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Chop Shop: Review

Over in Haymarket the Chop Shop has just launched their new Sunday lunch set menu: a beef rib chop, roast potatoes, side and half a bottle of red wine for £35. We arrived late afternoon to find the restaurant had mellowed after a busy lunch service and there were just few a couples spending long, lazy afternoons with bottles of wine. The restaurant itself is long, narrow with tables for two down the side, at the end it opens out into a larger space where there was a mix of tables for larger parties. It is all very laid back, […]

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The Boudoir Club, The Button Club and Sanderson Party

Next week sees Sanderson hotel hosting a party in collaboration with The Button Club and The Boudoir Club at their Long Bar. The Button Club owned by Kaja Wunder, is a global community who provides its members with access to exclusive events, (they are also the team behind events such as the Bloodlust Ball); whilst The Boudoir Club are a gathering of people from the worlds of music, art, fashion and film, they are the Home of Deep House. And next Wednesday they are coming together to throw a party at one of London’s hottest boutique hotels, Sanderson – it’s […]

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deWintons at Opera Holland Park

It may seem a long way off now, but come summer Kensington’s Opera Holland Park will be alive with a wonderful programme of performances, including Norma and The Turn of the Screw.  The beautiful building and elegant Dutch Gardens make it the perfect place to host a party for friends or clients, whether you are after a pre -opera seateddinner for up to 60  guests or larger Champagne receptions on the mezzanine overlooking Kensington. With drinks included as well as the best seats in the house, it’s not like you need another reason to say yes, but if you do […]

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Soft Paris Party at Shimmy

Valentine’s Day – it might seem a while away yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start brushing up on our seduction techniques – single or not! Which is exactly what guests did this week at Bayswater club Shimmy, at the Soft Paris party! Shimmy, whose website tells you to ‘leave your inhibitions at the door’ invited guests into their wonderland-esque themed club to sample their new  'French Letter' aphrodisiac cocktail – (which includes cherry marnier and Champagne and a special drop of goat’s plum ), indulge in pink cupcakes and most importantly learn the art of seduction. French company, […]

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Brontё inspired afternoon tea at The Gilbert Scott

When you think of the Brontё sisters, you probably think of the bleak moorlands in Wuthering Heights or the plain, but determined Jane Eyre. What might not spring to mind though is afternoon tea, but that is about to change as The Gilbert Scott launches its Brontё inspired afternoon tea. Created by by General Manager and chef, Chantelle Nicholson and cult artist and creator of Visitoriana, Charlotte Cory, this traditional Yorkshire Victorian tea is a tribute to the famous writing sisters, who would sup on tea between penning the paragraphs of their novels. Charlotte Cory is a cult artist and […]

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The Lockhart

For 2014, Brooklyn’s Brad McDonald takes the helm at Marylebone’s The Lockhart, relaunching the Seymour Place venue with a new menu of regional ‘Deep South’ dishes from Southern States such as Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and his native Mississippi. Alongside his refined approach to Southern cuisine, the style of The Lockhart is also informed by McDonald’s previous culinary ventures in New York where he was part of the team behind Colonie and Gran Electrica in Brooklyn. The dinner menu sees snacks and appetizers including Grilled chicken oysters in a yellow mustard sauce, Smoked mallard gumbo and Tokyo turnips and […]

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Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl is launching its first UK outpost on 16 Jan at London’s O2. The 800-capacity concert venue will feature 12 lanes of bowling – three of which are elevated in a private party area with its own bar – and food by Bromberg Bros’ Blue Ribbon Restaurants. It will celebrate its grand opening weekend with three nights of performances by the Brooklyn Bowl All-star Players – a collective of funk and soul musicians from Antibalas, Lettuce and Soulive, launching with party to coincide with the Brooklyn Nets playing the Atlanta Hawks. "When thinking of another city that's as influential […]

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Canvas

Today chef Michael Riemenschneider opens CANVAS by Michael Riemenschneider (The Abbey in Penzance), London’s first ‘create your own’ tasting menu restaurant. Spearheading the evolution of the tasting menu, the Swiss chef promises to merge ‘creativity, efficiency and technology to modernise fine-dining and incite a more immersive dining experience’. Guests at the tiny 20-seater venue, will be invited to construct their own tasting menu – a minimum of three courses up to 9 courses at lunch, or 15 courses at dinner – from a selection of 16 dishes. They can build their menu as they see fit – choosing as many […]

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Maria Grachvogel Fashion Show at Morton’s

In the run up to London Fashion Week, Morton’s are celebrating the work of innovative, British designer Maria Grachvogel with a captivating catwalk show showcasing her work from the past two decades.   On Wednesday 5th February, Maria will spend the evening talking through her archive of iconic pieces and prints as well as her favourite garments from the last twenty years as well as alluding to what will be shown during London Fashion Week. After the three course dinner, Maria will host a trunk show, where she would be delighted to meet guests. For more information and to attend […]

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Orrery Winter Retreat

High above Marylebone High Street, away from the hustle and bustle below is Orrery’s hidden terrace and this year it has been given a bit of makeover to turn it into a snug winter retreat; with toasty heaters,  cosy blankets and the twinkle of lanterns. They’ve added a delicious selection of ‘Winter Warmers’ to their drinks list such as Warm Old Fashioned with Woodford Reserve, angoustura bitters, orange and maraschino cherry; Apple Pie with Dupont vsop, apple juice, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, buttered rum, orange and sugar; and Minty, a blend of fresh mint tea, honey, ginger and lemon. And […]

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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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