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Beer on the Bridge

South London beer aficionado, Charlie McVeigh is taking his love affair with the hop from Battersea to the Bridge – Tower Bridge that is – with the opening of his third Draft House. The new venue launches on 14 September and promises to pep up our autumn with some trademark beer and food matching. The Draft House set out to elevate the amber nectar to the status currently enjoyed by wine and takes its provenance, cellaring and serving very seriously indeed. Master of Brews Adam Simmons has lined up a unique beer list that’s both bottled and on tap with […]

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Altitude Viewing Gallery

Now you don't have to head to the Big Apple to enjoy sprawling metropolis views. This month London is getting its own Empire State Building-style viewing gallery atop Altitude 360º on the 29th floor of the Millbank Tower. Located in the heart of Westminster adjacent to the London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and the River Thames, the 118 metre-high Millbank Tower affords visitors unrivalled panoramic views of London's iconic landmarks. Normally only available for exclusive private events, the viewing gallery is open to the public on selected weekend dates throughout August. A 1am closing time means that night owls […]

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New Secret Garden

Following on from the success of popular venues The Refinery at Southwark’s Bankside, Park Pavilion in Canary Wharf and latest addition, The Anthologist in Gresham Street comes The Folly. This newcomer to the Drake & Morgan stable will launch in the City’s Gracechurch Street in October. Designed by Fusion Design and Architecture Ltd, The Folly is a whopping 13,200 square foot, 500 cover affair, taking in a large bar, kitchen, deli and flower shop, as well a private dining room and a snug library on the ground floor. An additional subterranean level sees a further bar alongside another private dining […]

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Oyster Openings

Oyster season will soon be upon us and to celebrate, two new autumn openings are set to tickle gastronomic tastebuds. We’ll have to wait until November to get a bite of the new Wright Brothers launch in Kingly Street but next month following a short closure for renovation, Le Café Anglais’ Bayswater branch will relaunch with a brand new Art Deco oyster bar. Rowley Leigh’s Le Café Anglais in the Whitley’s shopping centre is giving us a gorgeous 50-seat Oyster Bar & Café. Designed by leading London-based architects Stiff + Trevillion, the restaurant’s Art Deco theme will be extended with […]

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Festive Fever

It might feel a bit odd to be drooling over exclusive stocking fillers and sampling Christmas puddings while wearing flip flops, however, the glossy magazines always plan their December issues in the very height of summer. And if recent weather conditions are anything to go by, winter’s not looking so far away, so you’d better get your skates on if you want to stay ahead of the pack. Take a leaf out of Vogue’s book and make sure you don’t miss the boat when it comes to planning your company’s festive celebrations. Novus Leisure’s fabulous London venues offer drinking, dining […]

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History Rewritten

Any attempt at rewriting history – whether it be from days of yore or that of more recent events – is generally considered a bit suspicious in a ‘Hitler was a lovely chap, really’ kind of a way. However, we’re all for reinterpreting the past if it makes things more interesting. Cue the speakeasy with twenty-first century know-how and governmental five-a-day directives that don’t make us yawn. The molecular mavens of the new Purl speakeasy cocktail bar have come up with a seriously modern take on the Prohibition-style watering hole. Purl is a new drinking den beneath a common or […]

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Sanderson Take-Out Tea

Hmmm how do you top a Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson Hotel? Make it to go! Yup, the hotel's pastry chefs have created a fully transportable version that comes in a cute a layered carrying case with savoury and sweet options set on different tiers which can be addressed either in order or in topsy-turvy Mad Hatter  style! Top drawer features Finger sandwiches – ham on yellow saffron bread and smoked salmon on green spinach bread and next up are Traditional scones with clotted cream and jam and Victoria sponge as well. However the real stars are the more off-the-wall […]

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London Licked

‘One scoop or two’ is so last season. Traditional ice cream outlets are undergoing an epic makeover with three new ventures in the capital guaranteed to get us excited come rain or shine. The Chin Chin Laboratorists in Camden is Europe’s first nitrogen ice cream parlour, Spitalfields' Le Bouchon Breton is launching Le Palais du Glaces and renowned chocolatier, William Curley has introduced an artisan dessert bar in his Ebury Street store. Inspired by the likes of Ferran Adrià and Heston Blumenthal, former city broker, Ahrash Akbari-Kalhur and his wife Nyisha Weber gave up their jobs two years ago to […]

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Syon Park

There have been rumblings in the West London jungle for some time but finally a deal between The Ability Group and Hilton Worldwide has been officially sealed and The Waldorf Astoria Syon Park is scheduled to open in November this year. The new hotel with 137 guestrooms and seven luxury suites will sit in a country estate of some 200 acres’ parkland – just across the Thames from Kew Gardens – neighbouring the London residence of the Duke of Northumberland. Fortunately, The Duke is rather better at fostering developer relations than Prince Charles: “I am very pleased that a Waldorf […]

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Boutique Italians

There’s nothing like a bit of summer sunshine to make us come over all Italian. Tempo has just opened for business in Mayfair’s Curzon Street and next month, Soho is getting a new resident from Russell Norman’s burgeoning stable. Tempo bar and restaurant is the open-all-day brainchild of entrepreneur Henry Togna and Japanese executive chef Yoshi Yamada who trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Sorrento and has worked in venerable establishments from Florence to Sardinia. Set in a Regency townhouse with interiors by Daniel Hopwood, whose clients include The Berkeley Hotel, the venue boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and an elegant upstairs […]

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