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Bateaux London

We've done tea at The Ritz, Pret-a-Portea at The Berkeley and even Japanese Sencha cocktails at Shoreditch's Drunken Monkey served prohibition style in an oriental tea pot. But tea on The Thames was a new one on us til we discovered Bateaux London's version. While gliding past our favourite London landmarks – the London Eye to Tower Bridge – via the Tate Modern and St Paul's Cathedral, guests can enjoy traditional afternoon tea with a twist. Munch on a delicious array of sandwiches, pastries and scones to the strains of the Naticia's resident pianist for £29.50 or if you really […]

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The Penny Black

Harking back to the days of the eponymous postage stamp, this new Fulham restaurant will be taking its culinary style cues from traditional British favourites from Cottage pie, Toad-in-the-hole and Lancashire hotpot to Beef Wellington, Roasted turbot and Braised oxtail. Oh yes, and don’t forget the Bubble and Squeak! Conceived as a ‘home away from home’, Sunday roasts of the finest Longhorn beef will be a real family affair, with huge sharing dishes of potatoes and vegetables, perfect for family and extended family to enjoy the camaraderie of en masse dining without the hassle of actually cooking! Head chef is […]

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Andy Warhol Royals

If you bought into Tatler’s February Kate Middleton cover (whether or not you reckoned the top left purple toned image was a dead ringer for Cheryl Cole), you’ll love the current exhibition at Bond Street’s Opera Gallery. To celebrate the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the venue is currently displaying Andy Warhol’s take on the nation’s previously best known Royal faces, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. These unique portraits were created in 1982 in the year of the famous Royal Wedding and were immediately sold to a private collector. Now, however, they are on the market once […]

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The Goring Hotel – Royal Wedding

According to various recent reports if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the princess-to-be before she becomes royalty, we know where you can find her. Kate Middleton and Prince William's family and friends will be staying at London's Goring Hotel near Buckingham Palace for four days for the royal wedding and have hired out 80 rooms for close friends and guest.  It has also been reported that Kate could be spending her final night as an unmarried woman there as well. The couple reportedly chose the haunt – a favourite of the Queen's and Baroness Thatcher's – and of […]

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The Naughty Chair

It’s indeed a dystopian society when the naughty chair involves a little electric shock therapy but Doug Foster’s new exhibition, In the Naughty Chair, at the Lazarides Gallery is Supernanny meets 1984. The artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery showcases a selection of his most celebrated works alongside an exclusive premier of his newest installation from  which the exhibition derives its title. The Rathbone Place townhouse has been transformed into a stark, clinical setting for the artist’s stereoscopic and high-definition screen works from his cryonic preservation chamber, Frozen to the Dante inspired Heretics’ Gate video installation debuted at The […]

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Fortnum&Mason Marmalade Competition

The celebrities were out in force at the weekend’s Golden Globe Awards. But with the boffins’ recent aspersions on the merits of collagen it seems that the only ways to knock off a decade by the Oscars are surgery or Mila Kunis’ $7,000 HD Diamond and Ruby Peel. Or not. Paddington creator, Michael Bond claimed last week that his 53 year old bear owes his youthful looks to a diet of marmalade sandwiches. Either way, you’ve got until 14 February to enter the Fortnum & Mason homemade marmalade competition in celebration of the Dalemain Marmalade Awards.  Entries will be judged […]

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Fox & Grapes

Lyon born chef Claude Bosi of Hibiscus fame is branching out from his sought-after Mayfair eatery, with Wimbledon gastropub, Fox & Grapes. The new venture is a collaboration with brother Cedric and former sous chef at Hibiscus, Patrick Leano. Cedric previously ran Claude’s former pub, The Bell in Yarpole – nearby the village of Ludlow where Hibiscus itself was born. Patrick has worked with Claude’s team for two years and was previously with Eric Chavot at The Capital in Knightsbridge. The Fox & Grapes will be dedicated to cooking the very best of what’s in season and the opening menu […]

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A Bathing Ape Pop Up

 A Bathing Ape have just opened their first ever European pop-up Pirate store. The store is stocking special edition and hard to find items from various seasons, all at a discounted price, in a new store that will be open for just over a week. Having already enjoyed the success of Pirate stores in Tokyo and New York, the latest pop-up will be located in London at the Old Truman Brewery and will stock the Japanese label’s “Pirate Booty Bags” which contain secret items, also at a substantial discount. To commemorate the occasion, a new T-shirt will be released each day […]

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Petit Pois Cupcakes

Remember Harry Eastwood of not-so-guilty C4 pleasure, Cook Yourself Thin and follow-up cookbook Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache? Well if you thought her recipes substituting butter and fat for vegetables (yes really) sounded like a good idea in theory but you couldn’t be bothered to put spoon to mixing bowl for yourselves  – you no longer have to. She’s teamed up with US entrepreneur, Ashley Maddox to launch Petit Pois, a new and extremely virtuous range of cupcakes in which butter (and some of the sugar too for carbophobes) is replaced by pumpkin, courgette and beetroot. Each of the four […]

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Mushu

There’s been a whole lot of Eastern promise in the West End of late: the brilliant Inamo sequel with its Wii generation cuisine on Lower Regent Street; the ultra fashionable Ora on Little Portland Street and this month’s star opening, Cocochan on James’ Street. However, for a more ‘January-wallet’ friendly Oriental fix that doesn’t involve a conveyor belt, a chain or dingy doorway in Chinatown, there’s a Fitzrovia newcomer called Mushu that’s looking like a real winner. Admittedly the name Mushu doesn’t bode particularly well but the little Izakaya style bar-restaurant is proving both a daytime draw for the local […]

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