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Hog Roasts at Embargo 59

The redoubtable Henry Conway is the brains behind super fun Thursday nights at King's Road stalwart Embargo 59. The club has just celebrated the one year anniversary since its relaunch last year and introduction of a stellar new roof terrace! This summer sees an early start and on Thursday nights the club is opening the doors at 9pm so fashionable denizens of Chelsea can set themselves up for a night on the tiles with a complimentary Hog Roast on the terrace And this week punters can expect a free cider give away sponsored by Kopparberg. The main night with super-star […]

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Roast Resto to go!

If you thought that fast food was limited to burgers, pizzas and sandwiches eaten very quickly, it’s time to think again. There’s soon to be a new dining concept out there that’s guaranteed to appeal to the more traditionalist meat and two veg market. Roast restaurant is rolling out a fast-food version of its original 120 cover Borough Market eatery and launching its first site in Westfield shopping centre later this year. Come September, shoppers will be able to grab British favourites such as Slow-roast pork belly with crackling and apple sauce wrapped up in a roll to go not […]

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Street Food at Tamarai

Drury’s Lane’s insider Pan Asian restaurant, Tamarai is generally known for being rather a plush affair but right now, street is where it’s at! Street food that is! Until the end of August, there are some seriously wallet friendly but nonetheless, mouth-watering options available – and all for under a fiver! Allow yourselves to be transported from Malaysia to China and Hong Kong to Thailand and Singapore without any danger of Delhi belly! Star turns include Mango & baby gem rice paper roll, Chiang Mai khao soi with vegetables, Corn fed chicken dragon roll, roasted sesame & soy caramel, Pan […]

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Bobble

Harvey Nichols is set to launch the exclusive bobble water bottle this July, providing a more eco-friendly solution to our endless consumption of bottled water. The bobble was designed by renowned industrial designer Karim Rashid, and features a carbon filter in the neck of the bottle which removes chlorines and contaminates from the tap water it is filled with. The result is water that tastes cleaner and crisper, without the costs associated with packaged shop-bought water. Each bobble filter comes in six fun colours – green, red, blue, magenta, black, yellow – and will need replacing only once every two […]

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Elephant Parade Party-Hempel Hotel

The adorable elephants are finally leaving London. However, they are celebrating goodbye party in style. On the 16th July London's trendy Hempel Hotel will be celebrating the end of the Elephant Parade in London. To mark this memorable occasion, Hi Sushi and Koi in Kensington will be sponsoring the Sushi Bar for this occasion with unique Elephant shaped Sushi! Painstakingly made after hours of preparation, the elephant sushi is one of a kind and set to be the favourite of the kids. Hi Sushi Group will be supporting many other charitable causes and is proud to be part of the elephant family. […]

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MET Bar Fest-TEA-Val Tea

If you’re a fan of The Berkeley’s delicious Pret-a-Portea then you’re sure to love the brand new Fest-Tea-Val afternoon tea at London’s iconic Met Bar. And if you didn’t manage to snag one of Glasto’s posh yurts then this is surely the next best thing. This Rock ‘n’ Roll High Tea features deconstructed sandwiches, Glastonbury mud pies, Tent in the Park cakes and biscuits shaped like umbrellas and wellington boots (green Hunter homage natch!). So far so good. But here’s the clincher. The Met has teamed up with Patrón Tequila who have devised four exclusive accompanying cocktails. There’s the Tea-quila […]

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East India Company

If you know your history – or history according to Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean at any rate, you’ll have heard of the fabled East India Trading Company. Referenced as the mafia-esque ‘Company’ in the swash-buckling trilogy, it was led by one Lord Cutler Beckett who made it his mission to eradicate piracy from the high seas. The real McCoy, though, was launched in 1600 when Queen Elizabeth I granted it the ‘royal charter’ along with the exclusive right to trade in spices, tea, coffee and luxury goods from the East. And with its own army, navy and […]

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Armani Dolci

Karl Lagerfeld’s Steiff bear was all very well but you couldn’t eat it could you?! Now Giorgio Armani is embarking on a confectionary collaboration with Venchi, an Italian market leader in luxury chocolate. Yes, the Armani Group has entered into a long-term licensing agreement for the worldwide production and distribution throughout the world of Armani/Dolci – an eminently edible collection including chocolate, pates de fruits, ice creams and panettone. Says Giorgion Armani: “This new collaboration with Venchi represents the natural fusion of my desire to offer our clients Armani/Dolci products of the highest quality, already recognised and appreciated throughout the […]

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The Chinese Tea Company

  With a mission to bring the world’s teas to your door, a branch of the Chinese Tea Company has opened in Portobello Green Arcade with all kinds of speciality teas. As well as teas,the tea company also offer a wide range of teaware, designed to help you get the very best from your tea. Each piece is crafted from glass, exquisite porcelain, or Yixing earthenware which is generally marked by its simplicity and exquisite craftsmanship. The teaware will lend your tea-making an almost spiritual experience. www.the-chinese-tea-company.com

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La Tasca – Free Meal if Spain Wins

Casual dining chain La Tasca is set to give away thousands of free meals if Spain wins the World Cup. The tapas restaurant and bar group, owned by the Bay Restaurant Group, will offer the meals to customers who watch the game in any of its restaurants showing the Spain vs Netherlands World Cup Final on Sunday. Around one-third of its restaurants have been installed with screens to celebrate the competition. Joanne Cox, La Tasca’s brand manager said: “To show our support to the home of La Tasca and to our customers who come to watch the game in our […]

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Not Afternoon Tea

The OXO Tower Brasserie has just the thing if you fancy something a little stronger than an pot of Darjeeling of an afternoon. Not Afternoon Tea does exactly what it doesn’t say on the caddy! The new menu features a range of four tasting dessert plates, each paired with a matching cocktail. Working along the OXO Tower bar team, pastry chef, Penny Wabbit has created some seriously delicious dessert options. Her ‘Tea and Coffee’ – paired with a Grown Up Tea cocktail features red bush tea mousse, coffee and walnut cake kuala jelly, Earl Grey tea parfait and green tea […]

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The Masters

Anyone in need of a little fashion-infused culture? Threads: Six Masters of Fashion Photography is currently on at Diemar/Noble gallery and will be gone again come July 11th, so head along now to soak up some of the earliest and most sophisticated images in fashion photography. This breed of artistry can be attributed to Edward Steichen who, in 1923, was the first photographer commissioned to Conde Nast, where room was made amongst the traditional illustrations for his images.  When the German edition of Vogue was given an overhaul in 1929 illustration was scrapped all together and the fashion magazine as […]

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