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Luna Rossa

Family-run restaurant group Made in Italy is relaunching its Notting Hill outpost next month. Luna Rossa undergone a complete refurbishment and will emerge with refreshed interiors, a new rotating sfizi (‘small pleasures’) counter serving Southern Italian tasting plates and an authentic charcoal grill. Additional features will include a split-level dining room, private dining room, all-day deli and an Italian wine bar serving regional wines and barrel-aged cocktails. The double-fronted restaurant will open out onto the pavement and serve food all day, every day. There will be space for 20 guests at the sfizi counter with 15-20 different plates on the […]

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Bonnie Gull Open a Cocktail Deck

Bonnie Gull is a delightful seaside restaurant in the heart of the city. Since opening its doors last year, Bonnie Gull has enjoyed a super successful launch, fast becoming a trusted source of the finest fresh British seafood. Bonnie Gull’s philosophy is centred around showcasing the best produce from around our shores in a sustainable, accessible and affordable manner. The catch varies from day to day but includes Isle of Man Queenies, Inverawe Smoked Salmon and Cornish Hake. Executive Chef Luke Robinson has also devised some smaller snack-sized dishes including; Isle of Barra cockles with parsley and bacon or salt […]

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London’s Ice Cream haunts

In this weather when it comes to pudding there is only one thing we are thinking about, ice cream and thankfully times have changed from when the most exciting things got, was a good old raspberry ripple. Whilst a certain Ben and Jerry are pushing the flavour boundaries across the pond, London’s ice cream and gelato makers should not be overlooked as they are paving the way for the weird, wonderful and downright absurd flavours.  Here is a roundup of some of our favourites, put the vanilla down: Comboco Toast and coffee not the most inspiring of breakfasts, unless that […]

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Blue Plate

This new offering from American bakers David Muniz and David Lesniak of Outsider Tart fame is housed next door to the bakery and serves authentic comfort food from across the United States. The boys, hailing from Mississippi and New York respectively, started out with a small cake stall at Richmond Farmer’s Market. In addition to their sweet treats and whoopee pies, they began selling home-style chillis served with traditional sweet cornbread on Thursday evenings where locals could pop in and pick up a box of chilli or eat in around the striped counter. This event became so popular that they […]

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WHYTE & BROWN

Whyte & Brown is a new breed of restaurant with two hero ingredients – free-range chicken and eggs – served from breakfast through dinner. A downstairs ‘coup’ space has floor-to-ceiling windows, statement lighting and a distressed bar cabinet while the whilst the main restaurant  boasts exposed ceilings, reclaimed timber flooring and pendant lights. There’s also a communal dining area and chef’s sharing table and in balmier weather, al fresco tables in Kingly Court. Creative director Fiona Gale has worked alongside head chef Paul Fletcher to create the menu. Starters and sharing dishes feature Bangkok-Scotch Egg of minced chicken thigh-meat, lime […]

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Jolly Fine Summer Supper at The Malt House

Following on from last week’s Jolly Fine Summer Supper at its sister pub, Fox and Grapes, it is now the turn of The Malt House, to make the most of the sunshine this weekend with their own Sunday evening supper. David Harvey of Raeburn Fine Wines has selected five wines, including Cremant 2011 by Pignier and a Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2008 by Claudine Gaunoux. Paired with these are four courses created by Claude Bosi, of sister restaurant Hibiscus, we can’t wait to try the  Almond Roasted Peach with Raspberry Sorbet which we think is the perfect pudding for this gloriously […]

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Xero Vodka

Vodka – the world’s most popular spirit. Teamed with coke, red bull, cranberry, lime (whatever we can find really!) this versatile liquor is undoubtedly the nations favourite tipple. However, seldom is it ever enjoyed alone so we are excited to discover “Xero Vodka” and with it a new era of vodka Drinking. Xero celebrates of the traditional Polish ritual of vodka drinking- neat and frozen from the outside; each bottle cased in an ice jacket to ensure smooth taste can be enjoyed at the optimum temperature. The stylish 20cl bottles are served on handcrafted mahogany boards and are the perfect […]

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The Map Room

Claridge’s has unveiled The Map Room, a dedicated space for the business traveller designed by  British design workshop Linley. The focal point of the room, and the piece from which it takes its name, is a magnificent marquetry wall-size map of the world. Designed by Linley, it is crafted from macassar and walnut veneer and crowned by a bespoke steel clock sat on the Greenwich meridian. Drawing on the glamour of the golden age of travel, Linley’s design pays homage to the hotel’s Art Deco aesthetic with hand-crafted furnishings, from the signature Transatlantic Chair with its generous curves, to the […]

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Le Meurice is Joined By Alain Ducasse

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA and includes London’s 45 Park Lane. All the hotels are famous for their equally prestigious restaurants whose cuisine is inspired by world-renowned chef, Alain Ducasse. Ducasse has brought 25 years of experience and his innovative vision, ethos and a distinctive take on contemporary French haute cuisine to redesign the menus of the some of the world’s most celebrated restaurants. From September, Ducasse will lead the team at Le Meurice to deliver impeccably prepared cuisine and further enhance this Parisian landmark. So Londoner’s looking for […]

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Tompkins bring New York City to London this July.

Tompkins, an uber-stylish new restaurant and bar in the Pan Peninsula development of Canary Wharf, will be holding a variety of events to brighten up the grey London July. On the 18th, Tompkin’s invites guests to shake things up in their mezzanine and master the art of cocktail making.  The evening includes a glass of prosecco on arrival and platters of food for each guest. Or ever wondered how to complement foods with the perfect wines? On the 23rd Tompkins will take its guests on a round the world adventure, demonstrating how some delicious wines can match a light food […]

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Paesan

New to Exmouth Market is Paesan, a rustic bar and kitchen serving simple, authentic Italian dishes. The first solo venture from Antony Brown (Pasta Brown, Covent Garden), Paesan will embrace cucina povera, the Italian tradition of using simple ingredients to prepare honest and flavoursome food. The menu has been created by head chef Mattia Antonioni (Polpo, The Ivy Club and Assaggi). Meat and seafood dishes sit alongside pizza fritta and pasta plates. Sample dishes include Chargrilled sardine bruschetta; Roast lamb with castelfranco lentils soffrito; Pork involtini with smoked ham and ceps; and Risotto al radicchio and pecorino. Pizza fritta varieties […]

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Picnic Soho House style

Soho House’s Chicken Shop and Pizza East in Kentish Town are going al fresco with the launch of their new picnics. Take away Chicken Shop’s hot rotisserie chicken with a choice of three sides – crinkle cut chips, creamy coleslaw, corn on the cob or butter lettuce and avocado salad – along with Smokey and Hot sauces, cutlery, napkins and the obligatory hand wipes in a easy-to-carry jute bag. Similarly, Pizza East will serve up any two pizzas from its new summer menu together with butter lettuce salad and garlic bread packed with cutlery and napkins in a jute bag. […]

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