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Pop Up At The Palace

Popping up in Whitehall’s dramatic Banqueting House from this week until 28 August is a brand new summer restaurant. Set within the iconic building’s Great Hall, guests can enjoy lunch and afternoon tea by renowned catering company Party Ingredients showcasing the finest food and wines from around the British Isles. Two traditional afternoon teas will be served everyday: The Rubens Tea and The King’s Tea. The Rubens features Organic smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches in handmade granary bread, lavender fruit scones with Cornish clotted cream & Kentish strawberry jam and summer fruit tartlets with peaches and redcurrant And then the […]

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A Vintage weekend on the Southbank

With every passing day, London appears to acquire yet another Vintage clothes shop. This July, these very same vintage-smitten Londoners will be able to indulge in their passion for all things retro at ‘Vintage at Southbank’, a three-day south-of-the-river extravaganza which will showcase all that is wonderful, curious and magnetic about days gone by. Tickets will allow access to film, fashion, art, music and even dancing events at various sites along the Southbank, along with the Royal Festival Hall, whose five floors – curated by Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway – will be transformed into a multi-venue time-warp emporium. Food and drink stalls […]

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Bunga Bunga

Alone, they're responsible for reintroducing Londoners to the wonders of revolving dance floors and spirit-sipping from pretty china teacups. But that was never going to be the end of Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling's influence on the capital. For while the entrepreneurial duo have popularised the cult of speakeasy bars through Chelsea locale Barts and made the upbeat, cheesy tracks synonymous with the 1980s cool again at nightclub Maggie's, their next project – whose Battersea location will sit outside their tried and tested zone of Chelsea – will not so much see them delving into a theme, as much as […]

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The Windmill

Clapham Common hotspot The Windmill has just launched a brand new dining room, elegant gardens and South London’s first alfresco day club. Party animals looking forward to their next spell in Ibiza will be in their element with The Day Club’s a flamed torch entrance, bright red umbrellas and DJ spinning the latest chill-out dance beats. You can also enjoy delicious Mediterranean salads and grilled goodies from the satay barbecue bar – the perfect sustenance for lounging in the sun – plus cocktails at the outdoor bar from mojitos to fruity daiquiris. However, for those who prefer the thought of […]

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Keynoir

You’ve a taste for the good things in life like a-list restos, weekly blowdries and massages and smart weekend getaways but the sugar daddy is proving elusive. Relax. All you have to do is join a free members’ club and the high life is yours for the taking but at a fraction of the RRP. Your dream ticket to the lifestyle you obviously deserve grants its members access to a plethora of interesting and indulgent experiences, allowing you to feel in the know and spoil yourself on a pretty damn regular basis without the attendant prohibitive cost. Each day Keynoir […]

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Rodizio Rico

Thanks to Rodizio Rico, London’s authentic Churrascaria de Rodizio, a Brazilian carnival atmosphere is at play in Fulham Broadway – spilling out onto the street courtesty of a stunning alfresco Caipirinha Bar. But what is Churrascaria? Prounounced ‘shoe-hoss-korea’ it means barbecue in Portuguese and Rodizio means rotating. Just like in its native Brazil, there’s no formal menu so diners pay a fixed price and carvers pass from table to table, slicing sizzling roasted meats – straight from a charcoal fire – from skewers onto your plate. Experienced passador carvers glide from table to table with a huge array of meats […]

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The Gallery

Opening this week is elegant new Mayfair brasserie, The Gallery, from The Westbury Hotel on an adjacent spot on Conduit Street – previously Joseph Ettedgui’s Connolly Shop. An all day every day Mediterranean menu from head chef Brian Fantoni (formerly Cantina del Ponte, Enoteca Turi, Claridge’s, and The Savoy) will feature typical dishes such as Octopus carpaccio with chilli, lemon and parsley, Daube of squid with fresh peas, tomato and tarragon, Ravioli of langoustines with fennel and tomato confit, Risotto of broad beans with salted ricotta and hazelnuts and Slow-cooked brisket of veal with baby artichokes and fresh peas. Desserts […]

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Dorchester in print

To commemorate its 80th anniversary The Dorchester is releasing 80 limited edition prints of the hotel by master fashion illustrator David Downton. Over the last decade Downton has gained a reputation as one of the world's leading fashion artists, renowned for his classically elegant, yet highly contemporary images that are instantly recognisable. Downton's work includes commissions by Vogue, Chanel, Christian Dior, Tiffany's New York, SAKS 5th Avenue, the V&A Museum, and a portfolio of life portraits of some of the world's most beautiful women including Erin O'Connor, Paloma Picasso, Catherine Deneuve, Linda Evangelista, and Dita Von Teese. Says the artist, "It was […]

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The Little Black Door

Not heard of The Little Black Door? Where have you been. The LBD (not to be confused with the Little Black Dress though you might want to wear one on your visit) is a new secret speakeasy from Nick House and Piers Adam of Whisky Mist, Mahiki and The Punch Bowl fame.     Popping up until the end of August in a subterranean location just behind shopping mecca, Selfridges, it will open Thursday to Saturday nights and promises an oasis of glamour peopled by London's It crowd. Think plush leather lounge seating and dark and uber-flatering ruby hued lighting, […]

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Assaggini

The Italian small plates trend is gaining further momentum with the launch of the contemporary Assaggini in Haymarket this month. The name Assaggini, translates as ‘a selection of small dishes’ and the restaurant offers just that. The menu boasting fresh seasonal Italian ingredients, is designed for sharing, matched with Italian regional wines and beers and is further divided into ‘stuzzicchini’ (smaller plates), ‘dalla fattoria’ (larger dishes literally meaning ‘form the farm’), ‘al mare’ (seafood), ‘contorni’ (vegetable side dishes) and ‘dolcetti’ (desserts – always sounding less sinful in the diminutive!). Take-aways are also available with a wide selection of Italian wines […]

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