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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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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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The French Laundry

Move over Selfridges and Pierre Koffman. On 1 October Thomas Keller will be touching down at Harrods for a 10 day pop-up residency. The French Laundry at Harrods will see Keller rocking up with 14 of his elite kitchen and dining room brigade to recreate his three Michelin-starred Napa Valley restaurant in Knightsbridge. The collaboration will mark Keller’s first European venture and will be housed in a temporary structure within Harrods’ famous fourth floor Georgian Restaurant. The design will mirror the original restaurant in Yountville, California, with fixtures, fittings and signature dinnerware flown over for service. The French Laundry is […]

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The Langham Guide

Way back in 1877, Europe's first Grand Hotel, The Langham produced The Langham Guide to London written by the then GM. Now, over 130 years later, the hotel has brought its guide bang up to date with a digital audio version pre-loaded onto an MP3 player allowing guests to enjoy walking tours of neighbouring Marylebone and Fitzrovia. The Marylebone Tour will guide you through charming residential squares and historic mews taking in the former home of Sherlock Holmes' Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the imposing Hertford House aka The Wallace Collection and all the eclectic mix of boutiques and cafés on […]

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El Bulli

Throughout his 24 odd year tenure, Ferran Adrià's world-famous restaurant has closed annually only to re-emerge the following year with a menu even more innovative than the last. However, the weekend just gone, it closed its doors for the final time. The three Michelin-starred restaurant took no less than three million reservation enquiries in its final season from international gastronomes desperate to get their jaws around that multi-course tasting menu while there was still time. Where Adrià led in the field of molecular gastronomy with his nitro-caipirinha with tarragon concentrate, huge bowls of carrot and mandarin foam, sugar cane palate […]

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East India in EC2

Luxury restaurant operator D&D London behind gastronomic destinations including Bluebird and o Quaglino’s has announced plans to re-develop the ground floor and basement of the Old Bengal Warehouse off Bishopsgate in the City on London. The warehouse forms part of the Devonshire Square Estate or DSQ to its fans, which has recently completed its Western and Central Courtyards. The planned 10,000sqft development will include two restaurants, bars and a specialist wine shop. One of the restaurants is to be a steak house and the second will specialise in seafood while both venues will have extensive outdoor seating within the building’s […]

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The Door

A new door is opening in the City of London. Literally. The Door is a new oyster bar and grill restaurant on Cornhill serving steaks from across the globe. The stylish ground floor bar and 90 cover mezzanine restaurant has been created by BGW Design Studio with plush interiors in classic muted greys, silver and black tones, preserving many of the building’s original features such as large curved windows flooding the room with natural light and a corniced ceiling that’s been painted silver. The menu has been put together by Executive Chef John Murphy (Palm and Rules) with an emphasis […]

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Glorious Goodwood

With a sunny week forecast – about time especially as the US is currently gripped by a heatwave(!) – it’s also time to take those sick days … ahem … we mean lieu-days and enjoy the summer social season while you still can. From tomorrow until Saturday it’s the return of glamorous five day racing festival, Glorious Goodwood on the South Downs. Tuesday sees the opening Sporting Greats Day as Olympic and sporting heroes gather to celebrate a day dedicated to British sporting excellence and then Wednesday hosts the Sussex Stakes mile race (part of the inaugural British Champions’ Series). […]

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Take the High Road

Chiswick's lovely High Road Brasserie has reached the grand old age of five and to celebrate the occasion, it has just launched its fabulous Great Birthday menu. Available until Sunday 31 July, everyone who can snag a table can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner for just £5 a course! Head chef, Devon Boyce, has specially created a brasserie-style celebratory menu with classics and High Road favourites including Pea and Mint soup, Chicken Palliard and Lemon Tarts. Even the cocktails are £5 so while a Whiskey Smash or Dark & Stormy might not be the average tipple served at a […]

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A Saturday Lunch Club

Always find you leave all your domestic duties for a Saturday? Well, make sure you keep them free from now on. For on 6th August, the inaugural Saturday Lunch Club will get under way at the Blueprint Cafe, the delectable restaurant that sits just above the Design Museum in Shad Thames. TV Chef – and Blueprint top culinary man – Jeremy Lee will be the host of such events, which will take place on the first Saturday of every month. At £45 a head, guests will be served an array of delicious food (bream fillets, beetroot salads, almond cake) at […]

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Green Fairies…

Brompton Bar and Grill launching London’s first ever absinthe bar decked out with leather bar stools (all the better to fall off), a zinc topped bar and authentic Parisian sketches harking back to the days when absinthe was imbibed by fashionable bohemians such as Oscar Wilde, Vincent van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec who no doubt fell off their stools all the time. Guests can expect contemporary twists with cocktails including the Absinthe Caipirihna, a blend of Absinthe La Clandestine, Brown Sugar and Lime Juice and the Absinthe Daiquri, Rum, Campari, Absinthe Butterfly, Sugar and Lime Juice but you’ll also find classics […]

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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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