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Cau Comes To London

Cau is the sister of the popular Gaucho group of restaurants and has 10 locations across the UK, The latest addition, is the group's first steakhouse in Central London. Sat proudly against the picturesque backdrop of St Katharine’s Dock, the restaurant opened it's doors in April and serves a menu of Argentinian food in a contemporary setting.

Taking inspiration from Buenos Aires, Cau's unique concept has become part of the group's DNA. Design aspects include plush booth seating and imagery of grass and blue skies adorn the walls giving a somewhat fresh and summery approach in comparison to some of the steakhouse stereotypes. The St Katharine’s Dock location seats up to 160 diners and during the summer months will open up on to the dockside for chilled al fresco dining amongst the fabulous boats.

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Thai Fine Dining at Patara

With branches in Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Fulham and Soho, the Patara has become established as one of capital''s finest restaurant groups. For the past twenty five years, Patara has been serving up it's renowned Thai cuisine and the first branch in Fulham dates back as far as 1990. Since then, the success of the group has seen it's outposts pop up in some of London's most desirable streets, the elegant Beauchamp Place and trendy Maddox Street to name a few.

Designed to reflect understated style, each branch of Patara is decorated using muted tones of dark browns and neutrals. Red seating adds a splash of vibrancy and discreet tea lights softly illuminate the walls, this combined with miniature Buddhist temples gives a sensual and spiritual charm to the restaurants.

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Raising The Steaks at M

M is a new and innovative project by Martin Williams conveniently located in the upmarket area of London's financial district. Taking centre stage on Threadneedle Street, the concept space boasts two restaurants, a wine bar and a swanky cocktail lounge.

From the moment one walks in, M exudes a sense of sophistication, rich golds, tones of blues and blacks give a very modern and chic feel to the restaurant throughout. State of the art furniture combined with contemporary artworks really add a wow factor to M making it the perfect place to go if you're looking to impress.

M is home to two restaurants, Raw and Grill, both headed by Jarad McCarroll (formerly of Chiltern Firehouse) each offers a unique concept and style of cuisine. Diners at Raw can expect a slightly more informal atmosphere with large sharing plates and high stalls.

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Tastes Of The World at Trader Vic's

Trader Vic's has sat proudly as the gem of London's Park Lane Hilton since 1963 and has recently been remodelled adding a new dimension to the treasured classic. Originally one of the first Asian fusion dining restaurants, the group now boasts 17 locations worldwide spanning across the US, Middle East and Europe.

The unique concept of Trader Vic's of offering contemporary dishes from around the world alongside modern Chinese cuisine means there really is something to cater for all tastes.

The swanky London location is accessed through a separate entrance of it's own adjacent to the hotel which leads down to the tropical paradise. The space consists of a relaxed lounge bar for cocktails, the main restaurant and a long bar towards the back which doubles up as a dance floor for late night partying.

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British Dining in The Heart Of Mayfair at Browns

Browns Bar and Brasserie sits proudly in the heart of Mayfair, serving British cuisine in stylish surroundings, the restaurant is ideally located in Maddox Street just a stone's throw away from the shops of Bond Street.

Originally established in 1973, the Browns Group opened it's first outpost in Brighton and over the past 40 years has become one of Britain's most loved household names with locations throughout the country.

Browns Mayfair has an elegant bar towards the front of the venue which backs onto the restaurant further to the back. Perfect for a post shopping tipple, the bar area boasts booth table that overlook the main bar and offers an extensive range of Champagnes and cocktails.

The restaurant is open daily for breakfast right through to dinner and has become a popular retreat for brunch with the Mayfair set; specials include a lobster Benedict and a full English, all of which are served until noon.

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Joe's Oriental Diner Comes To Hackney

Following on from its hugely successful launch in Chelsea, Joe’s Oriental Diner has relocated to the uber-trendy area of Hackney. Founded by the legendary Scott Hallsworth, Joe’s offers Pan Asian food inspired by his Japanese junk food concept (originally from the beloved Kurobuta) combined with a range of inventive cocktails.

Now taking centre stage at The Laundry building, Joe’s is set to become of the hotspots of the East London scene. Scott has created a menu of sharing plates and many of the dishes are inspired by his time in South East Asia. Food is kept simple and authentic but each dish has Scott’s unique twist adding flavour and dimension.

The diner can be quite addictive and Sloanes frequented the initial pop up in Chelsea on a daily basis. Foodwise, expect to be spoilt; some of the popular small plates include Crab Rangoon and Thai Pork sausages, both mouth-wateringly good.

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Patek Philippe's Watch Art Grand Exhibition

Avid watch fans will be pleased to hear that next week will see the opening of Patek Philippe’s Watch Art Exhibition. Taking place at London’s Saatchi Gallery, the exhibition will mark the 175th anniversary of the famed Swiss watchmaker.

Over 15 themed rooms are planned to showcase the heritage and craftsmanship of the brand and more than 400 of the most sought after Patek models are due to be displayed.

Highlights will include a dedicated anniversary area that is set to feature the 2014 commemorative collection. A host of educational activities will also be taking place during the exhibition an interactive room will give visitors the chance to experience the striking of minute repeaters via special ball chairs.

This rare insight into the world of Patek Philippe will be opening to the public on the 27th May running until the 7th June, admission is free of charge and no tickets are required.

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Suite Dreams at Stoke Park

As the summer approaches, it’s the perfect time to book in for a last minute weekend escape. Out of London retreats are becoming increasingly popular as a convenient way of gaining some much-needed down time without the need to spend hours travelling.

One of the finest examples is Stoke Park; taking a privileged location just outside of Windsor, this hotel and country club is the height of luxury. With numerous awards and accolades to its name, Stoke Park boasts an impressive 49 rooms, 3 restaurants, spa and state of the art leisure facilities.

The hotel’s history dates back as far as 900 years, originally, the site was a private residence and was later purchased by Nick Lane Jackson who went on to transform the grounds into the first country club to open in Britain. To this day, parts of Stoke Park remain open to members only, those that wish to join can expect use of the mansion and access to some of the lavish events hosted for members throughout the year.

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Hans Place Practice

World renowned aesthetic doctor, Dr Mike Comins is the guy behind many A list celebrity transformations and his clinic, Hans Place Practice is now widely respected as one of the best in London.

Discreetly tucked away on a quiet Knightsbridge square, Hans Place is just a stone's throw away from Harrods and Belgravia. Typically attracting an international clientèle, the clinic offers a wide range of treatments for both men and women. Whether looking for a quick fix or a life long transformation, Dr Comins and his team can help.

The clinic uses Epionce skincare and some of the facial treatments available include chemical peels and skin rejuvenation. Men can also benefit from the likes of chest sculpting and underarm botox to help with the day to day maintenance of looking and feeling good.

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The Hybrid Facial at Michaeljohn

Michaeljohn has been established as one of London's finest salons for decades, with it's flagship salon in the heart of London's Mayfair, a further two salons have since opened in Knightsbridge and Belgravia. As part of the continued growth in the future of the company and in bid to remain at the forefront of innovation, Michaeljohn has now introduced a bespoke facial in collaboration with Dr Costas Papegeorgiou.

The hybrid facial is the latest treatment to take the beauty industry by storm, the ground breaking treatment is designed to rejuvenate the skin over five processes. Performed by the famed Hayley Carr, the procedure is non evasive and takes place in the luxurious setting of the Albemarle spa and salon.

Resurfacing through hydradermabrasion prepares the skin to receive different light hybrid and radiofrequent waves which in harmony break deep down into the skin to produce collagen and encourage the growth of new cells.