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Mo*Vida London

Mo*vida is re-opening its acclaimed London address in the heart of the West End with two Grand VIP opening nights on 25 and 26 April.  Over the past month the Club has been undergoing an extensive refurbishment, bringing the interior in line with the aesthetic of its recent sister opening in Dubai.  In signature style, Mo*vida will pull out all the stops for the launch events to continue its reputation as clubbing destination for the London party elite. It’s teaming up with War Child, the international charity that protects children from the effects of war and its brutal consequences, to […]

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London Film Museum

This weekend The London Film Museum is opening its new exhibition space. The inaugural exhibition, Magnum on Set, is a celebration of cinema from legendary agency, Magnum Photos. The collection includes masterpieces such as Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight, Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without A Cause, Orson Welles’ The Trial and John Huston’s Moby Dick. And it wouldn’t be complete without that Eve Arnold shot of Marilyn Monroe in the Nevada desert while filming with Clarke Gable in The Misfits. Until 1 September 2012 www.londonfilmmuseum.com

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Sonny’s Kitchen

Restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas and chef Philip Howard (partner of Notting Hill’s The Ledbury and partner and head chef of The Square in Mayfair) have announced a second joint venture with the launch of Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes – on the site of Sonny’s Restaurant, owned by Rebecca for the past 26 years. Sonny’s Kitchen will continue Rebecca’s signature ‘neighbourhood and beyond’ style of operation. Phil will direct all aspects of the kitchen and menus, while Rebecca will concentrate on the business and operational side of the restaurant. Both Rebecca and Phil are long-standing residents of Barnes and Phil has been […]

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ME London

This summer ME London is set to shake up London’s high-end hotel scene when it opens on The Strand in July overlooking Somerset House. Having taken over the historic BBC Marconi building, ME will be the UK flagship hotel for the ME by Meliá brand and will be designed by Foster + Partners. We’re talking 157 rooms and suites plus a luxurious two floor suite that opens onto the roof terrace in the turret of the building. There will be two restaurants and a bar on the ground floor – including the first British incarnation of Steakhouse concept STK and […]

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Jubilee celebrations at Byron

As we approach the celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee, you may already be sewing your bunting together, making lists for all those last-minute street-party items and pre-ordering much, much bubbly. Well, why not take the weight off your feet come early May, when Byron – the irresistible burger joint with branches all across the city – launch their Diamond Jubilee menu. A grand welcome, therefore, to the 'Chilli Queen', created by Head Chef at the Chelsea-based Admiral Codrington, Fred Smith. There's plenty of kick in this dish, which comes with a 6oz hamburger, American cheese, iceberg lettuce, chipotle mayonnaise and […]

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A Capital Tea

Londoners in the know have long been flocking to The Capital Hotel to experience its quintessentially English afternoon tea hotel but now it seems that word has spread as the Knightsbridge favourite has just received the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence for Top London Afternoon Tea 2012. It’s in pretty good company as it’s now up there with Claridge’s, The Savoy and The Ritz. The awards are judged by a team of undercover inspectors and are only bequeathed to those establishments that show the greatest commitment to tea service. So pop along to The Sitting Room between 2.30pm and 5.30pm […]

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Bedtime stories are back

April and May are already booked out but David Carter’s boutique 40 Winks venue has just added four new June and July dates to its fabled Bedtime Story Nights. So start shopping for new PJs (Stella or similar should suffice), dig out your teddy (or something or someone else to cuddle) and get booking for a night with National Storytelling Laureate Katrice Horsley who will take you on a journey into the twilight world of Death and Desire or Sally Pomme Clayton and Nell Phoenix’s evening of two halves: Madonnas and Whores – all about virginity… and losing it. 13 […]

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The Chelsea Ram

This month Rupert and Jo Clevely, co-founders of Geronimo Inns, are re-launching The Chelsea Ram in Burnaby Street just off the King’s Road. The Chelsea Ram was Geronimo’s first pub, opened back in 1995 and now 17 years on, it’s back with a fresh take on the original menu. The Chelsea Ram will stock a range of real ales, highlighting brews from the South East and South West including old favourites Sharps, Sambrook’s and Young’s. The wine list has been chosen by John Clevely, Geronimo’s Master of Wine and the food menu includes a range of British classics as well […]

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Georgina’s

City slicker Nicola Horlick, who earned her reputation as one of the City's original ‘superwomen’ balancing a career with bringing up six children is branching out into the restaurant world with a new venue in the heart of Barnes village. Named in honour of her late daughter, Georgina’s will offer casual dining throughout the day while by night it will transform into a destination restaurant. Consultant chef is Adam Byatt, chef patron of London restaurants Trinity and newcomer Bistro Union and Georginas will offer an all-day eating experience, from early morning lattes through to late night suppers. Signature dishes include […]

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Afternoon Tease

Kettner's have just announced the launch of their devilish new hen party package, the Champagne Afternoon Tease, bringing together the classic delights of an afternoon tea with the hottest trend to hit clubs, bars and fashion – the glamourous art of burlesque. The 'Tease' was inspired by the hugely successful Kettner's Coquette events, and starts with a full afternoon tea in one the private rooms, washed down with a glass of champagne and the chance to order a demure-looking pot of 'MarTEAni'. The hen can then choose to add either the Pout and Proud package, to pamper her party – […]

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