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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 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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Casa Batavia

This week, celebrated Italian chef, Nicola Batavia is opening his first UK restaurant, Casa Batavia. The London launch follows on from the success of his Turin restaurant, Ristorante Birichin and Nicola is delighted to be bringing his simple yet innovative Italian cooking to the UK’s culinary capital. Since opening Ristorante Birichin in 1996 Batavia quickly earned himself a winning reputation – not to mention a Michelin star – and in 2010 he went on to open seaside summer pop-up, La Kava, celebrating food from its location on the shores of the Ligurian Sea. A regular on Italian TV, he has […]

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Hats of fun at Peter Jones

While the rain continues to pelt down, it may not immediately feel like summer. But this week, Peter Jones, the Sloane Square department store, will be going out of its way to help remind us of the time of year? For launching tomorrow is the Millimania Exhibition, a pop-up display that will boast a range of never-seen-before antique royal hats, including, among others, two bonnets once designed for Queen Victoria. The exhibition will also herald the start of Peter Jones’ ‘Hat Academy, a summer-long set of 1 hour one-to-one consultations, aimed at helping this season’s race-goers select the perfect hat. “The ‘Hat Academy’ offers shoppers guidance on […]

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Bacchanalian Blacks

Dean Street’s Blacks Club is throwing its doors open to the public once more this Sunday for a brand new Bacchanalian lunch date with celebrity chef and renowned food writer, Tom Parker Bowles. This follows on from Tom’s highly successful Sunday tenure earlier this year. Cooking at his side once more is Alberto Figueroa, second in command in the Blacks kitchen and a native of Mexico City so guests can expect another Mexican fiesta featuring exotic dishes such as Sea Bream Ceviche and Drunken Lamb washed down with a steady stream of sangrias and tequilas. One of the great surviving […]

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Royal Garden Hotel

Kensington’s independent five ‘red star’ Royal Garden Hotel has completed the final stage of a mammoth £45 million refurbishment. We’ve already seen its public areas refreshed – in addition to its 10 state-of-the-art meeting rooms and conference facilities and its sumptuous Min Jiang and Park Terrace restaurants – however, the hotel has now unveiled a further 154 newly renovated bedrooms and suites situated on the first to fourth floors. We’re talking all the mod cons and then some complemented by a calming neutral palette of calming shades offset by rich fabrics. Features included as standard are comfortable well-sprung beds, iPod […]

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Handpicked

This week Harvey Nichols chefs will join forces with local producers for a series of summer events. The Handpicked initiative celebrates ethically sourced, sustainable local produce and invites customers back to mills, farms and fisheries for a series of day trips of tours, master classes and a communal, back to basics lunch cooked by Harvey Nichols chefs. The launch event tomorrow sees a trip to Sharpham Park in Somerset with Knightsbridge’s Jonas Karlsson. Sharpham Park belongs to Mulberry founder Roger Saul, who has pursued an organic spelt farming programme and also rears rare breed cattle and sheep. He will take […]

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Rosa has a Barn at Hay on Wye

When bibliophiles from all corners of the world descend on the Hay on Wye festival this weekend, they may not necessarily watch the Welsh weather forecast with much glee.  But at least there’s some sunshine on the horizon. For this year, among the tented-fields and bookworm scholars, the ‘Town of Books’ welcomes the very new, very chic, Rosa’s Barn. Brought to life by the founders of one of London’s most celebrated ‘secret’ supper clubs, 99, Rosa’s Barn will bring to the countryside all the special trimmings which made both Whetham Allpress and David Fuller’s culinary concept a grand success. Set somewhere in the Brecknockshire […]

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Gardens at your service

While London this week basks in the kaleidoscopic Chelsea Flower Show, its green-fingered fans, it seems, will not need to wait an entire year for another such event. For come June 11th, £7.50 will buy entry into an astonishing 214 of the capital’s gardens when Open Garden Squares Weekend gets underway. On offer is the chance to walk and idly roam around some of the city’s verdant nooks and crannies that London otherwise keeps private under lock and key. Middle and Inner Temple, Kensington Roof Gardens, Gray’s Inn, Eaton and Belgrave Square, as well as the private enclosure Kate Middleton spent her last […]

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Wish you were here…

Sardinia, The Hamptons, North Island Seychelles, Topshop… We wouldn’t normally associate the Philip Green superstore with sunscreen and mojitos on the beach but next month Topshop is inviting shoppers to join them in the Oxford Circus store (Manchester Arndale, Dublin and Liverpool too if you’re feeling adventurous) for summer holiday themed fun and frolics. Yup, you’ll be able to create their own ‘Wish You Were At Topshop’ postcard with a shot of yourself against a holiday themed backdrop which you can either print out or upload to Facebook and you’ll even be treated to a freebie styling session and make-up […]

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