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Gaucho's Fashionable Take On Argentinian Fine Dining

Gaucho has become one of the most established names on the London restaurant scene, originally started in a basement, the Argentinian restaurant group now boasts 12 locations across London and has more recently opened international outposts in the likes of Dubai, Kuwait and Hong Kong.

The flagship branch is set over three floors in the heart of Piccadilly, the Gaucho brand has become synonymous with it's stylish black and white setting and modern luxe feel which is showcased throughout the two lounge bars and three dining spaces. Taking away the stereotypes of the steak house Gaucho prides itself in it's fashionable setting and decadent atmosphere making it very much a destination for drinks and dining when your looking to impress.

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Thai Street Food at Suda

Suda is situated in the heart of London's buzzing Covent Garden offering uninterrupted views of Long Acre in the cosmopolitan St Martins Courtyard. This casual yet chic Thai restaurant has been open since the summer of 2011 and is the sister restaurant of RussianMind favourite, Patara.

Spread over two floors with Al fresco dining the team at S&P have designed the restaurant giving a tranquil vibe whilst being able to enjoy high end culinary delights. The decor is modernistic and bright with an avant-garde touch. Downstairs there is also a bar and dining room and during the summer months a takeaway can be enjoyed in an outdoor seating area.

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All Day Dining At B by Bistro

Bistro by Shot is the latest all day dining venue to open in the charming area of Parsons Green. Offering a menu of French and Italian styled food, the restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and seats up to 40 diners.

Guests can expect a chilled out vibe at Bistro by Shot, it's unpretentious atmosphere and cool interiors make it feel rather cosy and it's perfect for grabbing a casual meal in a stylish yet relaxed setting. The restaurant also boasts an outdoor area for Al Fresco dining during the summer months, the heated area has a retractable roof for when the sun shines.

Head chef Fabrice Meier has created seasonally changing menus served throughout the day. Breakfast classics and smoothies are served for breakfast daily and they serve a set lunch menu which proves quiet popular with local workers.

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The Walmer Castle

The Walmer Castle has become quite an institution in Notting Hill and has recently undergone a major revamp in a bid to keep up with its fashionable neighbours. Sat on the uber trendy Ledbury Road, The Walmer Castle is just a stone’s throw from the fabulous boutiques of Westbourne Grove.

Attracting a mixed set of locals and those visiting the nearby markets, the pub is best known for its alfresco area. A prime place to be seen, the intimate area to the front of the pub has tables so guests can dine outdoors or simply share a drink as we reach high summer.

A charming interior throughout gives a real neighbourhood feel to The Walmer Castle, yellow seating against deep grey walls and old images of Notting Hill give an almost vintage vibe and this all adds to the character of the pub. Perhaps one of the best kept secrets here is its second bar upstairs, I usually sneak up there when I’m trying to hide from someone (normally only to epically fail when a mutual friend catches me).

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Kouzu's Private Dining

The latest offering from the star studded (and RussianMind favourite) Kouzu is it’s exclusive private dining concept. The chef’s table seats 7 guests and is accessed via it’s own VIP entrance for those that want the ultimate privacy and boasts direct views of the kitchen.

Since it’s opening in late November, Kouzu has also acquired the who’s who of the Japanese dining scene, think Kyoichi Kai of Zuma and Toshimasa Tanahashi of The Arts club and one can quickly understand how Kouzu has taken London by storm.

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Chinese Fine Dining at Mr Chow

Mr Chow is one of most celebrated restaurants in London's dining scene to date, originally established in 1968, the star studded restaurant originally opened on Valentine's Day. One of the first high end establishments to open, Mr Chow serves authentic Beijing cuisine and it's London flagship is in the heart of Knightsbridge.

Everything about Mr Chow exudes style, from the Josef Hoffman chairs to the opulent lighting and white marble floor. Taking a privileged location next to the Bulgari hotel and a stone's throw from One Hyde Park, Mr Chow attracts an elite clientèle from all over the world.

To mark it's 45 year anniversary, the Knightsbridge branch underwent a makeover and was reopened in 2013. The continued popularity of the Mr Chow brand has seen it open outposts globally in the likes of Beverley Hills, Miami and Malibu.

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Playboy Club's After Dark Series

The Playboy Club is opening the doors to the legendary Baroque for a host of themed evenings set to take place on certain Thursday evenings throughout the year. Hosted by the Kitsch Lounge Riot, After Dark nights feature live entertainment and cabaret in the glamorous surroundings of the Old Park Lane haunt.

Two hugely successful nights have already established the After Dark series as the best cabaret evening in London. Guests on the evening can expect surprise performances throughout the night from the likes of the vintage girl group the Tootsie Rollers and award winning Jolie Papillon.

Different ticket options are available, some of which include a three course meal prepared in house by the club’s restaurant. Tickets are only bookable in advance and the club will be hosting two more events on the 24th September and 3rd December.

www.playboyclublondon.com/events/detail/baroque-does-after-dark

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Playing Tennis at The Boodles

Yesterday saw triumph, as The Boodles came to a close for 2015, the tournament, now in it's 14th year, saw both new and old talent on the courts in the run up to Wimbledon. The annual event takes place against the glamorous backdrop of Stoke Park and visitors are treated to an array of hospitality courtesy of sponsors such as Boodles, HR Owen and Veuve Clicquot.

Guests were treated to an appearance by the legendary Goran Ivanisevic who took to the court with old pal Cedric Pioline in a friendly match. Other highlights included current rising star Taylor Fritz taking on Stefano Tsitsipas in a heated yet relaxed game.

The Boodles was founded by Patricio Apey and is now established as one of the highlights on the summer social calendar attracting the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Tickets for next year's event are now on sale and a range of hospitality packages are also available.

Photo courtesy of Jordan Mansfield

www.theboodles.com

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Middle Eastern flavours at Mamounia Lounge

Mamounia Lounge is one of London’s finest Middle Eastern dining experiences. With two branches, in London’s Knightsbridge and a new refurbished flagship restaurant in Mayfair, Mamounia serves authentic Lebanese and Moroccan food in decadent surroundings.

Both restaurants offer live entertainment at the weekends, over in Mayfair; one can expect world-renowned DJ’s playing house, chillout and Middle Eastern vibes. The Mayfair branch has also become one of the area’s most popular destinations for cocktails as a result of its unique atmosphere and lavish heated shisha terrace. Live belly dancers perform Fridays and Saturdays over three shows throughout the night and they often encourage guests to take part in the fun.

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Karaoke and Pizza at Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga is a place quite like no other, bringing a slice of Italy to the heart of Battersea, the restaurant and bar has karaoke on most nights and serves authentic Italian cuisine.

Taking its inspiration from New York’s Little Italy, Bunga Bunga showcases Italian culture in a fun and lighthearted way. Throughout the evening, guests can expect the staff to spontaneously break into dance and this adds to the buzzing atmosphere of the venue.

Attracting a mixed set of locals and Sloaneys from across the river, Bunga Bunga has become a destination for large groups and proves very popular with office and birthday parties. Set over two floors, the main restaurant and stage are on the ground floor with an intimate private dining space upstairs.