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Go-go to Dozo

As I step through the door of Dozo, it’s an instant calm of serenity away from the hustle and bustle of Soho behind me. The tables are low down on the floor as is customary in Japan to eat on at ground level. At first glance I missed that underneath the tables had been cut out to imitate the seating experience we are used to in the UK. For future diners at this restaurant and I do recommend you become a future diner, I would suggest wearing trousers or at least something one feels that they can nimbly slide up […]

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Oyster Shucking At The Bluebird

If you’re looking to indulge your competitive side then look no further than Chelsea’s iconic restaurant, The Bluebird. To celebrate the start of England’s oyster season this landmark venue, situated on the King’s Road, will be hosting an oyster shucking competition on the 7th of September. Taking place in their courtyard all competitors will have to battle with their oyster to shuck, dress and eat it as quickly as possible. All participants will be given a glass of wine and, of course, allowed to enjoy the fruits of their labors. The victorious ‘shucker’ will also receive a bottle of Moet […]

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September Social Calendar

So we come to September, that month where it isn’t quite summer any more but it’s still too warm to don the cashmere and declare we are in autumn. Today we look at some our favourite events happening in London this September, we will be dashing about London Fashion Week, admiring stylish men at the GQ awards, celebrating birthdays at Dukebox and eating our way to Mozambique and back in a night…one busy month. Awards GQ Men of the Year Awards It’s the stuff dreams are made of: one of London’s most prestigious hotels filled with the likes of Damian […]

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Dark Circus Party: Unleash the Deviant within

For the admirers of all that is debauched and thrilling, there is an event coming your way that will titillate and tantalise you. Prepare to be transported to a dark, dreamy and slightly depraved world of heady illusion and unbridled spectacle with the Dark Circus Party. Taking place on Saturday 21st September at Bloomsbury Ballroom, The Dark Circus Party is an exciting new event that combines Bourne & Hollingsworth’s atmospheric production, delicious cocktails and innovative theming with the striking theatrical performances from the notorious Torture Garden.  First launched in June of this year, the electrifying event is back, but this […]

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Obika

Popular Italian Mozzarella Bar Obikà opens its third site next week on Charlotte Street adding to the current Canary Wharf and South Kensington venues with that all important Mozzarella di Bufala arriving three times a week from the artisan producers of Campania. Made with the nutritious milk of the local water buffalo, Obikà serves the firm and flavourful mozzarella from the Paestum region, a stronger straw-ember smoked affumicata and the sweeter, creamier Stracciatella di Burrata. These can be ordered from the bar paired with prosciutto di Parma, grilled artichokes, and fresh Datterini tomatoes. From the kitchen come signature dishes such […]

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XOYO Sings the Blues (Kitchen)

On Sunday 1st September 2013, live music venue and diner The Blues Kitchen is joining forces with sister venue XOYO in Shoreditch to host ‘The Blues Kitchen Explosion,’ a festival of BBQ, music and fashion which will see XOYO transformed into a hip vintage fashion and record market and live music and soul food venue. From noon until 5pm, it will be all about vintage fashion stalls plus vintage hair design and make-up by Lipstick & Curls. A gentleman’s barber shop will offer cuts, shaves and styling throughout the day as well and vinyl collectors can browse stalls selling swing […]

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Berners Tavern

Next month chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton will launch the all-day Berners Tavern, in Ian Schrager’s new The London EDITION Hotel, on Berners Street in Fitzrovia. The restaurant will be accessible via a separate entrance and will seat 140 covers. Phil Carmichael, who has cooked with Jason for over ten years, is heading up the kitchen creating a contemporary British menu. In partnership with Marriot International, The London EDITION opening marks Ian Schrager’s return to London for the first time in fifteen years. Says Atherton: “I’m really excited to be working with Ian Schrager and Marriott. The menu will be […]

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Central and Co

Central and Co instantly strikes me as a young, trendy, well decorated bar and diner which is perfectly situated a few minutes’ walk from the busy hubbub of Oxford Street. Large clear doors have been opened so that the tables spill out onto the street on this warm evening. Inside we are led down the long dining space and situated nearer the bar, a perfect location as soon as I spy the tempting cocktail menu. We started off with a Lemon and vanilla martini, and instantly found our favourite accompaniment for the evening. I dabbled into the Caffeine ol’Fashioned but […]

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Central and Co

Central and Co instantly strikes me as a young, trendy, well decorated bar and diner which is perfectly situated a few minutes’ walk from the busy hubbub of Oxford Street. Large clear doors have been opened so that the tables spill out onto the street on this warm evening. Inside we are led down the long dining space and situated nearer the bar, a perfect location as soon as I spy the tempting cocktail menu. We started off with a Lemon and vanilla martini, and instantly found our favourite accompaniment for the evening. I dabbled into the Caffeine ol’Fashioned but […]

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Happy 5th birthday inamo

Techy Japanese restaurant inamo celebrates its 5th anniversary this September with a five course birthday menu and special drinks promotions. Each course celebrates a year of opening and this menu both showcases dishes from inamo’s current menu plus reworked classics and brand new creations. “This menu is a celebration of inamo’s five years, giving diners a taste of our dishes past, present and future… The dishes we’ve chosen reflect those which our guests have loved the most, alongside a sneak peek of what’s to come, as we look forward to the continuing evolution of inamo,” says executive chef Sean Marshall. […]

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Brunch at Honky Tonk Chelsea

For those looking for an escape from the dancing masses in Notting Hill this bank holiday look no further than Honky Tonk. This New York themed restaurant will be recreating the all-American parties, for which their nation is famous, on our side of the pond for one weekend only. Diners at the appropriately named ‘Beers, Buckets and Bands’ party will be able to feast on buckets of chicken wings and quench their thirst with refreshing beers, all whilst listening to some amazing live music. If you haven’t yet had your fill of Honky Tonk, and we’re betting you wont have, […]

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Grillshack

A technology focussed new restaurant is set to open its doors on Beak Street in September. Grillshack is to be a quick all day counter service grill with both eat in and take out options available til late, seven days a week. In addition to counter service, there will also be touchscreen order and payment points plus a Grillshack app for ordering and payment at the table. This is to be a UK first. Staff dressed in industrial denim aprons will be on hand to ease guests into the technology. The food menu comprises a selection of dishes, mostly prepared […]

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