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Happy 15th anniversary Itsu!

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the first Itsu [dining] restaurant in Chelsea, Itsu is launching the £15 for 15th special set price menu at its Chelsea and Notting Hill locations on Draycott Avenue and Notting Hill Gate. Created by Head Chef William Da Silva, the menu features a range of dishes inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine. Guests are invited to choose two classic dishes from the conveyor (options include Sesame Spinach, Salmon & Tuna Tartare, Salmon Tobiko Maki and Duck Crystal Roll with HoiSin Sauce) and one from the Hot Menu (Tiger Prawn Tempura Handroll perhaps?) and a drink […]

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B- Soho presents Charioke

Whether you are pushing the crowds out of the way to reach the microphone or get hideous stage fright, whether you are the next Beyonce, or  as flat as most of the X factor auditions, there is no denying we all love karaoke and none more so than B- Soho’s Monday night karaoke. Well now there is a whole new reason to love it, on Monday 25th they will be presenting Charioke in support of the World Cancer Research Fund. The £5 minimum entry fee and post competition raffle will all go towards the charity, the same charity that co […]

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I Heart Diet Coke

Coke has always loved a limited edition and this year is no different with Marc Jacobs taking on the role of pimping up the Diet Coke cans. Three designs have just been revealed for each decade that Diet Coke has been on our shelves, each headlined with a classic ‘I Heart…’ slogan. Each decade echoes traits from the time; the 80s showing an empowered woman, the 90s showing a fashion trendsetter and the 00s is along the same lines as Marc Jacobs own spring/summer 13 collection. Jacobs himself is quoted as saying "Diet Coke is an icon… and I love […]

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St Martin’s Lane French Vogue Twitter takeover

St Martins Lane hotel is being taken over by the French. French Vogue that is. This is the first time Vogue France has collaborated with a hotel brand to take over its social media and the Twitter takeover is happening this Sunday 17th and Monday 18th February, providing @StMartinsLDN followers with a unique insight into the life of a fashion editor attending the shows. Says Nick Bain, St Martins Lane’s Social Media Manager, “St Martins Lane has always been associated with London Fashion Week, but we’re really pleased to take it to the next level with such a prestigious partner […]

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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar. Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in the historic Square Mile. Below street level the stone vaults which once housed the treasure from the bank above have now been turned into private, spacious little alcoves, where you can be served by private waiters, The Vaults at Voltaire are set to be one of the exclusive London society […]

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Victorious Voltaire

What was once a palace? Once a prison? And now a unique and nonchalantly cool destination venue? The answer? Voltaire, champagne and cigar bar. Named after the infamous French philosopher and writer who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is situated in a grade II listed building in the historic Square Mile. Below street level the stone vaults which once housed the treasure from the bank above have now been turned into private, spacious little alcoves, where you can be served by private waiters, The Vaults at Voltaire are set to be one of the exclusive London society […]

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Bentley’s Beef and Oyster Club

Bentley’s really know how to put on a Sunday lunch. That’s probably even an understatement – their upcoming Beef and Oyster Club is no standard Sabbath fare. Running every third Sunday from the 17th, the Oyster Bar and Grill welcomes food lovers to their central venue for a fabulous lunch event. Gather in the Grill restaurant at 2pm for a cocktail and chat, followed by a selection of hot and cold oysters and a basket of freshly made bread, before choosing from an extensive shellfish menu. Then on to the main event; a serving of majestic Hereford beef with all […]

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The Ranwei Cocktail Collection

Sake no Hana – the contemporary Japanese bar and restaurant by the Hakkasan group is running a three pronged attack to celebrate London Fashion Week. Senior bar manager George Matzaridis has created the Ranwei Cocktail Collection – ‘Ranwei’ meaning ‘runway’ in Japanese of course! He’s taken inspiration from the world’s leading Japanese fashion designers and the collection will include the Kiki Sakura inspired by Comme des Garçons and balancing masculine and feminine elements in its mix of Elements 8 Plantinum rum with cherry liqueur, apricot and Shiroku yuzu sake. In addition, this Saturday sees the launch of Sake no Hana’s […]

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Balthazar London

Mark your diaries for this Saturday 16 February as that is when the reservation lines open for Balthazar London, the long awaited and much-storied London outpost of Keith McNally’s New York original. The restaurateur and native Brit opened Balthazar in New York’s Spring Street back in the spring of 1997 and his empire now takes in Pastis, Cafe Luxembourg, Lucky Strike, Odeon, Schiller's Liquor Bar and a Balthazar Bakery too. The London edition, opening in the spring, is located on the corner of Russell Street and Wellington Street in the heart of Covent Garden, in the old Theatre Museum, within […]

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World’s most expensive Coq

Mickael Weiss, head chef at Coq d’Argent, has come up with a brand new way for City boys to spend their bonuses. Let us present the £1000 Coq (au vin). That’s a Bresse chicken (a true symbol of France, with its blue feet, white feather and red comb?!) marinated for 24 hours in one of the finest French vintages, Le Chambertin Grand Cru, Trapet 2009. It emerges soft and tender, with elegantly rich and fruity undertones from the premium wine and serves four people. Included in the price is a bottle of the 2009 vintage to drink to complement and […]

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