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The Royal Wedding

Not snagged an invite to the royal wedding? Don’t worry you can still celebrate in style at one of London’s top hotels with no intrusive paparazzi snapping away at your hat and without your mobile phone being confiscated at the door. Brunch at Brown's Brown’s Hotel will be serving up a delicious Royal Wedding brunch at HIX at the Albemarle. Head chef, Marcus Verberne, has created a sumptuous menu featuring quintessential British cuisine set to charm any Royalist from Hix cure De Beauvoir smoked salmon with scrambled eggs to eggy bread with smoked Orkney bacon and crème fraiche. Guests are […]

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Dorsia

South Kensington’s much loved Firehouse bar, restaurant and club has recently been taken over LVMH style and is due to relaunch as Dorsia on 25 May following a massive £2.4million refurbishment. Fans of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho will doubtless recognise the name from the mythological destination resto in the book (and Christian Bale’s hang out in the movie adaptation) and we can certainly imagine a slew of goodlooking young bucks comparing business cards in the sophisticated Kensington location. The 300 capacity venue will comprise a members’ club, bar and restaurant and while it’s still under construction, the space promises […]

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The Summerhouse

Making a reprise due to popular demand, Waterway’s pop-up little sister, The Summerhouse is back for a seven month run in Little Venice. The nautical themed restaurant is serving up a delicious seafood menu in a space reminiscent of a Hampton’s beach house. The Summerhouse’s light and airy décor is based on the large Long Island seafront houses where well-heeled New Yorkers retreat during the summer. The walls have a clean, whitewashed appearance offset by blue and white upholstery. The restaurant even has its own adjacent mooring space so river traffic can stop off and enjoy a leisurely lunch and […]

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The Cube

Electrolux is more usually associated with dishwashers and fridges than fine dining but the brand has just launched The Electrolux Cube in Belgium’s capital Brussels, sitting atop the city’s Parc du Cinquantenaire. The first in a series of unique temporary dining concepts, it will be followed by two further Electrolux Cube restaurants popping up on landmark sites across Europe over the course of the year. Each Cube will offer a memorable dining experience for 18 guests per sitting and the transparent and semi-transparent structures will pop-up on monuments, buildings and even water platforms in Belgium, Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden […]

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The Arch Bar

Just opened at the InterContinental London Park Lane at Number One Park Lane is The Arch Bar – so named as it boasts a great view of London’s iconic Wellington Arch. In its former incarnation, it was the Lobby but has been totally reinvented. The relaxed contemporary space features a largely gin-focused list: there are twenty five different types of gin – we had no idea so many existed. However, a wide spectrum of other spirits are also available, many of which are supplied by a number of virtually undiscovered artisan London producers and all of which are of the […]

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Mother’s Day Treats

Dutiful sons and daughters take note. This year Mothering Sunday falls on 3 April and restaurants across town are getting into the matriarchal spirit. Whether your mother’s a mama or a matron you’re sure to find something that fits the bill so check out our fabulous line-up and line up a treat for your mum. Best for Modern Mums Mums can enjoy The Modern Pantry’s three course lunch menu for half price – a bargainous £11.75. Tempting dishes executed in Anna Hansen’s signature style, include Chorizo and water chestnut sticky rice balls with tahini moroni miso cream and Sage and […]

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RSVP11

Come join the party at RSVP on 19 – 20 April this year. The UK’s most innovative and creative boutique event dedicated to corporate hospitality, entertainment, party and special events, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an exclusive two day showcase at Islington’s Business Design Centre that is set to raise the roof as the ultimate party event of the year. The event has also launched a new identity: London’s Event Showcase: Ideas and Entertainment for Event People and the website’s had a complete re-development too. Says Jodie Richmond, CEO of Exhibition & Trade Fairs (UK) Ltd, owners of RSVP: […]

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Hendrick’s High Tea

On Mother’s Day, Mayfair hideaway, Hush is to launch a fabulous new tea menu in partnership with Hendrick’s gin with complimentary cocktails for afternoon tea guests. During Hendrick’s High Tea time (Mon-Sat 3-6pm) everything on offer from jams to macaroons will be influenced by the unique infusions of Cucumber and Rose Petal essences that comprise Hendrick’s Gin. The Hendricks High Tea features Smoked salmon, Cucumber and Corn-fed chicken and Avocado sandwiches, Warm scones with clotted cream and a trio of homemade jams (Strawberry, Rose Petal Jelly and Gooseberry and Elderflower). You can also expect mini macaroons by Bougie. And to […]

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The Sanctum Soho Royal Package

Trust rock 'n' roll hotel The Sanctum Soho to come up a crown jewel of a way to celebrate the royal wedding. First up guests buying into the hotel's Royal Package will find a luxury 'Best of British' goody basket in their rooms complete with the patriotic paraphenalia needed for the big day from union jack cupcakes and flags to tea, scones and mini jams. However, there's so much more to see. For one weekend only, the hotel is being transformed into the Royal Soho Palace, complete with union jack walk-ways, Pimms o'clock rooftop sundeck and private cinema screening live […]

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Pollen Street Social

It’s been an unspeakably long time coming but then again, Jason’s been rather a busy boy. However, reservation lines for his debut London eaterie Pollen Street Social are due to open (and, we anticipate, to ring off the hook) on 31 March, three weeks before the venue launches on 18 April. Ramsay protégé, Atherton, left Maze restaurant in May 2010 and we can’t wait to see what he can do left to his own devices. He describes the Pollen Street Social menu as “having one foot in the past and the other in the future” – meaning that where classical […]

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Little Greek Pie Co

Who ate all the pies? You will once you visit The Little Greek Pie company. The new eaterie in Cleveland Street is the brainchild of Londoner Angelo Klefatkis who hit on the idea after buying and consuming the eponymous pies while on holiday with his family in the Epiros region of Northern Greece where he’d grown up. The memories of his mother Zoe’s legendary cooking came rushing back: from the paper thin dough to her culinary wisdom on eating spinach for iron, snacking on figs and walnuts for energy and the health-giving benefits of yoghurt and at least one teaspoon […]

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Sky Bar

If you fell in love with The Mondrian’s Sky Bar on your last visit to LA you’re in for a treat and this time it’s on home turf. London has just launched its very own version, a members’ bar on the 29th floor of the 118 metre Millbank Tower at Altitude London, the capital’s tallest riverside building. Prepare to sip exquisite cocktails, enjoy the world’s best DJs and performers, relax on plush banquette seating and enjoy jaw-dropping views of London’s iconic skyline. Sky Bar is the brainchild of Hong Kong born entrepreneur Justin Etzin prior to its official opening he […]

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