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Opium

Chinatown has come a long way since the Opium dens of the late 19th Century: enter Dre Masso and Eric Yu’s Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour. Sprawling over three floors of a historical townhouse, with nine distinct rooms, this Opium is a den for the more salubrious pursuits of fine dining and drinking. Behind a jade door is a cornucopia of flexible drinking and dining spaces: lounge seating, for grazing and sharing; intimate boudoir-drinking-dens and open-plan bars. Centre-piece of the second floor is the Chinese Apothecary bar where 'mysterious' liquids are identified by a coding system of Chinese characters. […]

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VIVA FOREVER! Afternoon Tea Menu at Harvey Nichols

In celebration of the opening of the Spice Girls musical, VIVA FOREVER!, produced by Judy Craymer and written by Jennifer Saunders, Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor has created the exclusive VIVA FOREVER! Afternoon Tea Menu. On Tuesday 27 November the bespoke afternoon tea, inspired by the Spice Girls, will be launched and is available for three months. Tickets for the contemporary musical, VIVA FOREVER!, can be bought together with the afternoon tea at Harvey Nichols.  The VIVA FOREVER! Afternoon Tea Menu is creative, imaginative and unabashedly pop-tastic, drawing inspiration from the Spice Girls' individuality, demonstrated in the presentation and uniqueness of each […]

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Master Classes at Bentley’s Oyster Grill and Bar and Corrigan’s Mayfair

Calling all cooks, chefs and cigar connoisseurs! Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill and Corrigan's Mayfair are offering something very special to indulge in this Winter: cigar and cookery master classes! Jimmy McGee from Hunters & Frankau will be at Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill showcasing the Montecristo 520 (2012 Limited Edition) 6 1/8" (156mm) x55 ring gauge cigar, whilst expert whiskey sommelier Anthony Parker will be on hand to pair the cigar with Dalmore 18 year old whiskey. The Montecristo was created to commerate the 520th anniversary  of the arrival of the Habano in Europe and has flavours of black pepper, roasted spices, orange peel and cedarwood […]

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Winter at Franco Manca

Our favourite pizza joint Franco Manca has just launched its new winter menu with seasonal additions such as Friarielli (wild broccoli from Vesuvius), Mozzarella and buffalo ricotta topped with wild mushrooms sourced according to availability (chanterelle, pied de mouton and trompette de la mort) and Gloucester Old Spot hand-chopped sausage (the Gold Medal winner by Giuseppe Mascoli and David Tomlin). Also returning for winter is Gloucester old spot home cured ham. New platters include the Senese wild pig cured meat selection from Socrgiano organic farm in Tuscany. Franco Manca’s new Winter Menu is now available at its latest branch on […]

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The Grove – Balham

South London’s trendy hotspot, Balham, has now reopened the doors to The Grove, just off Balham High Street. With a new, stylish interior in keeping with its Victorian heritage, the new gastro pub now showcases a new menu with a whole host of food, partly influenced by Eastern American cuisine. Whether you want a drink or a bite to eat, The Grove now offers a range of new classics with a twist. If it’s a hearty meal you’re after, gather round the Gully table and enjoy a taste of the fresh and inventive menu including a “Balham Burger”. The burger […]

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Lakwatsa

New bubble tea and merienda lounge Lakwatsa, is launching in Notting Hill on Sunday. Lakwatsa means ‘to chill’ in Filipino while merienda, in case you’re wondering, is a light meal. Bubble tea is becoming increasingly popular with outlets across Soho and even in Harvey Nichols and here is another great range of exotic fruit flavours like lychee and kumqual to milk based options like matcha and taro. The merienda menu includes Lumpia – spring rolls with sweet chilli sauce, Adobo rice balls – marinated pieces of chicken warpped in sticky rice and Spicy fried squid. Lakwatsa is the brain child […]

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STK London

New York based The ONE Group is returning to its British roots (parent company The ONE Group was founded by Brit Jonathan Segal)  has just launched the first international outpost of  US steakhouse STK at London’s new ME Hotel on The Strand. There are already STK restaurants across the UK including New York, Miami and Las Vegas – often frequented by celebrities from David Beckham to Rihanna and James Franco – and the concept is known for its all-nighter experience – taking guests from early evening cocktails to dinner and late night drinks. Here in London, Executive Chef Barry Vera […]

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Happy Birthday Aurelia

Mayfair Mediterranean, Aurelia is a year old this month and celebrating with some exciting changes. Alex Simone, formerly of Zafferano and Il Burrato (he was also on the original launch team)  has now been appointed head chef and he’s devised a brand new menu to really make his mark. The ground floor has also been refurbished to promote a more relaxed and open plan atmosphere and the bar now lines the back of the restaurant so you can either drop by for dinner or chill at the bar for drinks and some tapas. Another innovation is Sunday Brunch featuring a […]

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Kooza

Roll up roll up for the annual Cirque du Soleil extravaganza London’s Royal Albert Hall. Commencing 5 January 2013 is Kooza which promises thrills, chills and total immersion – not to mention some very special VIP experiences! In the grand old tradition of Cirque du Soleil story-telling, Kooza is the tale of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. Returning to the origins of Cirque, the show combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning – juxtaposing a demanding physical performance with bold slapstick humour. The Innocent's journey brings him […]

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Mark Poynton at The Landmark London’s Winter Garden

Under the soaring eight story glass roof atrium, in the heart of Marylebone is The Landmark London's Winter Garden and for three weeks only something very special is happening: Mark Poynton, Chef Patron of  the Michelin starred Alimentum in Cambridge is going to be whipping up a gourmet storm, from Tuesday to Saturday diners can choose between three gorgeous menus. Bringing a taste of the Alimentum to London, dishes such as pan fried halibut, squash puree, pumpkin seeds, creamed cabbage and trompette can be found on the three course, à la carte menu. The six course tasting menu has puddings such as baked […]

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