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London 2012 has arrived

If your tickets to the 2012 event are already burning a hole in your pocket, have no fear. The Olympics have arrived earlier than expected. This week, Open Weekend 2011 will be celebrating the proximity of the Olympics and Paralympics by hosting several cultural and sporting events for the general public in various locations around the capital. From 22nd – 24th July, Londoners will be invited to enjoy ‘ Dysarticulate’ (a large installation situated in Canary Wharf, where artists and audiences will create paper flags made from book pages), ‘BP Saturdays’ (an artist-led set of workshops for all the family at […]

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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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Bunga Bunga

Alone, they're responsible for reintroducing Londoners to the wonders of revolving dance floors and spirit-sipping from pretty china teacups. But that was never going to be the end of Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling's influence on the capital. For while the entrepreneurial duo have popularised the cult of speakeasy bars through Chelsea locale Barts and made the upbeat, cheesy tracks synonymous with the 1980s cool again at nightclub Maggie's, their next project – whose Battersea location will sit outside their tried and tested zone of Chelsea – will not so much see them delving into a theme, as much as […]

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Wahaca Street Kitchen

Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers of Wahaca are taking their Mexican street food to the streets of London with the launch of their Mexican Street Kitchen. Housed in a fully converted 1958 Citroen HY van, in Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park, it will be throwing open its hatches for the first time with a festival of free burritos tomorrow and Friday.     The van, is equipped with its own charcoal Robata grill, which promises to give the steak and chicken wrapped in those burritos and tacos a mouth-watering flame grilled flavour. The menu will also feature Wahaca’s signature Pork […]

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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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Bluebird Food Store hosts Sushinho.

Last night, Bluebird launched their pop up sushi boutique, where if you weren't concentrating, you may have thought you'd wandered into a relaxed Brazilian Carnival! With a variety of sushi, and fantastic cocktails provided by Sushinho, from just down the road who pride themselves on their Brazilian (large) portions of the cultural Japaneses cuisine. Of particular interest were the prawn and fresh strawberry pieces that went down extremely well with the Caipirinhas available. I was also left pleasantly filled by the seaweed wraps, yet still wanted more! Bento boxes will be available to take away, or if you prefer, to […]

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Green Fairies…

This week, Brompton Bar and Grill launchies London’s first ever absinthe bar decked out in leather bar stools, 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.     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, a heady mix of Rum, Campari, Absinthe Butterfly, Sugar and Lime Juice but you’ll also find classics such as Hemingway favourite, Death in the Afternoon […]

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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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FRAE frozen yogurt fun at Topshop

Organic, fat-free frozen yogurt FRAE is teaming up with Topshop’s flagship Oxford Street store once more this summer. A ‘pop-up’ kiosk is set to appear on the fashion retailer’s Ground Floor accessories section from Monday 4 July. For a three month period FRAE, founded by former lawyers and best friends Donald Murray and Martyn Pollock, with stores situated in Notting Hill and Islington, will be serving its probiotic goodness in natural, strawberry, mango or lime flavour. The light refreshment (just 83 calories per small serving!) is the perfect antidote following a summer spree and can be enjoyed naked or with […]

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Jacques Townhouse

Jacques Townhouse is back for the summer and guests can indulge their inner fashionista by by booking their place at the new location of the multi-million pound secret abode popping up in London from 19-28 July.     You’ll be pampered with glamorous make-up sessions, manicures and chic updo hairstyles after which you can dress-up with fabulous vintage frocks from Rokit with stylists on hand to help put together you look.  Finally to capture all the fun, the Jacques photo shoot studio will be there to take all your close-ups. Alternatively just unwind in the Enchanted Garden with a massage, […]

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