Inspired by the hallucinogenic properties of the plant after which it is named, daring and unique concept The Mandrake opens in London’s Fitzrovia in September 2017. The hotel combines eclectic, vibrant interiors and extraordinary art with intriguing soundscapes and specially designed scents to create an ambience that is intimate, distracting and intriguing at every turn
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- HUSH’S NEW COCKTAIL MENU READY FOR TAKE OFF
Fresh from winning Best Bar at The London Club & Bar Awards™, the Aviator Bar at Mayfair icon Hush has launched an exceptional new cocktail menu. Unveiled to coincide with the bar’s ultra-glamorous 18th birthday makeover, the new collection celebrates the culture, ingredients and spirits of some of the world’s most exotic locations. Creations like Forbidden City (pictured), which combines the world’s most valuable spirit, HKB baijiu, with Crystal Head Aurora vodka, LBV port and fresh grapes, lets guests enjoy the ultimate flight of fantasy without ever leaving W1.
- FLAT THREE INTRODUCES NEW SUMMER MENU
With a mantra to take advantage of the freshest, seasonal and most local produce available, Flat Three, the acclaimed Notting Hill restaurant inspired by the minimalist aesthetics and flavours of Japanese, Korean and Nordic cuisine, has introduced a selection of new dishes onto its summer menu. Chef Pavel Kanja (Wabi, Roka and Nobu) brings his customary brilliant touch to the likes of grelot onions, girolles & corn miso and duck breast, beets & garlic chives.
- GROUND-BREAKING PATISSERIE MAITRE CHOUX TO LAUNCH IN SOHO
Since it opened two years ago, South Kensington-based Maître Choux, the world’s first choux pastry specialist patisserie, has amassed a cult following. From private celebrations through to A lister events by way of iconic institutions such as Fortnum & Mason and Blakes, its wondrous eclairs, choux and chouquettes have surprised and delighted all who sample them. Now Joakim Prat will be giving a whole new audience the chance to experience his daringly different creations as he opens a second bakery on Soho’s Dean Street this September.
- FUEL YOUR ADRENALIN RUSH AT THE HEADLAND THIS SUMMER!
It’s time to dust off the wet suits and head to the world-famous Fistral Beach, as the Headland Hotel unveils Monster SUP – Monster Stand Up Paddle Boarding – the latest craze to hit the surf scene. The luxury Cornish hotel’s in-house surf school has introduced this heart racing and adrenalin pumping activity that is designed to satisfy even the most determined thrill-seeker. Surf the monstrous inflatable paddle board on the waves, flat water cruise around the beaches of Newquay or use it as a platform for everything from picnics to yoga.
- 108 GARAGE LAUNCHES THE SUNDAY EXPERIMENT
West London favourite 108 Garage is now open on Sundays. In a real departure from the usual lunchtime fare, head chef Chris Denney will be testing out potential new additions to the menu. The Sunday Experiment will comprise ten different plates, from which diners can choose six for a total price of £35 a head.
- SECOND CALCUTTA STREET OPENS SHUTTERS IN BRIXTON
Following in the successful footsteps of her Fitzrovia original, Shrimoyee Chakraborty exports her unique home dining concept, Calcutta Street, south of the river. Located in the heart of Brixton, the new restaurant has a markedly different vibe to that of its sibling, giving diners a true taste of how Bengalis party back home. What doesn’t change however is the culinary offering – an irresistible mixture of street food and Shrimoyee’s family dishes, passed down through several generations but here made with great seasonal British ingredients.
- NOVIKOV HOSTS MASTERCLASS AT BRENT ELEIGH
Fancy honing your culinary skills and enjoying the great outdoors at the same time? Brent Eleigh, Novikov’s unique kitchen garden project in Suffolk, is the glorious setting for a unique masterclass on 22nd July. Hosted by chefs from the Italian Restaurant and head gardener Sandie Cain, you will first pick the produce used to prepare a summer menu, bursting with flavour. Following a three hour tutorial, you can then enjoy the fruits of your labour paired with wine chosen by Novikov’s sommelier.
- THAI SQUARE RECEIVES TWO MAJOR ACCOLADES
Leading brand Thai Square has won the coveted Best Restaurant Chain and Best Hospitality Team awards at this year’s British Restaurant Awards. These two major honours come at a key point in Thai Square’s evolution with an exciting new executive menu now delighting diners at its Putney Bridge restaurant. Created by recently appointed executive chef Parichat Sanguthai – former executive chef of the Blue Elephant – the new dishes are the perfect accompaniment to the restaurant’s stunning views.
- BIDDING FAREWELL TO DABBOUS
There is just a few more days to enjoy Ollie Dabbous’ elegant yet restrained food and Oskar Kinberg’s inventive cocktail collection in their original Fitzrovia home. After five years as one of London’s most lauded restaurants, Dabbous will close its doors on 15th July as its co-owners prepare to launch a major new project in late 2017/early 2018.
