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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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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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La Bodega Negra

The march of the Mexican continues apace. Newest on the Soho block is La Bodega Negra courtesy of Will Ricker, Ed Spencer Churchill and New York nightlife king Serge Becker and it comes complete with subterranean 100-seater restaurant, tequila and mezcal cellar, road-side taqueria and all-day cafe inspired by the buzzing Mexican scene of Williamsburg NYC. Overseeing the kitchen is consultant chef Richard Ampudia. A native of Mexico City, Ampudia has lived in New York for over 20 years and worked with the likes of Keith McNally and Jean Georges Vongerichten as well as Serge Becker for three years. He has also […]

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Eggstravaganza

In case you haven’t noticed it’s almost Easter and across the capital our favourite venues have been super busy bunnies…. Rabbit Food at Gelupo Jacob Kenedy's Soho gelateria Gelupo, is paying homage to the Easter bunny with its Rabbit Hutch trio of special flavours available for nationwide delivery. There’s Rabbit Food (carrot sorbet), Rabbit Bedding (hay sorbet) and Rabbit Poo (chocolate gelato) which will arrive in an insulated box along with, cups, cones, spoons and wafers, (500kg, £9). Bunny not included.  www.gelupo.com Bread Street Eggs Featured dish for Easter is Wood roasted Spring Lamb with polenta and rosemary sauce but […]

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Hats off to Grosvenor House

  Grosvenor House is pleased to announce its SS12 collaboration with milliner to the stars, Katherine Elizabeth in which you too can create your own millinery couture masterpiece. Katherine Elizabeth will host her ‘Hatiquette for the Modern Girl’ afternoon teas and soirees from today where she and her team of milliners will take you through an adventure of dazzling millinery. Create a bespoke headpiece during a lavish gathering using the very finest ethically sourced feathers, beads, trims, costume jewellery and sumptuous vintage fabrics. From £85pp. www.katherineelizabethhats.com

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The Countryside comes to Bulter’s Wharf

Butler’s Wharf Chophouse has just launched its English country garden-inspired summer terrace by the river. We’re talking a lawn garden inside the bar and across the entire terrace, maypole and morris dancers and edible flowers galore. Or you could just stick to the Ploughman’s while enjoying a rendition of Shakespeare’s finest sonnets.  Don’t forget to book your spot to watch the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on 3 June. www.chophouse-restaurant.co.uk

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Union Jacks

The march of Jamie Oliver continues. Following the opening of spin-off Brit brand, Union Jacks Central St Giles, a second site has just launched in Chiswick in West London. Union Jacks is a collaboration between Oliver and Chris Bianco and the menu combines Chris’s technical expertise and artisan dough-making with Jamie’s love of top quality ingredients – all British of course. Wood-fired flatbreads come with a range of toppings including Roast shoulder of pork with quince and Bramley sauce; Cropwell Bishop stilton with crackling and watercress; Oxtail slow braised in Worcestershire sauce and Tomatoes with Lincolnshire Poacher cheddar and basil. […]

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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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Spaghetti House

Just launched on High Street Ken overlooking Kensington Gardens is a brand new Spaghetti House and the new boutique offering from the family owned chain is small but perfectly formed. Interiors are subtle and stylish with light wooden tables and banquette seating. Calming shades of green offset stronger splashes of colour and neutral walls create the perfect backdrop for the black and white photos of scenes from Italian life. An open kitchen lies at the heart of the restaurant and diners can watch chefs dishing up assaggini and antipasti, sharing platters, regional fish and meat specialities and stone-baked pizza. Expect […]

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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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