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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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The Lucky Pig

On paper, London could probably survive without any new openings for quite a while. To say the capital is inundated with choices and places-to-go, is an understatement. Nonetheless, an undeniable excitement builds when indeed something does open up – after all, it’s better to have too much choice than none at all. Right? Enter The Lucky Pig. On 2nd December, this new cocktail bar will be opening in Central London, or more specifically, in the heart of Fitzrovia. Classic cocktails, decadence and old-fashioned glamour are some of the three ways this new locale has been described by its launchers, Keith […]

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Blakes Hotel & Restaurant

Original boutique hotel Blakes is beloved by designers and celebrities in equal measure – not least Gwyneth Paltrow! The original boutique hotel created by Anouska Hempel back in 1978, is packed full of eclectic artefacts from all over the world amassed by the designer during her globe-hopping from China to Cambodia. Just like the famously discreet hotel itself, Blake’s decadent subterranean restaurant is a well-kept Chelsea secret with walls decorated with fans made from the feathers of exotic birds with the cuisine drawing its inspiration from all corners of the globe. So if you’re dreaming of Christmas in a far […]

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Russian Resplendence at Eighty-Six

Have you made plans for New Year yet? If you haven't, this might be up your street. Eighty-Six, Fulham Road's secretly excellent restaurant and bar, will be turning into an 'ostentatious Russian winter paradise' on the 31st. For an £86 ticket, Eighty-Six are inviting you to spend 2011's end with them and their magical Russian wonderland. Champagne is handed out on entry, while caviar will mark the start of a four-course feast. As well as dinner, wine will be catered for, as will a bottle of Russian Marquis Vodka per 6 people. Magnums are given to parties of 12 and […]

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’34’ Arrives

In its initial planning stages, residents of Mayfair's exclusive Grosvenor Square voted vehemently against its opening. Their reasons? They feared the project would cause insurmountable noise pollution and that its proximity to the US Embassy would mean a higher risk of terrorism. But when the doors to new restaurant '34' swing open on Thursday of this week, perma-tanned restaurant tycoon Richard Caring – the mogul behind the venture – will be hoping to once and for all lay much of the vitriolic pre-judged criticism to rest. That said, there was always a slight sense this restaurant would survive the early slander. […]

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The Angel & Crown

They already have the keys to The Cagodan Arms, The Botanist and The Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, but it was always going to be hard dissuading brothers and partners Tom and Ed Martin from opening more of the same thing. So it comes with little surprise that the ETM Group owners, the company which oversees operations at the afore-mentioned venues (and a few more, at that), have decided to add another string to their bow. Though perhaps ‘empire’, would be more apt. For in the very near future, the brothers will be launching another public house, The Angel & Crown […]

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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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Obika

Love cheese? Well prepare to say ‘formaggio’ because coming soon to Canary Wharf’s Wintergarden is the first standalone London restaurant from Italian favourite, Obikà, brainchild of Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Executive VP, Silvio Ursini. Conceived back in 2004 as the world’s first mozzarella bar, Obikà, meaning “here it is” in Italy’s Neapolitan dialect, boasts ten restaurants in Italy plus worldwide franchises in Istanbul, Tokyo, Toronto, LA and New York. All the mozzarellas served come from PDO areas (Protected Designation of Origin), mainly Piana del Sale and Agro Pontino, and are hand cut and produced exclusively using buffalo milk. Said cheeses […]

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Cinnamon Soho

It would be fair to say that Vivek Singh is one of the reasons why London is curry-mad. For it is his much-loved Cinnamon Club – the Westminster haunt as famous for its unusual location (it's situated inside the refurbished Old Westminster Library), as for its boisterous, largely politico clientele – that the Indian chef has reintroduced us all to the wonders of his native cuisine. But vivacious Singh – who celebrated the C Club's tenth anniversary earlier this year in March – is striking again. Set to open a new restaurant and bar in the West End, he hopes […]

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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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The Tea Room

There are many reasons to visit the eponymous Harrods – but could we give you just one more? Located on the Second Floor, Harrods have opened a brand new quintessential Tea Room. Along with a list of 20 teas, there will be scones and mini sandwiches aplenty, accompanied by ‘Tea Fancies’, which will include anything from a strawberry jam tart with English rose marshmallows and a boozy English trifle. That’s not all. As well as a breakfast menu (crumpets, teacakes), there’s a lunch menu and supper menu, too. These diners can expect ‘time-honoured British staples’ like Lancashire hot pot and […]

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