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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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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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Chiswick House Gardens

If anything ushers in the summer then it's a visit to a divine stately home. We're happy to report that the £12 million restoration of Chiswick House Gardens, birthplace of the English Landscape Movement, stands to be completed in the middle of June. The regeneration of the gardens has been a long time coming: six years of blood, sweat and tears – four of fund-raising and two of hard slog on the site. It’s the result of a massive collaboration between English Heritage which manages the house, the Borough of Hounslow which owns the gardens. Together they established The Chiswick […]

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What’s Your Beef?

Ah there's nothing like a good old steakhouse to get the blood coursing through our veins while we prepare for the release of Eclipse, third installment in the Twilight series. And this summer promises fresh blood on London's carnivorous dining scene. Yes, following in the grand tradition of The Palm, Hawksmoor and Gaucho come JW Steakhouse and Goodman, Old Jewry Street . Next month, JW Steakhouse, brand new addition to Park Lane's exclusive Grosvenor House Hotel will feature unique cut, one mother of a 32 ounce rib eye on-the-bone that goes by suitably Wild West moniker, "The Tomahawk." The kitchen […]

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The Rabot Estate

The new Rabot Estate café start-up in Borough Market promises to do for Cacao what successful sister company, Hotel Chocolat did for, well, chocolate! Visitors to Borough will find a stripped interior recreating the brand’s St Lucia plantation right in the heart of SE1. Terry Moore Design has employed reclaimed materials including naturally weathered wood, vintage corrugated iron and handwritten manila labels and there’s an ingenious trompe l’oeuil window featuring views of the estate projected onto a whitewashed wall. The Rabot Estate takes its name from Saint Lucia’s oldest cocoa estate dating back to 1745 and was bought five years […]

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Langham Wins Tea Awards

Palm Court, the 145-year-old tearoom at the Langham hotel in London, has been awarded the Tea Guilds Top London Afternoon Tea 2010 Award. The tearoom, which has undergone a £80m refurbishment in recent years, won after judges were impressed by its "light and airy" setting, "beautiful furnishings" and "exceptional service".and excellent selection of 'scones, sandwiches and pastries'. Judges spent months taking tea in hotels and tearooms in the capital and the rest of Britain to find the best places for afternoon tea. Points are awarded for the variety, excellence and knowledge of the teas offered, together with the quality of […]

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A Room with a View

Like we needed another reason to up sticks and decamp to Hollywood but it was only a matter of time before the Soho House empire set up shop in La La land. Hollywood and LA attract seekers of fame and fortune like moths to a flame but while some aspiring stars are eclipsed by the bright lights and fizzle out into oblivion, the real leading lights are galvanized by their new realm and inspired to burn all the brighter. So to Soho House’s West Hollywood crib. Located in a stunning two floor penthouse suite high above the west end of […]

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Volcano Chaos

As Iceland’s volcano continues to cause strife across Europe, the hotel industry has been left in organisational tatters – reservation systems have been thrown out the window whilst frenzied stranded travellers hunt desperately for any last-minute accommodation in the capital. Cancelled group bookings are a particularly strong blow for hotels, wiping out stretches of great business instantly. The Sofitel at London Heathrow Terminal 5 lost the custom of a group of 650, who had been due in for a convention. At times like these, both hotel owners and airlines alike have had to cater to their clients needs, with manager […]

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Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Pierre Koffmann at The Berkeley

As we wave goodbye to the Berkeley Hotel's Boxwood Café, Matthew Freud may well have his work cut out as far as Gordon Ramsay is concerned. However, as one door closes another opens and happily, this summer marks the return of the old school super chef! Yes, following his uber-subscribed pop-up venture atop Selfridges department store last year (proving so popular that its run time was more than doubled!), Pierre Koffmann is making a long awaited reprise at The Berkeley, home from 1998 til 2002 of his renowned and three-Michelin-starred La Tante Claire. Entitled simply Koffmann at Knightsbridge, the new brasserie style restaurant […]

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Bangalore Express

Rumour has it that Bangalore express, which opened  last year across Waterloo Station in London, is the first of many to come. The client behind it required a re-invention of the traditional curry house to match their vision for fast, healthy, Indian food.   Whilst the menu and decor of this modern, Indian fresh-food place have received mixed reviews, the interior is highly commendable, with an interesting use of the “scaffolding” used to build the booths and the upper level. Linear grooved walls with abstract painted blocks lead the eye through the inter-connecting spaces. Some have called it a ‘recipe for disaster’ and […]

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Party Manifesto

Last week we reported on the upcoming launch of Maggies’s the new 80s inspired club from budding night life impresarios, entrepreneurs, Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, brains behind the Prohibition style, Barts bar. However, intrigued to learn more about their party manifesto, we caught up with Gilkes before he jetted off for some pre-election and pre-opening R&R and subjected him to a Question Time of our own. For the uninitiated, Maggie's is named after 80’s Prime Minister and entrepreneurial champion, Margaret Thatcher. Clubbers will dance to classic hits of the decade and drink a heady 80’s cocktail of beverages from […]

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Monsieur M and Petrus

Say bonjour to Monsieur M, new Thai Vietnamese fusion joint currently cutting a dash in the former Shoreditch Town Hall and welcome the retour of the fêted Pétrus in Knightsbridge’s plush Kinnerton Street. With all the hype surrounding Nuno Mendes’ Viajante opening at Town Hall Hotel in the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, we shouldn’t overlook another new-comer to the East London dining scene, Monsieur M. The restaurant was founded by Marc Bringmann whose business trips to Asia during his career in the IT industry gave him the idea for a substantial change of direction. Bringing a whole new dining […]

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