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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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Sketch & The Royal Academy

London's exclusive Sketch restaurant and club is flexing it creative muscles once more. The hip Conduit Street venue has joined forces with the Royal Academy of Arts to offer the ultimate afternoon of fine dining and fine art. From 7th June to 15th August Sketch will be offering cultural vultures a three-course lunch with a glass of Champagne in the Michelin-starred Lecture Room restaurant plus and a ticket for the acclaimed Summer exhibition at the nearby Royal Academy – and all for a bargain £46 per person. Sketch was launched in 2002 by Mourad 'Momo' Mazouz and French master chef Pierre Gagnaire […]

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Basil’s

Picture the scene: a beach bar on the exotic Mustique, an exclusive island with a tiny airport accessed via two flights. The island’s social epicentre, Basil’s Bar is arguably the most famous bar in the world – perched on stilts over the Caribbean shallows and presided over with legendary charm by the eponymous Basil Charles. Goring Hotel head honcho, Jeremy Goring has invited Basil’s legendary founder to London to experience a British summer and built him a beach bar in the garden to make sure he feels at home. The bar comes complete with oodles of golden sand, three fishing […]

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Game on at Quaglino’s

Original super restaurant Quaglino’s or Quag’s to its many friends is equally famous for its iconic sweeping staircase – all the better for making an entrance darling – as it is for its A-list clientele. In fact it is just as much of a permanent fixture on and highlight of the capital’s restaurant scene as – say – is Wimbledon a stalwart of the Great British summer season. Oh yes. Right now it’s all about the tennis. But let’s face it, unless you’re watching/playing on Centre Court with that retractable roof that’s FINALLY coming into its own (we didn’t think […]

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VOC

The capital already boasts watering holes encompassing every decade from 1920’s elegance to 60’s kitch and everything in between. But just launched in Kings Cross is VOC, London’s first 17th century inspired bar from Fluid Movement mixologists’ collective aka Thomas Aske, Matt Whiley, Bryan Pietersen and Tristan Stephenson, the team behind Marylebone’s Purl and the Whistling Shop in Shoreditch. VOC specialises in barrel-aged drinks so you can expect bespoke cocktails aged in wax sealed bottles and oak casks and a pioneering cocktail menu offers punches and shrubs made on the premises. And to ensure guests get the full-on 17th century […]

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Tea at The Goring Hotel

If you're coming from a tour around Buckingham Palace, or simply running early for your afternoon train at Victoria Station, why not indulge yourself on a selection of delicious finger sandwiches and unique cakes at The Goring Hotel. For £35 per person, treat yourself to their award winning teas 'brewed to your liking', the egg savoury and a variety of small dishes like the lobster and mango appetiser or the more traditional freshly baked scones. A more unusual take on tea features a sponge flip flop that you can try while overlooking 'tea on the beach at basil's' in the garden, […]

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St. Martins Lane Hotel hosts Dri Dri.

With the galateria already becoming a big favourite with residents and tourists of Portobello,  Dri Dri is looking to take it's business into the centre of London with the help of the St. Martins' Front Room. You'll walk into a scene inspired by the Mediterranean, the beach themed pop up parlor will be complete with everything you'd be used to seeing by the sea! Using the best organic ingredients from all over Europe, Dri Dri creator Adriano di Pertrillo has spared no expense in sourcing the elements that go into each flavour including coffee beans from Arabia, lemons from Scicily, and even our […]

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The Brasserie

Altitude London just got bigger! This month the venue is launching The Brasserie on the ground floor of the iconic Millbank Tower with seating for 30 inside spilling out onto a street-side terrace with space for a further 80 people. A relaxed egalitarian policy means that the venue does not accept reservations so it’s first come first served. The menu features classic brasserie fare such as Rib-eye Steak, Sausages and Mash, Shoulder of Lamb in a Herb Crust and Sea Bass with Crushed New Potatoes, alongside a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and stone baked pizzas. But we did […]

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Browns Hotel Picnic Hampers

Continuing with the picnic theme, and the weather gradually on the up and up, have it all done for you by one of London's premier boutique hotels right round the corner from Buckingham Palace. Take advantage of the (somewhat partial) London sunshine with Rocco Forte's Browns Hotel providing everything you could possibly need. The traditional British picnic hamper will be carried by the hotel team just round the corner to Green Park, where it will be laid in a private spot on your picnic rug and entertainment can be provided by a Roberts radio, or if you prefer a variety […]

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Taste of London

London is gearing up for the gastronomic equivalent of Glastonbury: Taste of London 2011 in Regent’s Park. So arm yourself with an empty stomach and a pocketful of Crowns (the Taste currency) and prepare for some serious eating, drinking and general merriment. New to this year’s line up are Scott’s, Le Caprice, Petrus, Skylon, Gauthier Soho, Bocca di Lupo and Gelupo, however, festival stalwarts such as Le Gavroche, Rhodes 24, Maze and Benares are also making a welcome return to a roster totalling some 40 London eateries. Expect a mix of classic Brit and global cuisine from Europe to Asia […]

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Maria Elia for Joe’s

Not only has the fashionable Joseph owned Joe’s Cafe on Draycott Avenue dropped the cafe bit – it’s now known as simply Joe’s, presumably on the basis that like Kylie, Madonna and co, it’s now too famous to need further introduction – but it’s also just hired the rather lovely Maria Elia as head chef. Maria, formerly of London’s Delfina and the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, has cooked at Spain’s legendary EL Bulli and eclectic and flavoursome dishes include Pigeon with orange lentils, bitter leaves and pistachio aioli and Sea Bream with broccoli couscous, pine nuts and sultanas. The cafe […]

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Vista

Vista, the rooftop bar at The Trafalgar Hotel, has gone for broke this summer, more than doubling in size making it the biggest in Central London. A lift in the hotel’s glossy lobby speeds revellers up to the sixth floor whereupon you’ll find yourself in an oasis of tranquillity with unparalleled views over Trafalgar Square and other iconic landmarks from Big Ben to the London Eye. The sleek and exclusive space which has proved popular with celebrities and royalty alike has increased its capacity to accommodate 180 people and with monochrome furniture and splashes of pink running throughout it’s easy […]

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