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Game, Set and Bluebird

Wimbledon is in its final, exciting, stages. But while you're biting your nails wondering who will be lifting the trophy in the male and female camps, don't forget that Bluebird in Chelsea has erected its large television screens and redesigned its forecourt, as always, with giant tennis balls. There's no better place to watch the final days. Something to note, however, is that this Sunday, head chef Robert Izdebski has created a special three course menu for anyone coming down to watch the tantalising men's final at Bluebird. Expect pork and plum terrine and pan-roasted sea bass fillet with artichokes, […]

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Gastro Race around London

Are you taking part in the Olympics? No, neither are we … but this might take your fancy: Tom and Ed Martin (or The Jugged Hare and The Botanist fame) are holding their very own 'Gastro Race'. All you seemingly need to do, is pick up a ‘Gastro Race’ card from any pub or restaurant belonging to the group at any time from Friday 27th July and visit four of your favourite eating and drinking destinations from within the Martin empire up until Sunday 12th August to win. Once you’ve set out your game plan, visit any of the four […]

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White Horse

Hampstead’s White Horse pub has reopened complete with a brand new makeover and new and exciting Pan-European menu based on sharing dishes and with a particular focus on seasonality and rustic simplicity. The food is modern European in feel – taking traditional cuisine from Britain, France, Italy and Spain and applying an unusual twist. The menu also features less typical cuts of meat which highlight the possibilities highlighting a fresh approach to familiar favourites. New chef, Jozef Barnas (The Albion in Barnsbury and Bumpkin on Westbourne Park Road) uses both provenance and originality as a base from which he creates […]

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Al Fresco fun at Le Bouchon Breton

To celebrate the launch of Le Bouchon Breton’s summer terrace, Breton’s talented Head Chef Christophe Dittrich has devised an amazing alfresco, hot Provençal fish and seafood sharing platter. Plateau St Maxim features a delicious warm selection of grilled gurnard, cod fillet, a whole crab, clam palourdes, mussels, prawns and calamari – all flambéd with a shot of vodka and served with sauce vierge, crusty bread on the side and a 500ml carafe of Chateau St Magerite Rose Cru Classe de Provence to share. Plateau St Maxim will be available at Le Bouchon Breton for July and August 2012. £45 for […]

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The Chamucos Clubhouse

Lifelong tequila enthusiast, Tom Conran has just launched the new Chamucos Clubhouse downstairs at his Mexican restaurant Crazy Homies in Notting Hill. Named after his new super-premium tequila, Chamucos, the bar is a dedicated tequila lounge. The downstairs bar of Crazy Homies has an infamous past – it’s located on the site of the original restaurant frequented by Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward and Lucky Gordon linked with the Profumo scandal. Chamucos means ‘little devil’ in Mexican and the bar is decorated with Day of The Dead style street art depictions of the devil and a mural of lush Mexican jungle […]

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Ceviche pops up at Asia de Cuba

Asia de Cuba is opening a pop-up summer ceviche bar in St Martin’s Lane Hotel Front Room featuring some of the restaurant’s favourite dishes. Ceviche creatively blends Spanish, Japanese and local South American influences all found at A de C. The bar's extended ceviche extended menu includes traditional ceviche recipes with modern twists on classic dishes, including Scottish Salmon and Salted Avocado Helado, Curry Kingfish and Passionfruit; Grouper, Seville Orange and Aji Amarillo, and Prawn, Snapper and ‘Confit’ Watermelon. Get further into the spirit of things and sip on a range of classic South American creations and cooling cocktails. Oh […]

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Gin and Jazz at the Intercontinental

Every third Thursday of the month, at 8pm, the Intercontinental Park Lane takes you back in time to experiences the heady times of the cocktail-swilling, jazz-loving days of the Twenties. And guess what? One of those is coming up rather soon … Gin & Jazz is the night we're talking about, and the next event is taking place on Thursday 19th July – it really ought not to be missed. What is it exactly? Well, it's the exciting combination of two of our most favourite things: smooth jazz and even smoother gin from the award-winning hotel's gin bar (which stocks 35 varieties), […]

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South Place

D&D London has announced its first hotel, South Place, to launch at the beginning of September. Developed by D&D’s property partner, Frogmore, and located between Moorgate and Liverpool Street in the City of London, the venue will combine the buzz of D&D London’s restaurants, Conran-designed interiors and specially commissioned work by contemporary London artists. South Place Hotel will feature 80 bedrooms, two restaurants and three bars including a rooftop terrace and a secret garden on the first floor within the atrium, with a specially commissioned sculpture by Grace and Webb. Crowning South Place Hotel is Angler restaurant on the seventh […]

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Franco Manca’s Olympic breakfast

Franco Manca Stratford City is celebrating The Games by lighting the fire under its fabulous new Burning Torch Breakfast. Forget the traditional British fry up. Franco Manca is offering a selection of the finest organic ingredients, flame baked in the restaurant’s special wood burning brick ovens. We’re talking Old Spot ham, egg and cherry tomatoes, Smoked cured bacon, Old Spot sausage and egg, and Baked wild mushrooms, egg and mozzarella – all served with homemade sourdough bread baked with the residual heat from the ovens. Celebrating all things British, the eggs are of the Cotswold Legbar variety famous for their […]

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Penhaligon’s Peoneve Terrace

To coincide with the launch of Penhaligon’s new Peoneve scent, Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace is to be transformed into a multi-sensory experience – think an eccentric English garden in high summer. The Peoneve Terrace will feature an innovative cocktail list created by Fifth Floor Bar manager Dominic Jacobs using spirits from Chase Distillery. These include Penhaligon’s Peony Punch served in a 5-litre Penhaligon’s perfume bottle for six to share – blending William’s gin with a bespoke tea inspired by the notes in the fragrance. There’s also The Rose Garden – made with Kentish raspberries, fresh white peach, Naked Chase […]

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Caravan is parked in Kings Cross

What do we think when we think of Kings Cross? Well, scrap your first thought and turn your attentions to Caravan, which its founders Miles Kirby and Chris Ammermann are launching in the London area in July. The site will follow the pair's incredibly successful opening of Exmouth Market's branch of Caravan, which, by the way, is the restaurant and bar famous for its Roastery .. or more like, its ethically-sourced, excellent coffee. In London, most people think Caravan serve some of the best coffee in the city …. The Kings Cross site will take up the Grade II listed […]

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Bubbles in Notting Hill

Ever since Bubbleology made itself known to Londoners last year in its Soho and Harvey Nichols locations, it's become a way of life/trend/fad that has only grown in popularity. So much so, in fact, that it's now opening a branch in the heart of Notting Hill – on Pembridge Road – and it's expected to do some roaring trade as a result. Bubbleology, for those who don't know, is where you can buy Bubble Tea, a milk or fruit-based drink which originates from Taiwan and can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Expect mad, wild colours when you order one […]

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