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People’s Pop-up

The pioneering The People’s Supermarket, the shop run by the people and for the people, is becoming the hub of events for Fairtrade Fortnight including the opening of its own pop-up Fairtrade restaurant. For one night only, the shelves will be pushed aside and a three-course Fairtrade feast served in style – created of course using ingredients that have been produced under decent conditions and traded for a fair price. The events, each themed to raise awareness of producers in the developing world,  include Fairtrade chocolate-making workshops, wine-tasting with guest sommelier Christophe Charbonnet and cinema screenings, showing some of the […]

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Proud Cabaret Camden

London’s cabaret and burlesque fever shows no signs of abating and to prove it Proud has just launched Proud Cabaret Camden on the site of the former Proud Kitchen – £150,000 more glamorous and decadent than before and with a 360 º entertainment experience to boot. The space adjoining Proud Gallery and Live Music Venue has been transformed with blood red velvet curtains draping the walls, gold chandeliers hanging from the former Horse Hospital’s 200 year old beams and art deco style black banquette seating. Lipstick red bordello style candelabras and a cluster of purple silk balloon lanterns hang above […]

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W and James Small on film for Vauxhall Fashion Scout

W Hotel has always fostered a strong relationship with fashion and the arts. It even cast David Gandy and Helena Christensen in Blow-Up homage short, Away We Stay to celebrate its launch. This year the enigmatic Mr W has teamed up with Vauxhall Fashion Scout and James Small to create a fashion film for the latter’s AW12 collection. Conductivity stars Richard Rawson aka British hip-hop artist Fazer and model/presenter Zara Martin alongside the new Vauxhall Ampera electric car. Director Jak FrSH was influenced by iconic sci-fi movies like Tron and Bladerunner, explaining, “I wanted to create a futuristic backdrop and […]

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Open until 22nd November 2019

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, and for those who will not get the chance to return home to USA for 28th November and celebrate with family and friends, Gillray’s Steakhouse has prepared a special Thanksgiving offering for you to enjoy in London.

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The Jugged Hare

The Barbican’s Chiswell Street is fast becoming a real City destination and hot on the heels of Ed and Tom Martin’s Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, comes The Jugged Hare gastropub, launching on the corner with Silk Street next month. The former King’s Head forms part of the famous Grade II listed Whitbread Brewery and new name harks back to an 18th century recipe which you’ll find on the menu throughout the game season. Heading up the open kitchen is Richard O’Connell whom guests can watch prepping meats such as legs of lamb, haunches of venison and whole suckling pigs on the […]

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Flip out with Tom & Ed

It’s Pancake Day tomorrow and Tom and Ed Martin certainly aren’t letting it slip by unmarked and at both Chelsea’s The Botanist and Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in the City, it’s going to be a flipping fabulous occasion. Top pastry chef Boyne Kleynhans has devised a medley of variables taking us from breakfast (we’re starting the day with Blueberry pancakes with cured crispy bacon and lashings of maple syrup thank you very much) through to lunch and dinner. Hmmm will it be a Poppy seed crepe with foie gras and wild mushrooms or a blood orange Crêpe Suzette with caramelised […]

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A Bunga Bunga Brunch …

Brunch, brunch and more brunch. It's the London trend that will simply not die …. But there's one particular one to be noting down around about now … and that's the one at Bunga Bunga, the Battersea-based 'Englishman's Italian, Bar, Pizzeria and Karaoke'. For soon, guests coming to enjoy the £35 brunch menu, (which includes such three-course menu choices as platters of cured meats, the characteristically-named pizzas or the Bunga’s Benedict, topped with Hollandaise Sauce and Silvio’s Sweet Seducer made with Chocolate Sauce, Banana and Strawberries, among others), will also be treated to a unique form of entertainment. This new […]

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Designs on Drinking…

Fashion Week makes us awfully thirsty but a girl can only drink so much Champagne right? While the LFW designers have been busy readying their A/W12 collections, the capital’s mixologists have been devising some rather stylish libations of their own so Celine Trapeze at the ready, grab a front row seat at the bar and prepare to be seduced by the season's most creative cocktails. We will be drinking the following three in copious measures… Galliano Sour at Senkai Grey Goose vodka muddled with white grapes, lime, mint, basil and a touch of  elderflower cordial. Size Zero Hero at St […]

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Plateau Pancakes

It's not long until we reach the day when scoffing pancakes is a justified and perfectly-normal pastime.  So, where will you be eating your pancakes on Pancake Day? If you're not too keen on making your own, you could always pop down to Canary Wharf, where D&D restaurant Plateau have something special waiting for you. For pudding, their menu will be graced with the presence of the £7.50 pancakes with citrus sauce and lemon sorbet. Just a tip! 21st February will roll around fast…. www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk/

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Mele e Pere

An Italian restaurant co-owned by a chef is a promising start. New Soho trattoria Mele e Pere has been established by entrepreneur Peter Hughes and chef Andrea Mantovani and promises a delicate balance of traditional and modern regional Italian cooking. The Verona born Mantovani has lived in the UK for the past seven years and boasts impeccable credentials including a five year stint at Arbutus with Anthony Demetre in addition to roles at Wild Honey and Les Deux Salons. He has also collaborated with Giorgio Locatelli at Refettorio and worked at Harry’s Bar with Alberico Penati. On the menu you’ll […]

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Hendrick’s Courtship Clinics

Hendrick’s Gin is well known for flouting the rules of convention so as 29 February is set to reverse the rules of normal courtship, Hendrick’s Unusual Month of Reverse Courtship is hosting a variety of events to celebrate. Both ladies plucking up the courage to pop the question and gentlemen searching for a fail-safe get-out clause should head over to The Lonsdale on Monday 20 Feb when the Ladies School of Nuptial Conquest and Hendrick’s School of Scoundrels will be running concurrently. But who are the best students? Find out at the end of the month when Hendrick’s Preposterous Proposal […]

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Gillray’s Steakhouse

Come March, steak fans will be in their element with the launch of quintessentially English dining experience Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar set in London’s 100 year old County Hall, celebrating the best of British – from interior design to each cut of beef – and boasting outstanding views of Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament. Namesake, James Gillray, was a famed 18th-century caricaturist and the association reflects the political history of the County Hall’s past alongside the style and humour of the English personality.  His work punctuates the menu and will also be exhibited on the walls. Gillray’s Steakhouse […]

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Bissé‘s BAFTA Bubble at The Sanderson

Although many actors might nominate its Red Carpet Facials for the Special Effects category, Natura Bissé is not in line for a BAFTA itself – however, in the run up to Sunday’s ceremony, it’s hosting an exclusive BAFTA suite at The Sanderson Hotel’s Agua Spa to beautify attending celebs and VIPs. Bissé’s Diamond Iced Crystal Facial will be performed from the 99.995% pure air confines of a unique Natura Bissé BUBBLE which serves to maximise the effects of the treatment – not to mention a range of auxiliary actions from hastening physical recovery to improving concentration. Tennis ace Rafael Nadal […]

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