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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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Platterform presents Bonnie-On-Sky

Having just won the Young British Foodies award for Best Food Experience 2012, Platterform is collaborating with British seafood restaurateurs Bonnie Gull of Bonnie & Wild for Bonnie-On-Sky; a three week seafood supper club at London’s Skyroom. Bonnie-On-Sky will be a three-week immersive dining experience at the striking rooftop pavilion in London Bridge. With the freshest, responsibly sourced seafood from Britain’s shores, diners can enjoy Isle of Lewis mussels steamed with Aspall cider and Cumbrian bacon; whole Devon crab with brown meat mayonnaise and the classic beer battered whiting with chunky chips, mushy peas and handmade tomato ketchup. Desserts are […]

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Estée Lauder’s Brasil Dream at Harvey Nichols

Inspired by the exclusive launch of Estée Lauder’s new make-up collection, Brasil Dream, Harvey Nichols has just launched a cocktail and macaroon offer in its Fifth Floor Bar and Restaurant. Customers who buy two or more products from the collection at the ground floor Estée Lauder counter will receive a complimentary cocktail and a trio of macaroons at the Fifth Floor Bar or Restaurant. Alternatively those who indulge in the Brasil Dream cocktail and macaroons offering receive a fabulous ten minute makeover at the Estée Lauder counter downstairs. Made with Cachaça, ginger liqueur, coconut cream, coconut water, lime juice and […]

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Openings & Launches

Caravan

July sees a new Kings Cross site for Miles Kirby (formerly head chef of The Providores) and Chris Ammermann’s Exmouth Market Caravan. The venue will be located in the Grade II-listed Granary Building which is part of the 67-acre development site between King’s Cross Station and St Pancras International. The regeneration of the former grain store, dating back to 1851, received the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence in January 2012. The site is also home to Central Saint Martin’s College which moved into the building last October. The interior design of Caravan references the area’s Victorian industrial heritage, with a […]

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Winterwell’s Wild West

It’s a Winterwell weekend again as the boutique festival sets up shop in the Cotswolds tomorrow. This year’s theme – the Wild West – in the shape of a frontier town complete with saloon, cantina, bordello and jailhouse; cowboys and Indians, frontier folk, dancing girls, bounty hunters, Mexicans, men of God, livestock and of course, the town drunk, all partaking in fancy drinking, fancy dancing and the fancy dress parade on the hillsides lined with prospectors’ gold. Other attractions include a three-course feast, cabaret tent, debating tent, campfires; a night lit woodland trail, sunset chill-out Bar, holistic field and massage […]

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Big Easy Lobsters

Granted, London's hardly a stone's throw from the coast. But there sure are some good Lobsters in this town. Some of the best of these luscious crustaceans are in Chelsea, at the Big Easy, in fact. If you haven't yet tried them there… or even, tried out the restaurant, the ever-fun crabshack, fit with gargantuan-sized portions of ribs, fries, shrimp and live music to accompany it all, now's the time to go. After all, Big Easy are going now offering two pounds of prime Maine Lobster for £19.50 – it all comes with fries, a salad and a beer. Guess […]

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A jubilant afternoon tea by Eric Lanlard

Master patissier Eric Lanlard is unveiling his new ‘Jubilant Afternoon Tea’ menu at Chinoiserie Jumeirah Carlton Tower. Created especially for a landmark Summer in London, it’s the second instalment of the ‘Afternoon Tea by Eric Lanlard’ series. The menu features savoury delights such as prawn and lobster royal in a hollowed out brioche bap and bridge rolls with coronation chicken. Then, to satisfy the sweet-toothed, a selection of cakes and pastries include a signature strawberry tarte royale adorned with a limited edition edible white chocolate portrait of HM The Queen and Eton mess verrine with Indian mango and pink peppercorn. […]

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Bombay Palace Reopens

Marble Arch’s Bombay Palace is due to reopen at the end of this month following a massive refurbishment. The new look restaurant boasts bold lighting features, glossy dark wood and sumptuous fabrics in deep purple to offset the crisp white table linen. The restaurant has also been given a makeover behind the scenes where a brand new state-of-the-art kitchen. First opened in 1981, Bombay Palace now has eight branches across the world from Kuala Lumpur to Beverly Hills, New York and Toronto. It is perhaps best known for its tandoori specialities featuring marinated poultry, meats and vegetables all delicately grilled […]

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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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Old Bengal Warehouse

It was once the home of spices, cigars, tea and port and was once upon a time forever immortalised by the words spoken by John Masefield, who described it as the holder of "the wealth of the world and London's power." But this year, the oldest surviving warehouse which once belonged to the East India Company is to transform into one of London's most exciting spots after a relaunch by D&D London. Come September, we will all be ready to welcome the Old Bengal Warehouse in New Street, EC2. Spanning 10,000 sqft, this beautiful Georgian Grade II listed building will […]

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New bar for Hush

Today marks the relaunch of the Mayfair restaurant’s new first floor Cocktail Lounge following a major renovation. The new-look lounge has been designed by Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd (Soho House Group, Tom’s Kitchen) and will feature a refreshed cocktail menu including the Hush Champagne Cocktail (Tattinger, violet liqueur and elderflower foam) and four Hush Spritzers, each matched to a different variety of grape, such as Pinot Grigio & Strawberry and Chardonnay & Peach. For a relaxed lunch, Chef Director David Rood has created a bar menu of four club-style sandwiches including a lobster roll and fillet steak sandwich – […]

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