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A Very British Afternoon Tea

  Should you be taking a turn about Whitehall this Spring, we suggest you take some time out to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at the beautifully regal, and suitably grand, Guoman Royal Horseguards hotel.  The hotel's Very British Afternoon Tea goes a step above the rest with its divine selection of carefully-crafted patisserie treats. Dainty sandwiches have been upgraded to include roast beef (supposedly Her Majesty's favourites); a pretty crown jewel cupcake; dark chocolate and peppermint creams; and artfully decorated biscuits in the shapes of favourite London landmarks. Knock it all back with a lemon and Martini meringue pie, […]

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Tea with Eric

Jumeirah Carlton Tower has teamed up with master patissier Eric Lanlard to design a new Rêves d'orient afternoon tea menu for its Chinoiserie restaurant. We’re loving Pistachio financier with rose-flavoured cream and a duo of gourmet pop cones filled with dark chocolate ganache and Amarena cherries or with passion fruit ganache and chocolate popping candy. And as for the Lemon tart with raspberries, confit lemon peel and dark chocolate teardrop filled with chocolate mousse – well we don’t mind if we do. Eric has baked wedding cakes for A-listers including Madonna and Claudia Schiffer and also counts the Prime Minister […]

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Masterclass in the Art of Fine Dining

This Spring, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester reveals all with the launch of ‘The Art of Fine Dining’ masterclass. Nicolas Defremont, Restaurant Director, will share exclusive trade secrets behind that perfect contemporary dining experience. Set in the Dorchester’s luxurious dining room, students will gain exclusive behind-the-scene access into the world of Alain Ducasse and his prestigious private dining Table Lumière. The intimate classes will take guests through key service and mise-en-place techniques, including folding the famed artichoke napkin plus secret tips from the Alain Ducasse service commandments. Says Nicolas: “it is the finer details that make an enchanting experience; beautiful […]

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Temple of Treasure

This weekend, Andaz Liverpool Street is partnering up with The Girl Who Stole Vintage and retro hair specialist Lipstick & Curls to transform the Hotel’s Masonic Temple into a Vintage Shopping Boudoir. The pop-up event promises a unique shopping experience where fashion lovers and vintage junkies can peruse the wares of fashion blogger and GSV founder Leresse Atkinson and leave transformed into a jazz era flapper girl or even a Mad Man sex kitten courtesy of L&C. All to the backdrop of live music from Shoreditch based folk band Erin K Tash and tea and cupcakes created by Andaz head […]

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Stoke Park & The Boodles

By far our favourite rural retreat – and all the more so as it’s but a 35 minute hop from central London – the super gorgeous Stoke Park, five star Hotel, Spa and Country Club is our country house hotel with the mostest! It’s set among 350 acres of glorious parkland, lakes – one of which provided the setting for that rowing scene with Hugh Grant and Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary, historic gardens and monuments. The Grade I listed Stoke Park mansion itself was designed by James Wyatt, architect to King George III and the parkland is the […]

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Little House

When Nick Jones' media haven Soho House first opened back in 1995, it turned London’s traditional gentlemen’s club scene on its head. From the Greek Street original to Shoreditch and Chiswick, Electric House, country outpost Babington House and international locations in New York, Miami, West Hollywood and Berlin, the empire seemed as far removed from the stuffy St James’ scene as you could get… However, times are a changing. And with the Dover Street Arts Club, Burger and Lobster and hipster ‘secret’, The Scotch, Mayfair and St James are reclaiming their cool factor. Unsurprisingly, Mr Jones is there with bells […]

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Franco Manca Pizza School

At Franco Manca, the first Thursday of the month means pizza making when experienced pizza chefs will host a masterclass on how to create those famous sourdough pizzas from Naples with organic tomatoes, flour from the renowned Molino Caputo and the freshest mozzarella from Somerset’s Greens Organic Farm. A simple step-by-step-guide will enable pizza loving attendees to replicate in their own kitchen what they’ve learnt in the restaurant. The first class will be held on 5 April at the Brixton original with 4 May at Westfield Stratford City and 7 June in the Chiswick branch (5-7pm). Future classes will rotate […]

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Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon

  In a fitting tribute to its number 1 customer, Fortnum & Mason recently decked its halls and windows with a beautiful range of food, drink and memorabilia in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Now, the famous grocer is dedicating one of its elegant tea rooms to the 2012 celebrations – the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, designed by David Collins – opening on April 1st. Situated on the fourth floor of the landmark Piccadilly store, the Salon will pay homage to the nation's favourite beverage, which has long been a bestseller at Fortnum's. Experts will be at guests' beck […]

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Go Al Fresco at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

It’s officially British Summer Time and from the middle of next month, the boutique Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in the heart of Belgravia is set to re-open its popular Terrace restaurant – named by the Evening Standard as one of London’s top three al fresco restaurants last year. New for 2012, Terrace will offer Peroni on draught, host a series of early season BBQ masterclasses and serve up a new pizza menu in addition to its seafood, meat and veggie mains. The drinks menu, in conjunction with Pommery Champagne, promises plenty of sparkle with the signature Terrace Breeze – mango juice, […]

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Launching this Sunday 25 March from noon to 8pm are the Sunday Bloody Sunday sessions at Paradise by way of Kensal Green – the perfect remedy for the night before with good food, drink and a touch of vinyl. The Bloody Mary inspired menu created by head chef Tim Payne is a twist on the classic roast and includes Bloody Mary meatballs, fillet of halibut with buttered spinach and Bloody Mary sauce and Bloody Mary sorbet. You can also mix your own Bloody Mary from vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, crushed black pepper, lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, sherry, sea […]

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One more FRAE

FRAE's more-ish frozen yoghurt – founded by best friends – has been wowing London with their wonerful array of delicious, 100% fat free, low calorie pots of wonder since 2009. But with branches already spanning the capital (Shoreditch, Topshop OXfrod Circus, Notting Hill, etc) .. there's good news for FRAE fans: today marks the opening of another store. It will be located at 130 Kings Road. And guess what? There's a new menu that comes with it, too. 'Indulgent Treats' will grace these menus, so expect – for £4.10 each – flavours like … English Bramble, Green Goddess and Red […]

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An Irish Plateau

What are you doing for St Paddy's Day?   Here's a tip (if, that is, you're not planning on falling over on the pavement from start to finish this Saturday 17th March ….)   Head to Canary Wharf. Why? Well, the bankers will have disappeared and despite it being the day for great Irish celebrations, the area will be fairly quiet and pleasant.   More excitingly, Plateau – a restaurant serving French bistro classics – is gifting its customers with Guinness and Steak Pies. Not just that – there will be a selection of Guinness-inspired cocktails at the bar, too. […]

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