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Royal Quarter Café

The Quarter Group (other venues include Chelsea Quarter Café on King’s Road, River Quarter Kitchen in Plantation Wharf Battersea and Heal’s Quarter Café and Quarter Café Express at the Heal’s flagship store in Tottenham Court Road) is launching Royal Quarter Café, near Buckingham Palace, on Buckingham Gate. The menu will be a modern mix of seasonal, healthy comfort food – including homemade bread and pastries, all-day breakfast, sandwiches and soups, sharing plates, hearty salads, afternoon tea, and cakes and tarts, all available to eat in or take-away. Savoury options include homemade brioche with poached pears, crème fraîche and mixed berry […]

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Daphne’s ice cream cart, celebrating the tennis season

Wimbledon is now well underway, there has already been action, drama and suprise, Nadal out already? But whether tennis is your thing or not, there is no reason not to get involved in the tennis season, even if it is just a nod to it by treating yourself to some ice cream in flavours inspired by the event. Which is handy then that South Kensington restaurant Daphne’s has a beautiful bespoke ice cream cart that will be parking up outside its doors to serve ice cream to passers by. All with wonderful names we can’t wait to try the Strawberry […]

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Tom’s Kitchen

Opening on the wharf’s Westferry Circus this weekend is the newest venue from the Tom Aikens’ stable is a modern British Brasserie with 130 seater restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar and deli. It will serve British favourites using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients from breakfast to dinner seven days a week. The design is simple with a clean and welcoming palette, combining soft coloured leathers with glazed tiling, and chevron oak. The bar is constructed from marble and a polished metal top, which extends as a ribbon across the space. The main restaurant also contains a 14 seater private dining […]

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The Happenstance

Drake & Morgan, launches its sixth site, The Happenstance, this week, in the newly developed No.1 St. Paul’s Churchyard. The 7,937 square foot, 231-cover venue has been divided into a bar, dining area, private dining room, and deli with mixology table and florist. Designed by Fusion Design and Architecture Ltd, there’s an industrial backdrop with luxurious furnishings and feminine touches. The building boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, offering abundant natural light and views of St Paul’s Cathedral. The bar sets painted exposed brickwork and urban concrete against contemporary lighting and bold patterns. Tall industrial style metal tables sit alongside softer upholstery, whilst […]

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The Taste of London

The three day food festival comes to London today with over 40 of the City’s finest restaurants for guests to sample from. In addition over 200 artisan producers and premium brands will provide an abundance of the finest food and beverages from Britain and around the world. The foodie favourite festival will see Regent’s park being transformed into a gastronomic wonderland over the weekend where guests can try dishes like Salmon hot dogs, Ahi tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes, and Mexican doughnuts. For the more active food enthusiasts there will be various masterclasses like the S.Pellegrino VIP Restaurant and Masterclass […]

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Champagne at the Crypt with Bleeding Heart

Forget glassy interiors, sky-high eateries and 21st century bars. For this special dinner on 2nd July, the Bleeding Heart restaurant is taking it down, down to the Crypt in fact. But don’t let thoughts of cobwebs, gloom and dust put you off. The only skeletons in this closet are five delicious champagnes, from the Magnum-served 2000 and 2002 to the red grape Pinot Noir, to accompany this five-course Champagne Magnum Club dinner. The Crypt at Ely Place isn’t your average horror location. Instead, expect to discover an atmospheric medieval venue that brings sophisticated modern dining to the era of romance. […]

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Andaz Launches Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge

Andaz Liverpool Street, located in the heart of the City, is an east-end 5-star boutique hotel that provides the perfect location for both business and leisure. Extra emphasis on the leisure as the hotel is delighted to announce the unveiling of the hotel’s brand new champagne bar, Catch Champagne Bar & Lounge, which officially opens its doors to guests today. The latest addition to Andaz Dining, provides a refreshing new place to meet, relax or party the night away in the centre of the lively city. Award-winning London architects, Wilsdon Design Associates designed the new bar. They were also mainly responsible […]

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Midsummer House

As the longest day of the year approaches, you can make the most of sunny days and balmy nights at the Rekorderlig Midsummer House, a pop-up Swedish hideaway in the heart of East London in Victoria Park. Launching today and running until the July 5th, guests will step out of the urban capital, and straight into a blissful oasis that captures cool Scandi-style. The summerhouse will be decorated with authentic Swedish homely touches and a relaxed outdoor area. Kick back on decking overlooking the tranquil waters of the lake as chilled beats flow through the house. Regardless of whether the […]

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GAIL’s & Rebecca Hossack Art Trail

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, it is launching a collaboration with GAIL’s, showcasing artists and their work inside GAIL’s Artisan Bakery and GAIL’s Kitchen. Until September, each location will display a Hossack artist’s work with pieces being shown on the walls and in the store windows. The first ten customers to visit every GAIL’s location will win dinner at GAIL's Kitchen as well as a limited edition print from the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Artists featuring in the collaboration include collagist Peter Clark, 3D artists Will & Caro (who provided GAIL’s Kitchen with its inaugural paper […]

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Authentic French Experience in London

Amongst the busy streets of London, a mere 5 minute walk away from the hype of the Leicester Square casinos, bustling shopping streets and theatres, lies a French delight in the form of Les Deux Salons. The staff are exceedingly friendly, and more importantly, authentically French. While we waited for our meal, I enjoyed a Singapore sling from their cocktail menu whilst soaking in the friendly atmosphere of the restaurant. Les deux Salons offers anything from a Simple green salad to Rock oysters to Snail and bacon pie as a starter. The Handbook recommends the Spring vegetable risotto for a […]

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45 Park Lane ‘Serves’ up Wimbledon

As Dorchester Collection’s new 45 Park Lane hotel launches a special tennis dining in its Media Room, you won’t have to be on the courts to catch the action. From 24th June – 7th July guests will be able to choose a delicious ‘Wimbledon Menu’ prepared by Executive Chef David McIntyre, all enjoyed with the Wimbledon tournaments showing on large Bang & Olufsen flat screens. Whether you’re the tennis type or prefer strawberries and cream, this Wimbledon-style menu is simply a treat. From Lobster Club Sandwiches to Wagyu Burgers, Vanilla & Tonka Bean  Panna Cotta and Strawberry Gelato “Baked Alaska”, […]

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Epic SANA Algarve

Well we are now in summer. Supposedly. When the sun shines, London really comes into its own, with the roof tops, terraces and parks bustling, but when the weather is like this, sometimes you just need to get out of London and find the sun. Situated just off Falesia Beach, Albufeira and within in easy reach of Faro, set in a spacious 8 hectares of land, the hotel is the newest  in the SANA collection and is aptly named Epic, because 1) it is and 2) it is one of their 5* hotels (the hotels range from SANA style to […]

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