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YO! Wedding

There’s no getting away from it. Commemorative royal wedding plates are kitch, period, and must, at all costs, be approached with a sense of humour and a large pinch of salt. Or soya sauce as it goes. Yes, the fabulous YO! sushi marketing team behind such joys as the YO! frisbee and YO! collagen certainly can’t be accused of taking themselves too seriously. Alongside the YO! blues, purples, greys and oranges, they are introducing a commemorative kitsch kitten plate and special sushi to mark the wedding of the year. Upholding the notion that commemorative royal wedding plates don’t have to […]

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Capote y Toros

Abel Lusa’s Cambio de Tercio group is launching fourth venture, Capote y Toros on Old Brompton Road, a ham and sherry bar boasting the world’s most extensive sherry list of over 100 varieties. The venue is based on a neighbourhood joints in downtown Cádiz and following in the illustrious footsteps of famous watering holes such as Casa Manteca or La Venta de Vargas where legendary flamenco musician Camarón de la Isla began his career. Guests can sit at the bar or at one of the eight tables and feast on Iberico pork charcuterie from Spanish producer Sanchez Romero Carvajal or […]

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Cake Boy at The Folly

Patisserie fans with an urge for tv stardom should get themselves down to City drinking and dining destination, The Folly this lunchtime. For one day only, master patissier, Eric Lanlard, aka Cake Boy, will be bringing his delicious and exquisite pastries, cakes and miniature puddings to the deli and flower shop at The Folly. Drop into the City’s secret garden from 1pm to indulge in a decadent afternoon of tarte au citrons, millefuille, cupcakes and éclairs when Eric will be filming his Channel 4 programme, ‘Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard.’ Eric, who has baked for the likes of Madonna, Gwyneth […]

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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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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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Beauty Bible Pops Up

Will we ever tire of hearing of anti-ageing miracles? Indeed, will our wallets ever forgive us for the cash we spend on them… Fear not, The Anti-ageing Beauty Bible is on our side, and is popping-up at Selfridges for us to experience it in the flesh. Written by Sarah Stacey and Jo Fairley, the Bible is a step ahead thanks to the whopping 2400 testers who took part in its creation, testing a wide range of products over a matter of months to report back on what’s really the most effective treatment for our wrinkle woes. Those that survive the […]

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La Dolce Vita

Fancy a weekend in Italy? Well it may be a bit late to book that flight but lovers of Italian food and wine and la dolce vita can do the next best thing and head to La Dolce Vita at Islington’s Business Design Centre. Hit the Travel Area to find idyllic holiday destinations from Lake Maggiore to Mr & Mrs Smith’s coastal hideaways, tap the experts for tips on buying property in Rome or learn how to create your own Italian garden. The Drinks Academy will showcase everything from top Italian vino to that perfect ‘aperitivo’ from Aperol to Prosecco […]

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Diane by Diane

Another excuse to go to Matches? How unnecessary. And yet here we go again… Matches are now the purveyor of Diane by Diane Von Furstenberg, the charming collection of simple, classic cuts combined with the finest graphic prints ever to be delivered from the House of Furstenberg. Drawing on the archives of the celebrated fashion house, the collection draws us back to the early days of the label, when we were yet to learn the joys of the perfect wrap dress and the all-over print. Now, as fully inducted fashionistas and addicts, the collection is the very essence of everything […]

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Pitstop Queensway

If you’re feeling the need for speed this weekend, why not make a ‘pitstop’ at Queensway Bayswater for a day of Formula 1 challenges, iconic cars & racing celebrities. On Sunday 6 March for one day only, Pit Stop is taking over Queensway with fabulous motors, an appearance by a top secret tv celebrity and plenty of fun activities for all ages. Visitors will see iconic vehicles like Herbie, Bessie from Dr Who, Ghostbusters’ Ecto 1 and the legendary car from Back to the Future all parked along the same street Serious petrol heads can drool over a Lamborghini Gallardo […]

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Gok Wan for Tu

He quickly became the nation’s fashion sweetheart, with invaluable advice for women (and occasionally their male counterparts too) of literally all shapes and sizes, so it was surely only a matter of time before the name Gok Wan lent itself to a fashion collection. And a democratic one it will be at that – although perhaps unsurprising, seeing as Gok battles Brix Smith-Start and her passion for bank-busting fashion on a weekly basis onscreen. The collections will run under Sainsbury’s Tu label, which MD Luke Jensen describes as ‘a major growth area’ for the brand, and one ‘based on the […]

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