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Rooftops of London

There’s nothing like a bit of height to get some much needed Yuletide perspective. So if ground level living is wearing you down with its crowds of shoppers fighting for elbow room, and if dancing on the table is not a viable alternative then we’ve got just the thing to lift your flagging festive spirits. The capital’s two newest rooftop venues atop Knightsbridge’s luxury Berkeley Hotel and Shoreditch’s uber-cool East Room are storeys from the madding crowd and guaranteed to light up your life like the proverbial Christmas tree. You’d normally associate The Berkeley’s top tier health club and spa […]

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Food and Drink Fests

Are you a culinary conformist or an alimentary anarchist? We’ll give you a clue – the former will be perfectly content wandering the ExCel circuit but the latter will be checking out the work of an emerging ceramics artist commissioned by Lady Gaga while sipping biodynamic wine and grazing on vegan delicacies that taste so good that they should rightly be extremely bad for you. (but aren’t) Yes, there are two food and drink festivals hitting the capital this month. In the blue corner, we have Taste of Christmas, seasonal partner of Taste of London. The three day festival brings […]

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Check into 2010

No, we’re not talking your NYE party soundtrack dilemma, rather London’s two very different yet equally tantalizing new hotel offerings. Jostling for 2010 supremacy are The Arch and Rafayel. In central London it’s all about The Arch, the elegant London townhouse hotel on Great Cumberland Place comprising seven Georgian Grade II listed buildings and two mews houses. The Arch’s 82 individually designed guest rooms are spread over six floors and feature nine suites and outdoor terraces complete with all the mod cons including complimentary Sky HD sports and movie packages, iPod docking station, wireless internet and Nespresso machine. And even […]

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Following the success of their annual, sell-out summer event, FriendsFest, Comedy Central UK is returning, in partnership with The Luna Cinema, to launch FriendsFestive, an event celebrating all the best seasonal moments from the world’s favourite TV show, Friends.

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A Stafford Christmas

If your idea of a Christmas party involves roaring fires and old school festive magic, then sometimes tequila girls and a thumping bassline don't quite cut the brandy butter. However, if relocating the company shindig beyond he M25 is a sleigh-ride too far then help is at hand. At the 17th century Stafford Hotel in the heart of London's St James', traditional and rarefied Yuletide cheer is the name of the game and you really can have your Christmas cake and eat it too. The hotel is one of only a handful of establishments in London to achieve coveted AA […]

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Caponata & Mennula

You can never keep a notoriously optimistic Italian down and as if to prove it, this season sees two new key launches rising from the ashes of recent closures. Remember Camden landmark, Café Delancey? Well meet the new incumbent, Caponta. The Sicilian Ristorante, Osteria and Bar is run by a family team of brothers and sisters-in-law. But not content with simply feeding their patrons, they have also launched The Forge, a brand new, purpose-built music and arts space next door. The first floor restaurant has a sleek and modern Scandinavian look, flooded with natural light via a glassed-over faux courtyard. […]

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Seasonal Pop-Ups

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without all those holiday staples – mince pies, pantos, snogging under the mistletoe and of course a proliferation of good old fashioned pop-ups. Sketch at the Royal Academy continues the gallery’s proud tradition that saw Bistrotheqe’s Flash restaurant taking up residence last year. Pierre Gagnaire and Mourad Mazouz, will launch their pop-up café on December 3rd for two months to coincide with the GSK Contemporary, Earth exhibition. Complementing the exhibition’s theme – an artistic response to the climate change debate – the café aims to reduce unnecessary food miles and will adopt a sustainable philosophy […]

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Champagne Chic

Fashion and champagne have always gone hand in hand so Harvey Nichols' new Fifth Floor Belle Époque Champagne Bar and Mews of Mayfair's collaboration with Piper-Heidsieck and Christian Louboutin are a match made in fashionista heaven. The original Fifth Floor bar was a chic if somewhat masculine affair but thanks to an exclusive collaboration with Perrier-Jouët and interior designer Shaun Clarkson, the new version is definitely one for the ladies. Inspired by the grand turn of the century salons and Emile Gallé’s iconic 1902 anemone bottle design for the Cuvée Belle Époque the new bar is all contemporary Art Nouveau. […]

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Square Mile Clubbing

Time for City boys to come out of hiding. Two new East-side venues are sure to tempt even the most chastened party animals out of retirement. Just like the legend of Atlantis, there have been whispers for some time but finally, it's official. This month, Nick House and Piers Adam, mogels behind Mayfair's enduringly popular Mahiki Club are opening a new Polynesian themed paradise of a bar in the City. Taking its name from the Tiki God of the Sea, Kanaloa, is a laid back tropical island that guests enter via a wooden bridge. Think Tiki motifs, fresh flowers and […]

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BT’s new restaurant

It's good to talk but even better to do it over a good meal. The revolving restaurant at the top of London's BT Tower is set to reopen again at the end of 2011 – for the first time in over thirty years. Saturday night saw a spectacular firework display, launched from the skyscraper’s 581 ft roof to mark the 1,000-day countdown to the London Olympic Games. A giant, 360-degree LED display is wrapped around the 36th and 37th floors and will count down the days until the opening ceremony The 581ft BT Tower was first opened in 1965 by […]

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Kai Mayfair

Kai isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a master class in Chinese cuisine. In fact, the only hole I can pick in our evening was the menu – the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” couldn’t have been more apt. Thank goodness for the army of waitresses who guided me through an extraordinary variety of imperial delicacies. The Braised Abalone (sea snail) & ‘Kai Lan’ in a white truffle reduction was exquisite, which you would hope having been airflown from China and after 3 days of marinating. The Wasabi prawns, a speciality at Kai, were hot, cool, bitter, sweet […]

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House of St Barnabas

Mention Soho and members’ club in the same sentence and we’re generally talking Soho House but now global private members' club and concierge service, Quintessentially, has launched Quintessentially Soho at The House of St Barnabas, a charitable pop-up members’ lounge in the gorgeous eighteenth century Grade I listed Georgian building that stands at number 1 Greek Street. The House of St Barnabas has been providing shelter and support for the capital's homeless since 1846 but Quintessentially Soho will hold court at the venue for three months hosting events including a Halloween bash with the people behind The Secret Garden Party, […]

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2 become 1 at Aqua

Japanese and Spanish cuisine have to be two of the hippest dining trends in London at the moment though up until now no one has thought to bring them under the same roof. But behind an unassuming black doorway on Argyll Street and a ride up an elevator to the fifth floor, you’ll find just that, aqua nueva – Spanish tapas and fine dining and aqua kyoto – contemporary Japanese, plus, of course, stylish cocktail bar, aqua spirit. Aqua is Singapore born David Yo’s new super restaurant set atop the former Dickins & Jones department store. The Cambridge educated Yo, who in his […]

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