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Good Stuff

Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or take a bite out of – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Delfina Foundation … Continue reading

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Best London Restaurants – 2013

To say I ate and drank well this year does not begin to describe how delectable 2013 was for me. Both in London and beyond, I had the pleasure of experiencing some of the best meals outside the home I’ve ever eaten. Here’s a list of the ten London restaurants I enjoyed visiting the most over the past 12 months along with a few extra honourable mentions. Keep an eye out for more posts over the coming days listings my favourite London cheap eats and pizza places, as well as the ten best restaurants I visited outside of London this year. Continue reading

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Two Exhibitions – Old and New – at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (OneTravel)

Two seemingly tenuously tied exhibitions have just opened at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace – Castiglione: Lost Genius and Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen – offering visitors a chance to see some of the Royal Collections … Continue reading

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Two Exhibitions, One Gallery: #LostGenius and #Gifted at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Two seemingly tenuously tied exhibitions have just opened at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace – Castiglione: Lost Genius and Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen – offering visitors a chance to see some of the Royal Collections oldest and most recently received works. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Matsuri

The fine folks from Kikkoman invited yours truly out earlier this week to upscale Japanese restaurant Matsuri St James’s for a soy sauce masterclass taught by Chef Simon Hulstone. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Lutz Bacher at ICA

Black Beauty, the first major solo exhibition in the UK by American artist Lutz Bacher, which opens today at the ICA. The show provides a unique opportunity to see Bacher’s new works made specifically for the ICA together with recent work for the first time in London. Continue reading

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Photos from the 2013 Mr and Ms Mango Tree Competition

Last night’s Ladyboy beauty pageant at Thai restaurant, Mango Tree, not only celebrated ten years of he/she glamour competition but was also the restaurant’s 12th birthday birthday. Compared to past events, the 2013 “Mr & Miss Mango Tree Ladyboy Safari” had a touch more of a gala air about it (the canapés were tastier than I remembered as well). Continue reading

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Mango Tree Celebrates 10th Annual Ladyboy Beauty Pageant This Sunday

Upscale Thai restaurant Mango Tree’s now legendary annual ladyboy beauty pageant will return for a 10th year this Sunday night, the 15th of September. The 2013 event will feature a “safari” theme along with special guest hosts and judges as wells as DJs, musical performances and the “lively, buzzing atmosphere that Mango Tree is famous for”. Continue reading

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Theatre Review: A Door Must Be Kept Open – or Shut at The Osborne Studio Gallery

A first time collaboration sees The Osborne Studio Gallery on tony Motcomb Street in Knightsbridge host a new and intimate production of Alfred de Musset’s 168 year old play, A Door Must Be Kept Open – or Shut. Musset’s sharp witted lines delivered bluntly in this aristocratic battle of the sexes are a delight to take in and seem to ring as true today as when this punchy one act play was penned nearly two centuries ago. Continue reading

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Drink in Knowing Style at London’s Hakkasan and Sake No Hana (OneTravel)

Beyond the fabulous settings and fantastic food, two of the Hakkasan Group’s best Asian fine dining restaurants in London will run a new series of cocktail and spirit masterclasses this summer. Read my complete post at the OneTravel blog.

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Explore the Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at Buckingham Palace (OneTravel)

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion, an exhibition currently running at The Queen’s Gallery inside Buckingham Palace shines an intriguing light on the fashionable follies and sartorial considerations of 16th and 17th century nobility. For visitors visiting London and keen to learn about Britain’s royal heritage and how one’s status was expressed and identified through what they wore, this excellent exhibition is well worth keeping in mind. Continue reading

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Take a Sake Masterclass at Sake No Hana, St James’s Street

Modern Japanese restaurant, Sake No Hana, is to launch an Introduction to Sake masterclass in July. I participated in a press preview of the class the other night and discovered that there’s a lot to learn about Japan’s celebrated rice … Continue reading

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In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion, an exhibition currently running at The Queen’s Gallery, shines an intriguing light on the fashionable follies and sartorial considerations of 16th and 17th century nobility. Continue reading

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New Bento Express Menu at Buddha-Bar London (CDCLifestyle)

Buddha-Bar’s new bento features a tasty selection of light Pan Asian starters and mains from which to create your own meal for £27. The bento includes a bowl of miso soup, a side of wakame salad and a choice of steamed rice or Buddha-Bar noodles. Quality of the food is high. Portion sizes are ample with the bento prettily presented. Service is efficient and cordial. If you know Buddha-Bar then you’re aware that the setting is extremely attractive and rather plush, whether you’re there for drinks or a quick meal. Continue reading

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Upscale Bento at Buddha-Bar London

