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Cinnamon Candy

If you love D&D restaurants – Pont de la Tour, Sartoria, Skylon, Launceston Place, Floridita, Coq d’Argent, Bulters Wharf Chop House, Avenue… (need we say more?!) then you’ll be delighted to learn that you can recreate the experience for your own private party or event thanks to Cinnamon Candy, the group's external catering and party planning company. Jens Nisson has just been appointed Executive Chef. He joins Cinnamon Candy from Company of Cooks, where he spent three successful years cooking for a range of contracts and high profile events at some of London’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Opera […]

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Birth of The Gin Garden at The Gun

In a recent collaboration, docklands gastropub The Gun has teamed up with Hendrick’s Gin to transform its sundeck into a brand new events space, The Gin Garden. Now open for group bookings, look to this venue for quality gin and food alfresco, all with a British twist. Firstly, as the name suggests, expect more types of gin than you can shake a stick at: 13 exactly. Hendrick’s takes pride of place alongside top brands Tanqueray No. 10, Portobello Road, Beefeater 24, Martin Millers, No. 209 and Juinipero. That comes with special cocktails served in Hendrick’s signature teapots and ten different […]

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Hot Pink

Hot Pink is a brand new independent restaurant just launched in Wimbledon and offering healthy grilled food in contemporary surroundings. It is founded by three friends Dipak Panchal (who founded Chelsea hotspot The Valmont Club, and co-founded Dukebox nightclub and The Black Dog pub in Vauxhall which he co-founded with Sulkin), Vincent McKevitt (founder of Tossed) and Cokey Sulkin (co-founder Aragon House). The concept is simple: 12 menu items and 72 combinations. Diners can chooses prime cuts of meat, chicken, fish and vegetables, each cooked on an open grill and delivered at three price points – £8, £10 and £12. […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Paradise goes back to school

Popular West London gastropub and party venue, Paradise, is launching The School of Grub, a unique summer event series hosted by some of the finest home-grown talent of food producers, artisans and critic. It pays homage to best of British food and drink. The school includes a cheese dinner with musician and farmer Alex James, a butchery course by The Ginger Pig while school term will end with a foodie quiz hosted by head mistress Kate Spicer. Lessons commence this Thursday 6 June with Mother Shuckers (try saying that after a couple of cocktails…) where the savvy oyster aficionados will […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Toasting Summertime at The Mount Street Deli

Strawberries, marmite and McVities yes, but who ever knew that Britain is actually a top grower for sparkling wine? On 4th June, The Mount Street Deli is set to prove this fact, teaming up with wine experts Nick Hall and Stephen Clark to showcase the best in British fizz. Sparkling wine has always been close to the heart of Kent-born Nick Hall. Returning to his native Marden in 2007, he decided to build a vineyard and winery on a ten-acre parcel of ancestral soil. Tracing his roots back to artisan 19th Century farmer Herbert Hall, it can’t be said that […]

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Red Pocket

This weekend sees the launch of sophisticate Chinese restaurant, Red Pocket at Hotel Verta by Rhombus combining a chic and contemporary décor with a warm and exotic atmosphere. Red Pocket will be located on the riverside, a stone’s throw from on The London Heliport. Offering stunning panoramic views of the river, large floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light. Design features include Chinese artwork, chinoiserie screens, Buddha sculptures and Tibetan cabinets. The large open kitchen where the culinary team prepare dishes fusing Western ingredients with classic Chinese recipes and techniques will lend an air of theatre to proceedings. Operations […]

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G-FIT Ice Cream at Gelupo

Can ice cream be good for you? Jacob Kenedy thinks so as he launches a new range of low fat, low sugar, high protein ice cream at artisan gelateria Gelupo, available from 24th May. Made from a high quality, bioavailable whey protein isolate normally found in sports supplements, G-FIT cuts traditional ice cream calories by half with less than 1.5g of fat per 100ml. Or, to translate, it’s a tasty cross between a protein shake and frozen yoghurt.  Available in tasty banana, strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavours, G-FIT is the perfect hi-tech health treat for the summer. www.gelupo.com

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Coronation Festivities at Hilton Park Lane

Celebrating the Coronation Anniversary in the only way Brits know, the Podium Restaurant at London Hilton is launching a special Coronation Afternoon Tea today, 29th May. Created by Executive Chef Anthony Marshall and recognised by the Tea Guild, this teatime treat will put the royal stamp of quality on your coronation festivities. As coronation meets cake, highlights on the cake-stand include an elderflower jelly diamond on a purple chocolate mousse and praline cushion, a dark chocolate edible picture frame encasing an image of Her Majesty’s coronation and a Coronation stamp on a cupcake. And it doesn’t end there! With crown-shaped […]

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Strawberry Picking with BLOOM London Dry Gin

While the image of countryside strawberry picking, birds tweeting and the smell of freshly cut grass doesn’t exactly bring the bustle of central London to mind, the city is indeed going back to nature as BLOOM London Dry Gin launches its second Pick Your Own Strawberries pop-up in Covent Garden. Running from 11th – 13th June, special strawberry patches will be open for harvesting with bartenders serving up BLOOM strawberry G & Ts for hard-working fruit-pickers. Just ahead of World Gin Day on 15th June, BLOOM’s strawberry pop-up will celebrate the British public’s long-held affinity with its most delicious summertime […]

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The Hutch Club

Launching this weekend at Quaglino’s is glamorous subterranean cocktail and jazz pop up bar, The Hutch Club. The new addition pays homage to the venue’s hedonistic spirit, which began when flamboyant host Giovanni Quaglino opened the doors to a beautiful, decadent society crowd in 1929. The name is taken from one of the most popular cabaret entertainers of the twentieth century who would arrive at nightclubs dressed like an aristocrat with a white piano strapped to his chauffeur-driven car. The then Prince of Wales even asked him to play at St James’s Palace. The club will be located in the depths […]

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