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Percol Black & Beyond

Competition from the likes of Lavazza means it ain’t easy to market a new espresso  coffee so the Percol advertising gurus have decided to give their campaign an extra dimension by flogging it as a cocktail ingredient. So just in case the intense flavours of new Percol Black & Beyond, the fact that it’s stronger and darker than any other coffee, a rich nutty flavour peppered with notes of dark and sticky cocoa isn’t enough to seduce you, they’re suggesting you pep it up further with a slug of vodka and turn it into an espresso martini. Not bad guys. […]

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La Rêve at Café de Paris

We’ve found a new cabaret style club night to love. It’s a weekly all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza of a collaboration between Boom Boom Club and Bête Noire taking place at London’s world famous Café de Paris. Over the past couple of years, the two promoters have built themselves quite the reputation for producing top quality retro-flavoured, cabaret-infused club nights with hand-picked performers and a healthy dose of hedonism.   Bête Noire’s blend of jazz age splendour and flapper fashion dovetails with Boom Boom Club’s potent mix of classic Vaudeville and Vegas grind, to create a fantasy world evoking nightlife’s golden age […]

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My Wardrobe Style Guide

The recent rebrand of my-wardrobe.com marked the success of a retailer which has forged an indispensable place for itself in our fashion lives. The next stage in its development has now gone live, and we’re pleased to report it’s a good one. My-Wardrobe is now the publisher of a handy digital Style Guide, which takes customers through a comprehensive collection of the season’s best fashion pieces. With collaboration from the best in designers, stylists and fash pack idols, the 100+ pages of shoots, profiles and stock are the most complete rundown of a fashion season that we could ever hope […]

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Designs on the royal wedding

The Royal Wedding is bringing out the inner kitch queen in all of us (remember YO! Sushi’s lucky kitten souvenir plates?) and shoe designer Patrick Cox is no exception. The Soho bakery, Cox Cookies and Cake, which he set up with Cake Boy extraordinaire, Eric Lanlard, will be creating a Brits range to celebrate the imminent royal nuptials with an extremely patriotic patisserie collection. There’s the Queen Cake, the British Bulldog Cake, the Crown Cake, the Mohawk Cake topped with a punk Mohican (we’re not sure about the wedding connection in this case but are happy to go along with […]

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Wine gets arty at the RA

In normal circumstances, anyone leaving The Royal Academy with a piece of its art work is liable to find themselves held at her majesty’s pleasure. However, visitors to Peyton & Byrne’s Restaurant at the Royal Academy are being invited to do just that – albeit for a small (ish) fee. Inspired by the success of artist-designed wine labels at Atlantic Bar and Grill where his career as a restaurateur began in the nineties, Oliver Peyton is launching an exclusive collection of wines featuring special edition labels designed by Royal Academicians and famous artists such as Tracey Emin and Gary Hume. […]

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Mother’s Day Treats

Dutiful sons and daughters take note. This year Mothering Sunday falls on 3 April and restaurants across town are getting into the matriarchal spirit. Whether your mother’s a mama or a matron you’re sure to find something that fits the bill so check out our fabulous line-up and line up a treat for your mum. Best for Modern Mums Mums can enjoy The Modern Pantry’s three course lunch menu for half price – a bargainous £11.75. Tempting dishes executed in Anna Hansen’s signature style, include Chorizo and water chestnut sticky rice balls with tahini moroni miso cream and Sage and […]

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Something… at The Folly

With Bloomsbury-based boutique Something…is popping up at City destination The Folly until the end of April, patrons can combine a lunchtime drink with a spot of retail therapy. Something… specialises in handmade home wares and vintage gifts so you can choose from a fabulous line-up of scented candles, glassware and crockery, luxury beauty products, and even truffle oils and jams. Something… and The Folly are a match made in heaven as the wares of the Lamb’s Conduit Street store perfectly compliment the venue’s quirky decor of flower pot lampshades, cork-fronted bar and rough-hewn driftwood furniture. The all-day drinking and dining […]

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RSVP11

Come join the party at RSVP on 19 – 20 April this year. The UK’s most innovative and creative boutique event dedicated to corporate hospitality, entertainment, party and special events, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an exclusive two day showcase at Islington’s Business Design Centre that is set to raise the roof as the ultimate party event of the year. The event has also launched a new identity: London’s Event Showcase: Ideas and Entertainment for Event People and the website’s had a complete re-development too. Says Jodie Richmond, CEO of Exhibition & Trade Fairs (UK) Ltd, owners of RSVP: […]

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Whoopie cakes come to Mount Street

Tomorrow evening The Mount Street Deli is throwing an afternoon tea party with a difference. For one thing it’s in the evening, starting at 6pm, for another, its replacing those habitual cup cakes and finder sandwiches with US sugar fest, the Whoopie Pie and finally, there will be a little somthing stronger on offer than traditional tea with milk. Ben Christopherson, the former Pastry Development Chef at Harrods will be introducing guests to Whoopie Cakes – all light sponge shells and rich cream fillings with decadent flavours including Carrot & Cream Cheese, Double Chocolate and Apple Crumble with Cinnamon & […]

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Hendrick’s High Tea

On Mother’s Day, Mayfair hideaway, Hush is to launch a fabulous new tea menu in partnership with Hendrick’s gin with complimentary cocktails for afternoon tea guests. During Hendrick’s High Tea time (Mon-Sat 3-6pm) everything on offer from jams to macaroons will be influenced by the unique infusions of Cucumber and Rose Petal essences that comprise Hendrick’s Gin. The Hendricks High Tea features Smoked salmon, Cucumber and Corn-fed chicken and Avocado sandwiches, Warm scones with clotted cream and a trio of homemade jams (Strawberry, Rose Petal Jelly and Gooseberry and Elderflower). You can also expect mini macaroons by Bougie. And to […]

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Westbury Hotel launches brasserie

London's prestigious Westbury hotel is to launch a new all-day brasserie with the opening of the Gallery in the spring. Set to open at the end of May, the Gallery will be located in the site formerly occupied by the Connolly shop on Conduit Street. The restaurant will seat 100 diners and will be overseen by head chef Brian Fantoni, who was previously at Cantina del Ponte. The menu will take inspiration from the flavours of the Mediterranean with typical dishes including langoustine ravioli with fennel confit and wild garlic vinaigrette; poule au pot with asparagus, morels and tarragon nage; […]

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Boulevard Brasserie

Situated in the heart of Covent Garden's Opera Quarter, Boulevard Brasserie is as an authentic Parisian brasserie as you could want this side of The Channel. Ideally located for Theatreland and the Covent Garden Opera House, this atmospheric little number has recently been taken over by Maxwell's Restaurant Group benefitting from a sympathetic refit but without losing any of its Gallic charm. It's a great place to go on a Friday night – when we visited it was merrily buzzing without being packed to the rafters – and the fact that it's spread over three floors (the basement cellars with […]

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