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MET Bar

The interior of the old Met Bar was sold at auction on eBay with the money raised donated to “Teens Unite – Fighting Cancer,” and now the Met is re-launching with a brand new look, innovative cocktail menu and seasonal British cuisine served day and night. For the first time, it’s also ending its members-only policy enabling everyone to grab a piece of the action. There’s a black sleek lava-stone bar top snaking through the space capped by a leather-clad bar front and tables are back-painted glass with golden highlights reflecting the natural light which floods through a newly created […]

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Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cocktail Menu

The Fashion Week circus is in full swing and The Dorchester Collection is showcasing a special fashion season cocktail menu celebrating the five designers who have been shortlisted for the 2011 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize – exclusively at its hotels in leading fashion capitals: 45 Park Lane and The Dorchester in London, Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan, and Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. The shortlisted designers have collaborated with the Collection bar managers and creations include  Hôtel Plaza Athénée's Thierry Hernandez's Anndra Neen Ruby, a red mescal-based drink inspired by the Mexican heritage of Anndra Neen's […]

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Harvey Nichols

We’ll miss Harvey Nic’s Cafe when it closes this month but with the promise of a complete refurb to look forward to in late November alongside a brand new interior and new food and drink offering, well, we suppose we mustn’t grumble. There’ll be a new horseshoe-shaped Espresso Bar, now with enlarged seating area and a cocktail list including Marshmallow Martinis while the main Café area will mix up its seating with intimate leather banquettes running along the side and by the floor-to-ceiling windows and a regular open-plan zone in the central space. Decor wise it’s herringbone patterned flooring (very […]

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The Vaults

Home House knows how to throw a mean party but now the exclusive members' club is launching The Vaults, its new late night party rooms. Inspired by Studio 54, Regines, Annabels and Harry’s Bar, The Vaults promise a timeless playground of pleasure in the basement of No 21 Portman Square and claims the moniker, ‘the ultimate portal to hedonism’. It boasts its own private entrance leading down a resin staircase to a leather-clad door complete with gold chain-mailed peepholes – a perfect backdrop for working the fetish trend. The rooms come complete with ambient lighting, luxurious textures and cutting edge […]

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The Dorsia

Since it takes its name from the ever-full fictional restaurant featured in Hollywood's American Psycho, one can only assume that South Kensington will be abuzz with nosy nocturnal revellers when The Dorsia finally swings opens its doors next week. Large swathes of interest won't be entirely unexpected. After all, anticipation surrounding the launch of this new private members' restaurant, bar and nightclub has mounted steadily throughout the summer – though curious chatter is most likely to have been what Nick Andreen and Fraser Carruthers, the men behind the venture, had always wanted. Ploughing a reported £2.4 million into what was […]

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Novikov

Arkady Novikov, has unveiled the first images of his new Novikov Restaurant & Bar and the first project outside of Russia for the legendary restaurateur is due to open in November in the heart of Mayfair. As guests enter through revolving doors off Berkeley Street, they will see cool granite walls, a striking lacquered ebony bar-counter decorated with a jade stone (belonging to Arkady himself). Set across three floors, the concept takes in three distinctive spaces – the Asian Restaurant, the Italian Restaurant (pictured) and the Novikov Bar. The adjacent Asian Restaurant is a striking 130 seater in contemporary-style created […]

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DECADES of Proud

Enter the autumn with a bang with Proud Cabaret's new theatrical sensation, DECADES, the only floor show in London to take you through a timeline of the art of the burlesque. Launching tomorrow 21 September, DECADES co-incides with the completion of the venue's renovations – think an extended stage with runway, expanded seating islands for 275 guests and a new raised ceiling for aerial performances. The show's 10 week run promises a whirlwind journey from the 20's right up to the present day. We're talking glamour, swing, jive and rock culminating in the experimentational contemporary scene of neo-burlesque and sensational […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

The Plough Clapham Junction

The Plough, just opened on St. John’s Hill a few minutes walk from Clapham Junction station, is a stylish Anglo American bar and kitchen which satisfies our craving for grazing and insatiable appetite for sliders, miniature mains and sharing dishes. Open all day, The Plough is a relaxed neighbourhood bar and a welcome addition to Clapham Junction area. Serving food from both sides of the pond, and an unrivalled range of drinks; from craft beers and cask ales, to spirits, sparklers and shakes, there’s something for everyone. Head chef Josh Garner leads his brigade from the open plan kitchen located […]

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Bread Street Kitchen

Representing a new direction for Gordon Ramsay comes Bread Street Kitchen at One New Change, London. The restaurant and bar promises a relaxed dining experience set over a large warehouse-style location inspired by its East London environs. Informal in its approach, it’s open all day and in addition to the regular kitchen, the menu takes in dishes from a raw bar and a wood-burning oven too. The dramatic space has been designed by Russell Sage – in keeping with its industrial roots. We’re talking striking lighting displays, an exposed lift shaft and viewing platforms through the centre of the restaurant. […]

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Banana Tree

Bayswater, Clapham Junction, Angel, Hampstead, Maida Vale and now Wardour Street. As of today, William Chow’s Banana Tree group is spreading its wings or should we say leaves into the West End with his sixth and flagship London site. It’s been over twenty years in the making but Chow’s passion, Indochinese food, lies at the heart of this labour of love. Malaysian by birth, Chow has travelled extensively around the region over the last two decades refining his menu and sourcing recipes and the ingredients which help create the layers of flavour in every dish. His interpretation of the cuisine […]

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