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Burns at Le Cafe Anglais

They may have ‘Anglais’ in their name, but that doesn’t mean chef Rowley Leigh’s West London restaurant is neglecting the very Scottish 25th January: Burns Night. Head to his Bayswater restaurant on ‘Scottish Wednesday’ next week, and expect to enjoy yourself like a true Scot. On offer for £29.50, is an evening full of haggis, tatties, Springback whisky, a ceilidh and a lot of good cheer. Who needs to go to Scotland, when Leigh has brought all the best of the traditions down to W2? Go and raise a glass with them. You won’t regret it. www.lecafeanglais.co.uk

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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 […]

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Hush Comedy Cabaret

If your new year detox isn’t proving too much fun, here’s something that should cheer you up. On Friday 27 January, Lancashire Court’s glamorous Hush restaurant is hosting its first ever Comedy Cabaret, in collaboration with Laughing Boy Comedy Club. The event will be held in the venue’s newly refurbished Private Dining Room, where guests can enjoy a two course meal alongside side-splitting entertainment from three exciting acts. Headlining is Simon Evans who featured on last year’s Mike Mcintyre’s Comedy Road show and he’ll be followed by fellow comics Josh Widdicombe and Suzi Ruffell. Doors open 7pm and tickets cost […]

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Le Cordon Bleu

Made any new year’s resolutions yet? No? Well here’s some food for thought. Gastronomic standard setter, Le Cordon Bleu, is opening a new International Flagship Institute tomorrow in Bloomsbury Square with a new state-of-the-art school and café set to place London firmly on the map as the world’s new gastronomic capital. The new flagship has capacity for up to 700 students (over twice that of the school’s current London location in Marylebone) and will offer a variety of new courses from professional diplomas in culinary management to short courses in food and wine. It is also introducing a scholarship worth […]

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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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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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Supperclub in Rehab

In case you are in dire need of a diet, portion-cut-down and general detox but are too shy to join your equally-suffering cohorts in saying so at the gym, there is help at hand in Notting Hill. Well, sort of. Supperclub London – situated in Notting Hill – is lending (an interesting kind) of a helping hand. Admit yourself to their Supperclub Maximum Security Rehab Centre .. and they are promising to have your ailments solved in no time. Here, 'the road to recovery involves performance therapy, massage therapy and nutritious food' .. all helped along by the 'hottest nurses in London' […]

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Ceviche

Martin Morales’ Peruvian restaurant Ceviche, is coming to London this year introducing us to the delights of ceviche, Pisco Sours and other Peruvian classics. Morales, a former Apple executive and DJ has been working on the launch for two years and already has fans in Ferran Adria of El Bulli who is currently making a film on Peruvian cuisine and René Redzepi who cites ceviche as ‘one of the best foods of the world’! Morales has been cooking Peruvian food for his family and friends since the age of 11 when he moved to Britain and tested the waters for […]

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Dabbous

New Year new diet? Portion control a problem? Don’t worry. Texture’s Ollie Dabbous and former Cuckoo Club mixologist Oskar Kinberg have teamed up on their first solo venture, Dabbous in Whitfield Street – to be characterized by small(er) dishes. And while these are geared toward sharing, they’ll also be perfect for calorie counting. Décor-wise, the ground floor restaurant and basement bar will fuse industrial with organic, offsetting exposed brick and copper piping with rustic candles and natural woods. Similarly, the menu, described as ‘elegant yet restrained’, will be feature clean flavours and simple presentation and will change according to the […]

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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 […]

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Morgan M

Morgan Meunier has just expanded on the successful formula of Islington’s Morgan M with a brand new opening in the Barbican and the two storey restaurant promises Morgan’s signature affordable haute cuisine – this time with an additional informal dining room on the lower ground serving up a new MM tasting plates menu. The decor has been created by Monica Fino of Creative House to reflect the seasonality of the food so diners can relax in the restaurant amid earthy tones of olive green and damson – offset by crisp table linen and statement artwork while the walk-in downstairs space […]

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Hot Hampers

From Annabel’s £3000 humdinger of a hamper to The Modern Pantry’s £30 per head version for reluctant chefs and everything in between – not least Bompas & Parr’s Adventure Hamper where flares and ice picks come as standard Christmas kit. The Bear Grylls of hampers The Adventure Hamper, £699.99 From today, aspiring explorers can snap up Bompas & Parr’s Adventure Hamper exclusively at Selfridges. Expect an array of provisions and equipment from pickles and jams that will help with malaria, altitude sickness, insect bites and jellyfish stings to more practical kit including a hand customised ice axe perfect for defrosting […]

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