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Christmas at Alain Ducasse

A few years ago, someone decided to take a stand against the notoriously lacklustre Christmas cracker – after all, a paper hat can only have limited entertainment value. The result was a new market niche for the ultimate in luxury crackers, beautiful gilded creations that hide infinite possibilities for teeny tiny supergifts. In the case of masterchef Alain Ducasse, the crackers on offer at his three Michelin-starred restaurant at the London Dorchester are the hiding place for a range of his most coveted and well-guarded recipes, including his infamous Rhum Baba. Foodies won't be the only ones rejoicing, as three […]

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The Night Jar

The Nightjar is an independently owned 21st century speakeasy opening 19 November which is set to rejuvenate the Shoreditch scene. Taking its name from a nocturnal bird of elegant flight with a distinctive warble and more camouflage than an army surplus store, the bar and live music venue is East London’s new hidden gem that sings to its own tune. Its two connected spaces with capacity for 100 discerning drinkers promise no membership and no hype with all the glamour of an early 20th century cabaret venue decked out with subtle lighting, glinting brasses and mirrored friezes. There’s also talk […]

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RSC Stratford

From the end of this month, visitors to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s newly transformed riverside home in Stratford-upon-Avon can feast like modern day King Lears with the opening of two brand new eateries: The Rooftop Restaurant and the Riverside Café and Terrace. The new venues play an integral part in a £112 million four year transformation project. The updated building features a 1000 seat auditorium, public exhibition spaces and a 36m high viewing Tower. The food and beverage operation is being overseen by the RSC’s newly appointed Head of Catering, Rob Fredrickson alongside Head Chef Nick Funnell, formerly of The […]

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Brasa

It looks like restaurateur Brenhan Magee is intent on buying up the whole of Fulham Broadway. The former leading light of The Breakfast Group (Jerusalem and Salvador & Amanda) – before moving on to build and own Soho’s The Club Bar and Dining – successfully launched The Broadway Bar and Grill last month and is now opening new standalone restaurant, Brasa on the floor above. Brasa means live coal in Spanish and the venue will cook the mainstay of its dishes on an Asador Grill, imported from Spain’s Basque Mountain region. But although the culinary techniques may be exotic, the […]

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The Chesterfield

Chepstow Place has landed itself a brand new gastropub that fuses the classic English pub experience with the cuisine of the East. The Chesterfield is the latest offering from First Restaurant Group, behind Pimlico classic, The Ebury, Maidavale’s Waterway, the Clerk and Well, Harry Morgan’s and Park Lane celebrity mecca, Tamen Gang. Occupying part of the building that houses London stalwart, Assaggi, It’s decked out with wooden floors, plush leather armchairs in rich claret hues and a long mahogany bar. This cosy feel extends to the upholstery style wallpaper and then an outdoor terrace at the rear is heated to […]

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Wahaca Soho

The popular Wahaca chain specialising in freshly prepared Mexican streetfood is supersizing with its largest restaurant yet – two fabulous floors on Soho’s Wardour Street. But that’s not all. The brand is also unveiling its first stand along tequila bar on the lower ground floor which promises an eye-watering range of the world’s finest 100% agave tequilas. So challenge your friends to a game of table football and start working your way through the cocktail list. House spirit is El Tesoro De Don Felipe and signature cocktails include the classic Margarita served on the rocks with organic agave syrup, new […]

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Kyashii

Forget conveyor belts – Japanese cuisine is all grown up and super sleek. Recently re-launched under new ownership, is Kyashii, the New York style Champagne lounge and sushi bar that’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea meets inter-galactic space tourism. The ground floor brasserie boasts a sushi counter of polished granite sushi counter for counter dining plus an outdoor terrace for the better insulated! Downstairs is the real design classic though. The White Room and the Blue Room are all space-age style white leather seating, Italian tiled floors and aqua blue panoramic fish tanks set into the walls! There’s also a […]

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Meatball Tuesdays at Pizza East

So much for 'Meatball Mondays'! At Pizza East, it's all about Meatball Tuesdays! The Shoreditch hotspot has developed a seriously inexpensive £15 per head menu of great tasting homemade meatballs from beef and lamb to spinach and ricotta variations guaranteed to keep your week on track. Every Tuesday evening the meal kicks off with a plate of figs and burrata from the onsite deli together with a weekly changing char-grilled bruschetta. Meatballs follow served in a classic tomato sauce with a choice of side courses such polenta, spaghetti or vegetables, all presented in beautifully crafted individual antique bowls. Dessert is […]

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Casa Malevo

Casa Malevo brings an exciting taste of the verdant Argentinean pampas to London’s chic new dining destination, Connaught Village. Behind the venture are native Argintineans Diego Jacquet and Alberto Abbate. Head chef, Jacquet cut his teeth at Ferran Adria’s renowned El Bulli in Roses Spain and more recently New York’s Aquavit and London’s Trafalgar and Zetter Hotels. “I have spent the past 15 years cooking at some of the most exciting restaurants in the world with some fantastic chefs – but I do miss the food of my homeland,” he says. “It has always been my dream to open an […]

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The Owl & the Pussycat

Redchurch Street, Shoreditch’s new fashion and design hotspot, can now boast its very own boozer The Owl and the Pussycat complete with a smart new first floor restaurant. Set in a Grade II listed building which dates back to the late 17th century, new owner 580 Ltd, behind The Fellow in Kings Cross and Camden’s The Lock Tavern, has ensured it retains the place’s historical character and have restored it to its former glory with vintage furniture and original features. There’s also a lovely back garden – a veritable boon for the industrialised area. Chef, Nick Leonard’s restaurant menu features […]

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Baltic Cocktails

Our friends at the glamorous glass-roofed Baltic Restaurant have recognised that man cannot live by vodka alone. And that even ladies need a little mixer! To this end, master mixologist, Charles Vexenet, has been charged with creating a brand new cocktail menu that effortlessly blends innovative new concoctions with forgotten classics. So it's time to bring out your inner Russian and get on first name terms with Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Ulvuka. We love the Vodka Daisy with freshly squeezed lemon juice, homemade pomegranate syrup, caster sugar and a soupcon of soda water. But don't take our word for it. Until the […]

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Oxo & Minako

This autumn there are two new ways to join the mile (ish) high club. Minako at the Met has just launched on the 23rd floor of the Hilton London Metropole and come November, OXO Tower is opening a brand new bar. Minako at the Met is the new incarnation of Nippon Tuk and promises panoramic views and an oasis of calm at the top of one of central London’s tallest hotels. Decor is all muted colours and a new Asian fusion menu comes courtesy of head chef, Tian Teen Low, whose 24 year culinary career takes in Cocoon and Gordon […]

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