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Moroccan Charm at The Royal Mansour

The Royal Mansour has established itself as one of the finest addresses in the world over recent years, set in the picturesque city of Marrakech; the hotel is the epitome of elegance and the ultimate in luxury.

With just 53 riads, The Royal Mansour prides itself on being intimate in comparison to some of the other larger hotels in the heart of city and touches such as underground tunnels leading to each riad for staff all contribute to it's guests having the privilege of uninterrupted privacy during their time in this oasis.

Opulent by design, the hotel has 34 one bedroom riads, 14 two bedroom and a further five larger spaces to accommodate groups and families with the largest riad having a spacious four bedrooms. Each riad is also equipped with its own private roof terrace complete with plunge pools and larger riads come with private hammams and open fireplaces.

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Japanese Ramen at MUGA

Muga is one of London's hidden gems, discreetly tucked away on a side street a stone's throw away from Theatreland, the all day dining concept serves traditional Japanese Ramen with a contemporary twist.

Simplicity is the key to Muga's success, the food is kept authentic and true to the flavours of Japan whilst it has been adapted to British tastes with the introduction of special dishes and flavours. The menu is a celebration of old fashioned Ramen and they have a choice of five different Ramen on offer, each inspired by local speciality from the Western and Eastern regions of Japan.

The ambience of Muga is low key yet chic, it's unpretentious stylings harmonise the food well and flashes of colour throughout make the space cosy and inviting. Images of the food in preparation adorn the walls and modern lightings give the restaurant a cool vibe.

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Fireworks On The Roof at The Roof Gardens

Perhaps the most stylish way to spend this year’s Guy Fawkes night is at The Roof Gardens, for one night only, the venue will be hosting its Fireworks On The Roof event. Taking place on Friday 6th November, the night will begin in the Spanish Gardens 100ft above London, a BBQ will be available on the evening for al fresco dining and an impressive firework display will take place around 10.45pm.

Tickets are available from £10 and admit entry to The Roof Gardens until 10pm.

www.designmynight.com/london/bars/kensington/the-roof-gardens/guy-fawkes...

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Chelsea's Beaufort House

Beaufort House is a bar, brasserie and private members club in the heart of Chelsea, the space over four floors is set against the trendy backdrop of King’s Road.

With a bustling heritage and history, Beaufort House has for long been a standing part of Chelsea’s charm. Once home to the great Sir Thomas More, the building has since been transformed to its current glory as a hub for the West London set. Attracting an array of artists, media and TV personalities, the club at Beaufort House is the pinnacle of the social scene this side of town.

Foodwise, Beaufort House serves a feast of locally sourced produce, the brasserie is open to the public and members alike and is a contemporary take on British cuisine. Starters range from pan-fried scallops with chorizo to a delicate salmon tartare. For mains, I’d recommend confit duck burger, the duck is well cooked giving a succulent taste and it’s served with blue cheese and caramelised onions giving a great fusion of flavour.

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Crab Tavern Opens In Broadgate Circle

Crab Tavern sits proudly against the stunning backdrop of the Broadgate Circle development within the heart of London’s city. As the name suggests, the all day restaurant serves up all things crab, if it can be done, they do it here, think crab on waffle or crab hash browns and you soon get the point.

The brainchild of Russian restaurateur Igor Krayushkin, Crab Tavern is the latest addition to his portfolio of hotspots in Russia, Dubai and now London. Open for breakfast right through to dinner, the concept is new and brings a much welcomed alternative to the now done idea of eateries specialising only in Lobster.

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Raffles 50th Anniversary Bash

Last Thursday saw London’s Glitterati descend on Berkeley Square to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of legendary member’s club, Raffles. Set against the glamorous backdrop of Mayfair, the event took place in the tent used for the Lapada fair and saw just under 2000 movers and shakers on the social scene in attendance.

Never known to hold back when it comes to throwing a big party, Raffles pulled out all the stops and guests were treated to free-flowing Moet champagne and a headlining set from renowned Ibiza DJ Guy Gerber.

Other acts on the evening included a set by Housekeeping, jewel and feather-clad girls dancing in martini glasses and an acrobatic performance. Sponsors Vertu and Bugatti were amongst those that also exhibited the latest launches to the well-heeled crowd.

Later in the evening, the antics continued into the early hours at the after party which resided back to the King’s Road haunt of Raffles….

www.raffleschelsea.com

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City Dining at Rocket Restaurants

Rocket is a group of stylish restaurants and bars with locations throughout the heart of London offering contemporary dining in a chic setting.

Popular with city workers, Rocket’s outpost in The City is a stone’s throw away from Bank in the trendy Adam’s court and boasts bars over two floors with the restaurant on the third floor making it an ideal retreat for a spot of lunch or post-work drinks.

The Rocket concept of low key elegance is captured in it’s food and extensive cocktail list, a further four branches in Bishopsgate, Holborn, Canary Wharf and Nottingham all serve the group’s menu alongside daily specials.

A flavour of the Neapolitan, Rocket’s stone baked pizzas are always a treat, using only the finest ingredients, each is made using Italian flour. Expect posh toppings, chorizo, halloumi cheese and king prawns to name a few adding a new dimension to the classic pizzeria stereotypes.

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HT By Sakurami Opens In Chelsea

World renowned salon group HT by Sakurami has opened a flagship branch in the heart of the fashionable King's Road. Offering the ultimate indulgence, HT by Sakurami London has already established itself as one of the best salons in London. Offering top to toe pampering, the group was established in 2001 and has salons in the likes of Moscow, Dubai and Tokyo.

The King's Road based London salon is the latest addition to the portfolio and is the brainchild of founder Anna-Maria Ryklina. Designed with a concept of sheer luxury, the salon is equipped with the latest state of the art equipment and muted tones of grey throughout give a chic yet homely feel to HT by Sakurami.

The extensive list of services on offer include groundbreaking beauty treatments alongside expert hairstyling from some of the finest stylists and technicians in the country. The salon is split over two floors with the hairstyling and nail bar on the ground floor and spacious treatment rooms in the basement.

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A Country Retreat at The Manor on Weston-On-The-Green

Set in the picturesque Oxfordshire, The Manor at Weston Green is a hidden gem on the outskirts of The Cotswolds and the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. The country house hotel boasts 25 individually decorated rooms, a tennis court, gardens and an outdoor pool.

One can expect sumptuous bedding, plush furnishings and a fluffy dressing gown when checking into the Manor, each of the rooms is also equipped with Elemis toiletries which adds a much-welcomed touch of luxury.

The charming boutique hotel also has two separate dining areas, The Morning Room for relaxed, informal dining all day and the in-house fine dining restaurant, The Baron's Hall. With a colourful history, the restaurant has been beautifully restored and still has many of its period features. Popular with locals and hotel guests, they serve a seasonally changing menu of classic British cuisine.

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Great British Delights at The Kingham Plough

The Kingham Plough is a pub with rooms in the heart of Chipping Norton, set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Cotsworlds, the venue opened in 2007 and is the brainchild of Emily Watkins and Miles Lampson.

Winner of numerous awards, the pub has set a standard in British fine dining adding a new dimension of fine dining to the traditional pub feel. Designed with the family in mind, Emily and Miles have made the pub family and dog friendly, guests can expect a warm and cosy ambience with a homely vibe. The walls of the pub are adorned with local artwork and this complements the brick walls and rustic wooden tables and chairs in the main dining room.

The seasonal menu has been curated by Emily herself, using the finest produce and with an experimental take on modern British cuisine. Emily has worked for Heston Blumenthal in the past and more recently won the Great British Menu with her famed fish dish back in 2014.