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Soho House Miami

With the international expansion of his Soho House empire already taking in New York, Berlin and West Hollywood, no one can accuse the inimitable Mr Jones of letting the grass grow under his feet. And now the countdown has well and truly begun for the launch of newest addition, Soho Beach House Miami. Miami is all about its Art Deco heritage and the new House has taken over the 1941 Sovereign Hotel on Mid Beach – just north of the South Beach strip. The Art Deco building has been totally refurbished and expanded to encompass some 50 rooms – boasting […]

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The Real Hotel Chocolat

UK entrepreneurs, Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris, founders of British success story, Hotel Chocolat, are going back to their etymological roots. At the beginning of next year, they are launching an actual Hotel Chocolat, a boutique hotel set in The Rabot Estate, their own cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia. With a location some 1,000 feet above the turquoise Caribbean Sea and views of Saint Lucia’s iconic twin Piton Mountains, Hotel Chocolat will be a place where barefoot luxury, comes together with lashings of chocolate. Guests will stay in one of 14 luxury Cocoa Cottages, built from local stone and timber […]

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Street Kitchen

When it comes to grabbing sustenance on the go, mobile food carts have been all the rage in the US for some time. New York's Tom Colicchio has rolled out his Wichcraft sandwich carts to San Francisco and Las Vegas and Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack in Madison Square Park is a city pilgrimage spot for its Shackburger and frozen custard milkshakes. He even has outposts as far afield as Miami’s Lincoln Road and Kuwait City. In LA the Kogi BBQ-to-go truck sends out daily tweets with its location and specials including short rib tacos and kimchi quesadillas. Fans sometimes wait […]

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Experimental Society

If The London Restaurant Festival is the foodie equivalent of the official London Fashion Week then The Experimental Food Society Spectacular is the cutting edge off schedule version. Taking place on 25 September in The Brickhouse on fashionable Brick Lane, a daytime exhibition will culminate in an extraordinary banquet extravaganza. The society’s members run the gamut of culinary creatives featuring jelly mongers, cake artists, butter sculptors, food landscapers (move over Chelsea Flower Show) and chocolate sculptors. The event is the first time that all the society’s members converge together – each with an exceptional installation that showcases their unique talents. […]

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Festive Four Seasons

The launch date for London's new Four Seasons Hotel has been set for a festive 15 December and marks the end of a two-year, £125m redevelopment. It may boast a whole new extra floor but the number of bedrooms has actually been reduced from 219 to 192 – no Tune Hotel style shoe-horning here thank you very much. The brand new tenth floor is the work of architect Eric Parry. Completely made of glass, its stunning views over Hyde Park will perk up tired guests arriving prior to check-in time and provide a haven for a restorative breakfast and a […]

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Thames Festival

Once you’ve battled through all the government approved jargon about celebrating our unique cultural diversity, bringing people together and increasing appreciation of the river and its environment – the weekend’s Thames Festival actually sounds rather fun. Ok, Boris and co need to justify their expenditure somehow but it’s basically an illuminated night procession and a massive pyrotechnics display on the river. Well if you’d said that in the first place… The Sunday Night Carnival promises huge illuminated floats, torch-lit prehistoric creatures, bands, musicians and over 2,000 dancers– all parading by lamplight along on a traffic-free Embankment. The procession culminates in […]

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Hakkasan Mayfair

Alan Yau’s phenomenally popular concept restaurant, Hakkasan has been drawing crowds to Hanway Place since it opened for business back in 2001. But now, practically 10 years on, Londoners are finally getting a long anticipated second branch in Mayfair. Previously, expansion has been concentrated on US and UAE markets with branches in Miami and Abu Dhabi. Yau sold the majority shares to the Abu Dhabi investment group Tasameem in 2008 but the brand is still going strong. Come November, Hakkasan is launching just off Berkeley Square in Bruton Street and promises to bring its Michelin-starred modern Cantonese cuisine to a […]

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Indian Zilla

He’s already flown the Ramsay nest but we’re still waiting for the launch of Jason Atherton’s UK offering, Pollen. However, former head chef at Regent Street’s Veeraswamy, Manoj Vasaikar, has just opened his third restaurant. Indian Zilla is located on the site of the former Barnes Grill. Manoj, who already runs the successful Indian Zing in Hammersmith and Indian Zest in Sunbury, Middlesex, is passionate about authentic Indian cuisine. And to prove it, has travelled throughout the sub continent, running the culinary gamut from home-cooking and street vendors to haute cuisine served in Maharajas’ palaces. Having assimilated everything, he blended […]

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Hel YES

Fans of the BBC’s Great British Waste Menu will love Hel YES, the new temporary restaurant from The Finnish Institute that’s popping up in N1 for two weeks during September’s London Design Festival. The 120 cover restaurant, bar and exhibition space has the idea of foraging at its core. It’s the brainchild of executive chef, Antto Melasniemi, known for his Helsinki concept restaurants, Atelje Finne and Kuurma and the Cat & Mutton gastropub here in Broadway Market. “I’m interested in food as a social phenomenon and as language. Rather than being a very technical chef, I enjoy working with conceptual […]

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Corinthia Hotel New Details

It's exciting news in the hotel industry, Corinthia Hotels has just  released details about its £270m five-star luxury hotel in central London, which is expected to open early next year. The Corinthia Hotel London, currently under construction in what was the original Metropole Hotel from the 1880s and subsequently part of the Ministry of Defence, will be the group's ninth hotel. In addition to two restaurants, a concept cocktail bar, boardroom meeting facilities and a refurbished grand ballroom, the hotel will have 294 bedrooms, including 45 suites. The average room-size will be 45sq m and the two-bedroom Royal Suite will […]

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Patrick Cox’s New Line

On September 1 – perfect timing for London Fashion Week, shoe meister, Patrick Cox is branching out into bakery with the opening of his brand new Cox Cookies & Cake together with patisserie supremo, Eric Lanlard. Now although we’d stop short of calling him a mummy’s boy, Patrick’s inspiration comes from mum, Maureen and childhood memories of Saturday mornings baking spent baking with her back in Canada when he always got to lick the bowl! Since he left home some 25 years ago, good old mum has been sending him large parcels of baked goodies to make sure he doesn’t […]

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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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