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Illycaffe Opens Boutique CafÈ Bar In Central London

illy regent streetPremium coffee roaster illycaffè has opened its London flagship boutique cafè bar.

Situated at the heart of London’s iconic shopping district, illy Regent Street combines a genuine Italian cafè experience with illy’s chic design ideals and innovative high-end technology, offering Londoners the chance to refuel, reflect and relax in stylish surroundings.

Open daily from 07:00-20:00, the stunning venue incorporates sleek Italian architecture and classic illy design.

A split level seating area, complete with table service, is the perfect location to catch up with friends over a coffee or to exchange ideas with colleagues, using the free in-store tablet devices and Wi-Fi provided in partnership with Samsung.

Iconic illy photography and posters adorn the walls, complimenting an exquisite centre piece; an illy chandelier made from 216 illy Art Collection espresso cups, designed by some of the greatest artists from the past 20 years, including Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović.

An impressive mosaic replica of Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky’s 1934 illy advertising poster has also been installed in this unique cafè. Created by an Italian company, the mosaic consists of 85,000 tiles in 31 different colours and measures nearly four metres high by three metres wide.

It’s not just the interior design which reflects the best of Italian culture. illy Regent Street also serves a mouth-watering menu, boasting the best of Italian cuisine.

From breakfast bomboloni pastries, filled with vanilla cream and jam, to lunchtime piadina wraps, plates of antipasti and pasta dishes, you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect food for any time of day, whether you are eating on the move or enjoying a sit-down meal.

What’s more, illy’s range of desserts and mignons are a wonderfully indulgent afternoon snack or post-meal treat.

illy’s exclusive tiramisu (the illymisu) includes a serving of illy coffee for customers to pour onto the dessert themselves.

Alternatively, ICOLORI, delicious bites of crunchy biscuit with a variety of creamy fillings, created especially for illy by master pastry chef (and former Italian World Cup Pastry team captain) Luigi Biasetto, are bound to satisfy even the most sweet tooth.

To compliment this varied menu, illy Regent Street also offers a wide-range of hot and cold Italian-inspired drinks, from creamy illy cappuccinos to intense illy espressos, classic Italian soft drinks and juices.

Upon receipt of its drinks license, the boutique cafè bar will also introduce a range of apertifs and Italian wines later in the year.

And for those who want to take a slice of high-end, Italian glamour home with them, illy Regent Street houses a shopping corner, stocking illy’s state of the art iperEspresso machines, tins of coffee and cups from the illy Art Collection.

illy Regent Street is located at 295 Regent Street, London W1B 2HJ.


Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar Co

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar CoIndependent patisserie brand Poppy and Sebastian and lifestyle brand Mar Mar Co are coming together to launch a new one off concept in Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1.

Poppy & Sebastian make beautiful patisseries – magnificent works of art that mix simplicity, seasonality and playfulness in their creations. They are creative patisseries that are a feast for the eye but with a focus on seasonal ingredients, quirkiness and the extraordinary. Classics like ‘Crème Brulee’ and ‘Mont Blanc’ are turned upside down, and in the ‘Le Snickers’ the snickers bar becomes an exploration of crispy peanut croustillant, domes of milk chocolate cremeux, crème brulee and salted caramel.

The Kingly Street shop is a French-style modern patisserie. There are limited seats for tastings served with Postcard Teas – the best tea in London. As well as being able to sit in and enjoy or takeaway the sensational patisseries, customers can buy almost anything they see in the shop. Beautiful objects of design are for sale from independent lifestyle brand Mar Mar Co including kitchenware, home accessories and gift ideas for Christmas. Products include: Japanese glassware, British ceramics, Danish wool blankets, handwoven throws from India, traditional copper cookie cutters, jade green rolling pins, colourful tea towels and newly commissioned ‘Trooks’: hooks and fridge magnets made from foraged wood. A small range of handmade straw slippers made by one of the last remaining makers in Denmark, will appear mid-December. Prices range from £4.00-£100.00.

Discover Kingly Court, a picturesque three storey courtyard which is the new food and beverage destination, a unique find in the heart of Carnaby and London’s West End.

Carnaby is in the heart of London’s West End, two minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, where over 150 brands of quality and distinction and over 50 independent restaurants and bars can be found across 13 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street, creating a unique experiential shopping destination, not to be found anywhere else in the world.

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar Co launches on Saturday 30th November and will run for three months.
10 Kingly Street, Kingly Court, Carnaby, London, W1

Prêt-à-Portea

Prêt-à-Portea

The Berkeley part of Maybourne Hotel Group is set to wow the fashion crowd this winter season as designer items are turned into cakes, mousses and biscuits. A firm date in every fashionista’s diary, Prêt-à-Portea is designed to add a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs.

