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Brown’s Hotel

Brown's Hotels is hosting exclusive weekly Saturday morning art tours introducing guests to the exhibitions taking place in Mayfair’s leading galleries.  Each week a different participating gallery director will conduct a personal tour of some of their favourite exhibitions, helping international art lovers navigate their way around this cultural destination. The tour begins at Brown’s, taking in both the street level galleries of Cork Street, but also private enclaves behind the doors of magnificent period townhouses and upstairs ‘appointment only’ offices and studies. Each tour is designed to open the eyes of the visitor to a range of artworks that […]

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B – Soho Skinny Pizzas

So today is not just any Monday, it is Blue Monday – apparently the most depressing day of the year and it would just have to fall in January, the most depressing month of the year.  But you know what is sure to cheer you up? Pizza, of course! Especially from the pizza connoisseurs B-Soho, who have just created a new range of skinny pizzas. With a few tweaks here and there to their pizza dough and delicious fresh and low fat toppings, they have created pizzas which are the perfect pick me up without you having to break the […]

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Dirty Bones

Latest take on the posh hotdog trend is Dirty Bones on Kensington Church Street, the concept of which has been developed by private fund Rock E VC which invests in young talent across the hospitality sector. The menu, created by Group Creative Development Chef, Ross Clarke (Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen), features playful takes on the dog using high quality British sausage meat. Hotdog options include The Brit (served with treacle bacon, mature beer cheddar and English mustard); The Asian (served with kimchi relish, crispy seaweed and wasabi mayo), The Classic Yankee (served with yellow mustard, red ketchup and spring onions) […]

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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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Burns Night

Now for a quick history lesson; regarded as Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns – or Rabbie as he was known, only lived until he was 37 but in that time his literary accomplishments were great. His poems portrayed his love of Scotland, the beauty of his birthplace Ayrhsire, and his appreciation of haggis. So it is not surprising that when his friends started to celebrate the anniversary of his death on the 25th January, haggis took centre stage.  200 years later and come Burns Night, you are sure to find a veritable Scottish feast near you. From whisky cocktails, to […]

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Bumpkin launches super healthy menu

Detoxing and eating the right kinds of food can be a depressing thought when the weather is this miserable and it is dark before you leave for work. But what about if the food was already made for you, and it was being served in one of your favourite South Kensington restaurants? Suddenly seems much easier doesn’t it? Good thing then that is exactly what Bumpkin is doing. Their new super healthy menu has been created by Julie Montagu – Julie Montagu, the Flexi Foodie: Yogini, Health Coach and Wellness Warrior. She is a firm believer that what you eat […]

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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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Avenue

Next month, February, the 112 cover Avenue restaurant in St James’s, will re-launch with new look interiors designed by Russell Sage, an American-inspired menu and an extensive range of iconic and lesser-known American wines plus US and UK craft beers. With a nod to American architect Rick Mather’s original design based on 1990s New York art galleries, the new interior will exhibit works from up-and-coming artists. Wooden floors will run throughout. A unique chandelier made from wine glasses hangs above a gold decanting station in the middle of the dining room.  The bar sits at the entrance stools and leather […]

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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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