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BMA House in Summer

A hidden gem in gorgeous Bloomsbury, the British Medical Association House is a Grade II listed property located bang in the middle of the capital, offering facilities for everything from conferences to weddings. The wide selection of rooms available caters to every function, providing fantastic food and service for clients. The outdoor spaces are particularly attractive for Londoners looking for an oasis of calm and a bit of fresh air amidst the summer smog – both the Courtyard and Garden are available to hire with the chance to barbeque out in the open. Add to this the BMA's generous new […]

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Feast at Kew Palace

If you didn’t make it onto this year’s honours list and missed out on a state dinner at Buckingham Palace then don’t despair. For a small fee, ok, £100, you can take the bull by the horns and invite yourself to dine at a royal home. Historic Royal Palaces is teaming up with Peyton Events to host a series of intimate Georgian-inspired dinners in stunning Kew Palace. And while the queen doled out 896 honours in her birthday list this year, these suitably selective events are only open to 24 guests. This is one royal dinner where buying your way […]

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Bungalow 8 gets Even more Chic!

London’s uber trendy Bungalow 8 is about to get even more chic!  Preen designers Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi are to style and design the uniforms for its staff. “They’re based on a cocktail dress and have thick straps, one is in lace, and then the skirt is drape-y so there’s movement to it,” explains Thornton of the result of the collaboration – which came about when St Martins Lane hotel approached the duo with the idea. Bungalow is something of a hotspot for those who wish to see and be seen, but will these new coktail dresses be as popular as […]

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Bubbles and Teacups

Will haute-cuisine Afternoon Tea ever lose its appeal? The perfect between-meal event has been in constant evolution over the past few years as restaurants and patisseries fight to create the most beautiful and delicate of teatime snacks. The package now on offer at the London West End Firmdale Hotels adds a twist to the formula by placing new focus on the pairings of the accompanying beverages, collaborating with the greatest industry tastebuds to find the perfect champagne/tea pairings. The Ruinart and Miller Harris Sensory Tea is priced at £35, and combines a glass of the beautiful Blanc de Blancs from […]

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Openings & Launches

Don’t Supersize Me

Has London’s superclub scene really had its day? Propertyweek.com first reported that popular London nightclub Fabric, the sister club to Matter, has entered administration. However, the venue is to remain open for business while the administrators, Pricewaterhouse Coopers set about securing a new owner. A spokesman for Edward Symmons, in charge of the sale, commented: “Just 24 hours after being appointed, we have already eceived a number of enquiries from potential purchasers. We anticipate continued interest in the sale of Fabric, particularly from other major club operators in London and the south east, and we are confident that a purchase […]

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Gelupo

It’s been on the cards for a while but Jacob Kenedy’s ice cold follow up to Bocca di Lupo is opening just across the street. Yes, Gelupo is set to be a traditional Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar. Freshly made on the premises every morning, Kenedy’s gelato promises to be anything but ordinary.  Alongside traditional Italian classics such as pistachio, stracciatella and chocolate, connoisseurs can expect innovative new flavours. Pine nut & aniseed; Rice grains & cinnamon and Ricotta & coffee are guaranteed to bring out the Italian in everyone. Proper Italian gelato has only 6-8% fat as opposed […]

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Balthazar in Covent Garden

Keith McNally, eastender turned impressario of the NYC restaurant scene, is already in bed with London’s own Richard Caring and looks set to open his first London venture in Covent Garden’s former Theatre Museum – Caring pipped Wolseley owners, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King to that particular post earlier this year. And while there’s still the little matter of Caring’s first attempt at planning permission being refused from the council, everyone is confident that a few tweaks will win over any pencil-pushing detractors. In typically bullish style, Caring initially tried to buy out Mc Nally’s six New York restaurants for […]

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Portobello Art & Design Market

For those of you out there with an artistic talent or in search of some great buys this maybe one for you-  from Saturday 19 June 2010, Portobello Green Market on famous Portobello Road will be home to new art and design market. Portobello Art & Design Market is an exciting new creative space at Portobello Market, dedicated to nurturing young and established artists from London and beyond. If you want to get involved, or take a visit the new market will be situated at Acklam Square, under the Westway flyover on the junction between Portobello Road and Acklam Road, […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Marco Opens New Pub in E.Sussex

This morning Marco Pierre White  re-opened an East Sussex pub under the Wheeler's brand. Rumour has it, White has long-term plans to acquire up to 14 more sites. Independent pub company Powder Train, which has owned the Chequers at Maresfield, near Uckfield, since 2006, embarked on the joint venture with White at the end of last year.The 18th-century pub will re-open today following an extensive £150,000 refurbishment. The work included structural changes, such as moving the bar and knocking down a wall, to accommodate 100 covers. New furniture has been installed, along with a complete redecoration across the main trading area […]

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Courtyard @ 51

Once again The Courtyard at Buckingham Gate promises Arabian Nights spent under the London stars. The garden and terrace, now in its second year, has added a new raised dining veranda for the summer season. Centrepiece for the courtyard itself is a fountain adorned with cherubs and a Shakespearean frieze sweeps along the terracotta façade of the townhouses surrounding the garden. A new menu of new boutique cocktails designed by Grand Marnier is the perfect way to lose an afternoon in style and we love the Grand Esprit (elderflower & strawberry refresher). But it's after the sun has set that […]

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