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Hakkasan Mayfair

Alan Yau’s phenomenally popular concept restaurant, Hakkasan has been drawing crowds to Hanway Place since it opened for business back in 2001. But now, practically 10 years on, Londoners are finally getting a long anticipated second branch in Mayfair. Previously, expansion has been concentrated on US and UAE markets with branches in Miami and Abu Dhabi. Yau sold the majority shares to the Abu Dhabi investment group Tasameem in 2008 but the brand is still going strong. Come November, Hakkasan is launching just off Berkeley Square in Bruton Street and promises to bring its Michelin-starred modern Cantonese cuisine to a […]

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Delights of the Albertopolis

Dine at Bar Boulud, London and explore the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes at the V&A. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has joined forces with the Victoria & Albert Museum to create a perfect cultural day out combining a trip to Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes at the V&A and a meal at its hip new restaurant, Bar Boulud. Renowned artistic director Serge Diaghilev worked with greats from Stravinsky and Coco Chanel to Picasso, Matisse and Nijinsky – boldly combining dance, music and art to create ‘total theatre’. French inspired bistro and wine bar, Bar Boulud, […]

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Indian Zilla

He’s already flown the Ramsay nest but we’re still waiting for the launch of Jason Atherton’s UK offering, Pollen. However, former head chef at Regent Street’s Veeraswamy, Manoj Vasaikar, has just opened his third restaurant. Indian Zilla is located on the site of the former Barnes Grill. Manoj, who already runs the successful Indian Zing in Hammersmith and Indian Zest in Sunbury, Middlesex, is passionate about authentic Indian cuisine. And to prove it, has travelled throughout the sub continent, running the culinary gamut from home-cooking and street vendors to haute cuisine served in Maharajas’ palaces. Having assimilated everything, he blended […]

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Tata Naka announces pop-up

Exciting news for those fashion followers, Tata Naka has just  announced that the venue for its pop-up shop is 33 Bruton Place W1 with the opening night on the 8th September.  This will be the exclusive outlet for the AW2010 Collection and the chance for fans of the label to buy Tata Naka designs in a central London location until the 21st September. The boutique will feature Tata Naka’s signature prints and style aesthetic with the design of the shop a visual collaboration with renowned creative consultant Emma Davidge and her team at Chameleon Visual. Highlights for the launch night […]

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Hel YES

Fans of the BBC’s Great British Waste Menu will love Hel YES, the new temporary restaurant from The Finnish Institute that’s popping up in N1 for two weeks during September’s London Design Festival. The 120 cover restaurant, bar and exhibition space has the idea of foraging at its core. It’s the brainchild of executive chef, Antto Melasniemi, known for his Helsinki concept restaurants, Atelje Finne and Kuurma and the Cat & Mutton gastropub here in Broadway Market. “I’m interested in food as a social phenomenon and as language. Rather than being a very technical chef, I enjoy working with conceptual […]

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Kate Moss Leaves Topshop

According to reports Kate Moss is set to end her lucrative four-year relationship with Sir Philip Green’s fashion retailer, Topshop, with a final launch in October. The company confirmed that the supermodel’s autumn/winter collection, her 14th, would be her last. However, she may design a number of one-off “capsule” ranges in the future, a spokesman for Arcadia, the owner of the high-street store, said. Sources say the split was amicable, after a relationship that culminated in Moss’s presence alongside Sir Philip at the opening of Topshop’s flagship US store in New York in April last year, reports the Telegraph. Apparently […]

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Fashion Flash

Who says that expensive shoes aren’t a good investment? Mews of Mayfair is teaming up with Piper Heidsieck Champagne and Christian Louboutin during London Fashion Week (17th-22nd September). Anyone dining at the restaurant who also happens to be wearing a pair of Louboutins, will receive a free glass of Piper Heidsieck fizz. Now, while you don’t have to be female to take advantage of this fashionable offer (those studded slip ons for guys really rock – albeit in a euro trash kind of a way), said shoe candy DOES have to be real. We’re sure that Mews’ stylish staff can […]

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Kitchen envy at The Savoy

With The Savoy Grill due to reopen in October, even Ramsay's rivals are getting uber excited about the goings on at the all new Hotel. Tom Aikens has been tweeting repeatedly during an insider tour of the venue. Apparently there's to be a special chocolate room off the grand lobby both making and selling divine cocoa morsels. So enamoured is Aikens that he's also uploading twit pix like it's going out of fashion. But while some of us might salivate over the restored marble atrium replete with colonnades, it's the kitchens that have really got him going. "More pics of […]

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Bertie returns to London

Good news for those shoe lovers, from September Berties will be opening on South Molton Street and in Covent Garden.  A dedicated team of designers have revitalised & refreshed the brand. The new collection features an edgy urban look with distressed leathers, stacked heels and cleated soles. The celebrated wedged brogue and creped sole hiking boot are contemporised through the strong universal trend of androgyny. The new concept store is an eclectic mix of metropolitan style within the framework of an East End loft apartment. Features include a denim wall, show lace chandelier and wrapped leather cash desk .

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Corinthia Hotel New Details

It's exciting news in the hotel industry, Corinthia Hotels has just  released details about its £270m five-star luxury hotel in central London, which is expected to open early next year. The Corinthia Hotel London, currently under construction in what was the original Metropole Hotel from the 1880s and subsequently part of the Ministry of Defence, will be the group's ninth hotel. In addition to two restaurants, a concept cocktail bar, boardroom meeting facilities and a refurbished grand ballroom, the hotel will have 294 bedrooms, including 45 suites. The average room-size will be 45sq m and the two-bedroom Royal Suite will […]

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Heston at the Mandarin

Not content with having one chef in the San Pellegrino top ten restaurants in the world, (Daniel Boulud whose eponymous New York establishment sits at number eight ) come 1 December, The Mandarin Oriental is clocking up another. Yes, Heston Blumenthal, whose Michelin-starred Fat Duck charts at number three, has finally set the date for the launch of his eagerly anticipated Dinner. But just as his tv series are, let’s say, a touch more cerebral than those of a certain ****ing competitor, nothing is quite as it seems and even the name for his new venue is inspired by etymology. […]

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SleepSmart

Restaurant charity StreetSmart raised nearly £500,000 last year in support of the capital’s homeless through diners at participating restaurants adding an optional £1 to their bill. Now the initiative is branching out into the hotel industry with a sister charity campaign called SleepSmart. Running throughout November and December, participating hotels will ask their customers to make a voluntary donation of £1 on top of their regular bill. The money raised will go to the provision of sleeping bags, clothing, laundry, showers, medical help and food delivery vans for the homeless. It will also be used to help with employment prospects. […]

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