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French Fancy

Alexis Gauthier is finally having his moment. The former chef patron of the Michelin-starred Roussillon has just opened his own eponymous restaurant in the Georgian Soho townhouse previously home to Richard Corrigan’s Lindsay House. With a pedigree extending far beyond his 12 year stint in Pimlico, he has also worked at Monaco’s Hotel de Paris under Alain Ducasse and consulted for the Mark Birley Group. Gauthier’s cuisine is famed for its simplicity and he sets out to enhance the natural flavour of the main ingredient, surprisingly, the vegetable! Three menus options will be available: a set lunch or pre-theatre menu, […]

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Proud Kitchen

This autumn, Proud Gallery, the Camden arm of Alex Proud’s successful Proud Group, will get a new stable mate when Proud Kitchen opens within the iconic Grade II listed Old Horse Hospital in Camden’s Stables Market. Inspired by New York’s laid-back canteen-style dining scene, the venue, ideal for locals, shoppers and gig-goers alike, will offer London’s hipsters fresh, quality food within the chilled-out market setting. The Kitchen will be open from 8am to 10pm daily and the menu, serving breakfast through to dinner, has been designed by Michelin-trained Head Chef Finlay Logan to provide honest food at affordable prices with […]

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Summer Spacemakers

Our urge to make the most of London’s meagre rations of sunshine knows no bounds, so with outdoor space at a premium in the capital, it pays to get creative. The Langham is set to launch a new pop-up cigar terrace next month below pavement level on Portland Place, The Courthouse on Great Marlborough Street has just opened its fifth floor Soho Sky Terrace and Shoreditch’s Queen of Hoxton has gone public with its cracking roof terrace. The Langham’s £80 million refurbishment sees the addition of a new exterior courtyard garden at the front of the hotel, which, come 15 […]

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Mount Street Deli

Soon, it won’t only be Marc by Marc Jacobs experiencing queues on Mayfair’s Mount Street. Charismatic tycoon Richard Caring of Caprice Holdings is to open the exceptionally upmarket Mount Street Deli at the end of May – just opposite Scott’s on the eponymous London boulevard. Committed to sourcing rare and specialist foods – principally from Italy and the British Isles, the deli’s team of dedicated foragers have been busy scouring the very best artesian producers with seasonality an over-riding concern. No longer will the capital’s gourmets have to slake their appetites for rare and specialist foods abroad – or, for […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Jamie Oliver & Fabulous Feasts

Naked chef Jamie Oliver is branching out into the events catering market with the launch of a new company called Fabulous Feasts. The new business will bring together Oliver’s unique approach to food, the company will be run by Glen Chadwick and the team behind event catering company Chilli Pepper. Chadwick and Oliver share a passion for food and believe in the great experience they can offer guests at any event. The pair are focussed on bringing cooking to a new level. Jamie Oliver currently runs nine Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the South of England and Cardiff, with a further six sites […]

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The Milroy

Until now, the gorgeous No.5 Hamilton Place has only been accessible to members of Les Ambassadeurs Club, one of London’s oldest and most prestigious private members’ institutions. However, new restaurant, The Milroy promises to give the capital’s diners a glimpse into previously unchartered territory when it opens for business later this month allowing non-members to book in for lunch. No. 5 Hamilton Place was built in 1810 and standing on the site of one of Henry VIII’s hunting lodges, has, at various times in its history, belonged to some of the country’s most distinguished families including the Marquis Conyngham and […]

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Paramount Opens To Public

Paramount, the extremely popular restaurant and bar situated on the top three floors of London's Centre Point building, will next month open to the public for the first time. Owners Pierre and Kathleen Condou, who used to own L'Odeon and Bistrot Bruno and first launched Paramount as a private members club in November 2008, have decided to open up the restaurant on 14 May in response to 'overwhelming demand' from the public, it will extend its dining capacity to 110-covers. Head chef Colin Layfield, who recently joined Paramount having previously worked with Condou as head chef at L'Odéon, will serve […]

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Armani Dubai

Take two adages: Italians do it better and Dubai does it bigger and you’ve got the Armani Hotel in world’s tallest building, the iconic Burj Khalifa. Officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by fashion maestro Giorgio Armani and Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, the new venture is nothing short of monolithic. Occupying concourse to level eight and then further levels 38 and 39, the hotel featuring 160 guest rooms and suites, eight restaurants, a spa and exclusive retail outlets, offers sweeping views of the UAE’s first city. Giorgio Armani has lived and breathed the project for the last […]

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On Your Marks

It may be the ultimate twenty-first century revolution of the classic treasure hunt – and an indicator of a major new trend sweeping the fashion footwear world. As any twitter or Foursquare users will well know, Jimmy Choo is in the process of ‘CatchaChoo’, a scavenger hunt around the capital’s hottest nightspots, restaurants and stores, with the prospect of picking up a pair of their coveted new designer trainers. In typical Choo style, these are not the old faithfuls that will inevitably find themselves pounding a treadmill. In keeping with the sports luxe trend which swept the summer season’s catwalks, […]

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Browns 40th Birthday

Designers from all over Planet Fashion have come together to give the famous London store, Browns of South Molton Street, and its loyal customers, an amazing 40th birthday present: an iconic piece which will be part of the fashion haven's "Future Collectables" collection. FORTY iconic portraits to celebrate forty years of discovering and recognising new talent Paolo Roversi has photographed 40 Browns ambassadors – including models, actors and musicians – for the exhibition, which also includes film footage of iconic catwalk shows. Meanwhile, acclaimed set designer Simon Costin has curated it. The exhibition will open the official Browns 40th anniversary […]

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