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Dukes Cognac & Cigar Bar

It looks as if The Langham isn’t the only hotel to offer an alfresco cigar bar! Hot on its heels comes Dukes in St James’ which has just launched its own Cognac and cigar garden. Open from 8pm until midnight and located just off the hotel’s drawing room, the new courtyard garden features modern decking, seating for 20 people and a handmade wooden brandy cabinet. The courtyard will be a year round affair with heaters to keep for winter puffers warm and cosy. An exclusive Cognac menu starts at £12 for a 50ml snifter of Remy Martin but reaches the […]

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Playtime & London Wall

Two very different new cultural launches see Playtime bar, art installation and performance space on Islington Green and Ben and Hugo Warner’s London Wall Bar & Kitchen within the brand new Museum of London. Playtime is testament to the fact that East London’s bar-meets-art scene is spreading its wings into the rest of the capital and the recent launch featured a performance from hula-hoop artist extraordinaire, Marawa The Amazing. The two-storey venue is working with an ongoing rostrum of artists to showcase a cutting edge and eclectic line-up of DJ’s, musicians and performers. Every four months will see a new […]

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Jub Jub at Callooh Callay

Just when you thought Shoreditch's award-winning Calloh Callay couldn't possibly get any better! The team has just launched the brand new JubJub bar. Tucked away atop a long staircase on the venue's upper level, guests enter this secret bar through some special  wardrobe doors. It's a little Narnia for those in search of cocktail heaven. Every week a different member of the bar team will be creating their own cocktail menus showcasing some of its rarer and more unusual spirits and liqueurs. On offer right now is the French Fairy – a mischievous blend of Beefeater gin, Amontillado sherry & […]

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Motcombe Street Party

On Wednesday the 30th June Belgravia’s prestigious Motcomb Street will become a midsummer wonderland for this year’s Street Party – a landmark event in the London summer diary. During the event, the cobbled street transforms into a hive of activity to raise funds for children’s charity Honeypot and the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund. Nestled at the heart of Belgravia, Motcomb Street is widely renowned for its cutting-edge fashion, art, beauty, luxurious interiors, gourmet restaurants (including the new Pétrus) and specialist food shops. Its annual Street Party is an evening of fund-raising, feasting and frivolity. Organised and run by the […]

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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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Savoy to re-open 10th October

Exciting news !! After being closed for nearly three years, the Savoy hotel will finally reopen on 10th October. The 268-bedroom hotel was originally scheduled to be closed for 16 months to allow the £100m-refurbishment to take place, apparently this delay – to almost a year later than intended was due to  the extensive nature of the refit – which has seen the Victorian building being stripped back to the bone as well as a reconfiguration of the riverside façade – has delayed the project and seen its cost escalate to what some believe is double the original budget. "It […]

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Opening of Hotel Verta

Hotel group von Essen have just announced the opening date of its first new build and London hotel, Verta. The hotel was originally scheduled to launch in June last year, but the project has been delayed for various reasons. Verta will launch at The Vertical Gateway, the London Heliport at Battersea, on 12 September 2010. The venture, built as part of the ‘Bridges Wharf Battersea’ development, has already won ‘Best International High Rise Architecture Award’ at the Daily Mail International property Awards which took place in November 2009. All day dining of traditional English and modern European dishes will be available in the Patrisey Restaurant. […]

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Spuntino

  The capital’s Italian restaurants are all about the bambini right now. We’ve already reported that Jacob Kenedy’s Bocca di Lupo has just opened a brand new gelateria and deli but hot off the press, Russell Norman’s Venetian Bacaro, Polpo, is popping out a little 24-seater number called Spuntino in October. The name Spuntino means little snack in Italian. Like Polpo, there will be small plates aplenty but the menu, devised by Russell Norman and Head Chef Tom Oldroyd, will mix its native Italian influences with those of down-town New York with a veritable feast of mini macs ‘n’ cheese, […]

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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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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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