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A Burns Night to remember

After Christmas and New Year celebrations January can be a bit of a downer but the recently refurbished Vinopolis has got our backs. It is hosting an evening of Scottish delights on 25 January to celebrate Burns Night! Proceedings start with a whisky cocktail in the Tapas Bar and there follows a dedicated whisky masterclass where you will get to taste three carefully selected Scottish favourites. Next up is a two-course meal hosted by one of the Vinopolis experts who will present the perfect whisky match and deliver the traditional Address to the Haggis and a toast to the lasses! […]

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Lupita

Authentic Mexican restaurant, Lupita which launched in Villiers Street two years ago, has recently opened the doors of its second London restaurant in Spitalfields. However, it began life almost 50 years ago as El Farolito, a traditional taquería in a town just west of Mexico City in the Colonia Condesa. Starting out as a small charcoal grill run by two grill men, within a year, its popularity had grown to such an extent that people from all over Mexico City came to try the infamous “charcoal tacos” – a Central American dish dating back to the early 1900s. Nowadays, all […]

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Naamayaa

Alan Yau’s Naamyaa Café and sister restaurant to Busaba Eathai, is open for business in Islington. The all-day-dining, modern Bangkok style café offers a collection of food that captures the spirit of Bangkok. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu showcases Siam heritage classics, Bangkok street food and Western café staples, retaining Siam traditions and absorbing the colonial influences from its neighbouring countries and the new world. Naamyaa refers to the sauce that is cooked in traditional terracotta pots to be eaten with kanom jin – fresh rice noodles that form a staple of the menu. Designed by David […]

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BO LONDON

The hotly anticipated Bo London has just launched in Mayfair’s Mill Street in Mayfair showcasing the “X-Treme” Chinese cuisine of chef patron Alvin Leung, hailing from the 2 Michelin starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong. Leung is native of the UK (he was born in London) so the venue realises the chef’s lifetime ambition – to open a restaurant in the capital and become part of its dynamic restaurant culture. Bo London introduces Leung’s signature cooking style, “X-treme Chinese” to the city. He plays with ingredients and techniques with immeasurable precision and combines centuries old recipes with modern cooking methods. […]

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Fantastic Fish and Chips at Bonnie Gull

When you step inside Bonnie Gull, you are whisked away from the dark London streets and could so easily be on the South coast. Its white interior is lit with small twinkling lights and is adorned with kilometre of fishermen’s rope evoking the nostalgic feeling of a seaside shack. The infamous Nirvana quote, ‘It’s ok to eat fish ‘Cause they don’t have feelings’ stands proudly on the wall and the winning feature (for me) the map of Britain points out exactly where the fish has been caught that day, which not only means that dishes depend on the catch but […]

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An Evening of ‘High Tease’

The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, is launching London's most deliciously provocative monthly event 'An Evening of High Tease' in its newly refurbished Victorian Lounge on 20th December. When guests arrive they will be greeted with a welcome cocktail, followed by a champagne evening tea and performances by award-winning burlesque dancer Bettsie Bon Bon, all for just £65 per person. The seductive entertainment plays homage to the Hotel's most famous former guest, the Parisian Courtesan Cora Pearl who not only has a suite dedicated to her, Courtesans' Boudoir Suite, but her portrait further hangs in the newly renovated Victorian lounge amidst designer furniture, exotic palms […]

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DUKEBOX

DUKEBOX launched in September of this year just off Chelsea’s Fulham Road. Combining eccentric theatrical details with a New York warehouse style, it welcomes up to 250 guests.  And hot off the press, the uber-cool venue is now available for private events and parties. A versatile space means that it can host a multitude of fun happenings, with options including themed parties, corporate functions, Christmas parties, birthday parties, product launches, art exhibitions or even intimate gigs. The club has collaborated with Chilli Bees Catering to create new delicious canapé and bowl food menus, as well as a fantastic festive menu […]

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14 birds at 1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street’s chef Juri Ravagli has produced a magnificent Tudor feast for a private dining experience with a difference. The fourteen “bird-in-a-bird” roast includes quail, squab pigeon, teal, wood pigeon, French partridge, mallard, woodcock, guinea fowl, pheasant, Barbary duck, Aylesbury duck, peacock and a wild American turkey all stuffed into a goose. The birds are all deboned, individually marinated in a unique blend of herbs and spices and stuffed in succession. The roast is served with seasonal greens and a selection of root vegetables. 1 Lombard Street is one of the City’s most iconic culinary establishments. Situated in a […]

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Café Royal

Only the Café Royal could score a three day pre-launch party as a private Miu Miu club. The entire fashion pack (Kate Moss, Katie Grand, Lulu Kennedy, Giles Deacon, Georgia May Jagger et al) flocked to the embryo venue for three stellar days and nights at the end of November to experience The Miu Miu London. Invitations came in a mini Miu Miu style clutch which included the club rules (#3 Start a conversation with a stranger and #7 Stay longer than you planned and then come back tomorrow. Oh yes and an addendum advised that said rules were also […]

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The Mince Pie Project

The 72 hour bidding marathon, The Mince Pie Project, begins today at midday. 100 of the UK’s best chefs have each created a unique mince pie recipe and will each cook 50 mince pies, which will be auctioned online over the 72 hour period. Chefs include Michel Roux Jr, Simon Rogan, Raymond Blanc, Angela Hartnett, Clare Smyth, Nathan Outlaw and James ‘Jocky’ Petrie, Head of Creative Development at The Experimental Kitchen for The Fat Duck. Jocky has created a ‘Meat Mince Pie’ and, if the winning bidder is in the UK and available on Wednesday 19 December, will cook the […]

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Christmas at Brown’s Hotel

This year Brown's Hotel have partnered up with British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood to create their Christmas tree. Kirkwood has drawn inspiration from British art and sculpture to use light, reflection and his signature off beat style to create the traditional tree, and crowned it with a glittering pair of heels!  Brown's will be celebrating a traditional Christmas with mulled wine, warming fires and carol singers. For those looking to indulge the English tea rooms will be serving the Festive Afternoon Tea, the HIX Mayfair will be serving a Christmas menu and for a more little more sophisticated treat The […]

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Grace Belgravia: A new vision for women’s health

Recently opened Grace Belgravia is a private members club for spirited, sophisticated, health conscious women who want the very best in life. But don’t be mistaken in thinking that this is just a club focused on exercise. Grace Belgravia focuses on your entire well being, mind, body and soul. Within the beautiful historic Grade II listed building every need is catered for, so that you leave feeling at your absolute best. Beauty treatments take a holistic, non surgical approach and cover everything from deep rejuvenation to anti ageing. The Acqua Calda Grace Spa allows you to relax and detox whilst […]

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