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I do, Cinnamon Kitchen

Indian weddings are well-known for their magnetic pageantry. But is it your dream to recreate the country’s inimitable pomp for your own special day? Well,  you’ve come to the right place. Believe it or not, Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Kitchen – the Devonshire Square restaurant famed for its modern Indian cuisine – is now licensed to host civil ceremonies. Tie the knot on the restaurant’s terrace or within the sumptuous ‘Maharaja Marquee’, before cocktails and canapes (Singh has a mouth-watering variety: grilled aubergine with peanut crumbled yoghurt and lamb seekh kebab in roomali bread), and a ‘wedding feast’ with its very own a la […]

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Carom

D&D Restaurant group behind such London stalwarts as Bluebird Chelsea, Launceston Place, La Pont de la Tour and Quaglino’s is launching its first Indian restaurant on Wardour Street on the site of the former Meza. Following the success of a pop-up programme featuring star turns from the likes of Michelin star winner, Atul Kochhar and The Modern Pantry’s Anna Hansen, contemporary restaurant and lounge bar Carom will specialise in regional Indian cuisine. Carom is named after an Indian spice (and a game but more of that later) and will offer a suitably spicy menu based around a sharing concept with […]

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Shaker & Company

What do you get when an international bar school, hotel and brand consultancy decides to enter the consumer market? Shaker & Company bar of course. The new venue on Hampstead Road promises a 10 year celebration of cocktails from Adam Freeth who has trained some of the world’s top bartenders including Eric Lorincz of The Savoy. A retro New Orleans vibe is the name of the game. Relax in beaten-in leather sofas and rest your drinks on tables made from 40 gallon Scotch whisky barrels. Lighting comes courtesy of a collection of huge brass lanterns and fittings made from reclaimed […]

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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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Cabana

This autumn sees a double Brasilian whammy in the shape of two Cabana restaurants opening in quick succession in Westfield and Covent Garden. Duo behind the new barbecue sensation are Jamie Barber (Hush, Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana) and Rio born David Ponté (Momo, Mocoto). Starters of cheese dough balls Pao de Queijo, Palm Heart Pastels and Chicken Coxinhas take their cue from the traditional churrascarias found on Brasilian street corners from Sao Paolo to Salvador. But the real highlight, of course, is the meat. Cabanistas will circulate the restaurants with colour coded barbecue skewers offering choices such […]

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Fornata

The team behind Mayfair’s popular Babbo Italian restaurant have just launched Fornata, in London’s Kingly Street. The name derives from the Italian word ‘forno’, meaning oven and the restaurant’s exposed kitchens form a focal point amidst a rustic interior inspired by southern Italian lemon groves that transport the diner into sunnier climes. Chef Douglas Santi and his kitchen team oversee both Babbo and Fornata and the menu has an emphasis on oven-cooked dishes from Southern Italy that lend themselves to sharing. In fact, the importance of the oven can be traced back to village life of Roman times, where villagers […]

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Luna & Curious at Sanderson

Shoreditch Aladdin's Cave of a boutique, Luna & Curious has taken up a permanent residency at the Sanderson purveying an eclectic mix of homewares, jewellery, art and accessories. It is run by collective Rheanna Lingham, Kaoru Parry of welovekaoru and Polly George who make a talented trio of jewellery designer and quirky ceramicists with a passion for British design. Kaoru and Polly's English fine bone china is created by artisans in Stoke-on-Trent using increasingly rare manufacturing traditions in the ceramic industry and Rheanna's exotic feather jewellery is hand-dyed in her Kent studio where iridescent green beetle wings are also turned […]

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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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Umbrellas in London

Umbrellas are useful. And in a city like London, can you really ever have too many? Well, there are an awful lot about to make their way to the capital rather soon – though not for the reason you might be thinking. For holding court in central London in-between 12th to 15th of October, will be Hendrick’s Unusual Umbrella Emporium, whose timing will coincide with London Cocktail Week. The pop-up, situated on Monmouth Street in Covent Garden, will be showcasing the history of the humble cocktail umbrella and of its inventor, Jonas Hanway. Some of the strange creations on show (anything from pipes, […]

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Sold to the Barclays

At the last count, they were worth a shade under £2 billion and were listed as the owners of not only Littlewoods and The Daily Telegraph but the Cavendish Hotel and the Ritz, too. But it appears identical twin brothers, Sir David Rowat Barclay and Sir Frederick Hugh Barclay, 76, are set to become even more influential. Recession? What recession? Rumour, it seems, has finally turned into fact: the pair have signed on the dotted line to purchase the Maybourne Hotel Group, the luxury British property and hotel operator which looks after Claridge's, the Berkeley and the Connaught Hotel. It […]

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