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Multitasking Venues

Just about any hard surface will soon be able to multi-task as a touch-screen so it’s only fair to expect a similar level of versatility from our venues. And two new spring openings are stepping up to the mark with aplomb. Having tired of municipal politics, Bethnal Green’s Town Hall is taking on a whole new lease of life in the new guise of hotel, serviced apartments and Viajante bar and restaurant from Nuno Mendes. And then Drake & Morgan is set to launch The Anthologist in Gresham Street complete with bar, cocktail lounge, kitchen, deli and even a basement […]

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Yin and Yang

Two new all day openings are proving – like we needed any proof – that London’s diners have an insatiable appetite for quality grub. The New York nostalgia of Profile Soho is the perfect foil for Boyd’s Brasserie’s old school elegance but you can be sure that both venues have got what it takes to tempt a whole new wave of foodies from their habitual hunting grounds. Make no mistake, Profile Soho is yellow – but in a good way! The retro bar and diner brings a welcome ray of American sunshine to an oft drab Wardour Street. Swing by […]

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A Rum Award for 1 Lombard Street

You might not have realized amid the madness that is the BAFTAS and LFW, but another awards ceremony took place this week with a distinctly alcoholic flavour. Chairman's Reserve Rum has been running an inspired competition for London's leading chefs entitled, St Lucia Distillers. The aim of the game was to produce a fabulous dish using Chairman's Reserve.  And although it was a close run thing, Herbert Berger, Chef Patron at 1 Lombard Street just pipped Matthew Harris of Bibendum and Adam Gray of Rhodes 24 to the finishing post with his winning combination of Roast Pineapple with Rum & […]

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Love on the menu …

Love can be a stressful business and never more so than on 14 February. Let’s face it, you can’t even open your inbox at the moment without being assailed by a phalanx of Valentine’s Day deals so we thought we’d do the difficult job of rounding up the best of the bunch and leave you with the easy task of working out with whom to share your dinner / life. They say that music is the food of love but Sketch has taken ‘them’ at their word. On 13 & 14 February, a harpist will serenade all you lovebirds as […]

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Out With The Old

For some, New Year’s resolutions may already have fallen by the wayside but not so acclaimed chefs Atul Kochhar and Mikko Kataja. Yes, 2010 marks a new beginning for two of the capital’s favourite restaurants, Berkeley Square’s Benares and The Avenue of St James. Last year a devastating fire forced Kochhar’s renowned Michelin starred Benares to shut up shop in September but it has now risen anew like a phoenix from the ashes with an exciting redesign of epic proportions. The new look restaurant boasts a Chef’s Table, Sommelier’s Table plus impressive new private dining facilities, making a total of […]

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Going Gaga

Quirky pop queen Lady Gaga has just added ‘Creative Director’ at Polaroid to her discography of success including 33 awards, six Grammy nominations and introduction to the rather less quirky HM the queen earlier this month while sprayed into red PVC – Stephanie G I, that is, not Elizabeth W II. Traditional analogue Polaroid cameras were discontinued last year, but if there’s any collaboration that can reignite interest in the digital arm of the company then this is it. "I am so proud to announce my new partnership with Polaroid, she said. "The Haus of Gaga has been developing prototypes […]

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The Purple Bar at The Sanderson

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sanderson Hotel this year the Purple Bar are launching their " deluxe list " for those who enjoy the very finest things in life …..one of the cocktails is called The Proposal – made of fresh plum crushed and blended with hibiscus nectar, charged with Dom Perignon '95 presented in two Baccarat champagne flutes.The idea being the person proposing orders the cocktails in advance as well as their engagement ring created by uber rock n roll jeweller Stephen Webster ( to be paid for separately)  – the two drinks and the ring are […]

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A Wee Dram

Diageo experts predict that over two million drams of whisky will be consumed on Burn's Night alone. At the end of last year, the brand launched its first ever complete collection of single-cask malt whiskies from the leading 27 distilleries with a serious session at the subtly branded House of St Barnabas. Labeled The Managers' Choice, the rare limited-edition series for connoisseurs will be released in batches over the course of 2010. Each of 27 distilleries has been represented by a bottling of a single malt drawn from one single cask that’s been nosed and tasted to the nth degree […]

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Roll up roll up

Roll up for two big shows that opened in the capital this month. In the Albert Hall it’s famous troupe, Cirque du Soleil performing their Varekai show which tells the spellbinding tale of a young man who falls from the sky into a magical forest of fantastical creatures and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. The show is packed full of jaw-dropping acrobatic choreography – not bad for an act that began with a band of 20 street performers back in 1984. But over in Endell Street, it’s a different story. Let us present Circus, an extravaganza of a […]

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Soho Lives for The House of St Barnabas

Start Creative is launching a major new photography book called Soho Lives, created to support London charity The House of St Barnabas. Soho Lives captures the people that make up Soho, London's most thriving and cosmopolitan district. The book chronicles the area's inhabitants and includes local people both at work and at play and features a number of famous Soho characters including Ian Brown, Peter Stringfellow, Mark Fuller, Nick Jones, Charles Dance and Noddy Holder. The images have been shot by Catherine Garcia, a rising star in the world of photography who set out to capture the essence and spirit […]

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