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Del Aziz

Clapham’s really been upping its culinary game of late with Soif and The Rookery opening only last week. And now Eastern Mediterranean restaurant group Del’Aziz is launching its sixth site and serious South London hub bang in the middle of Clapham Old Town. Just like its sister sites, Del’Aziz in Clapham has been designed by Shaun Clarkson with warm rosy and saffron tones and wooden and copper features throughout the restaurant, bars, deli-café and gift shop. The restaurant and main event will be open from 7am until 11pm at night. Breakfasts and brunches feature muesli and Greek yoghurt and Berber […]

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Reach for the Skylon

It offers some of the best views over London. But it delivers some of the best food, too. But now it's December, Skylon – the restaurant situated within the Royal Festival Hall – is getting festive. Its Finnish Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, has created a special £65-a-head five course Christmas Dinner for Christmas Eve. On the menu? 1. Cream of Jerusalem artichoke, horseradish cream. 2.Butter poached lobster with cashew nuts, pink grape fruit chilli and mango. 3. Pan-fried foie gras, smoked eel and granny smith salad, poppy seed dressing. 4. Ballotine of turkey, cocotte potatoes, chipolatas, cranberry sauce   And to finish? […]

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aqua kyoto

Somerset House, Hyde Park and Canary Wharf may all have city skate rinks on which to execute those perfect figures of eight/spend the day on your bottom (delete as applicable) but if you want to keep your dignity intact, then the West End’s exclusive aqua kyoto is the spot to embrace the big chill. The venue’s Sake & Sushi Ice Bar promises to be the capital’s only outdoor ice bar where guests can chill and dine alfresco on the aqua kyoto terrace amid an array of dazzling festive decorations and hand-carved ice sculptures. Take in the London sky line whilst […]

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A Bunga Lunch

If you've failed to hear about Bunga Bunga – London's boisterous Englishman's Italian Bar, Pizzeria & Karaoke in Battersea – you've most probably been living on another planet for the last ten, or so, weeks. Fear not, there's still plenty of time to head south of the river before Christmas to enjoy Bunga Bunga's endless fun and great food. Except, in the run up to the holidays, those behind the venture will be making it even easier for you to reach them. As of the beginning of December until 24th, Bunga Bunga will open for lunch. But don't come over […]

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The Lucky Pig

On paper, London could probably survive without any new openings for quite a while. To say the capital is inundated with choices and places-to-go, is an understatement. Nonetheless, an undeniable excitement builds when indeed something does open up – after all, it’s better to have too much choice than none at all. Right? Enter The Lucky Pig. On 2nd December, this new cocktail bar will be opening in Central London, or more specifically, in the heart of Fitzrovia. Classic cocktails, decadence and old-fashioned glamour are some of the three ways this new locale has been described by its launchers, Keith […]

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Blakes Hotel & Restaurant

Original boutique hotel Blakes is beloved by designers and celebrities in equal measure – not least Gwyneth Paltrow! The original boutique hotel created by Anouska Hempel back in 1978, is packed full of eclectic artefacts from all over the world amassed by the designer during her globe-hopping from China to Cambodia. Just like the famously discreet hotel itself, Blake’s decadent subterranean restaurant is a well-kept Chelsea secret with walls decorated with fans made from the feathers of exotic birds with the cuisine drawing its inspiration from all corners of the globe. So if you’re dreaming of Christmas in a far […]

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Russian Resplendence at Eighty-Six

Have you made plans for New Year yet? If you haven't, this might be up your street. Eighty-Six, Fulham Road's secretly excellent restaurant and bar, will be turning into an 'ostentatious Russian winter paradise' on the 31st. For an £86 ticket, Eighty-Six are inviting you to spend 2011's end with them and their magical Russian wonderland. Champagne is handed out on entry, while caviar will mark the start of a four-course feast. As well as dinner, wine will be catered for, as will a bottle of Russian Marquis Vodka per 6 people. Magnums are given to parties of 12 and […]

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Soif

Ed Wilson and Oli Barker’s award-winning Terroirs in Covent Garden and Brawn in Hoxton are getting a brand new sibling with the opening of Soif south of the river on Battersea Rise. The 70-seater space in SW11’s stylish hub will include a bar where you can grab drinks and light snacks and also a small front terrace – perfect when the sun is shining. Famous for their innovative bistro dishes, small plates and rustic charcuterie and cheeses, the boys are set to continue their ethos of cooking well-sourced seasonal ingredients alongside an extensive range of natural and bio-dynamic wines. New […]

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The Rookery

Clapham Common South Side has just got itself a New York style Lower East Side makeover in the shape of The Rookery Bar and Restaurant complete with exposed brick work, cables, ceramic tiles, mismatched wooden furniture and suspended light bulbs. The new venue from Mark Angell and business partner, Ben Burston promises well-sourced, sustainable and seasonal food at reasonable prices courtesy of head chef, Stephen Gadd, formerly of Hibiscus and Pied a Terre. Steve’s admiration for famed cookery writer and former Bibendum chef, Simon Hopkinson is reflected in his cooking and he marries a back-to-basics style with contemporary touches and […]

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’34’ Arrives

In its initial planning stages, residents of Mayfair's exclusive Grosvenor Square voted vehemently against its opening. Their reasons? They feared the project would cause insurmountable noise pollution and that its proximity to the US Embassy would mean a higher risk of terrorism. But when the doors to new restaurant '34' swing open on Thursday of this week, perma-tanned restaurant tycoon Richard Caring – the mogul behind the venture – will be hoping to once and for all lay much of the vitriolic pre-judged criticism to rest. That said, there was always a slight sense this restaurant would survive the early slander. […]

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