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Innocent launch 5 for 5 café

It’s a concept that will have Jamie Oliver singing from rooftops. The ‘little tasty drinks’ brand has come up with a very tasty menu, guaranteed to insure you get your 5-a-day in a fun, delicious way. Over nine days in October, diners will be able to enjoy Innocent’s five-a-day for a fiver menu in it’s first ever café. The starters, mains and puddings will each count for 2 or 3 vegetable portions, so you can kick back and relax because every option on this menu is the healthy one! Guest chef Gizzi Erskine (best known for presenting Channel 4’s Cook […]

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The Restaurant Show

The acclaimed chef Roux has been chosen for his “influential and highly respected expertise” to open the three-day event which starts on 11th October at Earls Court 2. In addition to Roux, this years Centre Stage will feature a long line-up of celebrated chefs who will be participating in demonstrations in the arena. Among them are Chris and Jeff Galvin of Galvin Restaurants, Jun Tanaka of Pearl Restaurant and Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Club. The organisers of the event, which is currently in its 22nd year, are promising that the show will be “bigger and better than ever before”. For […]

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Samia Kamar Handbags

Whoever said diamonds were a girls best friend clearly never considered how many beautiful and extravagant bags there out there, and we have  just came across one which exudes luxury. Samia Kamar handbags are exquisite bags which are delicate to the touch  and sourced from the finest baby calf leather, shaven and laser cut with precision using the latest technology, resulting in the antique lace-like finish, trimmed with leather or patent with gold hardware accent. A versatile, trans-seasonal piece which will take you from day to night. Inspiration for the AW10 collection comes from diverse influences all drawn from the city of […]

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Dean Street Townhouse Teas

If you're a cream tea lover, then head to The Dean Street Townhouse, the London Hotspot  is  now offering guests a traditional British afternoon tea and a selection of high tea favourites. The afternoon tea menu is in keeping with the restaurant's dedication to all things British, with a selection of all-time favourites including finger sandwiches, Victoria sponge cake, Battenburg slice and buttered crumpets. The Townhouse Tea is excellent value, priced at £15.00, and offers a selection of sandwiches, fruit scones, jam and clotted cream, a selection of cakes and a pot of English tea. Reflecting the English tradition started in […]

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Serpentine Pavilion 2010

If you have been wandering through Hyde Park in the past week or so you may have questioned the enormous red Perspex-looking construction that has appeared on the Serpentine lawn… Alas don't be alarmed, the ambitious and daring structure is in fact the 2010 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the 10th commission in the Gallery's annual series, which has become a site for architectural experimentation and creativity. This year's chosen venture is by French architect Jean Nouvel, who has used a scarlet red to contrast the greenery of Hyde Park whilst also juxtaposing lightweight materials and dramatic metal structuring. The flexible event […]

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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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The Cloudy Bay Shack

Last year’s popular pop-up, The Cloudy Bay Shack is set to return to Parson’s Green on 24 & 25 July. The ephemeral airstream will provide picnickers with the opportunity to enjoy a glass of Cloudy Bay wine paired with a menu of summer creations by Tom Aikens who will be cooking on-site. Aikens has created a seasonal menu to enhance the full flavours and vibrant aromatics of the wines. Oenophiles can choose from creations including Dorset crab with chilli and ginger paired with Cloudy Bay Chardonnay to a mouth watering Seven-hour lamb paired with Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir. Alternatively, you […]

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Tuscan Tinello

Spaghetti twirlers at the ready, there’s soon to be a new Italian in town backed by husband and wife dream team, Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli. Brothers Max and Federico Sali are launching Tinello, their new Pimlico restaurant. In the language of love (and spaghetti) Tinello means the dining area in an Italian family kitchen and the 45 cover eatery will have a similarly relaxed and informal atmosphere. Having honed their skills in several Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany, the brothers both began working in London in 1999. Max spent two years at the three Michelin starred Chez Nico, before joining […]

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Finance a David Lynch Movie

If you’ve ever dreamed about financing a movie but are a couple of million short then you’re in luck. There’s a new documentary about David Lynch in the pipeline set to be financed by $50 online contributions by fans. In return they will receive a print of a limited edition artwork created by the visionary director himself who has donated a unique self-portrait to the production team behind the project. In addition to the artwork, donors will automatically become “members” of the pioneering LYNCHthree project, receiving regular newsletter updates about the film. They will also get the opportunity to further […]

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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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Cocomaya Summer Specialities

With the long summer days finally upon us, the team at Cocomaya are now offering luxury picnic hampers and indulgent ice creams at their Connaught Village boutique bakery and chocolate shop. Wicker baskets filled with beautifully boxed Cocomaya goodies and decorated with edible flowers come in two sizes brimming with delicious seasonal fresh foods.  The smaller hamper (£15 per head) includes cheese straws, three salads and a selection of mini desserts and cakes freshly prepared on the day.  For a more extravagant day out the high tea hamper (£25 per head) includes a selection of loose leaf teas, three varieties […]

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Harrods Abroad?

?? It has only been two months since Mohamed Al Fayed cashed in on the iconic Harrods brand, yet talk is already arising concerning the opening of a second store abroad. The business bosses behind the luxury megastore are convinced that the store’s niche – supplying the very best to the most discerning of customers – has a place in other countries. “Can we open stores in other geographies? That opportunity is there”, says MD Michael Ward. “China is the most probable, but we would have to do a lot of work first”. Stats show that the Chinese Harrods customer […]

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