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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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Syon Park

There have been rumblings in the West London jungle for some time but finally a deal between The Ability Group and Hilton Worldwide has been officially sealed and The Waldorf Astoria Syon Park is scheduled to open in November this year. The new hotel with 137 guestrooms and seven luxury suites will sit in a country estate of some 200 acres’ parkland – just across the Thames from Kew Gardens – neighbouring the London residence of the Duke of Northumberland. Fortunately, The Duke is rather better at fostering developer relations than Prince Charles: “I am very pleased that a Waldorf […]

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Boutique Italians

There’s nothing like a bit of summer sunshine to make us come over all Italian. Tempo has just opened for business in Mayfair’s Curzon Street and next month, Soho is getting a new resident from Russell Norman’s burgeoning stable. Tempo bar and restaurant is the open-all-day brainchild of entrepreneur Henry Togna and Japanese executive chef Yoshi Yamada who trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Sorrento and has worked in venerable establishments from Florence to Sardinia. Set in a Regency townhouse with interiors by Daniel Hopwood, whose clients include The Berkeley Hotel, the venue boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and an elegant upstairs […]

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St Martin’s Courtyard

St Martin’s Courtyard is shaping up to be quite the new dining destination. We’ve already reported the launch of Bombay café, Dishoom, the latest branch of Jamie’s Italian, and gourmet Mexican, Cantina Laredo but come autumn, there’ll be two further additions: Spitalfields’ Hawksmoor is branching out with a second site and Bill’s Produce cafe and deli is also set to open. Co-owners, Will Beckett and Huw Gott, will be launching their latest Hawksmoor in the old Watney-Combe brewery on the corner of Langley and Shelton Street. The building couldn’t be more perfect as former owner and brewer, Harvey Combe hosted […]

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Hog Roasts at Embargo 59

The redoubtable Henry Conway is the brains behind super fun Thursday nights at King's Road stalwart Embargo 59. The club has just celebrated the one year anniversary since its relaunch last year and introduction of a stellar new roof terrace! This summer sees an early start and on Thursday nights the club is opening the doors at 9pm so fashionable denizens of Chelsea can set themselves up for a night on the tiles with a complimentary Hog Roast on the terrace And this week punters can expect a free cider give away sponsored by Kopparberg. The main night with super-star […]

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Tuscan Tinello

Spaghetti twirlers at the ready, there’s soon to be a new Italian in town backed by husband and wife dream team, Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli. Brothers Max and Federico Sali are launching Tinello, their new Pimlico restaurant. In the language of love (and spaghetti) Tinello means the dining area in an Italian family kitchen and the 45 cover eatery will have a similarly relaxed and informal atmosphere. Having honed their skills in several Michelin starred restaurants in Tuscany, the brothers both began working in London in 1999. Max spent two years at the three Michelin starred Chez Nico, before joining […]

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The Blackbook-2 for 1 for free !

Want to enjoy exclusive two-for-one deals on any main course, any time, seven days a week at over 100 of London’s top restaurants? The Blackbook is a brand new free-to-join website making fine dining accessible to everyone and we’ve signed up some of the best restaurants in the capital for the hottest ‘buy one get one free’ deal in town. We’re sure you’ve noticed that most restaurant offers have a catch in that you can only use them on a Monday night or are limited to a set menu. However, with The Blackbook, simplicity is key. You just join up […]

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Elephant Parade Party-Hempel Hotel

The adorable elephants are finally leaving London. However, they are celebrating goodbye party in style. On the 16th July London's trendy Hempel Hotel will be celebrating the end of the Elephant Parade in London. To mark this memorable occasion, Hi Sushi and Koi in Kensington will be sponsoring the Sushi Bar for this occasion with unique Elephant shaped Sushi! Painstakingly made after hours of preparation, the elephant sushi is one of a kind and set to be the favourite of the kids. Hi Sushi Group will be supporting many other charitable causes and is proud to be part of the elephant family. […]

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East India Company

If you know your history – or history according to Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean at any rate, you’ll have heard of the fabled East India Trading Company. Referenced as the mafia-esque ‘Company’ in the swash-buckling trilogy, it was led by one Lord Cutler Beckett who made it his mission to eradicate piracy from the high seas. The real McCoy, though, was launched in 1600 when Queen Elizabeth I granted it the ‘royal charter’ along with the exclusive right to trade in spices, tea, coffee and luxury goods from the East. And with its own army, navy and […]

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The Flower Cellars

Covent Garden’s uber trendy Hospital Club has, for some time, been regarded as one of the capital’s leading creative hotspots and attracts supremely talented members from across the arts. From its stand-out ‘Creatives in Residence’ mentoring programme and onsite screening rooms to pop-up gigs from La Roux and concept club nights such as Avant Garden, the Endell Street hub has made a real mark on London’s artistic landscape. And now, The Hospital Club is curating exciting and unique blank-canvas space, The Flower Cellars. Rather than being limited to a venue with a ready-made personality, event organisers are increasingly being drawn […]

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Leading Chefs Partner with London Eye

Come October (4-18 October)  London Restaurant Festival will open in partnership with American Express.  The Festival have just revealed one of the most impressive line-ups of top London chefs , all of which  will be cooking in London's most sought-after pop-up restaurant. After its sell-out debut last year, the 2010 festival will see the return of gourmet dining on the London Eye for eleven nights (an increase from the six sold-out nights last year). One capsule will be transformed each night into the capital's most exclusive restaurant, completing one rotation for each course. Each evening, ten guests will enjoy dinner 135m above the […]

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Don’t Supersize Me

Has London’s superclub scene really had its day? Propertyweek.com first reported that popular London nightclub Fabric, the sister club to Matter, has entered administration. However, the venue is to remain open for business while the administrators, Pricewaterhouse Coopers set about securing a new owner. A spokesman for Edward Symmons, in charge of the sale, commented: “Just 24 hours after being appointed, we have already eceived a number of enquiries from potential purchasers. We anticipate continued interest in the sale of Fabric, particularly from other major club operators in London and the south east, and we are confident that a purchase […]

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