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Grosvenor presents…

The 18 day community event for those who visit, live and work in Mayfair kicked off this weekend. Organised by Grosvenor, Grosvenor Square has been transformed into a relaxing haven with foodie pop-ups, oversized games such as Giant Connect4 and chess, music and cultural and community events and performances. Divided into different zones, a space called ‘The Nook’ will host story-telling experiences, guided relaxation at lunchtime and mini craftsmanship lectures too. Artist in Residence, Ben Ashton will be creating a painting inspired by his time in Mayfair. The piece of work will be auctioned off on Thursday 25th July, with […]

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Kitchenette Summer Pop-Up

Kitchenette is the UK’s first “kitchen incubator”. To those not in the know, they help our most promising and original food entrepreneurs get a foot in the kitchen door!  This summer, they will transform a disused Citroen garage in Islington into a pop up restaurant like no other! Talks, master classes but most importantly mouthwatering delights from London’s most promising start-ups. The events will feature Wong’s, Bunta, Roast restaurant’s Hog Roast, Southern Brunch from ex all-star lanes chef Wyatt Shevloff and where would we be without a chilled prosecco- brought to you by La Piadina Pronta? Yianni Papoutis of MeatLiquor […]

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The Jolly Fine Summer Supper at Fox and Grapes

 What sounds more glorious for a July Sunday evening than ‘The Jolly Fine Summer Supper’? We can’t think of much!  But that is exactly what is happening at the Fox and Grapes in Wimbledon this weekend! The fourth in a series of events at the Fox and Grapes celebrating great foods and wines of the world, the evening will consist of five wines, carefully selected by David Harvey of Raeburn Fine Wines who will also host the evening. Paired with these will be four courses chosen by Claude Bosi, from the Fox and Grapes, Mayfair sister restaurant Hibiscus, and with […]

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Alfresco Eating

'I don't know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,' said George. The nostalgic Famous Five, they certainly had the right idea when it came to alfresco eating, and with the weather set to be this glorious in London for at least another week, (hurrah!) it's are all about spending lazy afternoons eating outside, whether it is picnics in the park or afternoon tea on the terrace, here are some of our favourites, just with less of the ginger beer and hardboiled eggs, sorry Enid Blyton. Picnics La Dolce […]

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Gastronomic Sea Voyage at Viajante

East London Michelin star restaurant Viajante will partnering with Gin Mare to host an 8 course culinary adventure this summer. The “taste of the sea” themed menu has been specially designed by award winning chef Angel leon who will be joining Viajante’s Nuno Mendes to kick start the event. Viajante is Portuguese for “traveler”, a name which reflects the globally inspired menu of offer. The venue is famous for its ever-changing blind tasting menu which takes guests on a uniquely sensual taste journey. The dishes must of course remain top secret but guests can get excited about the Gin Mare […]

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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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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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Cinnamon Kitchen celebrate 100 years of Indian film.

2013 marks the centenary milestone of Indian film and there is no better place to celebrate than Cinnamon Kitchen, one of London’s best contemporary Indian restaurants. In collaboration with Picturehouse cinemas, Cinnamon Kitchen brings you “The Cinn-ema club” – 2 evenings of fiery excitement to reflect India itself! For cinema fanatics, this promises to beat the orange Wednesday experience. Forget pick ‘n’ mix sweets, flat coke and cardboard flavored popcorn, Cinnamon Kitchen will be topping up cinema-style cups with “little bit corny cocktail” and providing chilli kick popcorn to keep you on your toes. If that’s not enough, swap the […]

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Albion

Building on the success of Albion, the British café and bakery in Shoreditch, Terence and Vicki Conran with Peter Prescott, are launching their second site today, a new café and food store within the Lord Rogers-designed NEO Bankside in Southwark, just behind Tate Modern. Albion NEO Bankside has 95 covers with a further 45 on its heated outside terrace. The dining space overlooks a signature open-plan kitchen. Located alongside the entrance of the café, a small shop and food market sells a wide variety of British produce, from everyday store cupboard groceries plus breads, cakes and pastries to organic meats […]

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Damson & Co Comes to Soho

Soho gets a welcome injection of great British food and drink thanks to the arrival of Damson and Co, a new deli, bakery and coffee shop. Comfort your conscience with locally sourced ingredients in a casual, eco friendly environment. However you like your eggs in the morning, Damson and Co can do it – poached, royal, benedict, florentine served on toasted English muffin or smoked a-top steamed asparagus. Start the day with a Damson coffee delivered to the store by bicycle or enjoy your afternoon tea with a freshly baked carrot cake! Later on enjoy a variety of charcuterie boards […]

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Peeking into Private Lives

Trendy bar Kettner’s hosted the after party of Noel Coward's comedy of manners Private Lives, which took place at Gielgud Theatre last night. Helena Bonham Carter, Minnie Driver, Thandie Newton and Kathy Lette were among the audience of the play which focuses on a divorced couple who discover that they are honeymooning with their new spouses in neighbouring rooms at the same hotel.   Anna Chancellor, Toby Stephens and Anthony Calf star in the Chichester Festival Theatre production which is directed by Jonathan Kent. Tickets are available now www.privateliveswestend.com  

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Coronation tea at 51 Buckingham Gate

In the wake of last year’s Diamond Jubilee, 51 Buckingham gate is launching its coronation afternoon tea from the 8th to 31st of July to mark its 60th anniversary this year. The quaint menu includes a mixture of traditional favorites such as the Baked coconut pyramid whilst the Pimm’s glazed British strawberry tart puts a modern spin on the retro classic. Inspired by the spread at the 1953 coronation, executive chef Vikas Milhoutra has also designed a special 3 course dinner menu in Bistro 51, inviting people to dine like royalty! www.51-buckinghamgate.com

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