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Salad but not as we know it…

Pearl’s head mixologist, Anthony Balik, is showcasing his cocktail credentials with the innovative introduction of the restaurant’s brand new Salad Bar: inspired by this season’s flavours, he and head chef Jun Tanaka, have developed a drinks menu that’s crunchy as they come.     So what’s on offer? The Waldorf gets a remake with home-infused walnut vodka muddled with celery, heightened by citrus notes of pressed apple and grape and served with a side of grape jelly, walnuts and celery sticks. Next up is The Greek integrating Gin Mare, made with the highest quality Mediterranean botanicals, with a delicate tomato […]

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The return of The Shack

The Cloudy Bay Shack is making a return visit to Parson’s Green this month on 30 and 31 July.  This time around, it’s Petersham Nurseries’ Skye Gyngell who’ll be designing dishes to be paired with different types of Cloudy Bay wines.     Petersham Nurseries was one of just seven London venues to get its first Michelin star this year and delicious dishes on offer include Heritage tomatoes with goats curd and oregano, Risotto with lemon and San Daniele, Cod’s roe with creme fraiche and bruschetta, Slow cooked veal with black olives and preserved lemons. Oh yes and then there’s […]

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Ultra Vie

Want to sort out your social life in one fell swoop? Welcome to Ultra Vie, the brand new and exciting lifestyle concierge service founded by Johannes Kraft, Dipak Panchal and Simon Taghioff. Launching in the autumn, Ultra Vie, presents a new way to discover premium experiences in hospitality and retail. Manned by a dedicated team of social and industry insiders, Ultra Vie focuses on selecting unique, exclusive venues and events for a demanding clientele always on the lookout for the next big thing before it happens. “Our audience want to be in the know – to pick and choose from […]

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Making Street Kitchen British.

Walking into Finsbury Avenue Square, it’s hard not to notice the silver airstream caravan sitting by the UBS buildning. Head round to the front and you’ll find a converted kitchen with Chef’s Jun Tanaka of Pearl Restaurant and Mark Jankel of The Food Initiative in there serving out top quality food. When I say top quality, Chef Jankel spent 18 month scouring the U.K. sourcing the ingredients to ensure that everything on the menu is 100% British, and combining them with the skill’s of both chef’s, treat yourself to a hearty lunch, rather than nipping to the local coffee chain […]

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Green Fairies…

Brompton Bar and Grill launching London’s first ever absinthe bar decked out with leather bar stools (all the better to fall off), a zinc topped bar and authentic Parisian sketches harking back to the days when absinthe was imbibed by fashionable bohemians such as Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec who no doubt fell off their stools all the time. Guests can expect contemporary twists with cocktails including the Absinthe Caipirihna, a blend of Absinthe La Clandestine, Brown Sugar and Lime Juice and the Absinthe Daiquri, Rum, Campari, Absinthe Butterfly, Sugar and Lime Juice but you’ll also find classics […]

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Cox Cookies & Cakes, giving you the recipes to be naughty!

Based on the trendy Brewer St., Soho, Cox Cookies & Cake have been attracting the masses with their unique combination of bakery and fashion. Since September 2010, pâtissier Eric Lanlard and designer Patrick Cox and come together to create some of the most original looking and certainly tasting cup cakes. And now they aim to bring their master pieces into your own home with their new book. With more than 75 recipes, for cupcakes, biscuits as well as cookies and bars, there really will be something for everyone. A recipe I’m particularly keen to try are the Mexican chocolate cup cakes, covered […]

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Get slushy at Maggies

Just in time for the hot weather, 80s inspired nightclub Maggie’s has created the ultimate summer cocktail: the aptly named Slush Yuppie.     Bar manager Alejandro Madrid has introduced an original Slush Yuppie machine to the venue but he’s added one key ingredient- alcohol meaning that revellers can slurp the original sweet slush yuppie flavours blended with Bacardi Superior rum, crushed ice and strawberries. Maggie’s is named after 1980s Prime-Minister-turned-icon Maggie Thatcher whose famous speeches you can hear playing in the loos, while Thatcher memorabilia vies for space on the walls along with iconic ’80s paraphernalia from A Team […]

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Keynoir

You’ve a taste for the good things in life like a-list restos, weekly blowdries and massages and smart weekend getaways but the sugar daddy is proving elusive. Relax. All you have to do is join a free members’ club and the high life is yours for the taking but at a fraction of the RRP. Your dream ticket to the lifestyle you obviously deserve grants its members access to a plethora of interesting and indulgent experiences, allowing you to feel in the know and spoil yourself on a pretty damn regular basis without the attendant prohibitive cost. Each day Keynoir […]

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Motcomb Street Party

Head over to Chelsea’s Motcomb Street this afternoon for its annual street party, which, this year, will raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, with a mounted Household Cavalry procession officially kicking off proceedings on the street.     Later on expect tribute acts taking to the open-air stage including George Michael, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart & The Faces whilst street entertainers will be on hand too with magic tricks and impersonations. You can also bid on auction lots from local businesses including breakfast at Patisserie Valerie, hair and beauty treatments at […]

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Rodizio Rico

Thanks to Rodizio Rico, London’s authentic Churrascaria de Rodizio, a Brazilian carnival atmosphere is at play in Fulham Broadway – spilling out onto the street courtesty of a stunning alfresco Caipirinha Bar. But what is Churrascaria? Prounounced ‘shoe-hoss-korea’ it means barbecue in Portuguese and Rodizio means rotating. Just like in its native Brazil, there’s no formal menu so diners pay a fixed price and carvers pass from table to table, slicing sizzling roasted meats – straight from a charcoal fire – from skewers onto your plate. Experienced passador carvers glide from table to table with a huge array of meats […]

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The Greatest Silence screening at the Frontline Club

Emmy award-winning filmmaker Lisa F Jackson’s ground-breaking documentary The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo will be screened in association with the TG Foundation – aiming to help victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo – at the Frontline Club at 7:00pm on Thursday, 30 June. Joining Jackson on the impressive Q&A panel after the film will be renowned Hollywood actress and Congo campaigner Robin Wright, set to appear alongside Daniel Craig in the upcoming US remake of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and HARDtalk’s presenter and BBC journalist Stephen Sackur. Also speaking at the […]

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Sketch & The Royal Academy

London's exclusive Sketch restaurant and club is flexing it creative muscles once more. The hip Conduit Street venue has joined forces with the Royal Academy of Arts to offer the ultimate afternoon of fine dining and fine art. From 7th June to 15th August Sketch will be offering cultural vultures a three-course lunch with a glass of Champagne in the Michelin-starred Lecture Room restaurant plus and a ticket for the acclaimed Summer exhibition at the nearby Royal Academy – and all for a bargain £46 per person. Sketch was launched in 2002 by Mourad 'Momo' Mazouz and French master chef Pierre Gagnaire […]

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