- NEW MENU THRILLS DINERS AT BOB BOB RICARD
A new menu is ensuring Leonid Shutov’s iconic Soho restaurant Bob Bob Ricard is as much recognised for its food as for its ambience. One of London’s most distinctive culinary offerings has been skilfully finessed, with flavour, technique and refinement led by one guiding principle – that the fun remains. Adding to the experience is a new collection of bespoke crystal champagne and wine glasses and fine bone china sourced from Europe’s most celebrated manufacturers.
- ST CHRISTOPHER’S PLACE WELCOMES NEW BRITISH BAKERY CONCEPT EUPHORIUM
A heavenly haven in the heart of London, there’s now another reason to hotfoot it to St Christopher’s Place, as the area welcomes a very different kind of bakery. Celebrating the best of British, Euphorium launches on 19th July, with a menu created by Michelin starred chef and restaurateur Patrick McDonald. From breakfast through lunch, afternoon tea and early supper, classic British ingredients and recipes are celebrated with a range of mouth-watering salads, sandwiches, soups, pastries and cakes. The latter are set to become a signature, with handcrafted individual works of art in place of the more customary sliced offering.
- PRATI PALAI HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES
Running until the end of August, the Arena di Verona Opera Festival is one of the world’s most celebrated music events. Providing the perfect base from which to enjoy the performances is Prati Palai. Overlooking Italy’s spectacular Lake Garda, this beautifully restored farmhouse features just eight spacious suites and one smaller room, set in eighteen hectares of woodland, gardens and olive groves. Closer to a private country house than a conventional hotel, it offers all the comforts and services of a resort, but with a personal touch.
- AY CARAMBA! CARTEL HEATS UP BATTERSEA
Cartel is the new tequila bar and taqueria that in just a few short weeks has seen a veritable posse make a bee-line to Battersea for their tequila and taco fix. Here you’ll find no less than 70 different tequilas, inventive cocktails and hand-pressed tacos filled with the likes of pulled chicken cooked in mezcal and lemon and delicious quesadillas – not to mention live music and a late licence at weekends.
- ON YOUR BIKE THIS SUMMER WITH TREK
For the last 40 years, Trek has made the best bikes in the world. Now it goes one better unveiling the all-new Super Commuter+. Combining awe-inspiring design with state-of-the art technology, this stunning electric bike will change the way we move through cities. Perfect for sunny summer days, this fabulous machine allows you to go further and faster than ever on a single charge. And with maximum sustained speeds of 25kph, it makes covering long distances in speed and comfort a reality. For the first time, replacing your car with a bike is a real possibility
- IT’S A PERFECT FIT AS AGUAS DE IBIZA OPENS NEW GYM
Located in Santa Eulalia Bay marina, the Aguas de Ibiza offers a wonderfully relaxed alternative to Ibiza’s hedonistic party resorts. Already one of the island’s go-to hotels, this season has seen it open a state-of-the-art new gym. What better way to counteract the effects of the delicious tapas created by Michelin-starred Spanish chef Sergi Arola at at his Vi Cool restaurant? Guests can also take full advantage of the gorgeous Revival Spa by Clarins circuit and an ultra-stylish adults-only rooftop pool and chill out space that offers front row seats as the Balearic sunset sinks below the horizon.
- MINDUP™ CELEBRATES ITS FIRST YEAR IN IRELAND
It is almost a year to the day since educators Steve Lane and Breda Kyne brought MindUP™ to Ireland. Grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology, the signature programme of The Hawn Foundation, the charity founded by actress, author and children’s advocate Goldie Hawn, has been quietly changing the world of education from the grass roots up since 2003. In what was supposed to be a ‘quiet pilot year’ for Ireland, in which MindUP™ was trialled in just two schools, will soon end with six schools implementing the programme, three in Galway and three in Dublin.
- NEW TREE EXHIBITION FROM PHOTOGRAPHER ADRIAN HOUSTON
When did you last really look at a tree? Is there one that holds a special meaning for you? For the last three years, renowned photographer Adrian Houston has been capturing on film the favourite trees of a diverse collection of people, from Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum Kew Gardens, to actress Goldie Hawn. The results will be on view later this year in an exhibition entitled A Portrait of the Tree. This much anticipated event will not only build awareness about the importance of conservation, but also raise funds for two leading charities, Future Trees Trust and Woodland Trust.
- LANIQUE GETS THE PARTY STARTED THIS SUMMER
There’s a new drink in town that’s fast becoming the tipple of choice for the coolest gatherings and events. Made from attar of rose – an essential oil extracted from rose petals that’s more expensive per kilogram than gold – Lanique is created to the same 200-year-old recipe that once entranced high society. Keep temperatures down this summer by mixing it with tonic, lime, elderflower, cucumber bitters, fresh cucumber and prosecco.