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The start of this year sees new launches from two very different yet ethically aware and resolutely British success stories. Both Byron and Tsuru Sushi were born in 2007 in Kensington and Bankside respectively. Byron has just launched its thirteenth site on Charing Cross Road and Tsuru Sushi is to open its third branch in St Paul’s this month. Tsuru Sushi is a progressive Japanese mini chain committed to quality and sustainability. This ‘Leon’ of Japanese food sources much of its produce from the UK ensuring that its Shetland Island salmon is sustainably farmed, its yellow fin tuna is line-caught […]

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Wyld

There’s a new club in town and trust us it’s going to be Wyld! Yes, Wyld is launching at the eagerly anticipated W Hotel in Leicester Square on 14 February to co-incide with the grand opening of the hotel. It’s a collaboration between W international and Matt Hermer and Paul Deeming’s Ignite Group behind Eclipse, Bumpkin and royal favourite, Boujis in South Kensington. The club takes its name from Sir John Wyld and promises to live up to the spectacles laid on by the outrageous Victorian entrepreneur – albeit with a contemporary rock ‘n’ roll twist. Amsterdam designer house Concrete […]

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Lacroix exhibtion in Paris

If you happen to be in the Romantic city of Paris this week , check out the brand new one-week-only exhibition at the Musée de quai Branley that boasts a very fashionable creative director in Christian Lacroix. Women in Orient seen by Christian Lacroix falls under the patronage of French fashion’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and the designer’s hymn to oriental women showcases a collection of 150 traditional costumes and accessories from the near east. Think the sumptuous garmentss which comprised the bride’s traditional trousseau illustrating the continuity passed from mother to daughter and taking the form of a colourful […]

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Prince William Champagne

It’s certainly the early bird that catches the royal worm. Ok that came out a bit wrong but you get the drift. Just as all those developers who snapped up property in Stratford before the Olympic Village was even a twinkle in Boris’ eye have backed a right winner, so too has anyone who has already patented anything remotely connected to those impending nuptials. Case in point, Halewood International has owned the Prince William Champagne brand for decades and now it’s stepping up to the mark with limited edition commemorative label, using the ‘Prince William’ and ‘Royal Wedding’ trademarks. Says […]

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Rosettes for Dego

“Dego, the new Italian restaurant and degustation bar on Great Portland Street may be only three months old but it’s already been rewarded with two AA rosettes and is fast becoming a mecca for lovers of authentic Italian food and wine. The street level urban-style bar serves high quality wines by glass, freshly cut charcuterie and unusual cheeses while the a-la-carte restaurant downstairs is all timeless elegance in black lacquer and leather-textured mosaic tiles. Food takes its inspiration from Vicenza and Venice in North East Italy and head chef Dario Schiavo interprets classics Ravioli di zucca, taleggio e amaretti as […]

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Bill Cunningham New York

He’s the fashionisto who made street style a key component of any respectable fashion magazine, and whose success has spawned a thousand imitators. Far from a simple photographer, this social anthropologist has turned chronicling aesthetic trends into an art-form, producing a wealth of beautifully low-key shots of influential figures as they go about their daily lives. Enter Mr Bill Cunningham, the infamous New York Times photographer who has long been the toast of New York Fash society and can count amongst his biggest fans and friends legendary names such as Anna Wintour, Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller. The time has […]

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Gilgamesh- Eat yourself beautiful

Wave goodbye to needles and knifes, Gilgamesh has the latest beauty fix – on a plate! Acclaimed Head Chef Ian Pengelley is proud to unveil the ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ menu at Gilgamesh, available from February 2011, featuring hot Japanese food trend collagen. The benefits of protein to the human body have long been recognised by scientists, with collagen in particular being hugely popular with individuals wanting a more youthful and flawless skin. In recent years, Japanese women, who are known as being amongst the most image-conscious in the world, have taken the use of collagen one step further, by increasing […]

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Hush

Tis the season to be both romantic and fashionable in London! Valentine's fever is encroaching swiftly upon us, and with thoughts turning to exact plans for the big day of all things pink and heart-shaped, here's an idea for anyone desperately seeking a dinner venue. Drawing on its beautifully chic Mayfair setting, Hush Restaurant has launched its Valentine's Menu, set at £45 per head and featuring some fantastic concoctions upon arrival – the Cupid's Arrow, shot through with violet liqueur and elderflower cordial and topped up with Taittinger, and First Love, a heady mix of vodka, passion fruit, port and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Corinthia is taking reservations

The launch has been put back more times than we can count but it has finally been confirmed that the world's ninth Corintia hotel is launching in April. And this time we know it's true as it's taking reservations! That's all 294 rooms of it including , 43 luxurious suites – some of which are located over two-storeys inside the turrets of the historic Victorian building with their own private lifts and terraces. There are also two restaurants and a bar. The Northall, promises the best of British artisanal produce with a leaning towards raw, seasonal and sustainable ingredients and […]

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Battersea’s Bennett

From the 9th March denizens of Battersea Square will be waking up to brand new food emporium Bennett Oyster Bar, Brasserie & Wine Store. The new venture (backed by Freddie ‘Jalouse’ Achom) has been developed by Ray Duhaney, former ops director at Ronnie Scott’s and Purple Dragon and behind the concepts at Cheyne Walk Brasserie and Bumpkin. You can expect a classic seafood-led brasserie experience, an oyster bar, a fresh organic grocery and wine store showcasing produce from around the British Isles open from 8am until midnight. Shaun Clarkson ID (Atlantic Bar & Grill, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, Odette’s, Harvey Nichols’ […]

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Amanda Wakeley at The Dorchester

Come 2 February, London's Dorchester Hotel is going to be even more stylish than usual. In advance of her London Fashion Week show on 22 February, Amanda Wakeley will be showcasing her current spring/summer 2011 collection on a rather exclusive runway. The hotel's Promenade will become a delicious cakewalk where guests joining the hotel for afternoon tea will be treated to a runway performance in addition to the habitual pastries and scones. View the collection over a glass of bubbly and post show, backstage will come to you in the shape of a private audience with the designer herself who will […]

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Galoupet

Following on from recent success stories like Gauthier Soho, Mews of Mayfair and L’Etranger incorporating restaurants with off licence elements, comes new contender Galoupet in Knightsbridge’s smart Beauchamp Place. It’s owned by the proprietors of the award-winning Chateau du Galoupet vineyard in Côtes de Provence and somewhat unsurprisingly features an onsite wine store. Vychith Heuang Praseuth (Asia de Cuba and Sake No Hana which he launched in 2008) will join as General Manager. Food is slated as drawing on Mediterranean and Asian influences (without mention of the F word), however, with chef Chris Golding (Zuma in Knightsbridge, Nobu Berkeley, Nahm […]

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