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Mahiki COCONUT

You can do Jaime Oliver and Carluccios at home with the brands’ supermarket ranges so why not Mahiki? Ha! Well now you can courtesy of Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s. But while you won’t find a DJ booth in aisle nine and a door bitch at the checkout, you will be able to buy Mahiki COCONUT Liqueur in the drinks aisle. The three bottle designs are super fun and colourama  central an their contents is also rather delicious. 95% of the coconut flavour in the rum is natural and from the Caribbean. Now you just need a grass skirt, celebrity friends and […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

A freebie at the all-new Anise

If you're a regular at any of Vivek Singh's mouth-watering Indian restaurants in London, you'll have noticed the vivacious Cinnamon Kitchen – near Liverpool Street – has been missing its branched-on bar, Anise. But that's all about to change – thankfully – as the bar reopens after a complete revamp. The sleek new interiors and refurbished bar, famous for its Bhangra beats and as a perfect location for a post-working-week celebration, has another surprise to share with us all…. On Friday 26th October, Anise will be giving away a free Calcutta Cocktail – a concoction of Bombay Sapphire, assam tea, […]

Openings & Launches

Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack

While lying on a British beach is a bit of a distant memory, the ever optimistic team at Bonnie Gull is launching The Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack this week in Foley Street. Born from a pop-up in Hackney last year and with the successes of The Bonnie & Wild and the Bonnie-on-Sky under its belt, the team has upped the ante with a brand new permanent venue. Head chef, Luke Robinson (Fifteen and Ristorante Citrus, Umbria), focuses on allowing his quality ingredients to speak for themselves. His menu will change daily reflecting the seasons, the day’s catch and, of course, […]

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Caviar and Chips

Scottish restaurant group, Boisdale, is joining forces with family owned caviar dynasty, Gourmet House and serving caviar with some of its best loved dishes – including traditional British favourite, Fish and Chips. The £40 Caviar and Chips comprises 30g of Gourmet House Italian Baerii caviar served with Boisdale chips. But if that’s a step too far, said caviar will also be served with other classic dishes including Dunkeld Scottish Smoked Salmon, Aberdeenshire Steak Tartar and Ceviche of diver-caught Isle of Mull King Scallops. And – as if you needed any more encouragement – we hear that caviar is a great […]

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PPQ for Baroque

We’ve already brought you news of the opening of Baroque the other week but we reckon the new staff uniforms deserve a mention in their own right. They’ve been designed by PPQ’s Amy Molyneaux and Percy Parker – whose creations are favoured by celebs from Alexa Chung to Rihanna. For the girls it’s smouldering glamour with super smart tailoring in velvets, satins and lurexes: “I wanted to make them feel chic and alluring, but at all times professional and demure. The door girls have fox lamb fur trimmed felt wool capes and coats that are film noir in the making,” […]

Openings & Launches

Happy Birthday Maxwell’s

Covent Garden stalwart Maxwell’s celebrates its milestone fortieth birthday today and I can safely pronounce that it is still going strong in the best possible way. Born to grill since 1972, the restaurant was actually founded in North London’s Hampstead by Brian Stein but relocated to its current Covent Garden location in the Eighties – but a stone’s throw from the tube. Back in the Seventies, the UK burger restaurant concept was still way in its infancy so Maxwell’s was certainly an early adopter. However, I hadn’t been for a while so this weekend just gone I decided it was […]

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Winter Cinema

This year, The Berkeley’s Health Club & Spa is transforming its roof-top terrace into a pine-filled forest cinema while Hush Mayfair Hush will be showing a series of timeless Hollywood classics in its atmospheric outdoor courtyard. At the Berkeley, hotel guests and visitors alike will be treated to winter classics on the big screen while nestling between warm down-feather Moncler blankets and hot water bottles. Home-made hot chocolate and Berkeley mince pies are on hand to complete the festive atmosphere while heating lamps will keep guests warm when the cold really sets in. While the service is reserved for resident […]

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Freezing at Harvey Nichols

Freeze by elit brings Alpine vistas of snow-capped mountains to Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor terrace with a luxurious log cabin, silver stag heads, vintage skis, faux sheepskin rugs and snug blankets. Drink Stoli Jalabarbinger – Stoli Hot vodka with rhubarb liqueur, pressed lemon, Harvey Nichols London honey and fresh ginger or Sticki Situation – Stoli Sticki muddled with crushed pear, cloves and lemon juice, and served with sliced pear dipped in walnuts. Alternatively book the log cabin and share an elit Freeze cocktail – quince jelly, cinnamon, pressed apple, crushed pear and stem ginger – served in a large ice […]

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Winter Sandwiches at the Andaz

It may still be Autumn, but we're all agreed that at certain times in the morning and evening, the bracing temperatures feel a little more wintery than anything else. Well, to prepare us for the forthcoming cold and dark season, the Andaz Liverpool Street have unveiled a Winter Club Sandwich to make up part of their popular Afternoon Tea. Monique has teamed up with the pastry chef at the hotel, Joseph Wagenaar, to create a concoction of spiced poached pears, slow roasted Braeburn apples, caramel curd, Earl Grey mayonnaise, lemon 'fried Egg' and a bunch of cinnamon fries. It's really […]

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Breakfast at Quo Vadis

Right now in media land, lunch is truly for wimps. Breakfast is definitely where it’s at. But here’s the thing, I can actually count my favourite power breakfast venues on the fingers of one hand! So… it’s a good job that Soho stalwart Quo Vadis has just stepped into the breakfast breach, opening the doors of its Dean Street venue rather earlier than usual. Super chef Jeremy Lee has drawn up a delectable menu of early morning favourites, inspired by the iconic restaurant’s British and seasonal fare – all guaranteed to set you up for the day. Delicious dishes include […]

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