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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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Leading Chefs Partner with London Eye

Come October (4-18 October)  London Restaurant Festival will open in partnership with American Express.  The Festival have just revealed one of the most impressive line-ups of top London chefs , all of which  will be cooking in London's most sought-after pop-up restaurant. After its sell-out debut last year, the 2010 festival will see the return of gourmet dining on the London Eye for eleven nights (an increase from the six sold-out nights last year). One capsule will be transformed each night into the capital's most exclusive restaurant, completing one rotation for each course. Each evening, ten guests will enjoy dinner 135m above the […]

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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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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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Selfridges Named NO1 Department Store

The Intercontinental Group of Department Stores and the International Association of Department Stores have named shopping mecca Selfridges as the Best Department Store in the world. The store beat off competition from America’s Bloomingdales and Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. Selfridges, whose flagship store in London is renowned for its innovative window displays, received the accolade at the global department store summit in New York. Paul Kelly, the store’s vice-chairman, acknowledged the hard work of the company’s staff. “We are delighted to have won this very special award and very proud of our teams who have all contributed in making this […]

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28-50

Xavier Rousset and Agnar Sverrission, behind the Michelin-starred Texture, have turned their focus to wine with the launch of 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen, opening this month in the City’s Fetter Lane. In an area long known for super exclusive restaurants or wine bars where food is but an afterthought, the new venture offers a happy medium: an exceptional and reasonably prices variety of wines with the addition of simple, classic French food. Both are served in a relaxed environment with brick walls and stripped wooden floors. The name 28-50 is based on the latitudes in which most of the […]

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BYRON Covent Garden

Is there no stopping the march of the BYRON burger. Latest (eighth!) opening is the boutique chain’s new Covent Garden branch in Wellington Street with a ninth site in Canary Wharf, an extremely imminent prospect. From small beginnings three years ago in Kensington High Street, Tom Byng’s winning formula has gone from strength to strength, winning the Observer Food Monthly’s Best Cheap Eats Award last year. Simplicity is key for this through and through British burger phenomenon. Byng favours meat produced on small farms in Scotland and burgers are made fresh every day at 5am from happy cattle that have […]

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Healthy Heinz Beck

When Heinz Beck of the world renowned and three Michelin starred La Pergola in Rome, launched Apsleys at The Lanesborough in autumn 2009, everyone knew it would only be a matter of time before the constellations of cuisine rained down upon him. So it came as no surprise when Apsleys was awarded its first star in January of this year – albeit at only five months after its launch thereby setting a record for a new London restaurant. The German born Beck is renowned for his lightness of touch and has made it his life’s work to discover the optimum […]

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Elemis SpaBus

To celebrate 20 years in the business, brilliant beauty brand, Elemis is taking its award-winning treatments on tour on its royal blue SpaBus. There are five unique  15 minute facial and body spatherapies to choose from, performed by the Elemis Angels either on an Intelligent Massage or Spot-On Shiatsu chair if you don’t fancy getting your kit off on public transport! Treatments are £10 each and have the added bonus of raising money for the Mothers4Children Charity. The brand will donate £1 to the charity and an extra £1 from each skincare kit sold during the tour. Essential pit stops […]

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WABI

Yes there is life outside of London. Really. And in testament to that fact, entrepreneur André Cachia and Nobu alumnus, head chef, Scott Hallsworth are launching a new contemporary Japanese restaurant called WABI in Horsham West Sussex. The name comes from the Japanese expression 'Wabi-Sabi'- meaning simple beauty and understated elegance and that's exactly the look they're going for. It's designed by  Zoe Hui's Studio 21 – behind the interior concept at, Beard Papa, proving that her repetoire extends way further ice cream sandwich bars. Scott spent six years at Nobu London, working his way up from Chef de Partie […]

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