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You might not know that The Alma was a battle fought in 1854 during the Crimean War. But enough with the history lesson, it’s also a Wandsworth gastropub that’s gone all Shoreditch and opened a seriously chic 23 room boutique hotel. Design-led yet practical rooms have been conceived by the award-winning RDD, each with its own bespoke furniture, textured fabrics and wallpaper by Nina Campbell. No chintz here thank you very much! Factor in delicious posh pub grub from head chef Martin O’Brien, a 24 hour concierge, use of the nearby Esporta Spa and Gym for all guests and B&B […]

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Grosvenor House sold for 470m

London’s slick Grosvenor House hotel has been sold to an Indian business group for £470m. The iconic property on Park Lane, which is owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has been bought by Sahara India after being initially  marketed for £600m. Marriott International has an agreement to operate the five-star, 494-bedroom hotel as a JW Marriott Hotel for 24 years. Sahara India, which plans to add restaurants and a nightclub to the property, said it would manage it jointly with Marriott. Subrata Roy Sahara, chairman of the Sahara Group, said the hotel was a part of the group’s “major […]

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Cross Pollen-ation

We’re still waiting for Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social to make its debut but meanwhile you can always console yourself with a spot of Christmas shopping at Fortnum & Mason for which he has created a series of exclusive chocolates inspired by his constant globe-trotting. The perfect last minute gift for the gallivanting gourmet, we’re talking Dark Chocolate Praline with Orange and Cinnamon, White Chocolate Bonbon with Coconut and Rum, Milk Chocolate Praline with Passion Fruit. and Dark Chocolate Bonbon with Italian Lime and Vodka inspired by Jason’s favourite cocktail the mojito. Jason’s favourite, though, is the Milk Chocolate Bonbon […]

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Monkey business

The Drunken Monkey in Shoreditch is launching The Tea Party Menu, a delicious mix of warming oriental teas, tea-infused cocktails and plenty of cake. Packed full of antioxidants and vitamins, the health-giving properties of teas are myriad and the Monkey’s new range of twelve teas from classic Chinese green tea with freshly picked jasmine petals to Morning Dew with large leaf sencha, sunflower, cornflower and rose petal will be sure to perk you up. Factor in a little extra kick by way of mixologist Cristian Cuevas’ Tea Cocktails and your restoration will be complete. We’re loving his Quince Asian Tea […]

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Amaranto

The Four Seasons Hotel in Park Lane is set to reopen next month having undergone one serious £125 million makeover during its two year closure. And we're pleased to report that it seems no expense has been spared when it comes to the hotel's brand new destination restaurant either. Amaranto has its own entrance via Hamilton Place and boasts lounge areas, a restaurant and conservatory, bar, private dining room and even a garden terrace. Flexibility is the name of the game here and the idea is that diners can eat or drink in any of the spaces they choose from […]

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Get your skates on…

Whether it’s to escape the in-laws or simply indulge in some good old-fashioned seasonal r&r , Piccadilly’s luxurious Athenaeum Hotel has the perfect romantic package but you do need to get your skates on… Guests booking a two night stay before 4 January will receive complimentary ice-skating tickets to the Winter Wonderland rink in Hyde Park, champagne and chocolates and a romantic breakfast in bed the following morning. However, if you’re nursing some ice-induced aches and pains, we suggest you head over to  the hotel’s newly relaunched spa. REN has created a bespoke treatments to revive and rejuvenate such as […]

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Cantinetta

Locanda Locatelli is certainly a hotbed for spawning new culinary talent. In July we reported on the opening of Tintello in Pimlico from Locanda alumni, Max and Federico Sali. Not only did they have the blessing of the entrepreneur and his wife Plaxy but even scored financial backing! And now chef Federico Turri who spent seven years working with Giorgio has joined forces with restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas to launch new restaurant and bar Cantinetta this month in Putney. Turri himself hails from a background of restaurateurs and his family ran a hotel and restaurant near Milan in northern Italy. Mascarenhas […]

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QV Bar

So much for your new year’s resolutions. Come 1 January, Sam and Eddie Hart are launching The QV Bar on the ground floor of iconic Soho restaurant and members club Quo Vadis. Keeping things in the family the interior has been designed by mum, Stefa with petrol blue linen walls, leather banquettes, tub chairs and specially commissioned artworks by Steve Goddard. The venue’s expert mixologist Paul Mant has teamed up with super-premium Ketel One vodka to create four exclusive new cocktails served in bespoke silver cocktail shakers and glasses. Even the copper-topped bar is unique and reflects the traditional copper […]

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The Patron Bauble Bar

If you need a break amidst the Christmas shopping-  help is at hand.  As of  (16th December) The Patrón Silver Bauble Bar has transformed the Knightsbridge menswear floor of Harvey Nichols into a Christmas wonderland, with a spectacular bar installation offering a selection of festive cocktails. The Patrón Silver Bauble Bar is made using over five thousand silver baubles and a bar comprising of elegant snow globes, the bespoke space provides an  alternative festive fix this year. Open from 12.00 – 21.00 each day from 16th-23rd December  the space is ideal  for those wanting to relax after some  busy Christmas shopping and get in the […]

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Made in Camden

Latest cultural venue to launch its own destination restaurant is Camden’s The Roundhouse with Made in Camden. It’s got its own dedicated entrance and an industrial style interior with steel pillars, natural wood, zinc and granite bar tops and floor to ceiling windows looking out onto Chalk Farm Road. Both the restaurant’s designer Michael Sodeau and head chef Josh Katz grew up in the area and Katz’ menu is testament to his passion for Mediterranean cuisine. Lunch features Iranian open omelette and Butternut squash risotto with pumpkin seed, chorizo and mascarpone while dinner is all about a choice of tasting […]

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Matt Cardle

Following Matt Cardle’s X factor win last weekend he’s already tipped to top the Christmas charts with his cover of Biffy Clyro’s Many Of Horror (When We Collide), having sold 112,000 copies in just two days. Besides being hit with tabloid tales of romping with make-up artists, casting aside stylists and his loyal ex-girlfriend to concentrate on his career, it’s being reported that Matt is set to earn £5million this year alone – £1 million from modelling contracts, £1million from live performances including the X Factor tour, £1.5million from commercial deals and £2million from record sales. And he’ll have to […]

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Rebecca Ferguson

Despite losing out on the £1million recording contract to Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson has been still been signed by Simon Cowell’s label SyCo. The 24-year-old mother-of-two is set to make £500,000 from the UK X Factor tour and if Matt Cardle’s been snapped up for a bit of £1million modelling, no doubt so will she. And with all the judges constantly commending her “perfect recording voice” while she was on the show, she should achieve success with the release of a debut album next year. Contact Rebecca Ferguson Agent on The Handbook

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