Mention the lavish Buddha-Bar in Knightsbridge to anyone and thoughts of a glamorous night out sipping exotic cocktails with a soundtrack of signature lounge and chill-out tunes wafting through a beautiful people filled lounge probably spring to mind. But what about a “Buddha Bento” express menu for a no fuss lunch or a pre-theatre dinner with a promise to having you in and out within 40 minutes? Continue reading

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Breakfast at The Botanist, Sloane Square

As elegant as any casual dining establishment you’re apt to come across in upscale Chelsea and just a stone’s throw from Sloane Square Station, the Botanist is as smartly situated as London restaurants come. And with a newly introduced breakfast menu available all week, it’s now a smart place to start your day as well. Continue reading

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Prime Steak and More at Palm London (CDCLifestyle)

Star of the table at Palm London is the steak: New York strip, rump and boneless rib-eye to be precise. Sourced exclusively from Smithfield stalwart – Tom Hixson & Co – and grilled to perfection by Executive Chef Spencer Westcott and his kitchen, the Palm serves gorgeously marbled and tender corn fed, hand selected USDA Prime beef aged for a minimum of 35 days … But the reasons to choose Palm don’t stop with the steaks. Continue reading

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“Pay by the Clock” at Palm London Restaurant and Bar (OneTravel)

The welcoming atmosphere – along with a really tasty range of dishes – should certainly offer reason enough to visit, but a newly launched “PrimeTime” discount menu of cocktails and “Prime Bites” adds excellent and affordable incentive to pay this great place a visit. Continue reading

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PrimeTime at Palm London, Belgravia

I really enjoyed my visit to Palm London and found its newly launched PrimeTime discount menu of cocktails and “Prime Bites” to be an excellent way to get a taste of what makes this neighbourhood favourite so special. Continue reading

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Mr and Ms Mango Tree UK: Ladyboy Competition 2012

Last night’s ladyboy competition at upscale Thai restaurant, Mango Tree, marked the ten year anniversary for this annual transgender beauty pageant. From “why is that man wearing a dress?” to “why does that woman have an Adam’s apple?” the show … Continue reading

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Mango Tree’s Annual Ladyboy Beauty Pageant Returns This Sunday

It’s back and if anything like in the past few years promises to be an absolute hoot. Upscale Thai restaurant, Mango Tree, will host its annual Mr and Miss Mango Tree UK Ladyboy competition this Sunday. The theme this year? … Continue reading

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What’s for Lunch? Mint Leaf, Haymarket (Londonist)

A smart setting for pre and post theatre drinks and dining, it’s not such a bad place to sneak down into for lunch. What’s for Lunch? Mint Leaf, Haymarket Londonist, 8 May 2012

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London Daily Photo: The Sacred and Profane

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London Daily Photo: Yaaarrr

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Win An Overnight Stay With Dinner At The Cavendish London (Londonist)

… the hotel is giving one Londonist reader a chance to win an overnight stay for two with breakfast and dinner at the restaurant. Win An Overnight Stay With Dinner At The Cavendish London Londonist, 18 April 2012 Photo/fourteenten

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London Daily Photo: SW1

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London Daily Photo: Saint Anthony

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London Daily Photo: Candy Cane to Heaven

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London Daily Photo: Dude

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London Daily Photo: Westminster

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Harrod’s for Beginners: Your Guide to London’s Most Famous Store (OneTravel)

The five acre Harrods has more than 350 departments and over a million square feet of retail space. Harrod’s for Beginners: Your Guide to London’s Most Famous Store OneTravel, 28 March 2012

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Josper Grilling @ Caxton Grill, St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s (Londonist)

Josper Grilling @ Caxton Grill, St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s Londonist, March 18, 2012 Caxton Grill is one of very few restaurants in London to feature a Josper Grill (the second ever in town according to the folks there), thus … Continue reading

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Brunch With A Gospel Choir And A Stunning View @ Millbank Tower (Londonist)

Brunch With A Gospel Choir And A Stunning View @ Millbank Tower Londonist, March 10, 2012 at 11:00 am Mother’s Day will soon be upon us, and Gospel Brunch offers a particularly mum-appreciative way to spend some time relaxing over a … Continue reading

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Wine of the Month: 2010 Berrys’ Argentina Malbec, Pulenta, Mendoza

Valentine’s Day came late at tikichris towers this year. A week late actually, on Pancake Day. So maybe next week I’ll get around to doing a little pancake flipping in honour of the belated celebration. Until then, I bring you … Continue reading

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Dom Pérignon 2003 Vintage #DP2003

Apparently, 2003 was a hell of a year in the Champagne region: an exceptionally harsh winter followed by an unseasonable spring and the hottest summer in more than 50 years. Of particular note was a severe frost on April 11th … Continue reading

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