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Misschu

Having opened amidst the pre-Christmas madness at the end of last year, you might have missed misschu’s Whitechapel debut but with further expansion into the City planned over the next 12 months, it’s certainly one to watch. Hailing from Australia where it is one of the continent’s most popular boutique fast food brands, it was founded in 2007 by Nahji Chu, known to the Aussies as ‘Queen of Rice Paper Rolls'. Born in Luang Prahbang, Laos in 1970, Chu and her family escaped the Pathet Laos Regime in 1975 and were amongst the first Vietnamese/Laotian refugees to settle in Australia. […]

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One Kensington

This spring Tamarind Collection will launch a new lifestyle restaurant concept that boasts the atmosphere a private members’ club. Due to open in March, One Kensington will be open all day from breakfast through to drinks and dinner – or a glass of Champagne at an elevated champagne table with views over Kensington Palace Gardens. The new venue is housed in a Grade II listed, late Gothic revival Victorian building (built in 1885 for the London and County Bank to designs by architect Alfred Williams). B3 Designers have created the interiors,making full use of original architectural features such as the […]

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Fish Market Pop up Seaside Suppers

This January will see a slice of the Dorset coast being brought to London, as Fish Market restaurant joins forces with Mat Follas – a former Masterchef winner and foraging champion, to bring three pop- up seaside suppers. Showcasing seasonal British fish and seafood, Mat has come up with a range of dishes with Fish Market Head chef Barry Macmillan, which includes land and sea snails, smoked mussels gratin, clams with samphire, day – boat bouillabaisse and bitter chocolate fondant with lavender ice cream. There will also be other foraged surprises and treats that Mat has used his expertise to […]

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The Fable

This February The Fable arrives in Farringdon. Inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tales and Aesop’s Fables, every detail – from sparkling crystal to twinkling candelabras – is set to tell a story. Created by Drake & Morgan (The Folly, the parlour, The Anthologist, the happenstance), The Fable will be an all-day bar and restaurant. Flooded with light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and spread over three floors, the site – a 15th century former house – seats 426 or holds 1,000 standing and has been designed by Fusion Design and Architecture. There will also be a wine room brimming […]

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5 O’Clocktails launches at the Playboy Club

It might be your first day back to work today and you might feel like eating all the left over Christmas chocolate in one go,  and despairing at how early you had to get up; but there is light at end of the working day as 5 O’Clocktails launches today at Salvatore’s Bar at the Playboy Club. Head over to the Mayfair club between Monday and Thursday 5pm – 7pm for the next two months, buy a cocktail and they’ll pay for your friend to have one too, think of it as a last little gift! With cocktails such as […]

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Cirque du Soleil Quidam

Stunning acrobatic show, Cirque du Soleil, has just returned to the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate its 30th birthday, arriving just in time to help us banish the January blues with a burst of colour – now that that Christmas is behind us. Known the world over for its death-defying physical circus stunts and amazing visual and musical performances, it’s been 30 years since Guy La Liberté founded the company in 1984. Yet mention Cirque du Soleil to anyone and the excitement it envokes is as if it was just launching for the first time. Running until mid-February, Cirque du […]

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Oslo

Prepare for the opening of Oslo in Hackney. The day-to-night destination will launch on Friday 17 January with its weekly Valhalla clubnight. The new venue promises food, drink and an exciting music programme – all within the redeveloped railway station on Amhurst Road next door to Hackney Central train station. Oslo will operate as both a daytime hub with food and a night time locale for socialising, eating and new music. Head chef is Dave Ahern (House of Wolf and Burger Breakout) who has created the menu around the idea of presenting familiar flavours in unfamiliar combinations. His food features […]

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Sumosan Superfood Platter

January – the month where we all feel like we have to survive on a diet of bland soup to undo all the excess of Christmas and all that cheese. Soup is all good and well but after one, two, three bowls, well it gets a little boring, so you  could just indulge and be healthy at the same time at the Sumosan Mayfair with their ‘superfood sushi platter.’ Available at both lunch and dinner the platter includes sushi such as salmon and asparagus rolls, scallop and apple sashimi and Temptation rolls. The platter is packed with superfoods such as […]

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Lanes of London

Park Lane is getting a brand new restaurant for 2014 which opens its doors next month January 14.  The new venue aims to celebrate the multicultural cooking offered by the capital combining British heritage with its diverse cultural identity. Dishes crafted from locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable produce, have been influenced by the many ‘Lanes’ of London; Indian cooking synonymous with Brick Lane, Vietnamese influences of Kingsland Road, Lebanese flavours from Edgware Road and British classics from Portobello Road. The kitchen will be headed up by Executive Head Chef, Anshu Anghotra, alumnus of acclaimed Raymond Blanc’s Industry Cooking School at […]

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Great Court Restaurant

Culture vultures heading to the British Museum next month will have an additional treat in store of the foodie variety with the arrival of Benugo’s Great Court Restaurant. The redesigned venue will be situated on a mezzanine floor above the famous Reading Room and directly beneath the curved steel and glass roof of the Norman Foster-designed Great Court. The restaurant will open daily for lunch and afternoon tea, with an additional dinner service every Friday and the menus will celebrate quality, locally sourced food with a fresh focus on traditional European dishes. Oh yes and everything comes served on Burleigh […]

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Blanchette

Blanchette opens this week on D’Arblay Street in Soho. Run by three brothers, Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary, the quintessentially Parisian restaurant is named after their mother and will serve classic French sharing plates with a modern twist. Head chef is Tam Storrar, former senior sous chef at Bibendum, and the menu showcases adaptations of traditional dishes, including chargrilled beef onglet with snails en persillade, salsify chips and red wine reduction, ox cheeks bourguignon with ventreche, warm confit of salmon and duck with puy lentils and herbs and prune and armagnac clafoutis with crème fraiche for dessert. The wine list […]

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Tonteria

The number 1 hot spot in Chelsea for fun after dark, Tonteria, will be taking their racy Do Not Disturb club nights global in 2014. Clubbers from all over the world will all  be able to enjoy the wickedness of these amazing parties in the hot European cities of: Paris, St. Tropez, Monaco, Cannes, and potentially Milan. The Do Not Disturb evenings, currently occurring every Thursday in Sloane Square, are evenings of pure indulgence and hedonism. Cat walk models pose in Dolci Follie lingerie, as dancers parade around in latex outfits and burlesque dancers perform seductively on stage as guests […]

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