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Duck & Waffle

Next month Duck & Waffle restaurant is set to launch on the 40th floor of the City’s Heron Tower. Open 24/7, it is inspired by broad European and British influences with a menu focused on sampling and sharing. Head chef will be Daniel Doherty, formerly of The Old Brewery at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich, The Empress in Victoria Park, The Ambassador in Exmouth Market and Roux Fine Dining. Doherty’s modern take on European cuisine will emphasise local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable British ingredients. The menu will evolve throughout the day, kicking off with breakfast from 6am-11am, encompassing dishes […]

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Café de Paris

To celebrate the London 2012 Olympics, Café de Paris’ restaurant will be open for dinner Monday to Thursday from 24 July until 9 August with options including pre theatre and set menus alongside the gourmet A la Carte selection and guests can dine to the strains of a top class pianist and singer. Dishes have a French theme and the menu features Fois Gras Terrine, Seared Tiger Prawns, Boneless Rib of Beef and Pan Roasted Gressingham Duck with desserts including Crème Brule and Chocolate Brownies. The cocktail lounge will also be open from 5pm til late with tables bookable in […]

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Terrace Grill & Bar

Le Méridien Piccadilly has unveiled a new Terrace Grill & Bar – a modern British grill and classic gin bar overlooking Piccadilly. The focus is British meat, game, poultry and fish with a classic destination gin bar forming the centrepiece of the restaurant. Formerly The Terrace at Le Méridien Piccadilly, the place has undergone a complete refresh with interiors designed by Anita Rosato Interior Design – also responsible for the redesign of the hotel’s lobby and coffee-to-cocktails bar, Longitude 0˚8’, in 2010. Split into two levels, with the gin lounge on the upper level and the grill concept below, mood […]

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Sanderson Sessions

Following spectacular performances by Joséphine and Alexandre de La Baume’s Singtank and AlunaGeorge, Sanderson Sessions 2012 is well underway and the third instalment taking place this Friday 20 July in the hotel’s iconic Courtyard with Swedish electro-goth princess Karin Park. The Scandinavian diva unveiled her new album, Highwire Poetry earlier this year, a dark and magical set of experimental electronica and gothic pop showcasing her passion for industrial, experimental 80’s pop and the electronic sounds of today’s club-land. For the last three consecutive summers Sanderson Sessions (previously Sanderson Predicts) has played host to some of the UK’s most innovative and […]

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Tapasia

You've heard of Spanish tapas. In fact, you probably think you know all there is to know about this style of eating. Well, not necessarily. When Tapasia launches on 20th July, London is to be introduced to a new side of this culinary fad. A Japanese one. And it's set to be a success, too, not least because it's run by the owners of the ever-popular and award-winning Tsunami. But there's lots of other things to look forward to with this gem – which will be situated in Old Compton Street, Soho. It will be an intimate 70-cover restaurant, showcasing […]

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Vingt-Quatre

Following a full refurbishment, Fulham Road’s legendary 24-hour café and diner VQ reopens today. Shoreditch-based design house, i-am associates has transformed the interior with a chic and contemporary new décor inspired by the shifts and changes in light through the day and night in 24-hour London. A stunning feature light wall will reflect the feel of early morning, with soft, pale yellows slowly flowing into deeper reds and blues as the night draws in. Executive chef Richard Brooks has retained the VQ classics such as the American-style Buttermilk Pancakes with maple syrup, berries and bacon, the VQ Omelette with ham […]

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Be a film director with Bombay Sapphire

If you like gin and fancy yourself as the next Scorsese or Tarantino you could just be in luck.  Bombay Sapphire has teamed up with London film director and lecturer, Justin Trefgarne to host a series of ‘Learn How to be a Film Director’ workshop evenings where guests can also have fun creating an imaginative treatment for a film script whilst enjoying specially created Bombay Sapphire cocktails – including the signature film-themed Bombay Sapphire Popcorn Collins. The events are part of the recently launched Bombay Sapphire ‘Imagination Series’ global film experience, in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival and Oscar-winning screenwriter […]

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The Red Market Pop-Up

Starting today, Old Street is hosting a collaboration of East London’s most prominent street  traders, artists and musicians in a unique outdoor pop-up combining social regeneration and shared cultural pursuits. The 20,000sqft outdoor space boasts a stage, summer house, sand area, table tennis, hammocks, graffiti artworks and even petanque pitches. A custom made giant screen will show feature films, video art and selected Olympic and Paralympic games. You can also expect plenty of surprises with the exposure of two classic works of street art by Banksy which have been unseen for 5 years. A daily programme of events and entertainment […]

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The Vuitton Olympics

Louis Vuitton is getting into the Olympics spirit with an exhibition of 12 limited edition prints by artists including Gary Hume, Rachel Whiteread, Fiona Banner and Tracey Emin – all commissioned to celebrate London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. Since 1912, each Olympic host city has commissioned one or more posters to celebrate the Games and this year, twelve  UK artists were selected by a panel including Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota. The artists responded to a brief to use the city of London as a source of inspiration while interpreting the key values of the Olympics […]

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Les Iguanas

  Kingston is sizzling this summer with the launch of Las Iguanas a hotbed of authentic Latin American food, drink and Brazilian beats in the old Malthouse. The Iguanas group, launched in Bristol in 1991 already boasts venues up and down the country.   Las Iguanas reflects the diverse mix of Latin American Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and African influences that make up South American culture, with a menu featuring classic dishes from across the continent. There are Mexican fajitas, Brazilian Prawn Bobo and Pescado a la Macho from Peru.   Every dish is prepared to order and there’s also an […]

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