Located in Knightsbridge, the heart of London’s fashion scene, the Berkeley launches its most exciting Prêt-à-Portea collection to date with showpieces including Burberry’s signature trench coat and Saint Laurent’s must-have red leather duffle bag. Fashion fans are invited to eat their designer hearts out on Jean Paul Gaultier cremeux and Vivienne Westwood macaroons after a day of shopping at style temples Harvey Nichols and Harrods!

Marking his 50th Anniversary in the industry this year, Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley celebrates Oscar de la Renta on the tea stand with his orange bavarois emphasised with shocking pink chocolate embroidery.
London based label Giles’s antique gold chocolate feather set on a base of Sacher Torte reflects the warm metallics everyone will be wearing this winter.

Italian designer favourite Emporio Armani makes its Prêt-à-Portea debut with a warm winter violet cassis mousse and light Curacao jelly topped with a whimsical chocolate swirl. Gianvito Rossi also makes his first appearance with this season’s must-have chocolate over-the-knee boot biscuit with ankle strap.

Marking a bold return this season is Saint Laurent with its classic autumn red duffle 6 victoria sponge cake bag, an indispensable colour to wear this autumn and stealing our hearts this season is Burberry’s patterned trench coat taking the form of a spiced ginger biscuit with caramel icing.

The Berkeley pastry chefs visit London fashion week shows to get their inspiration for the colours and the textures of the new collections. Prêt-à-Portea will echo the season’s trends of soft pinks, festive sparkles and patterns galore.

The Berkeley has forged links with Wedgwood who have produced a bespoke collection of fine-bone china for Prêt-à-Portea. Inspired by the current trends and styles, but mindful of their heritage, Wedgwood has created an exquisite multicoloured diamond shaped pattern gracing the new china for the ultimate fashion touch.

Prêt-à-Portea is served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm every day priced at £39 per person. (£49 including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or alternatively for the fashion conscious, £55 per person including a glass of couture champagne)

To make a reservation for Prêt-à-Portea call 020 7235 6000.

The Quintessentially Supper Club Party

quintessentially supper clubROUND#2 of The Quintessentially Supper Club Party is about to take place at the Beagle Restaurant (397-400 Geffrye St London, E2 8HZ+. Set in two rustic, converted railway arches, Beagle prides itself on using the best seasonal British produce to create hearty and memorable dishes. With excellent food served in one of the trendiest locations, ROUND#2 will be a feast for the senses!

There will be cocktails and canapés on arrival, the Beagle feasting menu (an amazing four course meal based on seasonal produce) and you can enjoy the dinner and party along to some amazing DJ’s as well as some further surprises in store later on in the night.

The event commences at 7pm with a Quintessentially Vodka cocktail and canapé reception on the terrace as well as live music and entertainment. At around 9pm guests will take to their tables and the party begins!

Below a video from their first event:

This is also their Facebook page where there are great photos from the first event too.

Just a few tickets remain.

The Quintessentially Supper Club Party 28th September 2013 7pm-2am Tickets £89 per person. Email for reservation.

TOZI Restaurant & Bar Wine Club

tosi wine club

TOZI Restaurant & Bar is launching a Wine Club – a monthly complimentary event for all wine lovers starting on Monday 23rd September 2013.

Celebrating the restaurant’s all-Italian wine list, TOZI is inviting its independent suppliers to present their collections and guide customers through food pairing recommendations and the characteristics of different Italian wines. ‘Wine Club’ kicks off with an ‘Italian Bubbles’ theme, exploring the sparkling wines of Franciacorta from Brescia, a commune of Lombardy and Prosecco from the Veneto region. Ensuing sessions will focus on a different region of Italy every month.

‘Italian Bubbles’ will be presented by supplier Passione Vino, and invites diners to come and learn more about Italian sparkling wines and meet fellow wine enthusiasts. The selection on the night will include two kinds of Prosecco from the Malibràn winery and a selection of Franciacorta bubbles from La Montina winery.

Wine Club starts at 6 p.m. and lasts one hour, with diners encouraged to stay on and enjoy dinner following the tasting. Places are limited to 18 people on a first-come first-served pre-booking basis.

TOZI Restaurant & Bar opened in May 2013 and specialises in Venetian-inspired cicchetti (small-plates) designed for sharing. The cocktail bar features Prosecco on tap, barrel-aged Negroni and a selection of contemporary Italian cocktails as well as the signature TOZI Spritz.

TOZI is located at 8 Gillingham Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Victoria station. Cicchetti are priced from £3.50 and Prosecco by the glass is priced from £4.