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Proud2

We've done supper clubs, we've scoped out The Box and, Coachella notwithstanding, it's a long ole wait until the start of the festival season. So it's a good job that Proud Group is taking over the former Matter Club in the O2 then isn't it! Following a sell-out one-off party over New Year's Eve to test the waters (a resounding success) things have moved pretty sharpish and Proud2 (what else could you call it?) is set to launch on 3 March with an opening party packed with a stellar line up of live acts and DJ sets from The Mystery […]

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Venosi

Soho stalwart Luigi Venosi has decamped to the heart of Chelsea to launch a brand new Italian restaurant bearing his famous name. Amalfi born Luigi has worked in the industry for 40 years: at Don Luigi’s he played host to famous faces from Frank Sinatra and Mel Brookes to Dolph Lundgren, James Bolan and Franco Zola! His new eponymous venue on Sloane Avenue features clean lines, clever use of mirrors, vintage photographs and exposed brickwork. Luigi has joined forces with son Gino as head chef and the restaurant is all old school charm and hospitality with simple, quality cooking exacted […]

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Under the Bridge

If you already own a private Boeing 767, a globe spanning property portfolio, a fleet of helicopters and cars and a flotilla of yachts – not least a £300 million 164 footer complete with mini-submarine – what do you buy next? Your own nightclub of course! Roman Abramovich’s team began work on the former Purple night club under the East Stand of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge football stadium in autumn 2010 and although it was initially slated to open in December, in the grand tradition of W and Corinthia Hotels it’s only recently been finished – hence the new launch date […]

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Zenna

Dean Street’s Red Fort is going underground with the launch of the brand new Zenna Indian style cocktail bar that mixes the hottest cocktails with the coolest lassis. Descend a stairway lined with bronze water vessels filled with floating flowers and twinkling candles and prepare for a zenned out experience. We’re talking azure blue walls, plush blue velvet stools, silk-upholstered gold chairs, Italian tiles and Oriental rugs with a centrepiece bar entirely covered in shimmering metallic discs.An exotic cocktail list choc full of cardamom, lemongrass and ginger features the Coriander & Lychee Daquiri with Chairman’s Reserve Rum, fresh lime, lychee […]

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Wyld

There’s a new club in town and trust us it’s going to be Wyld! Yes, Wyld is launching at the eagerly anticipated W Hotel in Leicester Square on 14 February to co-incide with the grand opening of the hotel. It’s a collaboration between W international and Matt Hermer and Paul Deeming’s Ignite Group behind Eclipse, Bumpkin and royal favourite, Boujis in South Kensington. The club takes its name from Sir John Wyld and promises to live up to the spectacles laid on by the outrageous Victorian entrepreneur – albeit with a contemporary rock ‘n’ roll twist. Amsterdam designer house Concrete […]

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Hush

Tis the season to be both romantic and fashionable in London! Valentine's fever is encroaching swiftly upon us, and with thoughts turning to exact plans for the big day of all things pink and heart-shaped, here's an idea for anyone desperately seeking a dinner venue. Drawing on its beautifully chic Mayfair setting, Hush Restaurant has launched its Valentine's Menu, set at £45 per head and featuring some fantastic concoctions upon arrival – the Cupid's Arrow, shot through with violet liqueur and elderflower cordial and topped up with Taittinger, and First Love, a heady mix of vodka, passion fruit, port and […]

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The Corinthia is taking reservations

The launch has been put back more times than we can count but it has finally been confirmed that the world's ninth Corintia hotel is launching in April. And this time we know it's true as it's taking reservations! That's all 294 rooms of it including , 43 luxurious suites – some of which are located over two-storeys inside the turrets of the historic Victorian building with their own private lifts and terraces. There are also two restaurants and a bar. The Northall, promises the best of British artisanal produce with a leaning towards raw, seasonal and sustainable ingredients and […]

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Battersea’s Bennett

From the 9th March denizens of Battersea Square will be waking up to brand new food emporium Bennett Oyster Bar, Brasserie & Wine Store. The new venture (backed by Freddie ‘Jalouse’ Achom) has been developed by Ray Duhaney, former ops director at Ronnie Scott’s and Purple Dragon and behind the concepts at Cheyne Walk Brasserie and Bumpkin. You can expect a classic seafood-led brasserie experience, an oyster bar, a fresh organic grocery and wine store showcasing produce from around the British Isles open from 8am until midnight. Shaun Clarkson ID (Atlantic Bar & Grill, Cheyne Walk Brasserie, Odette’s, Harvey Nichols’ […]

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2 for 1 at Beaufort House

Beaufort House scooped Best Members' Bar in London at last year's Club and Bar Awards for its three floors of home-from-home comforts taking in a laptop loan service, cinema screenings, backgammon tournaments, private meeting rooms and a 3am licence – all included in a membership deal so reasonable we're not going to print it in case we spark a riot. Check it out here instead www.beauforthousechelsea.com But if you want to get a taste for the place without the commitment, Beaufort's street level brasserie restaurant is open to the public and running a great 2 for 1 offer on weekday […]

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Life Lessons

If you fancy expanding your horizons this year, we’ve got just the thing. Morgans Hotel Group is joining forces with The School of Life. Its Minibar for the Mind initiative launches this week at Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane and rolling out to the Delano, Mondrian Soho and Mondrian Los Angeles. Guests can buy in with a custom-made £35 box constituting a midnight feast of ideas which is available at St Martin’s Lane via a semi-automatic vending machine parked in the lobby – which, unlike the usual contents of a mini bar, will neither give you a hangover nor sit […]

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Opera Tavern

Whereas once Covent Garden was more about the tourists and theatre diners, it’s now giving Soho a run for its money with its quirky new eateries like the Caring backed Bill’s Cafe in new dining destination St Martin’s Courtyard. A further treat opening at the end of this month, is Opera Tavern in Catherine Street. The new venue comes from the people behind award winning tapas gems of W1, Salt Yard and Dehesa, Sanja and Simon Mullins. The menu is overseen by executive chef, Ben Tish in collaboration with head chef, Jamie Thickett and diners can expect a similar focus […]

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The Restaurant

  This month Oliver Peyton’s restaurant group, Peyton and Byrne, is launching at the Royal Academy of Arts. Created by Design Research Studio under the direction of Tom Dixon, the new restaurant and bar will be the fourth dining space at the Academy from the group. Says Peyton, “The Royal Academy of Arts is one of London’s oldest and best regarded cultural sites. It is a unique place and to work with living artists is an extraordinary opportunity, which brings a new dimension to what we do. We look forward to bringing high quality British food to all visitors, whether […]

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