British photographer Adrian Houston’s new exhibition, Visions of Battersea Power Station, is at Battersea Power Station’s The Village Hall from 8th until 12th November. Houston’s stunning photographs will be enhanced by actual pieces of the building’s structure (including the original chimneys), making them highly collectable. Free to enter, the exhibition will be officially launched on 7th November with a talk by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. Please be advised that this is a ticketed event.
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- 108 GARAGE IS TATLER’S RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
108 Garage has been named Tatler’s Restaurant of the Year. Crowning a remarkable 12 months for the west London favourite, the award was accepted from Jeremy Wayne, Tatler’s Restaurant Editor, by 108 Garage’s owners Luca Longobardi (pictured right) and Chris Denney. We couldn’t think of a worthier winner! .
- MAY FAIR KITCHEN’S NEW MENU GOES SOUTH OF THE BORDER
May Fair Kitchen is to become the flagship for the pioneering Kitchen brand when it launches a new menu later this month. With Leicester Square Kitchen’s authentic Peruvian and Mexican small plates resulting in it being voted ‘Best Mexican Restaurant in London’ just eight weeks after opening, and Monmouth Kitchen’s menu proving equally on-trend, May Fair Kitchen will show its solidarity by offering a selection of signature dishes from both. Complementing the likes of Crispy duck & pomegranate ensalada with papaya chilli dressing (pictured below) and Robata pisco-glazed smoked paprika will be May Fair’s own sublime Spanish and Italian small plates.
- OLLIE DABBOUS IS JUST IN TIME FOR DAVID BECKHAM
Ollie Dabbous, one of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs, was hand-picked by Rolex’s little sister, Tudor, to create a private dinner for its new brand and campaign ambassador, David Beckham. Guests at the event in London feasted on Ollie’s trademark elegant and meticulously prepared dishes, among them Crispy seaweed & brassica, grilled black Angus ribeye, sea truffle mayonnaise & dressed leeks.
- PETER-JOHN DE VILLIERS IS THE MANDRAKE’S NEXT ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Following last month’s launch of The Mandrake’s Artist in Residence Programme, which saw legendary tattooist Mark Mahoney bring his signature style to London, Peter-John de Villiers will be the next creative talent to demonstrate his unique skills at the hotel. From 13th to 26th November the internationally acclaimed artist, will be inviting guests to observe the creation of Mandragora, his second original mural for The Mandrake. Peter-John will also be asking guests to make ‘objective interventions’ into his creative work by bringing along an object of their choice which he will then paint and return, giving them a chance to start or add to their own contemporary art collection.
- GET YOUR SKATES ON AND HEAD TO SCOFF & BANTER!
From now until 7th January, Scoff & Banter Kensington will be offering a session at the Natural History Museum’s famous ice rink, plus a two-course meal, all for just £30 a head. Choose from mouth-watering fare such as Fish pie with salmon, cod & prawns in a creamy white wine sauce and Warm Bramley apple crumble served with vanilla custard – perfect for keeping out those winter chills!
- DREAMING OF A NOVIKOV CHRISTMAS!
On Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December Novikov Restaurant & Bar’s annual Yuletide extravaganza will return even bigger and better than before. As in previous years the whole of Mayfair Place W1 will be closed off to traffic from 11am until 9pm, allowing visitors to shop, eat and drink at their leisure. The hand-picked range of stall holders will again be presenting a veritable cornucopia of luxury gifts, whilst the ever-present Louis Roederer Ice Bar, along with effervescent Novikov DJs, Sally Kettle and Spencer Mac, will enliven weary shoppers and delight Christmas revellers alike.
- LSK’S DAY OF THE DEAD EVENT WAS A REAL SCREAM
TOWIE’s Chloe Meadows and Courtney Green and Made In Chelsea’s Tiffany Watson were the life and soul of Leicester Square Kitchen’s Day of the Day party. With hot-pink lipsticked icon Jodie Harsh on the decks, as well as spectacular immersive F/X, specially created canapes and cocktails and ‘Goldfinger’ dancing girls (a homage to the James Bond film Spectre in which Mexico’s annual celebration of the dead took a starring role), this was truly a night of surprises. Look out for next year’s event; it’s sure to be the hottest ticket in town.
