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House of Wolf

As the nights close in, take solace with London’s newest supperclub, House of Wolf. Located in one of Islington’s earliest listed music halls, the three-storey Victorian lair promises experimental dining, drinking, art and live entertainment all under one roof. Food will be served in the Attic Room and the Parlour and comes courtesy of monthly pop-up chef residences – first up its food artist Caroline Hobkinson in collaboration with Professor Charles Spence with a five‐course multi-sensory menu – while elixirs will be served in the Apothecary Bar – or you can just kick back in the Wolf Den or Music […]

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Michael Nadra

This Chocolate Week will see London throwing up all sorts of cannot-refuse surprises. But have you heard about what's happening at Michael Nadra? At both restaurants (one in Primrose Hill, one in Chiswick), there are a handful of limited edition (naturally…) chocolate creations waiting for you.  Try the Passion fruit chocolate fondant with basil and white chocolate ice cream, or what about, the Windsor Estate fallow venison with root vegetable rosti, cavolo nero and chocolate sauce? There's also a Chocolate Caramel Martini (pictured) – but that's only if you feel you can squeeze in any more chocolate post-meal.  Michael Nadra, […]

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Cantina Laredo

It's Chocolate Week next week, and no, you're not going to be getting off that lightly. Head down to Cantina Laredo from 8th – 14th October to indulge in your passion for chocolate – they have quite the treat in store. The modern-styled Mexican restaurant is launching a new sweet and savoury 'Menu De Chocolate'. Choose between two and three course menus: (£19.95 and £24.95, respectively). Among the stomach-rumbling options? Enchiladas de Mole, Camarones con Salsa, and last but not least, the dish that will ultimately prove to be most people's Achilles Heel, the Chocolate Fondant with Tequila Ice Cream. […]

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Chinoiserie loves Paris

Master patissier Eric Lanlard pays homage to the French capital at Jumeirah Carlton as he unveils his new ‘I Love Paris’ afternoon tea. The menu, inspired by Lanlard’s favourite city, is the third instalment in the ‘Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard’ series. Taking its cue from Paris’ iconic Grandes Patisseries and their unmistakeable aromas, the experience begins with savoury delights such as brioche filled with pâté de foie gras, lemon and poppy seed smoked salmon macaroon and mini quiche Lorraine followed by cakes and pastries including Le Magnum, a dark chocolate mousse based on the famous ice cream, and Crème […]

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Shaken & Stirred

Tomorrow sees the launch of a new variety show at Floridita combining live music, dance, burlesque and glamour. Zak Black, CEO and Producer of Verve Couture Bespoke Entertainment will headline the show with his heart warming ballads and up-beat, high-octane performances. Joining in the fun is a host of some of the West End’s most talented performers, including singer and all-round entertainer Frances Leak from the musical, Footloose, songstress and burlesque performer, Laura Nadia Hunt and opera diva, Allison Langer who will wow the audience with her big voice, big ball gowns and big hair! Performers will not be restricted […]

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Baroque

  Party lynchpin Gerry Calabrese is launching Baroque, a brand new venue within Park Lane’s Playboy club. He calls it “a unique drinking experience which you just won’t get anywhere else in London.” Its USP? The most extensive vintage Champagne list in Europe of course! Having undergone an extensive refurbishment by CID Interiors, theatrical and flamboyant décor sees a colour scheme of gold, ruby red and magenta alongside heavy drapes, Louis XIV chairs, cabaret-style tables and antique mirrors. But back to the Champagne. Guests can pre-order bespoke Champagne towers – a vintage art form which Gerry feels has been sadly […]

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Bounce

Adam Breeden, co-founder of All Star Lanes is set to do for ping pong what the All Star did for bowling with Bonce, Europe’s first purpose built Social Ping Pong Club. The £2.5m flagship venue designed by Russell Sage (The Zetter Townhouse, The Hospital Club, The Savoy) is built on the very site where table tennis was invented by Jaques & Son in 1901and promises to deliver a new kind of night with table tennis, cocktails, dining and eclectic beats. Bounce will offer Londoners the chance to experience the game of table tennis afresh – in a 12,500 square foot […]

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Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill

Cornish chef Nathan Outlaw is coming to town to launch his Outlaw's Seafood & Grill at The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. The restaurant reflect elements of Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill in Rock, Cornwall, the more informal of his two restaurants in the town, where he also has the two-Michelin starred, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw. Outlaw will divide his time between Cornwall and London, the kitchen overseen by head chef Pete Biggs, who has worked alongside Outlaw for ten years. The menu will focus on ecologically sound Cornish seafood and sustainable catches from elsewhere in the UK. There will also be a […]

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Downton Abbey at Grosvenor House

You've probably already become rather engrossed in Season 3 of ITV hit drama, Downton Abbey. But to heighten your viewing enjoyment a little more, Grosvenor House has put on a lovely spead worthy of the Dowager Countess of Grantham's compliments. It's an afternoon tea that is currently bewitching all Downton fans – and it still has months and months to run. Enjoy the 'upstairs' Smoked Salmon Pin Wheels or the 'downstairs' Scones, Lemon Curd and Bread Pudding. Though naturally, you can have both. Otherwise, there are Lady Mary's Madeleines and Matthew Crawley's dish of Honey Roast Ham with English Mustard […]

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We love Victoria Sponge

'We Love Victoria Sponge' is the interesting – and rather delicious – afternoon tea choice at The National Cafe, the Restaurant at the Royal Academy and The National Dining Rooms at the moment. We thought you'd like to know.  There's tea for two and a delectable heart-shaped Victoria sponge cake to share for a cool £10, between 3 and 5pm every day at the Peyton and Byrne restaurants. If you like the cake, don't forget to check out Peyton and Byrne's bakeries sitatuated around London (Kew, St Pancras, etc), as there's always a stomach-rumbling array of hot pies, biscuits, tarts […]

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Volupté and its new treats

We know Volupté for its risque performances, scintillating burlesque and talented cabaret stars, but its menus are finally coming out to grab our attention. It breaks up into small easy-to-order sections (so you won't have to take your eyes off the nipple-tassles for very long). The Tease: these are sharing plates which range from chargrilled English asparagus with rapeseed oil mayonnaise to barbecue Cornish mackerel and pickled fennel with burnt lemon purée. The Headliners: some examples are chargrilled sirloin of British beef, marinated rump of Welsh lamb and pan-fried fillet of West Coast pollock. Sharing Temptation: English strawberries and vanilla panna cotta […]

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The Jam Tree

Gastropub mini chain, The Jam Tree has just set up shop in Clapham Old Town on the site of the former Grafton House. The venue is framed by floor to ceiling windows on one side and a long copper topped bar on the other. Think urban vintage with American style refectory tables, cheerful café chairs and battered Chesterfields, Tom Dixon copper globe lights, hammered tin ceilings, antique grocery shelves and walls adorned with colourful jam jar pop art. Towards the back of the venue is a concealed door leading to a private dining room with its own bar and adjoining […]

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