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Barbecoa

One New Change, the Westfield-meets-Whiteleys of the City has its grand opening on 3rd November following up at the beginning of November with the eagerly awaited Barbecoa from Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang. Architect Jean Nouvel, behind the current pavilion installation at the Serpentine Gallery, designed the iconic glass edifice comprising some 6000 panels plus a sixth-floor public roof terrace accessed by a glass elevator. The collaboration between the two celebrity chefs marks the end of a two year development and takes the form of a 200-cover restaurant with spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral. The boys both share […]

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Ldn Restaurant Festival

The London Restaurant Festival is kicking off in style with a 40-seater pop-up kitchen by Jason Atherton. Atherton, who left Gordon Ramsay’s Maze in May, is giving punters a sneak preview of the menu at his upcoming restaurant, Pollen Street with dishes such as Orkney langoustine with lemon peel puree and 35-day-aged Spey-side beef fillet. All proceeds from the two-night spectacular in Binney Street are being donated to StreetSmart, London Restaurant Festival’s official charity. “As I am not opening my new restaurant until January 2011, I really want to use my time to put something back into London,” says Jason. […]

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Soho House Miami

With the international expansion of his Soho House empire already taking in New York, Berlin and West Hollywood, no one can accuse the inimitable Mr Jones of letting the grass grow under his feet. And now the countdown has well and truly begun for the launch of newest addition, Soho Beach House Miami. Miami is all about its Art Deco heritage and the new House has taken over the 1941 Sovereign Hotel on Mid Beach – just north of the South Beach strip. The Art Deco building has been totally refurbished and expanded to encompass some 50 rooms – boasting […]

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Chocolate Week at Brown’s

Whether you like to savour ever last crumb of Valrhona or prefer to enjoy your chocolate tantric style (without actually eating any in case you're wondering), Rocco Forte's Brown's Hotel has just the thing. In celebration of Chocolate Week (11-17 October) the hotel will be serving up a series of 'Naughty but Nice' chocolaty treats. Chocolate sybarites will love the Chocoholics' Afternoon Tea. Head Pastry Chef, Fabien Ecuvillon is creating innovate treats from around the world including Valrhona Macaé chocolate cupcakes from Brazil, Amedei Chuao profiteroles from Venezuela and milk chocolate & passion fruit macaroons from the Ivory Coast. For […]

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Street Kitchen

When it comes to grabbing sustenance on the go, mobile food carts have been all the rage in the US for some time. New York's Tom Colicchio has rolled out his Wichcraft sandwich carts to San Francisco and Las Vegas and Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack in Madison Square Park is a city pilgrimage spot for its Shackburger and frozen custard milkshakes. He even has outposts as far afield as Miami’s Lincoln Road and Kuwait City. In LA the Kogi BBQ-to-go truck sends out daily tweets with its location and specials including short rib tacos and kimchi quesadillas. Fans sometimes wait […]

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Experimental Society

If The London Restaurant Festival is the foodie equivalent of the official London Fashion Week then The Experimental Food Society Spectacular is the cutting edge off schedule version. Taking place on 25 September in The Brickhouse on fashionable Brick Lane, a daytime exhibition will culminate in an extraordinary banquet extravaganza. The society’s members run the gamut of culinary creatives featuring jelly mongers, cake artists, butter sculptors, food landscapers (move over Chelsea Flower Show) and chocolate sculptors. The event is the first time that all the society’s members converge together – each with an exceptional installation that showcases their unique talents. […]

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All New Hush

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Hush Mayfair has undergone a serious overhaul and this stylish refurbishment has given the Lancashire Court destination venue a whole new lease of life! It was a decade ago when former lawyer Jamie Barber opened Hush in Mayfair with Geoffrey Moore son of Bond legend, Roger Moore. Over the ensuing 10 years, the restaurant has become a firm fixture on the capital’s dining scene but it was time for a change and Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd Associates rose to the challenge with aplomb. “The Hush terrace is magic in summer and it endures […]

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Pierre Herme

Fans of the renowned Parisian Pâtissieur now have their very own altar at which to worship. Thus far available only in Selfridges or via mail order, Pierre Hermé’s first stand-alone boutique has just opened in swish Lowndes Street in the heart of Belgravia. This apothecary of pastel coloured gems sees undulating counters lined with all our favourites from traditional pistachio, rose & quince, strawberry & balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate & blackcurrant to salted butter caramel and more off-beat olive oil and vanilla flavours. And as with Hermé’s Paris and Tokyo boutiques, the flavour combinations are set to change according […]

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Festive Four Seasons

The launch date for London's new Four Seasons Hotel has been set for a festive 15 December and marks the end of a two-year, £125m redevelopment. It may boast a whole new extra floor but the number of bedrooms has actually been reduced from 219 to 192 – no Tune Hotel style shoe-horning here thank you very much. The brand new tenth floor is the work of architect Eric Parry. Completely made of glass, its stunning views over Hyde Park will perk up tired guests arriving prior to check-in time and provide a haven for a restorative breakfast and a […]

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Thames Festival

Once you’ve battled through all the government approved jargon about celebrating our unique cultural diversity, bringing people together and increasing appreciation of the river and its environment – the weekend’s Thames Festival actually sounds rather fun. Ok, Boris and co need to justify their expenditure somehow but it’s basically an illuminated night procession and a massive pyrotechnics display on the river. Well if you’d said that in the first place… The Sunday Night Carnival promises huge illuminated floats, torch-lit prehistoric creatures, bands, musicians and over 2,000 dancers– all parading by lamplight along on a traffic-free Embankment. The procession culminates in […]

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