Harrods Stelle di Stelle

For those of us not fluent in Italian, and that includes me, Harrods has kindly given us a new phrase to look up. It`s wonderfully simple, and quite poetic: Stars of Stars. Five Italian chefs, boasting 13 Michelin stars between them, each have a month`s guest spot at Harrods ‘Staff...

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Celeberity Chef Ken Hom to support launch of Oriental Culinary Institute

Legendary chef Ken Hom will be hosting a rare public Masterclass this Friday 28th November to support the launch of the Oriental Culinary Institute (OCI.) The OCI will be teaching the art of Oriental and Asian cuisine at the centre of London’s Covent Garden as a venture from School of...

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‘Look before you book’ your christmas meal

‘Look before you book’ your christmas meal

If you’re planning that special Christmas meal with work colleagues, friends or family the Food Standards Agency would like to remind you to ‘look before you book’. Christmas is a time to enjoy good company and good food without worrying about food poisoning. But the truth is, you can’t tell...

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Local performance of play commemorates Anti-Slavery Day

Residents of the Royal Borough still have time to mark Anti-Slavery Day by attending a performance of the play, Hurried Steps by Dacia Maraini, nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature, at Kensington Town Hall on Monday 20 October. The play stars Sourad Faress, who plays solicitor Usha Franks in Radio...

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Gentleman’s Fashion: The Need for Tweed

There was a time when the city gent would only be spotted around town in tweeds between 7 and 10.30 in the morning, having just come off the overnight sleeper from Blair Athol. Hungry for his breakfast, he’d head off to his St. James’s club, thenceforth a shortish stroll home...

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Gentleman’s Fashion: The Need for Tweed

Cheesborough invented Vaseline in the nick of time. By 1860, when marathon cycle rides and day long beagling events were carried out in doormat-thick tweed plus fours, the thrill of the chaff may have been overvalued. The ‘twill’ is the strengthening diagonal thread in the weave. A package of cloth...

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Mingling with the glitterati at The Chiltern Firehouse

The Chiltern Firehouse is achingly trendy, and most reviews will tell you the following essential information: it’s an Andre Balzars hotel, he of the Mercer in New York, and the famously louche Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. I can`t comment on those two establishments, but he does have an all-star address...

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Gordon’s Gong Bath

When it comes to a voyage of self-exploration, there are few more picturesque backwaters than a South Kensington mews. Reece Mews was the studio of the artist Francis Bacon, while Kendrick Mews was once the showroom for Morgan soft-topped sports cars, and classic cars are still on display. The quiet...

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Dining Out: The River Cafe

It’s been a while since I last went to The River Cafe, but the place has that happy knack of making you feel like you have never been away. Of course, it helped that the sun shone, we had a table on the terrace, and that Madame is an ex...

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Prohibition under the streets of Westminster

Prohibition under the streets of Westminster

Whilst England never got its own taste (or lack thereof) of prohibition, the idea of the illegal speakeasy possesses as powerful  a cultural allure for us as it does for any red-blooded hard drinking American. From absinthe-addled Gatsby wannabes attempting to do the Charleston at private parties to decidedly more...

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