- MAÎTRE CHOUX OPENS SECOND SITE IN SOHO
In a move set to thrill fans – not to mention his A lister customers – Joakim Prat, the three Michelin star-experienced chef behind Maitre Choux, is to open a second location on Soho’s Dean Street on 1st November. A bigger site than the South Kensington original, the new store will have a more spacious seating area. What won’t change is the same core range of hand-crafted, decadent, one-of-a-kind designs featuring show-stopping eclairs like lemon meringue & bergamot and melt-in-the-mouth chouquettes
- MIZZI STUDIO’S HELICAL STAIRCASE IS THE HEIGHT OF CREATIVE THINKING
When the award-winning Mizzi Studio was asked to design a five-storey bespoke spiral staircase for a private house in the heart of Mayfair, one of the biggest challenges for Jonathan Mizzi and his team was working out how to link a house that spans five floors, each with a differing ceiling height. Their solution? Create a unique piece of sculpture on every level of the house. Mimicking a whirlpool, the spiral staircase is a permanent form of installation art for its owner, taking visitors on an immersive uplifting flight. As Led Zeppelin would say, truly a stairway to heaven
- BOB BOB CITÉ TO MAKE IT A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Having given London one iconic restaurant – Bob Bob Ricard in Soho – restaurateur Leonid Shutov has chosen the landmark Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ designed Leadenhall building, the tallest structure in the City of London, for his second opening. Launching in January 2018, Bob Bob Cité is set to break new ground in both design and menu, with the latter overseen by the legendary Eric Chavot. Along with the best locally sourced, seasonal produce, cooked over an open flame or smoked in-house, the 190-cover, all-booth restaurant will also feature Bob Bob Ricard’s famous ‘Press for Champagne’ buttons.
- RESTAURANT JAMES SOMMERIN WELCOMES ARNAUD BIGNON
On 15th November, celebrated Welsh eatery Restaurant James Sommerin is offering an exclusive opportunity to experience an extraordinary six course taster menu courtesy of renowned chef Arnaud Bignon. Arnaud, who at just 32 became one of the youngest chefs to achieve two Michelin-star-status, at Spondi in Athens, now presides over the two Michelin star The Greenhouse in Mayfair. Priced at £150 per person to include wine pairing and a champagne reception, tickets for this unmissable event are, not surprisingly, selling fast.
- CELEBRATE WORLD VEGAN MONTH AT FLAT THREE
November is World Vegan Month and as vegans and veganism are celebrated all over the world, what better time to visit the acclaimed Holland Park restaurant Flat Three? Inspired by the minimalist aesthetics and flavours of Japanese and Korean cuisine, this much lauded establishment offers an array of plant-based food and drink, much of it made in-house from fermentations. Watch in awe as Head chef Pavel Kanja’s creations transform humble vegetables into something extraordinary, with Kabocha roasted with deonjang & black fig and Scottish girolles, onion, sorrel & corn miso just some of the seasonal choices to surprise and delight.
- LANIQUE PARTNERS WITH WORLD’S FIRST SENSORY FLAVOUR GALLERY
Fast becoming the tipple of choice for the coolest gatherings and events, premium liqueur brand Lanique is now partnering with creative cocktail company Smith & Sinclair and a number of artists to concoct some flavoursome creations as part of The Flavour Gallery. Arriving in London’s East End on 9th November, this multi-sensory experience invites visitors to tickle a taste and suck a scent by consuming art in ways they never knew existed.
- ENJOY CHRISTMAS FAR EASTERN STYLE AT THAI SQUARE PUTNEY BRIDGE
This festive season, the award-winning Thai Square is replacing the traditional roast turkey with dishes that showcase the delicious intricacies of regional Thai fare. Available from 15th November, the ‘Four Regions’ party menus see the brand’s 13 restaurants divided into groups representing the northern, central, north east and southern regions of Thailand. At Thai Square Putney Bridge, guests can celebrate with two superb set menus, each featuring dishes that originate from the north of the country, now subtly reimagined by amazing executive chef Oula. As an extra incentive to book early, there’s a free glass of bubbly for all those who do so before 15th November!
- IS IT TIME TO GET NKD AND BAN THE PLASTIC BOTTLE?
Amid heated discussions on whether plastic bottles should stay or be banned for good – and with businesses such as Borough Market and Pret-A-Manger leading the way in ditching them – British startup nkdshakes up the global bottled water market with the pod+. This may look like a beautifully designed reusable water bottle, but its inbuilt, replaceable filter, which uses technology from the NASA space programme, naturally recreates the qualities found in mountain mineral water. What’s more, the pod+ can deep clean water from contaminated sources such as dirty rivers and lakes, filtering up to 99.9% of contaminants while you drink.