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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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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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A Nose for Newbury

The first race of the new year falls on 18 January so if you haven't yet experienced the new hospitality at Newbury Racecourse, it's a perfect opportunity for sophisticated racing fans to take a stylish flutter. The Wine Cellar is a quintessentially British, hideaway furnished with the luxury leather armchairs and the wooden paneling and low lighting of a traditional gentleman's club. An impressive wine list is compiled with Berry Bros & Rudd – all stored behind bespoke iron gates and served from a bar made from vintage wine cases. But if it's a spot of sparkle you're after, then […]

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The Half Moon

Any die hard muso will know Putney’s The Half Moon – a South West London bastion of live music for some 50 years hosting performances from huge names including The Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, Bo Diddley, Nick Cave and Streets of London fave, Ralph McTell. The iconic public house has recently relaunched with a new wider food and drink offering to keep the roadies happy alongside that thriving programme of bands, DJs, acoustic, comedy and live entertainment that its fans have come to know and love. Keep yourselves well lubricated with a wide range of cask ales, draft and […]

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Gingerbread maison at The Langham

Claridge's may have a designer Christmas tree tradition but The Langham London has one of a more culinary nature in the form of its annual gingerbread house created by executive pastry chef Cherish Finden and inspired by the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. You can catch the 4.3ft high 'maison' in the hotel's Palm Court until the end of December – and why not indulge in a Festive Afternoon Tea while you're at it with Roast Norfolk turkey breast (just in case you happen to run out of leftovers) and violet mustard sandwiches, festive eggnog cream, mince pies and a […]

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New Years Eve

From a journey down a rabbit hole with Henry Conway at The Sanderson and skating at Somerset House to a seven course Victorian style feast in Clapham and a party in a Moroccan souk, we've got New Year 2012 covered. Wonderland If you ever wondered how Alice would have celebrated NYE, this is your chance to find out. The Sanderson is hosting The Curiouser & Curiouser World of Henry Conway which promises stilt walkers, fire dancers and live music. Tickets: £75 for canapés and a glass of fizz, £160 for a 5 course meal at Suka or £220 for a […]

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A NYE Ball in Mayfair

If your keen to keep your NYE options open and haven't quite decided on what to do ….. why not consider Quaglino's in Mayfair? Come in for some cocktails and nibbles by the bar. Or, how about joining the restaurant – whose grand staircase surely has to make it one of the more memorable places to dine in the capital – and head out early enough to tag along to another party? But then, perhaps you want a longer night? Come for cocktails, dinner .. and then stay on for Quaglino's live swing band, the midnight champagne …and a lot […]

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Leon De Bruxelles

Renowned for its moules frites and hearty Flemish classics, Chez Léon, one of Belgium’s oldest and most famous restaurants is opening its first international outpost in London in the city’s Cambridge Circus. Entrepreneur Léon Vanlanker first opened Chez Léon back in 1893 near Brussels’ Grand Palace and to this day the company remains family owned and run. While nowadays it’s part of a nine-strong group in Belgium with 67 franchises in France, the original menu remains practically intact. The new London outpost seats 220 at marble tables draped in crisp black and white gingham. The interior represents a contemporary take […]

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NYE at Orrery

Still wondering what to do for NYE? Well, what about Marylebone High Street's elegant Orrery restaurant?  This gorgeous restaurant is putting on quite a spread for its guests on the 31st December. Head chef Igor Tymchyshyn has created a six course menu for its visitors: Baked fillet of brill with wild mushrooms and Champagne velouté, Roquefort Papillion with cranberry chutney and walnuts, are just two of the items on the list. The menu is priced at £85-a-head … and just so you're not empty-handed at midnight, includes a glass of Champagne on arrival (which you can enjoy later, if you prefer). […]

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Hix Belgravia

Come 2012 fans of Mark Hix’s Smithfield Oyster & Chop House, Hix Soho and Mark’s Bar can add another destination to their go-to list. Next month, Hix will collaborate with the brand new Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel for the opening of Hix Belgravia and his second Mark's Bar. Belgraves, A Thompson Hotel is a joint venture with The Harilela Group, designed by Tara Bernerd and HIX Belgravia will be an 80-seat restaurant with a menu inspired by Mark’s travels. Mark’s Bar will pay homage to his famous Soho bar boasting an additional cigar garden and artwork commissioned from British artist […]

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Del Aziz

Clapham’s really been upping its culinary game of late with Soif and The Rookery opening only last week. And now Eastern Mediterranean restaurant group Del’Aziz is launching its sixth site and serious South London hub bang in the middle of Clapham Old Town. Just like its sister sites, Del’Aziz in Clapham has been designed by Shaun Clarkson with warm rosy and saffron tones and wooden and copper features throughout the restaurant, bars, deli-café and gift shop. The restaurant and main event will be open from 7am until 11pm at night. Breakfasts and brunches feature muesli and Greek yoghurt and Berber […]

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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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