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Harvey Nichols’ Royal Box

A former royal footman revealed that the Queen keeps her cornflakes in Tupperware. Harvey Nichols’ creative team digested said intelligence and hey presto the result – The Royal Box. Yes that’s a royal lunch box complete with royal crest showing two Corgis and ‘snap, crackle and pop’ written in Latin. It’s also dishwasher and microwave safe which you’ll no doubt find reassuring.  It’s either available to purchase at the Foodmarkets for £14.95 – containing six cornflake cakes made with Royal Warrant holders Charbonnel et Walker’s dark chocolate – or as a free gift to anyone booking the store’s Royal Not […]

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Carom Summer Garden

Pan-Indian restaurant and cocktail bar, Carom is transforming into a vibrant and exotic Indian Summer Garden. Popping up inside the restaurant atrium, there’ll be colourful flower garlands, huge terracotta pots overflowing with native Indian plant life, intricate lanterns and, floating candles. Guests will be able to luxuriate under tall palm trees, harking back to the days of the Raj, while enjoying inspired pan-Indian snacks and dishes created by Carom’s acclaimed Executive Chef, Balaji Balachander. Eat Indian burgers with chutneys and drink Maharaja Fizz, a delicious blend of homemade saffron syrup, rosewater and Prosecco or the floral inspired Lychee & Rose […]

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MINT Polo in the Park

MINT Polo in the Park invites you to partake in the perfect summer’s afternoon of fun, fashion, luxury and high octane polo action at London’s Hurlingham Park when, for the fourth year, the hallowed turf will thunder with the hooves of polo ponies as players from all over the world battle it out in a furious display of horsemanship. Set over the weekend of June 8-10, there are lots of VIP hospitality packages available with City Friday the key day for corporate entertainment, a sell-out Saturday Ladies Day and new Sunday Family Day with special on-field entertainment. For the last […]

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Vegetarians go North

With everything else going on at the moment (Chelsea Flower Show, run up to the Jubilee), you may have forgotten that this week, the UK celebrates National Vegetarian Week. What will you do for it? Well, here's a tip. Why not head up to Shayona, the all-veggie restaurant in northwest London?  Enjoy Gujarati and Rajasthani food in the shape of Thalis, curries from the Punjab and popular Mumbai street food at this delicious Indian delight which is situated just beside the Hindy Temple in Neasden. Or, if you like, forget the vegetarian food and drop in for a drink. What […]

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Quaglino’s to Exhibit Brand New BAFTA Photography

Next week Quaglino’s in St James will host an exclusive photography exhibition of new images commissioned by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). Shot by official photographer Ian Derry, the previously unseen collection features past winners and includes some of Britain’s most iconic TV personalities such as Julie Walters, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, Ant and Dec and Jo Brand. The exhibition will follow a special pictorial publication of the images given to guests attending the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards on Sunday. Derry has covered everything from Terry Waite’s return from captivity to images for The […]

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Floral Fancies

Designs on Daphne’s Daphne’s has been running a competition whereby graduate designers create an original indoor garden and the winning entry by Manoj Malde and Amy Roberts can be enjoyed from 22 May to 2 June. The restaurant’s facade will be highlighted with fresh white pelargoniums and finely cut ivy trailing from topiary cones and spheres above. At street level, trees will support climbing roses and clematis, framing the windows. Immaculate table linen will be adorned with Amalfi lemons and offset by a grass lawn underneath.  You can also enjoy a flower inspired set lunch menu including Roast salmon with […]

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W London Rocks The Tea Scene

So if all those florally inspired afternoon teas are making you weep – quite literally if you have hay fever – help is at hand from the cunning folk at W London Hotel. Let us present the Afternoon Rock Tea. Yes they’re bringing rock ‘n’ roll back to Leicester Square with an afternoon tea celebrating the rich musical heritage of  Soho. W’s Rock Tea is served on a three-tier stand made of original vinyl records while elements of the menu are named after iconic rock albums and songs including Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, London’s Burning by […]

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The LION roars in South Kensington

If you're not a member of The Brompton Club but are keen to go, this may well be your chance. For Piers Adam and Nick House – its irrepressible owners – are opening it up to the public for the very first time. John DeLucie, the renowned New York City-based founding chef of the popular Waverly Inn (still marked out to be the city's top restaurants) and owner now, too, of the Crown on Upper East Side and The Lion in the West Village is coming to London. Well, South Kensington to be precise. Featuring on this much-anticipated pop-up menu? […]

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Bukhara Pops Up

Tomorrow 17 May an exclusive two week only pop-up of renowned Delhi restaurant Bukhara will arrive in the capital. Executive Chef Manjit Gill will bring the tastes of India to London, taking diners on an epicurean adventure across the North West Frontier with exciting dishes including Tandoori Simla Mirch – capsicum stuffed with French beans, carrots, cabbage and cauliflower, nuts and sultanas, spiced with cumin and yellow chilli powder, roasted on a special skewer and Tandoori Jhinga – jumbo prawns marinated in an ajwain flavoured mixture of yoghurt, red chillies, turmeric and flavoured with garam masala skewered and roasted over […]

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Gaslight Grill

'Modern steakhouse meets Victorian gin palace’ is how the new Gaslight Grill is being dubbed but you can see for yourselves when the sister venue to The Lost Angel in Battersea  – it’s housed in the same venue – opens later this month. We’re promised a refined yet relaxed eatery and after hours drinking den. The Gaslight Grill's kitchen will focus on the best of British, observing British produce's seasonal calendar. But seasonality isn’t only important in the food and at the bar too, fruits, barleys and hops will be sourced from crops in season. Chefs Marke Novak and Jindra […]

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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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