, Marcus Verberne, has created a sumptuous menu featuring quintessential British cuisine set to charm any Royalist from Hix cure De Beauvoir smoked salmon with scrambled eggs to eggy bread with smoked Orkney bacon and crème fraiche. Guests are […]

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Royal Memorabilia, a Tribute

Bedecked in bunting and humming along to one more Royal parody, it was time to join the big guns for a celebration of all things crafty at Smythson yesterday. Samantha Cameron’s old haunt unveiled an exhibition that will run until the 3rd May at the Smythson’s New Bond Street store, co-curated by Janice Blackburn of Sotheby’s. Five young talents have interpreted the much-peddled Royal Wedding theme in contemporary and unusual ways, creating pieces which are now on sale in the store. Find Zoe Ross’s ‘Paper Bride’ alongside Katie McBride’s tea set, entitled ‘There is a Festive Heir About Town’; a […]

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Fortnum & Mason Easter Eggs Designed by Zandra Rhodes

Fashionistas who might usually steer clear of chocolate will surely make an egg-ception for  Zandra Rhodes’ collection for Fortnum & Mason.     This year, the Piccadilly emporium has partnered up with Rhodes to create nostalgic English designs with a twist for its Easter Egg boxes. The delicious handmade chocolate eggs come dressed in the finest livery reflecting the iconic designer’s passion for all things English and embodying a mix of old-school glamour and modern chic. Zandra’s designs celebrate her long standing relationship with Fortnum & Mason who started selling her clothes back in 1969.  Each depicts a vibrant butterfly […]

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The Zetter Townhouse

Clerkenwell’s Zetter is branching out with an entire townhouse across the cobbles of St John’s Square. The hotly anticipated new 13 bedroom Georgian hostelry and cocktail lounge looks just like a private home – albeit rather a posh one. We’re especially excited about the ground floor cocktail lounge as it’s an exciting collaboration between The Zetter and the creators of the award winning 69 Colebrooke Row. Number 69 is so tiny that fans of Tony Congliaro’s molecular mixology will be delighted to stretch their legs in a brand new venue. Stuffed full of oddities and curios, with an open fire […]

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Housebites

The supperclub is well and truly on our radar. Not content with going out to restaurants for dinner, foodies are keen to show off their own culinary skills and hosting prowess by inviting fellow gastronomy fiends into their homes. New website housebites.com is making the process easier, by allowing people to search for dining events in their local area. Anyone can host, and can post their menu, price and invite online for potential guests to peruse. Stripping dining of its traditional formal constraints, the housebite is the perfect way to get friendlier with the locals whilst sampling some great food […]

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Cult of Beauty Tea

The Criterion is launching a fabulous new tea menu to celebrate the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Cult of Beauty exhibition running through 17 July. The exhibition highlights the Aesthetic movement from 1860 – 1900 which is the era when Criterion itself was built. The movement was all about “art for art’s sake” popularising beautiful paintings and sculptures that did not have a moral message and were simply a visual delight. The new menu recalls the art exhibits and the food of the late 1800’s and highlights include Potted Rabbit with dried fruit, melba toast and pomegranate chutney – inspired by […]

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Melancholia

Check out the trailer for Lars von Trier’s new movie MELANCHOLIA: “A beautiful movie about the end of the world” starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland alongside Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd and Charlotte Rampling. The plot centres around Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd) who are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of Justine’s sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Thus far, a comedy of manners, right? But coming from the director of 2009’s controversial Antichrist, we couldn’t expect a gentle Altman-like Gosford Park. So, while the festivities are taking place, the planet, Melancholia, […]

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Century

Century, the Private Members Club beloved by Jennifer Aniston and Robbie Williams – the latter is one of its founding members – is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and to mark this milestone birthday, Pierre and Kathy Condou who conceived and created the venue ub have given the place a full refurbishment and re-design. An integral part of the reboot is their brand new Century Brasserie, and better still, for the first time it will open its doors to the public so everyone can have the chance to experience one of Soho’s best kept secrets. To celebrate, the venue’s […]

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Moth insurance

While it may not quite be t-shirt weather yet, spring has definitely sprung and we’ve noticed the year’s first moths flitting around our apartments. So now is the time to strike to avoid the little blighters munching their way through your cashmere sweaters. We love the natural anti moth range from Total Wardrobe Care. Options include the wooden wardrobe diffuser and special natural anti moth oil – a rich mix of lavender, cedarwood, rosemary, may chang and clove; the sticky moth box which attracts male moths by releasing the female pheromone thus halting the breading cycle to stop eggs being […]

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The Cube

Electrolux is more usually associated with dishwashers and fridges than fine dining but the brand has just launched The Electrolux Cube in Belgium’s capital Brussels, sitting atop the city’s Parc du Cinquantenaire. The first in a series of unique temporary dining concepts, it will be followed by two further Electrolux Cube restaurants popping up on landmark sites across Europe over the course of the year. Each Cube will offer a memorable dining experience for 18 guests per sitting and the transparent and semi-transparent structures will pop-up on monuments, buildings and even water platforms in Belgium, Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden […]

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