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La Nuit de la Diva, a Night with Immodesty Blaize

Back in the 1800s there was a London destination which housed debates, secret meetings and debaucherous evenings, as well as what was widely considered to be the greatest wine cellar in the world. Jump forward 150 years and this institution is still going strong. Hotel Cafe Royal is celebrating their big birthday with a night of eclectic entertainment and a glitzy dinner with Europe’s top showgirl, Immodesty Blaize. Crowned as the Reigning Queen of Burlesque in Las Vegas, Immodesty Blaize (aka British born Kelly Fletcher) knows a thing or two about putting on a show, having performed for Dior, Cartier […]

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A Taste of Italy at Bankside

There’s something so appealing about food shopping on holiday. Exploring a little corner of Italy after a morning lazing by the pool, when the heat gets a bit much to handle. Shelves stacked with intriguing jars and boxes, cured meats hanging from the ceiling and overflowing deli counters with bowls of olives, pastries and cheeses. Sadly these things never seem to travel well; cheese plus 32 degree temperatures equals… yeah, not good.  With this in mind it is always exciting to discover a new deli in London, a taste of summer in our own homes. Capricci is a new Italian […]

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FOLD Opens on Brick Lane

After living in South East Asia, Rachel Filer returned to London and started FOLD catering with Head Chef Frederique Nguyen. That was in 2014, fast forward to now and they are about to open their first restaurant on Brick Lane. Also called FOLD, the new contemporary Vietnamese restaurant will specialise in foldable food and rice paper dishes. It’ll bring the ‘rice paper fold’ to London’s food scene, if it sounds familiar then that’s because they’re also known as summer rolls or if you’re over in America then crystal rolls. The rice paper will be available steamed, grilled, soft or fried […]

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7 Restaurants to Visit During World Vegan Month

With the recent announcement from experts that eating processed and red meat is as bad for you as smoking, there’s never been a better time to ditch the carnivorous lifestyle….or at least cut down. Here is our guide to the best places to celebrate all things vegan throughout the whole of November as people all over the Earth celebrate World Vegan Month – you know never know you might go vegan full time. 

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Narnia at The Churchill Bar

At this time of year there is no shortage of festive warming drinks – there’s pretty much a pumpkin spiced latte or spiced hot chocolate on every corner. We really aren’t arguing with this, in fact it’s one of the best things about this time of year. What would be even better is if a venue had the genius idea of overhauling their drinks menu to offer not one but seven festive tipples. The Churchill Bar have themed their winter terrace around the magical world of Narnia and have introduced festive cocktails. Enter through wardrobe doors and snuggle under a […]

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10 of the Best Christmas Party Venues in West London

Due to the vast array of cool bars and local haunts, trendy Westerners are often reluctant to leave their cosy corner of London. If this sounds familiar, or if you are thinking ‘what is all the fuss about’ then here is our guide to the best Christmas party venues in West London, for all budgets and all sizes. The Savoy What: 5 star treatment Why: You know this already but The Savoy is grand. Grand in style and grand in size, this is the venue if you really want to impress a large team. The events team will help you […]

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Diwali at Benares

Autumn is a time of festivity. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harvest festival and the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. Celebrated worldwide it is in India that the streets come alive with lights, fireworks and candles and this year the five day festival is being celebrated in London at Michelin-starred Benares Indian restaurant in Mayfair.  An eight course tasting menu has been created by chef Atul Kochhar, forget your bland korma and replace with decadent lobster moilee salad, turbot Malvani tikka and Calcutta batak (duck breast). Refreshingly there is a whole separate menu for vegetarians so rather than searching for a little green […]

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The Ivy Café Opens

Following on from the opening of The Ivy Chelsea Garden earlier this year, next Tuesday will see the opening of The Ivy Café in Marylebone. The new venue will be open from breakfast through to dinner and serving everything in between Pippin’s line in Lord of the Rings comes to mind, ‘What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner?’ Well our little Hobbit friend, you’ll find that all here as well as brunch and snacks… Highlights from the menu include, crumpets served with marmite, the Ivy Café HLT which is a BLT but with grilled haloumi and avocado, lobster risotto with […]

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St Moritz Ski Bar at The Goring

It may sound familiar as the Kate Middleton’s chosen hotel for bridal party preparations and now The Goring is somewhere you can visit too – for less than the £8,400 Royal Suite price tag. From the 9th November the popular terrace at the hotel will be transformed into a magical and glamorous alpine bar, in ode to ski resort St Moritz. For a hotel who has just won a Michelin star and, of course, has royal approval it’s no surprise that this old-school ski bar has been created with immaculate attention-to-detail. Closely-guarded family cocktail recipes from award-winning barmen have been […]

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Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobster Shack

Back in 1991 the first Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Lobster Shack opened on the King’s Road, last year saw the second open in Covent Garden and the 4th November will see the third venue open in Canary Wharf and it’s going to be big, all-American, larger than life big. The 400 cover restaurant will feature an 150 cover terrace, a rum bar and lounge with over 100 rums, a takeaway shop and grab and go menu, 500 bottles of whisky and bourbon, live music and entertainment for eighteen hours a day, a 14 m open kitchen and one of the largest […]

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The Squiffy Picnic at Cahoots

Barge through the busy streets of Soho and emerge in the ever-vibrant Kingly Court, home of Pizza Pilgrims, The Rum Kitchen, Señor Ceviche, The Detox Kitchen… The list goes on, and includes Cahoots. This 1940s themed bar isn’t easy to find, and even when you do you don’t just walk straight in. Greeted by a stationmaster in full costume and full character – accent ‘n all – if you fit the brief (play it cool and go with the flow) you will be ushered down a wooden escalator and arrive in a disused tube station, inspired on the usage of […]

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Hoppers Opens on Frith Street

With Gymkhana and Trishna already under their belts, siblings, Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi are opening their third restaurant next week, Hoppers. Taking inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, Hoppers’ menu will revolve around the hopper and dosa. For those who don’t know, the hopper is more widely known as Aappam/ஆப்பம், but us Brits mispronunciated it and ended up with hopper…good one.  They look like a thin, bowl shaped pancake and are made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk and will be served with a choice of meat, seafood or vegetable kari. The dosas […]

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