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The Baby Bathhouse

Remember the last night you spent at Liverpool Street’s The Bathhouse, that decadent nightspot nestled in the bowels of a City churchyard? Probably not so much – but in a good way. Well it has just spawned a diabolical offspring launching this week in Stoke Newington. The Baby Bathhouse is located in the former Gold Bar – destroyed by fire last year – but which has arisen as a first floor bistro and cocktail bar with a further bar and nightclub underground in the basement. Interior design is inspired by the Victorian era and battleship grey and brass exterior with […]

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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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Ristorante Semplice

Come next month, chic Mayfair Italian, the Michelin-starred Ristorante Semplice is branching out with the launch of a new private dining room and bar. The former will seat up to 30 people and will also be free to hire. The bar will serve a seclection of those classic Italian bar snacks and drinks that we’ve come to know and love from the likes of Cecconi’s, Russell Norman’s Polpo stable and Jacob Kenedy’s Bocca di Lupo. In addition to being a welcome haven for pre or post prandial drinks, it will also welcome guests to drop in for cocktails or a […]

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The Modern Pantry

Soho centric fans of Anna Hansen’s The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell have a real treat in store. From 22 March, the New Zealander will be transporting her popular eclectic menu Wardour Street’s Meza for a month long spring pop up. The Meza restaurant and bar will be completely transformed into The Modern Pantry’s defining minimal vibe with with furniture from Danish design house Fritz Hansen, grey and white painted walls and artwork from guest artists Kate Boxer and Robert Clarke. An a la carte menu will include favourites such as Sugar-cured New Caledonian Prawn Omelette with spring onion, coriander and […]

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Punchdrunk at W London

Mr W was hosting parties for the likes of Kate Moss and Primal Scream even while Leicester Square's W Hotel was still a quasi building site so now that hotel, Spice Market resto and Wyld night club are open for business you wouldn't expect them to fade quietly into the London landscape now would you? Tonight sees W turn auditorium with a quirky performance from innovative theatre company Punchdrunk. As ticket holders and invited guests explore the rooms and corridors, they'll meet an intriguing cast of characters as they're drawn into an enticing world inspired by Hitchcock's 'Rear Window.' But […]

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Bubbleology

If you haven’t heard about Bubble Tea yet you soon well. Come next month, Bubbleology, the UK’s first authentic Bubble Tea café, will open on Rupert Street in the heart of Soho. Originating in the 1980s, from a single stall in Taipei’s night market, the drink has become so popular that there are now over 8000 Bubble Tea cafes in Taiwan. But the craze hasn’t stopped there and now has a huge following already in Chinatown NYC and throughout the USA, Australia, Canada and Asia. Served warm or cool, Bubble Tea drinks have a red, white or green tea base […]

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Thai Master Class

It seems the British appetite will never tire of Thai. Despite the masses of restaurants manifesting themselves in the capital, it is the dream of many to ditch the delivery charge and create Thai masterpieces from the comfort of their own home. The Halkin Hotel has the answer. Head Chef of restaurant nahm, Matthew Albert, is offering up his time to host Cookery Master Classes, designed to teach us the fundamentals of Thai cooking and the techniques and skills involved. The last of the classes runs on Saturday 9th April, starting at 10am with a relaxed introduction to the ingredients […]

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The Sir Christopher Wren

Looking for a little something for the weekend? The Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa nestling on the banks of the river Thames between Eton Bridge and the shelter of the Windsor Castle could be just what the doctor ordered.     Recently acquired by Sarova Hotels and so-named as it is thought to be the original home of British architect Sir Christopher Wren, the imposing 17th Century former townhouse lies within easy reach of Windsor high street and the Theatre Royal. 95 rooms and suites are both contemporary and more traditional with romantic four-poster beds and there are also […]

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First live street art at The Opera Gallery

‘God save the ****king’ is the epithet which recently propelled Artist and Ambassador of The Prince’s Trust, Rich Simmons into the limelight. Its impact, enriched with Rich’s accompanying mural, depicts Prince William dressed in leather as the Sex Pistols’ bass player and a cigarette-toting Kate Middleton as girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.   Contrary to all the mugs and other money motivated royal memorabilia mass produced so far, Rich’s work is unique and has huge current worth, which will undoubtedly be priceless in few years time. Rich is self taught and his artistic talent has been shaped by his own troubled past. He identified art as […]

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The Baby Bathhouse

Best known for its hosting of the Boom Boom Club, monopolising on our fetish for cabaret and all things opulent, The Bathhouse is proud to announce the opening of its Baby, located in Stoke Newington. The original Bishopsgate venue has spawned another branch to cater for those with a love for Victorian design and intimate glamour – as well as a good cocktail, of course. Fully embracing the mantra “more is more”, The Baby Bathhouse will house custom-made seating fashioned from old church pews, Tiffany lamps, and gothic relics adorning all surfaces.  The hub of the venue lies in the […]

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Colette meets Chanel

If you dream in Chanel and love quirky Parisian boutique Colette, you’ve got until the end of the week to hit the Eurostar and catch a fab collaborative venture between the two brands in honour of Paris Fashion Week. Its a match made in heaven! In a former garage at 336-340 rue Saint-Honoré, the pop-up store combines fashion, visual arts and musical performances – model singer Elisa Sednaoui’s already done a turn at the weekend and the venue is hosting a performance by the Misshapes tomorrow night. Recharge at the cute blue and white striped Chez Bogato bakery truck, touch […]

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