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The Rib Room

Fifty years after it first opened its doors, carnivorous Knightsbridge stalwart, The Rib Room is back with a vengeance this October. Following an extensive refurbishment from designer du jour Martin Brudnizki (St Pancras Grand Brasserie), a new Michelin-starred head chef in the shape of Ian Rudge from Northcote promises the start of a brand new era. Hollywood stars, politicians, supermodels and even royalty have all graced its hallowed halls (not to mention its tables) but we reckon everyone will love the new look space with its glamorous destination cocktail bar, two private dining rooms and cigar terrace. The elegant restaurant […]

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Iberica Food & Culture

Ibérica Food and Culture of Great Portland Street is branching out with a second location at 10 Cabot Square in Canary Wharf this autumn continuing the ethos of the original as an outpost of Spanish culture in the capital. Executive Chef, Nacho Manzano of the two Michelin starred Casa Marcial in Asturias, together with protégé, Cesar Garcia, will serve authentic yet contemporary gastronomic tapas. Classic Spanish favourites such as Jamon Iberico – from three different regions or Fabada, alongside signature dishes such as Manzano’s Iberica Burger with Secreto Pork Loin & Piparras Peppers and Fried Chorizo Lollypops with Pear Alioli […]

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SUDA

London’s latest Thai restaurant SUDA has just launched in Covent Garden’s new development, St Martin’s Courtyard off Upper St Martin’s Lane. The regional all day dining menu has been created by S&P, the company behind the popular Thai restaurant group Patara. SUDA takes its name from the Siamese rice bar, evoking the Thai culture of eating rice, aka ‘the bread of Thailand’, with every meal. Happily though, the menu doesn’t only feature rice. Rather it’s an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Thai dishes. Providing a modern take on classic Thai cooking, highlights include Choo-chee pla, a sea bass red […]

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Rich Mix

Shoreditch's Rich Mix is way more than a cinema. The iconic venue set in a former garment  factory has just given its website a state-of-the-art remix so everyone can see its standout private hire spaces complete with 360 degree virtual tours. Main event is the recently renovated up to 400 capacity Main Space with a specially designed in-built bar capable of hosting anything from performances and parties to product launches and conferences. There are two further super flexible options hosting up to 200 and 350 respectively and then a mezzanine level, a cafe, meeting rooms and, of course, three cinema […]

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Green day at The Berkeley

The Berkeley rooftop rises again with a decadent collaboration with quintessentially British skincare brand Green & Spring which is bringing its signature treatments from Cowley Manor's C.Side Spa in the Cotswolds right into the heart of Knightsbridge. Until September, the hotel's renowned rooftop sun terrace and pool will be transformed by award winning florist McQueens so guests are transported into a British country idyll complete with birdsong, birch trees and wild lavender – staycation perfection! Spend the day lazing by the pool, indulge in a special picnic of wild strawberries and cream washed down with home-made lemon iced tea and […]

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Bungalow 8

If you’re in Venice for the 68th Venice Film Festival (31 Aug to 10 September) make sure you factor the Palazzina Grassi into your nightlife adgenda for this year sees the reprise of party guru Amy Sacco’s Bungalow 8 pop-up at the Palazzina. Sacco is bringing her unrivalled parties to the Festival in a glamorous collaboration between Bungalow 8 and Philippe Starck’s Italian stallion of an hotel, the five-star property created by Emanuele Garosci, set in 2,800 sq metres of luxurious surroundings and feted by Condè Nast Traveller’s Hot 100. Last year was the first time that Bungalow 8 came […]

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Westfield Stratford City

While we may not be overly enthralled at the prospect of the Tube closures and general TFL mayhem in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games, we are, none the less, getting rather excited at the prospect of Westfield Stratford City with its fast encroaching opening date of 13 September this year at the gateway to the Olympic Park. The 1.9 million sq ft development will create a new lifestyle destination for London that will infuse shopping and leisure with the creative spirit for which East London has become famous. It is set to house over 300 stores, 70 […]

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Satsuma

Soho’s much missed urban-style restaurant Satsuma, Japanese flagship of the Royal China Group is re-opening on 29 August following an extensive refurbishment. The signature colour scheme of orange and grey will remain and the two floor restaurant will retain its floor-to-ceiling glass frontage overlooking Wardour Street’s quirky boutiques but the redesign will take in ultra-cool futuristic pod-style seating enclosed on four sides with windows in the roof for subtle lighting. There’s a new menu as well to match seeing Satsuma's authentic Japanese cuisine shifting its focus to specialise in Japanese Katsu curries. The idea is that you build your own […]

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Union Jacks

Fifteen, Jamie’s Italian, Barbecoa in the new One New Change at St Pauls, Recipease, Fabulous Feasts catering; a Ministry of Food with more clout than any initiative the government could ever hope to realise; and cookbook and tv franchises that make Martha Stewart look like an amateur. The power Jamie Oliver exerts over the food industry is phenomenal. He controls what we eat when we’re out, what we eat at home, what we buy at the supermarket, what we watch on TV and all that without falling foul the Competitions Commission and while retaining that cuddly caring sharing, loving husband […]

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The Shop NW10

There’s a new bar with a difference just launched in Kensal Rise’s cool Chamberlayne Road. The Shop is a celebration of fine drinks, great local atmosphere, music, art and all things ‘once loved’. The venue will host music nights with named DJs and acoustic sets and cocktail master-classes. The concept is the lifelong dream of Luke Allen, musician and ex-bar manager (The Cow, The Westbourne and Harry’s) and screen printer and photographer, Ben Magid, who wanted to create a space that locals could feel part of, get involved in and one that constantly evolves with them. The duo are inviting […]

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