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Christmas at The Corinthia

Looking for somewhere to enjoy Christmas in the capital … ? Look no further than The Corinthia Hotel. But why, you ask? Many reasons, we answer. Firstly, the kind Corinthia people have set up a festive Afternoon Tea for us all to enjoy. Sevred in the chic Lobby Lounge, under the beautiful Baccarat crystal 'Full Moon' chandelier, tea-goers will have their pick of delightful British produce: free range bronze turkey with chestnut stuffing finger sandwiches, creamed Innes goats cheese … along with various cakes, warmed scones and mince pies. Corinthia Festive Afternoon Tea £35, Laurent-Perrier Afternoon Tea £45, Louis Roederer Brut Rosé N.V. Afternoon Tea £53 per […]

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Karpo

Bond Street’s ladies who lunch at Fenwick’s fashionable Bond & Brook face a conundrum far greater than the Mulberry Tillie v the Carter (both, obviously) as the restaurant’s head chef, Daniel Taylor has upped sticks to King’s Cross upstart Karpo. The new venue, opening this month just opposite the main entrance of the station is seriously urban and the three-level space is all concrete-meets-wood-metalwork-and-leather alongside a series of dramatic specially commissioned graffiti from four internationally renowned artists with names like LX One and Remi Rough. Tricky. However, Tagliatelle with crab, chilli and mint or Venison shin with porcini and polenta […]

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Think Pink at the Mandeville

This week, the pink haired one, aka fashion doyenne Zandra Rhodes, is launching a specially designed Iconic Afternoon Tea at The Mandeville Hotel based on her trademark eccentric jewellery and fashion collections. Guaranteed to stave off those winter blues the tea features clouds of bright pink meringues, buttery butterfly lavender shortbread and macaroon buttons plus sandwiches and scones galore all served on his 'n' her blue and pink patterned crockery designed especially for the hotel. Launching officially on Thursday with a Rhodes themed afternoon tea party where guests can also take in a Q&A and book-signing with Zandra herself and […]

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The Delaunay

It’s finally happened, just like the iPhone 4S, The Wolseley 2.0 is upon us just in time for Christmas and following a media blackout The Delaunay launched yesterday on the corner of The Aldwych and Drury Lane. But will its Euro Grand Café style usurp the Piccadilly forebear of its breakfast hegemony? Who knows but we reckon that Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have it covered from the Birchermüesli through to Choucroute à l'Alsacienne, Moules frites and Schnitzels. This could also be the place to come for afternoon tea as promises of Pear and Blackcurrant Millefeuille, Stroh Rum Cake, Ice […]

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Theatre Menu for NOPI

As soon as you walk into NOPI, it’s immediately clear Yotam Ottolenghi is behind it. A string of Asian flavours and those from the Middle-East, too, run through the menus of this all-day, modern brasserie … and it’s little wonder it’s fast becoming the discovered treasure tucked away behind busy Piccadilly. But the restaurant – whose piece de resistance is the long, canteen table which looks out into the open, frenzied kitchen in the basement – is getting just that little better. Because of its prime location in TheatreLand, NOPI has quite rightly produced its very own theatre menu. On […]

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Bluebird Christmas Grotto

Winter wonderland comes to King's Road this month when a Xmas grotto pops up in the restaurant's famous courtyard complete with Father Christmas, hot dogs, toffee apples and popcorn – ostensibly for the kids but let's face it – it sounds pretty good to us as well – especially if you factor in the spiced mulled wine. You can also browse through festive stalls selling foodie gifts including gingerbread men and mince pies from the Bluebird Bakery, hog roast and burgers, roasted chestnuts and Bluebird Christmas trees – all while being serenaded with carols and lashings of good cheer. The […]

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Flute

A little bit of Manhattan is coming our way next week in the shape of NY nightclub entrepreneur Hervé Rousseau’s Flûte Bar and Lounge bringing some trademark Big Apple fizz to London’s Great Portland Street. As well as a 100 strong Champagne list starting at £45 per bottle, Flûte already boasts two locations in Manhattan (Flûte Midtown won the NY’s Nightclub & Bar Award 2010 for Wine Bar of the Year) and a Paris offshoot called Flûte Etoile and promises VIP treatment for one and all. We’re talking vintage, non-vintage, prestige cuvée, rosé and boutique varieties; rare grower Champagnes from […]

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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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Eyeskate

Fancy perfecting your pirouettes in the shadow of the capital’s iconic London Eye? Well the EDF Energy London Eye is reprising the popular Eyeskate and the rink opens tomorrow 18 November with a breathtaking free performance of The Nutcracker on Ice choreographed and performed by the National Ice Skating Association. But if you think you can do better, the Eye will host a Spectacular Skate-Off on Sunday 4 December, a free-to-enter competition for budding skaters with the winner being crowned the London Eye’s ice-skating champion. Everyone’s a winner though as all those taking part will receive a complimentary ticket to […]

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Hippodrome Casino

Next spring London is getting a Vegas style make-over with the opening of The Hippodrome Casino Leicester Square in the former theatre-cum-dodgy-nightclub. Set over four floors, the 1800 capacity £35 million venture will combine a restaurant and lounge bar, cocktail bar, dedicated live entertainment space and, of course, serious amounts of both traditional and state-of-the-art electronic gaming. Says British entrepreneur and owner Simon Thomas, “First and foremost, we’re not just about gaming. The Hippodrome Casino is about fun, entertainment, great food and drink in amazing surroundings. And if you want to have a flutter on the tables, then we’ve got […]

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