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Peel House

Just as companies from airlines to paper manufacturers offset their carbon footprints by planting trees, so too must upscale property developers do their bit for the collective good and knock up a bit of social housing. In fact, local authorities often stipulate that they do so in order to secure planning permission for more lucrative commercial propositions. However, while a Barratt designed affordable housing project is one thing, a Candy and Candy version is quite another! And so to Peel House, the former police training centre in Pimlico. This is the affordable housing contribution from Project Grande, the group behind […]

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Subterranean Supper

Launched just over a year ago, The Bathhouse in Bishopsgate Churchyard has swiftly become one of the City’s best kept secrets. Its unique blend of old-world eccentricity and movie-star surrealism proving a real mecca for the party loving east end crowd and a seriously atmospheric setting for masked balls and fancy dress extravaganzas alike. Factor in the venue’s brand new restaurant and you’ve got all the ingredients for a great night out. Set against a backdrop of the towering offices on either side, the little chapel like edifice protruding above ground looks impossibly tiny and weirdly anachronistic but once you […]

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Playtime & London Wall

Two very different new cultural launches see Playtime bar, art installation and performance space on Islington Green and Ben and Hugo Warner’s London Wall Bar & Kitchen within the brand new Museum of London. Playtime is testament to the fact that East London’s bar-meets-art scene is spreading its wings into the rest of the capital and the recent launch featured a performance from hula-hoop artist extraordinaire, Marawa The Amazing. The two-storey venue is working with an ongoing rostrum of artists to showcase a cutting edge and eclectic line-up of DJ’s, musicians and performers. Every four months will see a new […]

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BMA House in Summer

A hidden gem in gorgeous Bloomsbury, the British Medical Association House is a Grade II listed property located bang in the middle of the capital, offering facilities for everything from conferences to weddings. The wide selection of rooms available caters to every function, providing fantastic food and service for clients. The outdoor spaces are particularly attractive for Londoners looking for an oasis of calm and a bit of fresh air amidst the summer smog – both the Courtyard and Garden are available to hire with the chance to barbeque out in the open. Add to this the BMA's generous new […]

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Marco Opens New Pub in E.Sussex

This morning Marco Pierre White  re-opened an East Sussex pub under the Wheeler's brand. Rumour has it, White has long-term plans to acquire up to 14 more sites. Independent pub company Powder Train, which has owned the Chequers at Maresfield, near Uckfield, since 2006, embarked on the joint venture with White at the end of last year.The 18th-century pub will re-open today following an extensive £150,000 refurbishment. The work included structural changes, such as moving the bar and knocking down a wall, to accommodate 100 covers. New furniture has been installed, along with a complete redecoration across the main trading area […]

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28-50

Xavier Rousset and Agnar Sverrission, behind the Michelin-starred Texture, have turned their focus to wine with the launch of 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen, opening this month in the City’s Fetter Lane. In an area long known for super exclusive restaurants or wine bars where food is but an afterthought, the new venture offers a happy medium: an exceptional and reasonably prices variety of wines with the addition of simple, classic French food. Both are served in a relaxed environment with brick walls and stripped wooden floors. The name 28-50 is based on the latitudes in which most of the […]

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Sanderson Football Widows

While the capital's men folk are hogging the plasma or holed up in the pub for the duration of the World Cup, ladies can take refuge in the rather more stylish surroundings of The Sanderson Hotel. While they're drinking enough beer to float a small army of rubber ducks, we will be quaffing Champagne. Football widows can drown their sorrows in the hotel's new Champagne tasting menu, served at the venue's rather chic al fresco terrace without a giant screen in sight! Each night that England is playing, there wil be a Champagne dinner that is strictly a ball free zone and guests […]

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Plot to sell The Ritz

A plot to sell the Ritz Hotel in London was a "simple but well-targeted and ambitious scam", a court has heard. Conn Farrell, 57, Patrick Dolan, 68, and Anthony Lee, 49, are accused of trying to sell the landmark hotel in Piccadilly for £250m. The men "sucked in" their carefully chosen victims by offering them false promises of a deal described as "complete fantasy", Southwark Crown Court was told. All three deny conspiracy to defraud. Mr Dolan, of Philip Lane, Tottenham, Mr Farrell, of Cambridge Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, and Mr Lee, of Broad Lane, Goole, East Yorkshire, are accused of defrauding Terence […]

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Food Takes Centre Stage

This month sees two food focused relaunches. Notting Hill’s The Lonsdale is being reborn as The Lonsdale Bar and Restaurant – a brand new W8 steakhouse presided over by head chef, Jason Wallis and then, although it launched only last year, roaring 20s speakeasy, Proud Cabaret has just emerged from an extensive overhaul as a fully fledged City restaurant. Hailing from Hawksmoor and The Palm, Jason Wallis has a great track record as a perfectionist, forging relationships with master butchers to ensure any meat he touches is of the highest standard and has, unsurprisingly, chosen free range beef cuts from […]

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Cafe Luc

Finally there’s more to Belgium than its chocolate! We are delighted to report the opening of Café Luc, a father and daughter collaboration between Julie van Oostende and esteemed Belgian restaurateur and founder of international success story, Le Pain Quotidien, Luc van Oostende – hence the name. Cosmopolitan to a tee, it’s inspired by the grand cafés of Europe and this modern brasserie is set in a beautifully renovated Victorian property in the heart of Marylebone. Julie van Oostende has restaurants in her blood and a career pedigree which spans The Bryant Park Hotel in New York and the Hoxton […]

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