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Baroque ‘n’ Roll with Marina & the Diamonds and Hasan Hejazi

Baroque Mayfair's music series continued apace last night with an exclusive Hoxton Gin sponsored showcase by Marina and the Diamonds – featuring six songs from her album Electra Heart, including chart topper Primadonna and culminating in new single debut How to be a Heartbreaker. But Baroque wasn’t just a dramatic backdrop for the set. Marina’s best friend and celebrity favourite fashion designer Hasan Hejazi (Jessie J, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis) also designed three dresses for her to wear at the event – and all were inspired by the venue. Said Hejazi: “Baroque is all about over the top luxurious gorgeous […]

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The GrEAT British Restaurant

The GrEAT British which has recently opened on North Audley Street in Mayfair, wanted to create an atmosphere which was somewhere between a traditional British cafe and top London restaurant without the pretentiousness and high prices, but still with seriously good food. They have done just that. With high wooden panel walls, table tops made from Victorian fireplace tiles, and low warm lighting, you certainly don’t feel as if you are in the bustle of modern London, more a little country town. This is even before the food, think Sussex cheese sausages, roast Suffolk lamb, Devon clams and, kedgeree. All […]

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SushiSamba opening party

Wednesday night saw the opening party of SushiSamba on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower.  Looking down on the twinkling lights of the city below, guests, including, Matthew Williamson, Amber Atherton and Jaime Winstone, drank cocktails and Champagne and nibbled on mini burgers, sushi and indulgent chocolate tortes. With stunning views of London’s iconic landmarks, an unrivalled set from Mark Ronson and a performance from Pixie Geldof’s new band Violet, SushiSamba definitely know how to put on an opening party.   sushisamba.com

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Harvey Nichols launch Menu Exhibition project in aid of StreetSmart

Harvey Nichols has collaborated with StreetSmart, a charity for the homeless, to give each diner the unique opportunity to win bespoke signed artworks by photographer Rankin, menswear and accessories designer James Long and artist Stephen Walter during December.  Throughout the years Harvey Nichols restaurant diners have helped contribute to the huge sum of £500,000 raised for StreetSmart. This milestone deserves a celebration; the Menu Exhibition project. During December, all Harvey Nicols Christmas menus will feature one of three bespoke artworks printed on the back as a means of gratitude for the customers continued support of StreetSmart. One lucky diner will even discover […]

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Soho House collaborates with US chef Brendan Sodikoff

Soho House is teaming up with Brendan Sodikoff to launch two new outlets in Notting Hill; Electric Diner and Electric Donuts. The restaurants are set to open on Portobello Road next month following the development of the Electric House members' club due to a fire in June.  Electric Diner draws inspiration from the traditional American diner featuring booths, bar seats and will serve Sodikoff's signature dishes. In comparison, Electric Donuts, which is based on Sodikoff's Chicago Doughnut Vault, will be open from 8am serving uniquely flavoured donuts and coffee. www.sohohouse.com www.the-electric.co.uk

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Faulty Towers Dining at The Charing Cross Hotel

Based on the beloved British sitcom, Fawlty Towers, the Faulty Towers dining experience is the work of Australian theatre company, Interactive Theatre International, having debuted in Brisbane in 1997, it has become a huge success and it has now recently arrived at the Torquay Suite Theatre at The Charing Cross Hotel. The 5 star critically acclaimed production is a hectic mix of eating, drinking, comedy and acting. During the two hour interactive show diners are served a three course meal amongst the comic madness. With only a third of the show scripted anything could happen, and when the actors are […]

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Poncho 8 set to open third London site

Poncho 8, the London-based Burrito restaurant is set to open its third site ahead of further expansion next year. The new restaurant will be based at Leadenhall in the City, opening at the end of November close to the current Poncho 8 outlets in Spitalfields and St.Paul's. The chain founded in 2009 by college friends Frank Yeung and Nick Troen plans to open several more sites in 2013. www.poncho8.com

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Italian restaurant group Il Calcio’s London Openings

The established Romanian-based Italian restaurant group Il Calcio is set to open two new restaurants in London. Il Calcio Mayfair will be the group's flagship restaurant based on North Audley Street launching in late November, with the second location on Old Brompton Road set to open in December. Il Calcio is led by acclaimed chef and owner Valentino Salagean serving authentic Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere managed by Leandro Longo.

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Michelin-starred Wild Honey unveils its new decor

Wild Honey, the celebrated Mayfair restaurant, has recently undertaken a fabulous refurbishment to present stunning new decor. The restaurant is part of the acclaimed group owned by legendary Michelin-starred Chef-Patron Anthony Demetre and front house Manager Will Smith, renowned for offering beautiful, simple food at affordable prices.  Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki, commended for his exquisite restaurant and retail architecture and design, has transformed the interior of Wild Honey.The design evokes an elegant, classic feel apt for the mood and setting of the Mayfair restaurant.  www.wildhoneyrestaurant.co.uk

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Atherton strikes again

We hear that Gordon Ramsay alumnus, super chef Jason Atherton of Pollen Street fame has just taken possession of a site on Poland Street,  where he plans to open a new restaurant with a bar called The Social Eating House, in partnership with his long standing head chef Paul Hood. The premises, which is located at 58-59 Poland Street, comprises of ground, first and mezzanine floors and was brokered by Dean Gambles of commercial property agents Coleman Dean, who also acquired the site for Jason's flagship restaurant Pollen Street Social, which opened in April 2011. Says Atherton, "I am really […]

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Cellarium Cafe & Terrace

Ben Warner, founder of benugo, has just launched Cellarium Cafe & Terrace, a new restaurant at Westminster Abbey – continuing the ancient Benedictine tradition of providing hospitality to visitors. The Cellarium, part of the 14th century fabric of Westminster Abbey, was originally where the monks kept their stores of food – and drink. These days, there’s a modern British menu including Borlotti bean, roast butternut squash & courgette salad with lemon & tarragon, Steak & Ale Stew, Grilled Norfolk free range chicken breast salad with blue cheese and candied walnuts, and Apple & blackberry crumble with custard. Or you could […]

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Yalla Yalla to Shoreditch

Following the success of Yalla Yalla’s Southbank Summer Shack comes a new six month pop-up on Shoreditch High Street. From the end of this month, visitors will be able to dine al fresco under a heated canopy – seated either on low level cushions or at tables with stools – and enjoy a range of hot mezze to share including Man’ouché Lahmé (oven-baked flat pastry topped with spiced minced lamb, tomato, onion and pomegranate molasses) or Samboussek Jibné (pastry filled with feta, halloumi and fresh mint), and Falafel with garlic yoghurt sauce) plus that famous Lamb or Chicken Shawarma of […]

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