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It’s all new at Opera Tavern

Enjoy a summer evening of fresh, new and original tapas dishes at Opera Tavern in Covent Garden. Specialising in modern Italian and Spanish-influenced tapas since it’s opening in January 2011, this smart and beautiful bar and restaurant will experience a series of chef takeovers this summer, bringing with them new and exciting dishes for customers to test and enjoy. James Cornwall, Head Chef at Covent Garden’s J Sheekey Oyster Bar, will move into Opera Tavern on the 14th July, which is the perfect opportunity for you to plan an evening of theatre and good food, in whichever order you choose. […]

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Simply Fish: Review

Simply Fish – it’s in the name: simple. From the minimal décor of block wooden benches and tables to the concept of the menu – choose the fish, the way you cook it, the sauce and sides. Simply Fish is all about keeping things stripped back and minimal. When we arrived at the Camden branch – the other being in Shoreditch- we were the only ones there, which instantly panicked me, some people get anxiety about small spaces, crowds, spiders, well mine is empty restaurants, I  clam up, don’t know what to say, where to look. After a while though […]

Openings & Launches

LIBRARY

Sitting behind an inconspicuous door on the bustling St Martin’s Lane is LIBRARY, a new private members’ club aimed at the design community to be launched next Monday by entrepreneur and Ronald Ndoro. The main hub features a double mezzanine, stage and four-metre, floor-to-ceiling bar, but factor in a six bedroom hotel complete with 24-hour concierge, a whisky and wine room, that eponymous library with its towering curated bookshelf, indoor smoking terrace and then a mini gym promising mindfulness meditation courses and Kitchen restaurant – both of which will launch at the end of the summer – and you’ve got […]

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Buddha Bar Wellness Menu

Still not quite ready to sport a bikini on the beach in August? Still snacking on your 3pm chocolate bar in the office, or just feeling a bit sluggish and in a rut with your diet? We all know how hard it is to discipline oneself into a good shape and take the time after a long day at work to pick the right ingredients for a well-balanced meal… Which is why Buddha Bar in Knightsbridge has created a bespoke Wellness menu, specifically for those of you who want to live and eat more healthily. Launching on the 1st July, […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Goring Champagne Pop Up

Let the Goring Hotel transport you back to 1764, the year Ruinart produced its first ever Rosé champagne. The beautiful 5-star family run hotel, located just behind Buckingham Palace, has transformed its gardens into an enchanted world of 18th century décor, complete with an atmosphere that will take you straight out of central London and to a world of rolling green hills, dusty pink roses and intricate greenery. Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ruinart’s Rosé by sipping on a glass whilst soaking up the late June sun, and smell some of the alluring vials of scent offered to the guests […]

Openings & Launches

Scarpetta

Pasta fast food style is usually consigned to a plastic pot in the supermarket’s chilled section but new casual dining concept, Scarpetta, opening in the City’s Cannon Street on the 7th July is set to change all that thanks to native Italian founders, Uberto Jasson D’Oria and Patrick Philion. Say buongiorno to fresh pastas from Southern Italy, made from scratch by third generation pasta chef, Michele Fiore. Fiore who has run his own artisan pasta shop called Pastificio in Puglia’s Bari for some 25 years, will work from a specially designed station at Scarpetta  – where customers can watch his skills […]

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Exclusive Fitness Retreat at Jumeirah

So it’s summer and for the a millionth time we promise ourselves to get buff and bronze for the months ahead of revealing our untoned winter body but yet again we have fallen at the first hurdle. Boring gym sessions? No thanks. Go for a run in London, are you mad? An exclusive Fitness Retreat that promises to equip guests with ‘take home’ tools to enhance physical and mental performance and support ongoing wellness. I’m listening. Jumeirah Carlton Tower is offering an exclusive weekend of fun activities like Thai yoga, boxing, self-defence classes, massages and nutritional workshops. Attendees will also […]

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Escape To Rum Island

Summer is officially here – and so is the city's hottest new destination.  Floridita opens an island inspired retreat located underneath the restaurant’s iconic sweeping staircase. The late-night Soho hotspot is known for housing the most extensive rum selection in Europe and its new space, suitably named Rum Island, will offer a cocktail menu celebrating the liquor's versatility. Guests can sip on libations like the Watermelon Punch, a concoction created from Brugal Rum, watermelon, Aperol Liquer, cranberry juice, lemon juice with sugar and served in a hollowed watermelon, or the Navy Sangria, a nautical tribute with a Brazilian twist combining Pusser’s Navy Rum, Mandarine Napoleon, sugar and […]

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Places to go during Wimbledon

With the Wimbledon Championships 2014 now underway, we bring you the top events and venues going on around London over the next fortnight of legendary tennis to keep you occupied if not sat in the stands of Centre Court…  – The Ampersand Hotel Enjoy a Wimbledon inspired afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington in true British style. The tea boasts some delightfully themed pastries such as coconut mousse, mango and passion fruit jelly tennis ball on a lime sponge tennis court, gingerbread tennis rackets and strawberry and cream tarts. Available from the 21st July until 6th July. www.ampersandhotel.com – […]

Openings & Launches

Dorsett, Shepherds Bush

Opening tomorrow but a five minute shopping bag laden stagger from Westfield or five minute drive from Earls Court and Olympia exhibition centres is Dorsett Shepherds Bush, a brand new 317 bed hotel that’s a mecca of contemporary architecture and design. There’s a Chinese speciality restaurant with destination bar, Jin, and also a modern brasserie style restaurant called Pictures which features a European menu complimented by a selection of Asian inspired dishes. Business users can take advantage of a fully equipped business centre and whether you’re in town for business or pleasure, you’re sure to love the Pavilion Spa and […]

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