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Love at Eighty-Six

Still a little stuck on what to do on the dreaded/revered 14th? Here's a tip: if you're anywhere near SW10, or are further away, but fancy treating your loved one with something a little different, Eighty Six, Chelsea's all-in-one restaurant and bar, will be welcoming you with open arms. Because on the day of the lovers, visitors to Eighty-Six Fulham Road will be treated to a sumptuous four-course set menu. Inititally starting with a glass of Beaumet Cuvee Brut, diners will then tuck into an array of starters (including seared scallops) and luscious main courses (think Fillet of Beef with […]

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Bella Howard & Lana del Rey at St Martin’s Lane

It’s all about the music right now at St Martin’s Lane hotel with The Front Room’s new pop-up exhibition, Love Buzz, from London photographer Bella Howard. Presented as collage, it’s a vibrant mash-up of the fanzines she started making in her teens interspersed with candid yet stylised shots from popstars to models being effortlessly beautiful at an ultra-hip line-up of parties, festivals and road trips – Corinne Day in glorious technicolour. And ‘that’ NME cover of Marmite pop sensation Lana del Rey – yup that was a Bella special too – believe it or not, originally shot for a style […]

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Boujis Pop Up in Berkeley Square

The Mayfair showroom of luxury car dealer H.R. Owen will be transformed this week into a pop up nightclub in association with Boujis to celebrate the European launch of the new Bentley Continental GT V8. Signature cocktails will be showcased by the boujis brand, including a bespoke ‘BB’ cocktail blended with elit™ by Stolichnaya® vodka for the 300 elite guests to enjoy. The showroom windows will be blacked out and space transformed to build guests’ and celebrities’ anticipation of the Bentley reveal, with a club downstairs to continue the festivities. Boujis resident DJ ‘Klaus’ will also be mixing tracks to […]

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Fortnum & Mason’s Jubilant new look

Fortnum & Mason is flexing its Royal Warrant muscles and celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by decorating that famous Piccadilly facade from the pavement up. The tradition has its roots back in 1836 when the building was illuminated in stars made from lit jets of gas to celebrate the wedding of the future Edward VII. And we’re assured that the 2012 effort, when revealed on Monday 6 February, will be similarly spectacular but without causing a health and safety situation. Inspired by the 10 heraldic creatures of the Queen’s Coronation taken from ancestral coats of arms, a menagerie of brightly […]

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Fashion Scoop

From Mulberry to Topshop, the SS12 palette may be all about pastels and ice cream hues but come London Fashion Week, and shock horror, we may actually have to eat some! Yes, ice cream is having a fashion moment this season and to prove it, luxe gelateria, Scoop is creating a new flavour named after London designer Corrie Neilsen. Scoop MD Matteo Pantani is a big fan of the 2010 Fashion Fringe winner who made her LFW catwalk debut last year and the creamy collaboration – Extra Dark Chocolate (natch) with a hint of Parisian Orange Blossom – will be […]

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Pub Watch

As pub names go, this is a seriously yummy sounding new February offering in Clerkenwell from first time landlords Marc Dalla Riva and Matt Rixabout.  This Yorkshire duo have taken over and revived the beautiful old Queen Boadicea on St John Street to create a utilitarian style alehouse meets gin palace. It’s actually named after a song by Jake Thackray, and is all about good British booze – real ale, gin and whisky – and honest cooking. There’ll be rotating guest ales, own-brewed Blacksmith Best Bitter plus unusual gins such as London’s Sipsmith, Berkeley Square and Hayman’s Old Tom. Whiskies […]

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I Do at 1 Lombard Street

Landmark City brasserie 1 Lombard Street is hosting the City’s largest wedding fair on Monday 6 February, perfect either for those planning their nuptials or hoping to receive something sparkling come Valentine’s Day. Some of the country’s most experienced companies catering to the wedding market will be in attendance from dress designers to make-up artists, wedding planners to florists and photographers to luxury cake makers with themes taking in everything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Bridget Bardot. And if you’re after a hat that’s more Dita Von Teese than mother of the bride, look no further than Katherine Elizabeth Millinery, […]

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Saf Express at Harvey Nichols

The Harvey Nichols sale may be but a happy memory but apart from a slew of Spring Summer collections set to whet our fashion appetites, there’s now another reason to hit the Knightsbridge store that will have you feeling as good on the inside as you look in the mirror. Just launched on the Fifth Floor is Saf Express serving up unique healthy food jam packed full of natural flavour – the Saf kitchen, specialising in raw food prepared below 48˚C to preserve optimum flavour and nutrition, is committed to providing a healthy lifestyle using predominantly plant based ingredients. Saf […]

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Bourbon & the Boilermakers at Byron

Tom Byng’s brilliant Byron hamburger chain has just introduced another American classic to its restaurants: a list of ten Kentucky Bourbons including Woodford Reserve, Four Roses Single Barrel and Eagle Rare 10 Year Old – all at a budget busting £3-£4 a shot. Drink straight up or Boilermaker style with a beer chaser. Bourbon has been distilled in Kentucky since the 18th-century and all the new whiskeys have been chosen to complement Byron’s menu. The Byron Boilermaker Combo lets you combine any hamburger from the main menu with any Bourbon and any beer for £14.50. Believe it or not, down […]

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Galante

Launching today, this seriously gorgeous bar is inspired by Pichin, most distinguished bartender in South American history and the best possible excuse for finishing January detox but a smidgeon early. Serving a selection of authentic cocktails from the 1930s and 40s, alongside innovative drinks with an Argentine heritage, Galante promises old-school glamour and contemporary sophistication in spades. Santiago Policastro aka Pichin, was renowned throughout Latin America both for his remarkable serves and for the inimitable style that earned him the name ʻEl Barman Galanteʼ and the Art-Deco influenced bar evokes the dazzling cocktail era of Buenos Aires with a contemporary […]

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