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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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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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Secret Escapes

If you know of someone who is coming for the Olympics this summer and is still without accommodation, this may well be up their street. And perhaps yours, too. Secret Escapes still have nights at top luxury London hotels available for any incoming visitor. But don't fear inflated prices, after all, that's the point of SE – everything's available at affordable, exclusive rates. Everyone is keen to boost occupancy throughout this busy time, so Secret Escapes, a new free-to-join website, which lists 'best on market' deals and prices in the luxury sector, is the go-to place to find that all-important […]

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Banca

This month Mayfair bids benvenuto to Banca, the latest restaurant from Arjun and Peter Waney (co-founders of Zuma and Roka) and entrepreneur Giuliano Lotto (Aurelia and Il Baretto). The glamorous new Italian promises classic interiors, Northern Cucina Italiana and timeless style. Banca’s menu celebrates Northern Italian dishes using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients from Executive Chef Marzio Zacchi and Head Chef Gabriele Milani. Expect dishes such as baked Sea scallops with spicy Calabria N’duja; Char grilled Asparagus with slow cooked Egg and Black Truffle; Saffron risotto "al salto" gratinee with asiago cheese and Potato gnocchi with taleggio, girolles and summer […]

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The Ombrellini Terrazza

Nothing about our skies at the moment tells us it's summer. But that's not to say we're not keeping the season's spirit alive. Aqua London are helping us along, not least because this week they have launched 'Ombrellini Terrazza', a new rooftop space designed with fabrics from Missoni Home. The Italian giant's 2012 collection, Ombrellini Outdoor, was the inspiration for the ultra stylish Mediterranean lounge that has now popped up on top of Aqua London – a dead cert for most popular place to socialise and hang out while the Olympics move into town and busy up our streets and […]

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Bubbledogs

Fitzrovia is going to the dogs this month but in rather a delicious way with the launch of Bubbledogs hotdog emporium on Charlotte Street. Bubbledogs is the brainchild of foodie dreamteam James Knappett and Sandia Chang with Knappett whose curriculum vitae spans Roganic, Noma, Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley and The French Laundry at Harrods as Head Chef and Chang who has worked at The Ledbury, The Berkeley, Noma, Per Se and The French Laundry at Harrods as General Manager. But as you’d expect from the duo’s rather posh pedigree, Bubbledogs won’t be your usual fast food joint. The new […]

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Le Caprice Saturday Brunch

Le Caprice is launching a Saturday brunch from 14 July. Chef Director of the Caprice group, Tim Hughes and Head Chef of Le Caprice, Andrew Mclay have developed the luxurious but keenly priced new menu. Highlights include a bacon, egg and foie gras muffin with hash browns; fried duck egg with chorizo, broad beans and Padrón peppers and a Wagyu rump steak sandwich with black pepper garlic mayonnaise, rocket, Datterini tomatoes and Parmesan. The extensive brasserie-style menu will continue to feature the all-time classics such as steak tartare and eggs Benedict – the favourite of Princess Diana who would often […]

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Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill is Making Waves…

The Hyatt Regency London is staging an exhibition called Making Waves: International Contemporary Art from the Saatchi Gallery. The show, displayed throughout the hotel’s lobby and restaurant areas, features works by artists from the UK, the US, Germany, Poland, Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo, India and South Korea. With The Olympics in mind, there is also a sporting theme at play including Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie’s large-scale painting of gymnast Olga Korbut and South Korean artist Jin Myerson’s painting of a cycling race and Congolese artist Kura Shomali’s homage to Muhammad Ali. And finally, in honour of The Queen’s Diamond […]

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Bluebird Summer Screenings

Oh, and another thing from the Bluebird worth jotting down. From Monday, they're hosting their very own outdoor movie screenings. Watch Pretty Woman, Top Gun, and other classics under the stars (and hopefully not rain), while Moet & Chandon usherettes keep your well-oiled for the evening with Mini Moet bottles and tiny bags of popcorn.  There's no need to book and no ticket charge, just £5 on entry as a cover charge. www.bluebird-restaurant.com

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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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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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