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Blue Elephant

2012 marks a new start for Fulham Broadway bastion The Blue Elephant with the renowned Thai restaurant moving to a new location on London’s Imperial Wharf and a brand new menu as well. The designers have used a combination of Thai antiques, art objects and luscious foliage to capture the spirit of famous Bangkok palace, Saran Rom. A focal point will be the Blue Bar highlighted by a replica of the Suphannahong – the Royal Barge of Thailand. With an intricately carved figurehead fashioned in the shape of a swan and gilded hull, it has been painstakingly hewn by Thai […]

Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Maggie Mania in Chelsea

If you had failed to miss the opening of this month's hottest film, The Iron Lady, you're quite probably still on the come down from a heavy Christmas. But here's your chance to catch up – and fast! The 1980s-inspired nightclub Maggie's – on Chelsea's end of the Fulham Road – will be celebrating 'Maggie Mania' with a special Margaret Thatcher cocktail. The Maggie's Head (above) will be making up part of a refurbishment, 'Maggie's Facelift', which the nightclub has recently undergone (think new Pacman DJ booth, new 80s wallpaper, etc). In addition to this funky, topical cocktail, Maggie's will be hosting a […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Drag-Queen Dance Classes

The silly season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the ‘silliness’ has to end. Floridita – in Wardour Street – is still very much in the party spirit. They are hosting Drag-Queen Dance-Classes – led by the dancing drag troupe, The Globe Girls – from 18th January onwards. It’s billed as the ‘latest exercise craze’, but what exactly is one signing up for? Well, there’s a full-on dance routine to be enjoyed, lots of fun, laughter, glitter and fun … but in the end, it’s all designed to improve and work on muscle tone, flexibility, coordination and core strength. If […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Babylon Retox

January is when we all slow down enough to take stock of just how much we scoffed in December. No wonder it’s a depressing time of year. But Babylon restaurant, situated within Kensington Roof Gardens in London’s W8, is not going to let you get away with it that easily. In fact, Babylon are bucking the trend and instead introducing a ‘retox’ menu this month. Eat less? No way, they say! A set lunch menu (priced at £21 for two courses and £23 for three) will include an array of rich dishes, including, roasted monkfish, beetroot tart tatin, baked Alaska […]

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Openings & Launches

Mari Vanna

Babushka cooking is coming to Knightsbridge this year with the launch of Mari Vanna. Diners will be transported into a Russian home where shelves are adorned with matryoshka dolls, trinkets and tchotchke. A traditional Russian Pechka oven is a focal point for a dining room of high ceilings adorned with elaborate chandeliers. Mari Vanna is co-owned by Vadim Lapin & Dmitry Sergeyev, founders of restaurant and hospitality holding company Ginza Project, and Quintessentially co-founder Luca Del Bono and the team will be serving up their trademark Russian dishes with influences stretching from Armenia to Georgia and Uzbekistan. The menu features […]

Openings & Launches

A Nose for Newbury

The first race of the new year falls on 18 January so if you haven't yet experienced the new hospitality at Newbury Racecourse, it's a perfect opportunity for sophisticated racing fans to take a stylish flutter. The Wine Cellar is a quintessentially British, hideaway furnished with the luxury leather armchairs and the wooden paneling and low lighting of a traditional gentleman's club. An impressive wine list is compiled with Berry Bros & Rudd – all stored behind bespoke iron gates and served from a bar made from vintage wine cases. But if it's a spot of sparkle you're after, then […]

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The Half Moon

Any die hard muso will know Putney’s The Half Moon – a South West London bastion of live music for some 50 years hosting performances from huge names including The Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, Bo Diddley, Nick Cave and Streets of London fave, Ralph McTell. The iconic public house has recently relaunched with a new wider food and drink offering to keep the roadies happy alongside that thriving programme of bands, DJs, acoustic, comedy and live entertainment that its fans have come to know and love. Keep yourselves well lubricated with a wide range of cask ales, draft and […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Phene Winter Garden

Christmas shopping left you a little jaded? Don't despair. After hitting the King's Road tonight, head over to the phene. Creative director and owner Lily Bourne has transformed the venue's outdoor terrace into a Winter Wonderland and what, according to the weather forecast, will surely be the only snowy garden in Chelsea. Take the weight of all those shopping bags off your feet and kick back on comfy hanging seats and tree stools covered in super luxe fur rugs with (real-ish) snow carpeting the ground beneath. Soak up the festive atmosphere of soft lighting and twinkling fairy lights whilst sipping winter cocktails […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

End your year at SUDA

Not been brave enough to shell out cash and send yourself off for some Thai winter sunshine? Not to worry. Thailand’s come to us this December. SUDA, St Martin’s Courtyard Thai restaurant, is welcoming us all in for NYE. Except, there’s a twist: expect no set-menus. Instead, enjoy what you want from their long food lists… som tum salads, sharing platters of porpia tod and satay gai …or why not settle for their chilli jam fried rice alongside their green and red curries? So much choice … and yet so little space inside. Still, there’s room enough to make a dent. Head […]

Openings & Launches

Gingerbread maison at The Langham

Claridge's may have a designer Christmas tree tradition but The Langham London has one of a more culinary nature in the form of its annual gingerbread house created by executive pastry chef Cherish Finden and inspired by the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. You can catch the 4.3ft high 'maison' in the hotel's Palm Court until the end of December – and why not indulge in a Festive Afternoon Tea while you're at it with Roast Norfolk turkey breast (just in case you happen to run out of leftovers) and violet mustard sandwiches, festive eggnog cream, mince pies and a […]

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