Archives for August 2008
Take advantage of the sunshine and head to Bentley's
(tel: 020 7734 4756) in Mayfair, where an elegant al fresco dining area has just been unveiled. Comfortably fitted with chairs, marble tables, navy parosols and plants, the space is perfect to unwind with a glass of wine and one of Richard Corrigan's signature dishes, or a range of oysters from the Oyster Bar. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle on the newly pedestrianised Swallow Street, the area is open from noon until 10.30pm each day and can seat up to 24.
You may have read in our current issue about Albert Roux's chef's table and boardroom at Brasserie Roux, in Terminal 5's new five star Sofitel Heathrow
(tel: 020 8757 7647), as well as Vivre, an innovative dining experience for conference delegates. The hotel is now fully open for business, with 45 meeting rooms catering for up to 1,700. Pass through next time you're jetting off...
From the team behind award-winning Mint Leaf restaurant and bar in Suffolk Place comes Mint Leaf Lounge
(tel: 020 7930 9020). Bravely opening in a month when much of London is out of town, the brand's fabulous modern Indian cuisine and excellent cocktails are sure to attract Bank-based punters in this former banking hall, with a mezzanine Champagne bar holding 60 for private functions, private dining for 50 downstairs and exclusive hire for 300.
The finishing touches are being made to Fabric's new O2 opening. Matter
will open mid September, with a gigantic 2,600 capacity, and is set to play host to world-class DJs and bands. The third floor is perfect for private hire, with its own entrance and bespoke booths overlooking the main dancefloor, with each booth housing its own personal sound manipulation if the music gets too loud! Just to add to the fun, Thames Clipper boats will be running throughout the night to whisk you back to central London.
We thought the day would never come but Buddha Bar
(tel: 020 3371 7777) has finally opened, on the north banks of the Thames by Waterloo Bridge. Expect seductive decor and sexy music in the 700-capacity space, with a sushi bar, huge ground floor restaurant and mezzanine lounge. The ultimate space for private parties...
There are some upsides to the credit crunch. For example, Hampton Court
(tel: 020 3166 6507) has just launched a non-exclusive hire package for companies on a budget, meaning you no longer have to hire the entire palace on an exclusive basis. Up to 200 guests can now choose from a range of packages arranged around different areas of the venue.
City newcomer L'Anima
(tel: 020 7422 7000) has been garnering rave reviews since its opening last month, so we thought it high time we told you about its gorgeous private dining room. Seating up to 14 along a decadent green marble table, surrounded by limestone walls, the room is designed to recall the refectory of a medieval monastery (the result is a lot less austere than it sounds!) Menus are specially created for private diners and can also be enjoyed in the mezzanine area of the main restaurant space.
(tel: 020 7715 7100) is channelling a Moroccan vibe this month, with its al fresco terrace offering such delights as belly dancing, snake charming, tarot reading and henna body art during the working week. The terrace can also be hired for events (thankfully it has a canopy), along with two stylish private rooms inside.
We've come late to Pearl's
(tel: 020 7829 7000) dessert cocktails but after a recent tasting, we can't get enough of them. It's hard to choose a favourite out of the five: rhubarb custard crumble, Bramley apple pie, strawberries and cream, lemon meringue pie and raspberry sherry trifle. Enjoy one in place of dessert in Silhouette, Pearl's gorgeous 12-seater private dining room.
Today sees the opening of London's second Lucky Voice
(tel: 020 7354 6280) in Islington's ever-popular Upper Street. Expect the same formula as Soho but on a larger, more luxurious scale, with seven private rooms seating between eight and 15, and a roomy, street-facing bar open to singers and non-singers alike.
Delve inside earlier archives for July 2008 or browse through newer archives for September 2008.