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SATC2 at The Dorchester

Just in time for the release of Sex and The City 2, London's swanky The Dorchester hotel is offering a Girls' Weekend package styled around the fashionable foursome and what's more if you book over selected Bank Holidays, they'll even through in a second room for free! Priced from £425 per room, the package includes a veritable cornucopia of stylish treats. The hotel concierge will brief nearby Harvey Nichols on each guest's style preference and on arrival at the Knightsbridge shopping Mecca, a personal stylist will be on hand for the ultimate in store experience. Remember girls, Halston's situated on […]

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Gelato Mio World Cup

At last we’ve found a good reason to get excited about the World Cup – 32  reasons to be precise! London ice cream parlour, Gelato Mio, is launching a World Cup Flavours range with each representing one of the 32 countries competing. Rooting for England is the totally fat free Pimm’s flavoured sorbet, Italy fans can opt for a scoop of Limoncello, it’s Pastel de Nata for Portugal, Papaya for Honduras and lovers of all things USA will dig the suitably decadent Peanut Butter flavour. But it doesn’t stop there. Gelato Mio founder Carlo Del Mistro isn’t afraid to get […]

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Jamie Oliver & Fabulous Feasts

Naked chef Jamie Oliver is branching out into the events catering market with the launch of a new company called Fabulous Feasts. The new business will bring together Oliver’s unique approach to food, the company will be run by Glen Chadwick and the team behind event catering company Chilli Pepper. Chadwick and Oliver share a passion for food and believe in the great experience they can offer guests at any event. The pair are focussed on bringing cooking to a new level. Jamie Oliver currently runs nine Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the South of England and Cardiff, with a further six sites […]

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Portobello Spring Festival

In the wake of ‘All Saints-gate’, Kensington and Chelsea Council is getting together with Portobello and Golborne Market stallholders for a bridge-mending Taste of Spring Festival next weekend and on 7 and 8 May, the markets will host a celebration of spring’s best gastronomic produce. Following in the footsteps of January’s successful Festival of British Roots, The Spring Festival will see a number of foodie events in and around the markets featuring celebrity chefs, food bloggers and local traders. Outdoor kitchen stalls will feature live demonstrations from celebrity ‘Rude Boy Chef’ Aaron Craze of Market Kitchen using ingredients bought in […]

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Paramount Opens To Public

Paramount, the extremely popular restaurant and bar situated on the top three floors of London's Centre Point building, will next month open to the public for the first time. Owners Pierre and Kathleen Condou, who used to own L'Odeon and Bistrot Bruno and first launched Paramount as a private members club in November 2008, have decided to open up the restaurant on 14 May in response to 'overwhelming demand' from the public, it will extend its dining capacity to 110-covers. Head chef Colin Layfield, who recently joined Paramount having previously worked with Condou as head chef at L'Odéon, will serve […]

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Expansion for Chez Bruce

Michelin-starred south London restaurant Chez Bruce is set to close for six weeks in the summer as chef patron Bruce Poole plans to expand into the building next door. The restaurant on Wandsworth Common will close for the extension works on 19 July and will reopen at the end of August. The extra space will be used to provide a further 20 covers to the dinning room, expand and upgrade the whole kitchen. Poole signed a deal for the neighbouring site, a former post office which most recently operated as a café, two years ago but said the right time to do […]

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Robin Hood

The long awaited ‘Robin Hood’ directed by Sir Ridley Scott, starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, is coming to our screen from the 12th May.  The film is set to be the next ‘Gladiator’ , Scott claims there is an overwhelming difference between his version of ‘Robin Hood’, and others that preceded it,  in that he has combined ‘a little bit of seriousness with the real romance’ of what he thinks and dreams Robin Hood movies should be. Not many people will have had the extraordinary experience of staying somewhere so close to where the actual set was filmed. The […]

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Leong Legends

It’s official, Taiwanese cuisine is no longer just the preserve of China Town. Leong’s Legends has just opened its new flagship restaurant in Bayswater. Taiwanese food is infinitely more subtle than the Cantonese and fiery Sichuan fare currently on offer in London. Seafood is the main focus and peanuts, pickled daikon, coriander and spices create distinctive, balanced flavours. The restaurant at 82 Queensway is an expansive and airy space and décor is reminiscent of a Chinese inn with low hanging lamps above each table, wooden screens, beautiful beams and classical pictures adorning the walls. Leong‘s legendary soup dumplings (Siu Loung […]

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A Thai affair in Trafalgar Square

To spice up your summer in the city, The Royal Thai Embassy in collaboration with partners, are bringing a taste of Thai to Trafalgar Square. On Saturday 5th June, Trafalgar square will be transformed into a Thai stage, where delicious Thai treats and vivid cultural displays, will be showcased. ‘Thailand @ Trafalgar.Square’ will be a celebration of Thai cuisine and culture starting at 12 noon – 8 pm. The free event, will offer a selection of spice infused dishes from top London restaurants, including the acclaimed Mango Tree. On show will be traditional and contemporary Thai dancing as well as […]

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Jodie Kidd Debates Re-Touching

Every time we open a magazine and stare at the image  of a beautiful model , we find ourselves falling very short of this idealistic look of perfection.  However, how much of what we actually see is real and how much is distorted, touched up and air brushed.  For as long as we can remember the fashion industry has been manipulating photography and preying on our own insecurities to sell.  Beauty sells. Eleni Renton (Lenis’s Model Management), Jodie Kidd and Elizabeth Edwards (Associate Editor & Art Director of Conde Nast Brides) held a debate to discuss whether with improvements in […]

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