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Lawn Bakery

French born chef Ollie Couillaud’s Lawn Bistro which opened last year in Wimbledon Village is launching a new café, bakery and deli. The Lawn Bistro is all about well sourced, excellent, seasonal ingredients and the new bakery menu will include Croissants, Porridge with sultanas, brown sugar and cinnamon, Homemade yogurt with granola, Scrambled eggs on sour dough  with smoked salmon, Smoked salmon and asparagus quiche, Mozzarella and Provençal vegetable panini and tartines of Goat’s cheese, broad beans, basil and Spanish olive oil. Ollie’s background spans The Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea, Bord’eaux in the Grosvenor House […]

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Briciole

Chef Maurizio Morelli (Fitzrovia’s Latium) has recently launched a second site, a new Italian Trattoria called Briciole – that’s breadcrumbs in Italian in case you were wondering. The informal Italian trattoria – seating 50 inside and up to 16 outside when it’s sunny on a handful of pavement tables – with adjacent Gastronomía (that’s a deli to you and me) – is a relaxed and friendly neighbourhood venue with modest prices and unpretentious Italian food. Briciole’s rustic Italian menu is available throughout the day and overseen by Maurizio himself. Typical dishes include Focaccia bruschetta with burrata, Grilled aubergines and olives; […]

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Pret a Diner: Italians do it Better

Following the sell-out success of the first round last year in the Old Vic Tunnels, Kofler & Kompanie’s Pret a Diner is back. The new instalment of the temporary restaurant sensation named Italians do it Better, is taking place from 9 May to 30 June at 50 St James’s Street. It is spearheaded by Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli who has selected five other Michelin starred chefs (Accursio Craparo, Cristian and Manuel Costardi, Norbert Niederkofler and Viviana Varese) and challenged them to create fresh innovative style dishes marrying Italian cuisine old and new. 50 St James boasts a grand sweeping marble […]

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Central & Co

Today, Urban Leisure Group (Café Libre, Graphic) is launching Central & Co, a contemporary brasserie and bar in the heart of the West End. The Brasserie sits on the ground floor with an intimate Bar below. The new opening celebrates great British-sourced produce from suppliers including Taste Tradition, a North Yorkshire farming family specialising in rare and traditional breeds and Cornwall’s Helsett Farm in Cornwall with its herd of pedigree Ayrshire cows. The head chef is Mark Beardshall from Yorkshire who has a real passion for British food. His Brasserie menu includes small plates so people can sample some of […]

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Silent movie season at Volupté

Silence is golden at cabaret supperclub Volupté with an all-new season of silent movies. The series begins 6 May with a launch party complete with a DJ on the decks, shots at the bar and flapper dresses on the floor transporting film fans back to a bygone era of glitz and glamour. Then every first Sunday of the month at 7pm the downstairs Cabaret Salon will be transformed into an old-world theatre with a pianist tinkling the ivories as guests are seated by dickie-bow-wearing usherettes. First up is Piccadilly this Sunday with 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea on 1 June. […]

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Mazi

Opening in May with the aim of turning out-dated misconceptions of Greek cuisine on their head, Mazi promises Greek fine dining by combining traditional produce and classic recipes with a modern twist. Translated in English as ‘together,’ Mazi is set to revive the sharing culinary traditions of Greece at its beautiful new Notting Hill location. In addition to a lovely back garden with 24 covers, Mazi will also feature a deli with a selection of authentic Greek delicacies such as Fava from Santorini, Thyme & Pine Wild Honey from Thassos, Organic Saffron from Krocus Kozani, Giant Elephant Beans from Prespes, […]

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Street Feast

Street Feast is a new Friday night food market launching tomorrow off Brick Lane with eight of London's top street food sellers. There’s also a fully licensed cocktail bar and street artists will be performing live artwork from 5pm to midnight. Confirmed traders include: Big Apple Hot Dogs, The Rib Man, Home Slice and Kimchi Cult. But if you don’t want to eat on the go try the uber-posh Car Wash Dining Room covered by a canopy borrowed from the market in case (when) it rains. Waiters will be on hand to pick up any chosen dishes you'd like from […]

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Brasserie Blanc

2012 is set to be a busy year for Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc chain with the opening of 11 new sites in addition to the current nine. The latest is launching this month in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, amidst the arches of the Grade II-listed Opera Terrace. The spacious airy site, overlooking the piazza, makes optimum use of its balcony location, with daylight flooding through the glass walls. Some of the classic design elements of the grand traditional Parisian brasserie have been retained, but with a contemporary twist. Opera Terrace will serve accessibly priced French cuisine. The dishes […]

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Asprey’s Bijoux Tea at The Langham

The Langham London is teaming up with the British luxury goods brand to launch the new Asprey Bijoux Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s glittering centerpiece, Palm Court. The partnership celebrates Asprey’s elegant design and royal heritage alongside The Langham’s illustrious past as Europe's first 'Grand Hotel' and the birthplace of the afternoon tea tradition over 140 years ago. The hotel’s head pastry chef, Cherish Finden has created a selection of irresistible treats, inspired by the marque’s exquisite jewellery from Daisy Heritage to Woodland and featuring rather a lot of that iconic signature purple branding with Blueberry and bilberry battenburg cake, […]

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Draft House

  Charlie McVeigh’s The Draft House is coming to East Dulwich and the man himself has been foraging around in auction houses (and skips, so we hear!) looking for atmospheric items to lend Draft House Lordship Lane a lived-in feel. Walls will be papered in matt parcel wrapping paper and covered in a fabulous mix of art and framed posters and vintage rock album covers. Says Charlie, “I have splashed out on a couple of new Chesterfield banquettes for the dining room using a new kind of instant-ageing leather which I am especially excited about.” The menu includes Draft House’s […]

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Just Brunch at Boujis

Boujis is getting with the capital’s burgeoning brunch trend and launching its glamorous take on the subject with Just Brunch. Sessions begin on Saturday 21 April and the first brunch will see the hosts of Boujis' signature night, Club Haus 80s collaborate with Nozomi, Knightsbridge. The afternoon's celebrations begin at 12pm at Nozomi where guests will be offered a carefully selected exclusive tasting menu at £35 per person with entertainment and DJs from Boujis through to 6pm. But if you think that’s a bit early to head home, the club will be opening early – directly afterwards and hosting an […]

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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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