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Dirty Martini

Covent Garden success story Dirty Martini is heading west this month with the launch of a brand new sister venue in Hanover Square a stone’s throw from the Condé Nast engine room. As one might expect, martinis feature heavily on the menu – all of which are made to order – and star turns include the Hey-Berry Martini – Zubrovka vodka and Chambord shaken with fresh raspberries, mint and pressed apple juice and the Chocolate Martini – Absolut vanilla vodka, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur and crème de cacao shaken with cream and cocoa. However, that’s just the tip of the ice-cube. […]

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Sanderson goes street

We're used to pop-up restaurants and pop-by food carts but now the good folk at Sanderson's Suka restaurant are launching an authentic 'pop-up' street-food menu to capture the energy and flavours of the Malay scene with prices to match. Ok so we're exaggerating a little here but when it comes to top notch cuisine, dishes at £8-£15 a pop are practically free! Available for a limited time only, the menu takes diners and would-be adventurers on a culinary journey through the street-food capitals of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Tawau. Dishes are served in typical Malaysian sharing style with lunch options […]

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The Tea Room

There are many reasons to visit the eponymous Harrods – but could we give you just one more? Located on the Second Floor, Harrods have opened a brand new quintessential Tea Room. Along with a list of 20 teas, there will be scones and mini sandwiches aplenty, accompanied by ‘Tea Fancies’, which will include anything from a strawberry jam tart with English rose marshmallows and a boozy English trifle. That’s not all. As well as a breakfast menu (crumpets, teacakes), there’s a lunch menu and supper menu, too. These diners can expect ‘time-honoured British staples’ like Lancashire hot pot and […]

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Hawksmoor Guildhall

They say that three’s a trend and that’s certainly true where Hawksmoor is concerned. Continuing from the success of the Spitalfields original and then the follow up in Covent Garden comes Hawksmoor Guildhall opening next week in the City of London. The largest venture to date for owners Will Beckett and Huw Gott, Guildhall is a restaurant, bar and private dining room comprising 160 covers situated in the shadows of the Guildhall itself. The owners have again collaborated with interior design and architecture studio Macaulay Sinclair. Solid mahogany panelling is made from Natural History Museum specimen cabinets, the bar front […]

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Mishkins

From the birth of little Beak street Bacaro, Polpo, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty were onto a sure fire winner. Now, following three further variants on the theme – Polpo, Polpetto above The French House, the more casual da Polpo and Spuntino in Rupert Street – will open fifth instalment, Mishkin’s next month. Set in the heart of London’s Covent Garden like da Polpo, Mishkin’s promises to bring a slice of the East End and New York’s Lower East Side to London’s West End and is described by Russell Norman himself as “a kind of Jewish deli with cocktails”. Norman, […]

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Kitchen Joel Antunes

We’ve already reported on that Parisian landmark boite Le Baron is setting up a London outpost on the site of London’s Embassy club. But while details of the boite itself are still somewhat sketchy, we now know that chef Joël Antunès will launch Kitchen Joël Antunès, a dazzling restaurant in the same building. A complete refurb is currently underway with the new 95-seat ground-floor restaurant, complete with extended 40-seat terrace due to open in early November. The interior will be all mid-20th century Riviera glamour with classic French patterned limestone tile flooring, a Carrera marble topped bar and leather seating […]

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

The newest addition to the Lost Group stable (Lost Society, Lost Angel, Citizen Smith, Blind Tiger) is Powder Keg Diplomacy on St John’s Hill in Clapham – its colonial-style setting matched with Victorian influenced concoctions. Head chef Warren Beesely and libations maestros Murray Slater and Matt Roberts are the trio behind the new venture and dedicated to celebrating British food, wines, spirits, beers and ales. Their manifesto? “honouring tradition whilst subverting convention.” Which probably explains the giant map of the world stretching across the ceiling and the 3D antelope sculpture coming to life from within an oil painting on the […]

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A New Chapter for Kensington Place

Ahead of its 25 birthday, Notting Hill hotspot Kensington Place has just reopened following a fabulous redesign to its interior. The grand refurb overseen by British Designer Polly Dickens (The Conran Shop) sees a beautiful black and white tiled floor, a distinctive handmade wire sculpted shoal of fish across the rear wall, custom made communal table and banquette seating and fish shaped water jugs for the tables. Look carefully at that trademark mural for a few surprise additions to reflect Kensington Place's new direction. A new menu from recently appointed head chef Dan Loftin will celebrate the best of British […]

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The Rose

He is the co-owner of some of London’s most reputable hangouts and in the past few years, anyone with any panache and nocturnal savoir has been spotted outside one or all of his locales. But after Whisky Mist, Mahiki, The Punchbowl, and heading up the high-profile events company londonparties.co.uk, what’s next for Nick House, the man whose finger is so firmly on the button? True to form, he is set to reinvent himself yet again. And this time, it’s the turn of ‘The Rose’ to take centre stage. At 23 Orchard Street, W1 (close enough to move on to from […]

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Wright Brothers Soho

Following on from last year’s opening of Wright Brothers Soho Oyster House comes the Wright Brothers Soho Raw Bar, designed by Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim, opening out next week onto the courtyard of Kingly Court. Charming interiors feature reclaimed wood panelling covering the ceiling, a dark oak-finished bar with antique crates containing porter and stout beers from Belgium, America and the UK and a patinated zinc crustacean display with an aged Verano mirror. Ribbed halophane Venetian glass lamps with antique triple-braided cables hang above the bar and on the walls are Victorian Tin-Type photographs depicting portraits and curios. The bar is surrounded […]

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