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M by Montcalm: eat & sleep tech

Shoreditch’s Silicon Roundabout is fast becoming quite the destination. And no destination is quite complete without its own hotel. Welcome to M by Montcalm – a three minute hop away on City Road set within an 18 storey building complete with futuristic façade taking design cues from the work of ‘Op-Art’ pioneer Bridget Riley. Step inside and you’ll find 269 rooms and suites boasting luxe amenities from Elemis and Hermès, rain showers and Bose speakers. Guests can even select an aroma to suit their mood via a tablet which also allows them to control the lights, sound and temperature. And […]

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Once upon a dine…

Once upon a time in a land far, far away…well North London, a generous restaurant by the name of Almeida hosted an evening of childhood nostalgia where adults can relive their favourite tales all for a good cause. Guests can enjoy a 3 course dinner, inspired by fairytales and folklore of the past and present, whilst raising money for children’s charity NSPCC. Three prestigious head chefs; Tommy Boland of Almeida, Tim Allen of Michelin starred Launceston Place and Tom Cook from Pont de la Tour have each created a dish that will endeavour to show the creativity of a child’s […]

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Champagne and Peroni at Harvey Nichols

Everyone loves a brunch and everyone loves Champagne, right? So when you put the two together it can only be a glorious thing.  Which is exactly what Harvey Nichols has done with the launch of their bottomless brunch.  The perfect Sunday solution, it will be running from 11am – 3pm and will take place in the 5th floor café, terrace, bars and restaurants. Starting with a Bloody Mary to nurse the hangover of course, you’ll then move on to as much Champagne as you can drink – (we hope for our livers’ sake there is a time limit). To eat […]

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Fu Manchu: late night dim sum

The buzz that is Clapham High Street has all but petered out by the time you hit Clapham North tube but as of next month, all that’s set to change; new late night dim sum and cocktail bar, Fu Manchu is soon to take up residence snuggled under the railway arches of Lendal Terrace. Brought to us by the bods behind The Jam Tree, Fu Manchu takes its inspiration from the moustachioed Chinese master criminal of cult Twentieth century Sax Rohmer novel fame and promises to combine the atmosphere of a Victorian opium den with a contemporary edge – all […]

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Melt Room: It’s All About the Cheese

When it comes to comfort food you really can’t beat a grilled cheese sandwich – melted, oozing cheese, thick bread, what’s not to love? Don’t agree? Just look at the photo above and try and tell us otherwise. If only there was somewhere that served them all day…well step in Melt Room the answer to all our cheese-based prayers (and trust us, it’s a few). Opening next month in Soho, it will be serving up gourmet-inspired New York inspired cheese stuffed sandwiches. They’ll be championing the best of British ingredients and using a hot brick method for cooking and pressing […]

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It’s Hampton Court’s 500th anniversary party & you’re invited!

It’s not often you get invited to a party at a palace but this Easter, Hampton Court is marking its 500th anniversary with a fabulous weekender. The royal venue has been home to some of Britain’s most infamous monarchs from Henry VIII, to Elizabeth I and Charles II, each of whom would arrive via the famous Cardinal Wolsey built West Front, so in the spirit of that tradition, five royal carriages specially recreated by the Pinewood Studios team, will be parking up outside. Wherever they venture, visitors will encounter characters from the palace’s history with ‘Time Plays’ featuring William Shakespeare […]

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Sake Launch At Bar 45

With the London weather looking dim we’re hoping our boss will book us a trip to Japan, because why not. She’s never hinted so the odds seem low. The next best thing is the new sake experience that The London Dorchester Collection currently offer at BAR 45 and American steak restaurant ,CUT, at 45 Park Lane.  The new sake offering is inspired by, 45 Park Lane’s entertaining head sommelier, Vanessa Cinti’s recent qualification as a sake sommelier. This certificate is recognised across the globe and has been awarded by The Sake Sommelier Association.  A ‘Sake Flight’ of three oriental flavours […]

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Eclipse Easter

Sometimes it seems like Christmas gets all the press when actually there is a lot to love about Easter; the hot cross buns, the chocolate, Easter egg hunts and how could we forget the four day weekend? Revelling in the fact that there is no work on Monday, Eclipse Chelsea  are opening on Sunday night until late – because we have to make the most of the fact there is no commute. DJ Jamielisa will be playing the best house music, they’ll be live bongos and staff dressed as bunnies will be serving up the best cocktails around. Those partying […]

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Tonic & Remedy in Tech City

Tech geeks with a penchant for self-medicating will have a new hang out as of next month with the launch of resto and bar Tonic & Remedy, a stone’s throw from London’s Tech City and Silicon Roundabout. Yorkshire-born executive chef Paul Welburn of Great British Menu fame heads up the kitchen and his hero dishes will include Smoked eel with jelly and seaweed scones, Wild garlic risotto and Rump of lamb shoulder shepherd’s pie with greens. Welburn, formerly of Michelin starred Rhodes W1 places a big emphasis on small and interesting suppliers such as Lake District Farmers, Mountain Foods and The […]

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Tartufi and Friends: Truffle Hunting

If there is one ingredient that gets us a little giddy with excitement when we see it on the menu then it’s truffle (and for once it’s not the chocolate variety) so you can imagine how happy we were when we heard Harrods is opening Tartufi & Friends, a whole restaurant dedicated to it, opening this April. Opening on the lower ground floor, Tartufi & Friends, which has flagship restaurants in Rome and Milan, will be serving up truffle in creative ways – truffle martini anyone?  Or what about a Margarita with white truffle salt? Dishes will also include tartare […]

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Return of the Roof Gardens Gardening Club

Winter has broke and summer is in the air. The snow drops have popped up to say hello and the tulips aren’t far behind. Time to get out the summer sun dress, cosmopolitans and…gardening gloves. Or even better, all three at once! Look no further than The Roof Gardens’ Gardening Club which returns on the 12th of July 2015. If you want the fairest garden in all the land come and listen to Paul Hervey-Brookes who will be there to cover the techniques used to create award winning gardens. This gardening guru has created show gardens  at Chelsea Flower show […]

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