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Art Vinyl at St Martins Lane

Today marks the start of a collaboration between  Art Vinyl and Front Room as part of the former’s annual search for the most exciting record sleeves of the year. Art Vinyl has selected a shortlist of 50 sleeve designs for the award, which will be celebrated in displays around the world from Europe to Australia and the UK – here at St Martins Lane Hotel. Last year’s award, celebrating the best in art, photography and graphic design in modern music culture, reached an international audience of 12,000 people who took part in the voting process. The winner?  Bright Eyes’ album […]

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Barrio East

Today sees the launch of Barrio East, on bustling Shoreditch High Street. Founded by globe-trotting entrepreneur and music fanatic, Ferdie Ahmed. Barrio East will be the third in the Barrio Bars stable which includes Barrio North in Islington and Barrio Central in Soho.  With stylish, quirky interiors inspired by colourful Latin quarters the world over, the bar will offer delicious street food, inventive cocktails and late night beats. Guests will be taken on a non-stop journey around the world, boarding at Jalisco, refuelling in Havana, and waking up to the Bossa Nova of Bahia. With a mix of Latin-twisted and […]

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Ravinder Bhogal comes to Trishna

Karam Sethi , Head Chef of Marylebone’s newly-Michelin-starred Trishna restaurant is still all too happy to share the limelight. On 19 and 20 November, he has invited cookery author, Ravinder Bhogal to join him in the kitchen to create a feast of ‘forgotten British foods’ – cooked the Indian way of course! Bhogal, author of Cook in Boots, has worked closely with Sethi to create a five-course menu that makes the best of Britain’s traditional foods while combining them with classic Indian techniques and flavours. So what’s on the menu? Dishes on the £47.50 menu will include Bath chaps with […]

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Zoilo

Following the success of Casa Malevo in The Portman Estate’s Connaught Village comes Zoilo Restaurant & Bar, the second venture for Diego Jacquet (Ferran Adria’s El Bulli, Aquavit, Trafalgar Hotel, Zetter Hotel) and Alberto Abbate.  Zoilo will showcase traditional cooking from the different regions of Argentina, from Jacquet’s native Patagonia all the way north to Salta, via the Pampas and Mendoza.  Together with his head chef, Tara Sobott, he has devised an authentic menu, inspired by the Asado, the traditional Argentine sharing ceremony, and dedicated to small tasting dishes is for all to share. From steaks to sweetbreads to sausages […]

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Harrods Launches Disney Cafe

This Christmas, Harrods continues to celebrate its unique collaboration with Disney by launching the ‘Disney Café by Harrods’ for junior gourmands. The café is the first Disney restaurant to open outside of its theme parks, opening on 3rd November, just in time for the luxury store’s annual Christmas parade. The 100-seat family-friendly café is located on the fourth floor and in close proximity of the bespoke Disney pop-up boutique, which opened in October. “Disney is committed to creating fun and imaginative experiences for families to enjoy together, and we’ve worked closely with Harrods to ensure that the café encapsulates the […]

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Skyfall at The Savoy

You’ve watched the movie now it’s time to drink the cocktail. Yes, Skyfall is the official cocktail of the Royal World Premiere of the James Bond. The drink, created by the film’s official cocktail consultant Erik Lorincz, who served it up to celebrity guests (Daniel Craig, Rachael Weiss, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, David Walliams and co) last week at the Albert Hall, is now available for a limited time at The Savoy, London. Skyfall is a special version of James Bond’s favourite cocktail, the Vesper Martini.  The drink is made using Tanqueray No. TEN paired with the sophisticated Ketel One […]

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Disiac

This new seafood and Champagne bar is set to bring a taste of the Mediterranean coast to its Greek Street location. Visitors can feast on the freshest fish and crustacea sourced from the British Isles, savour a plate of freshly made strozzapreti or take a seat at the raw bar and watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen.   The menu, created by executive chef Paolo Palmisano and head chef Michele de Rosa (Cecconi’s), is a classic blend of seafood and Italian cuisine. Pull up a pew at the raw bar where you can indulge in Colchester Rock […]

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Freeze by Elit at the Fifth Floor

It appears that the Alps have come to Knightsbridge, with the Fifth Floor Terrace at Harvey Nichols being transformed into après ski chic. Experience Freeze by elit  with views of  snow capped mountains, stag heads upon the walls and a luxurious log cabin  to snuggle up in (which can be booked in advance for groups up  to 8). Enjoy delicious cocktails such as Stoli Jalabarbinger (Stoli Hot Vodka, pressed lemon, Harvey Nichols London Honey, rhubarb liqueur and fresh ginger), dip into deliciously paired tapas or try some of the weirdly marvelous Stoli Pops. Freeze by elit has been inspired by the unique freeze – filtration process […]

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Corinthia Hotel Afternoon Festivi-Tea

Besides celebrating goodwill, friends and family, Christmas is all about indulging that little bit more, especially when it comes to culinary delights, and the Corinthia Hotel's Afternoon Fesitivi – Tea is the opportune chance to do just that. Relax after a hard day's shopping or catch up with friends under the sparkling Baccarat chandelier in the elegant Lobby Lounge, or if you like the crisp winter air then tea can also be taken in the adjacent court yard, but don't worry there are two open fires to take the bite out of the chill and to keep guests snug. Alongside traditional […]

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The Betjemen Arms Ale Festival

Geronimo Inns pub The Betjemen Arms, Kings Cross St Pancras, is hosting an Ale Festival until Sunday 3 November. Teaming up with Croydon brewers, The Cronx Brewery, The Arms will be offering two new beers exclusively throughout the festival: Kotchin, 3.9% Blonde – A hoppy blonde ale which is brewed with Cascade hops to give it a passionfruit and peach aroma; Entire, 5.2% Porter – a blend of ale, hopped beer and tuppenny, which were originally mixed together by a Shoreditch barman; and Limited edition Fallout 4.6% Autumn ale – a hoppy, deep red autumnal beer available in Pumpkin Spice […]

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Halloween Afternoon Tea at The Corinthia

The British Afternoon Tea at the Corinthia Hotel, usually enjoyed under the splendid chandelier and sumptuous marble-lined atrium this hotel boasts, is being given a bit of a twist this Halloween. It will include such ghoulish treats as The Witch's Hat and The Spider's Tart (pictured) – which aren't exactly what they might seem. The 'Hat' will be a raspberry macaroon with fresh raspberries and cream, while the 'Tart' will be a pumpkin custard tart. All wonderfully delicious, of course. It doesn't stop there. There's the  lime and chocolate Poisonous Mushroom to try, the Broomstick, a blackcurrant mousse with black ink jelly and […]

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The Human Jukebox

On 30 October, BIGkids are turning themselves into the first ever hotel Human Jukebox at W London. The hot new band – Ben Hudson (aka Mr Hudson) and singer-songwriter Rosie Bones – is teaming up with the Leicester Square venue for a unique interactive music experience.  Named as ones to watch by GQ and The Guardian, BIGkids will be available in W London from mid-afternoon through to the following morning for hotel guests and visitors to call upon for exclusive performances of a selection of hits. The band will play on request from a set song menu, performing live wake-up […]

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